Hit South Korean drama Descendants of the Sun aired its pilot episode on Monday night, July 25, on GMA-7's primetime block.
DOTS, starring Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo, premiered after the epic telefantasya Encantadia which stars Kylie Padilla, Gabbi Garcia, Sanya Lopez, and Glaiza de Castro.
The Korea drama series replaced the Kapuso Network's fantasy-drama Once Again starring Janine Gutierrez and Aljur Abrenica.
The military-themed Koreanovela was pitted against ABS-CBN's romantic drama series Dolce Amore starring Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano.
DESCENDANTS OF THE SUN. The pilot episode of Descendants of the Sun started with a tense face-off between South Korean and North Korean soldiers.
Captain Lucas Yoo (played by Song Joong Ki) was sent to a mission with his second in command captain Diego (Jin Goo) to rescue their comrades who were hostaged by a group of North Korean soldiers. Lucas and Diego finished their mission successfully but Lucas was stabbed in the abdominal area by the North Korean's commander.
In the following scene, Lucas and Diego are seen firing toy guns at an arcade. The two tried to help an old man who got robbed by a teenager named Marty (played by Kim Min-Seok). Both Lucas and Diego aimed their toy guns on Marty, who was trying to flee from the scene riding a motorcycle. Marty was hit on the face and eventually fell down, breaking some of his bones. Lucas and Diego gave him first aid and sent him to a hospital.
Diego didn't notice that his phone was stolen by Marty while they were giving him first aid. He and Lucas went to the hospital where Marty was being treated.
Dr. Maxine Kang (played by Song Hye Kyo) was attending to Marty's injuries and ended up keeping the soldier's phone. Lucas called Diego's phone that Maxine answered. Maxine didn't believe Lucas' claim and felt that the two were gang leaders trying to hurt Marty. Eventually, Lucas was charmed by Maxine's beauty and tried to hit on her.
They later realized that Marty is missing. Lucas and Diego found him being beaten up by gangsters who were bullying him and his friend.
Lucas and Diego ended up fighting with the gang members to save Marty and brought him back to the hospital to have his injuries treated.
(To learn more about this Koreanovela, click: 20 things to know about Descendants of the Sun)
DOLCE AMORE. ABS-CBN's primetime series starring Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano continued to give kilig vibes in its latest episode.
The July 25 episode of Dolce Amore opened with Simon/Tenten (Enrique Gil) talking with his biological mother Vinia (Tetchie Agbayani). She was trying to convince him to withdraw his case against Serena's (Liza Soberano) mom Luciana (Cherie Gil).
The next morning, Simon/Tenten was surprised to see Serena in his room. His adoptive parents Taps (Rio Locsin) and Dodoy (Edgar Mortiz) were the ones who let Serena in his room so they could talk and fix their issues.
The couple also asked Simon to say sorry to Serena. However, Simon couldn't say it and instead organized a meeting with Serena for a presentation.
Serena and Simon were supposed to meet at 5 p.m. This didn't push through because Simon had an emergency meeting with Hannah (Franchesca Floreindo) and a couple.
Joseph Marco also made his first appearance on the Kapamilya show. His character, however, is yet to be reveal his name. The episode ended with a heated conversation between Simon and Joseph Marco's character.
AGB URBAN LUZON. Descendants of the Sun had a strong start in Urban Luzon according to data gathered by AGB Nielsen.
The Song Hye Kyo-Song Joong Ki starrer scored a TV rating of 22% from areas in Urban Luzon. The Kapuso show's rival series Dolce Amore got a slightly lower TV rating of 20.4%.
KANTAR NATIONWIDE. LizQuen's primetime drama scored higher in nationwide ratings based on data gathered by Kantar Media/TNS.
Dolce Amore scored 35% in nationwide ratings, which is more than double that of Descendants of the Sun's national TV rating of 15.5%.