Kim Chiu and Xian Lim, also known as the KimXi love team, are reunited for ABS-CBN’s primetime romantic drama series titled The Story of Us.
The teleserye, directed by Richard Somes, premiered on Monday, February 29, after Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil starrer titled Dolce Amore.
The Story of Us is the replacement for Nadine Lustre and James Reid’s On the Wings of Love in the primetime block.
The Kapamilya Network’s new primetime soap follows the story of childhood friends named Tin (Kim Chiu) and Makoy (Xian Lim). Other cast members include Zsa Zsa Padilla, Aiko Melendez, John Arcilla, Susan Africa, Bryan Santos, Janus del Prado, Nonong "Bangky" de Andres, Gardo Versoza, Mara Lopez, and Travis Kraft.
RECAP. Kim and Xian as Tin and Makoy were already introduced in the opening sequence of the series. Makoy went to pick up Tin and they went cliff diving in Palawan.
Viewers were then shown a flashback in 1999 when Tin first arrived in Palawan.
The young Tin and her father named Danny (played by John Arcilla) transferred to the house of Carmy (played by Aiko Melendez) located in her Palawan hometown.
Carmy, the stepmother of Tin, accommodated them when their previous house was devasted by a typhoon in Bicol.
Later on, Carmy, who was pregnant at that time, had a premature delivery and found out that her baby named Darwin has Down syndrome. Danny had to leave his family in order to provide for their expenses.
Tin met Makoy by a cliff near the beach while she was bidding farewell to her father.
Tin and Makoy initially didn’t like each other because Makoy was very territorial.
A friend told Makoy that his father, Ferdie (Gardo Versoza), was in trouble. Ferdie’s boat was taken by his creditor since he could not pay their debt on time.
To help his father, Makoy joined his friend in looking for bird’s nest (the ingredient used in nido soup) that sells for P10,000 per kilo. Makoy didn’t put on his slippers while searching for the ingredient, which is why he fell from a rocky cliff and injured his foot.
He went back to his spot at the cliff and saw Tin in the area. The two kids had a little fight and Makoy accidentally pushed Tin towards some rocks, causing her to get a wound on her left knee.
To get revenge the following day, Tin grabbed Makoy’s slippers and tossed it in the sea. They met again in school and Makoy called it quits.
Tin managed to get a pair of slippers for Makoy but when she was about to give it to him, he turned it down.
Makoy and Tin were at the cliff arguing about the slippers when Makoy slipped and Tin tried to pull him back up. Suddenly, Tin fell off the cliff and almost drowned. Makoy jumped into the water to save her. Since then, the two became good friends.
The following episodes reveal Makoy giving up his studies to help his family by becoming a tour guide. It is Makoy who teaches Tin how to swim.
While growing up, Makoy and Tin discovered that they have feelings for each other but have trouble expressing their feelings about each other.
Meanwhile, Tin’s father went missing as their ship sank.
MEGA MANILA RATINGS. The Story of Us is off to a good start and scored a Mega Manila TV rating of 14.9% for its pilot episode, based on data from AGB Nielsen.
This, however, wasn’t enough to overtake its rival program from GMA-7 titled Because of You starring Gabby Concepcion, Rafel Rosell, and Carla Abellana. The romantic comedy series registered 19.3%.
Because of You still triumphed over The Story of Us on the following days. The Kapuso romatic comedy series got a TV rating of 17.2% on Tuesday, March 1. This was followed by 17.5% rating on Wednesday, March 2.
Meanwhile, The Story of Us maintained its ratings with scores of 14.1% last Tuesday and 14% on Wednesday.
NATIONWIDE RATINGS. Kantar/TNS Media’s nationwide viewership survey tells a different story with The Story of Us having the upper hand compared to rival program Because of You.
The Kapamilya program’s pilot episode scored 18.2% in nationwide ratings against the Kapuso show’s 14.1% on Monday.