Ngayon at Kailanman, top-billed by Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia, is scheduled to air its final episode tonight, January 18.
A few days earlier, it was revealed that a different actress was supposed to play the biological mother of Julia's character.
Through a video uploaded on the Facebook page of Star Creatives Television last January 12, Ina Raymundo admitted that she was originally chosen to play the biological mother but the role went to Iza Calzado.
In this ABS-CBN series, Iza is cast as Rebecca, the mother of Angela (played by Julia).
After a series of unfortunate events, Angela was eventually adopted and called Eva by her foster parents played by Dominic Ochoa and Ina Raymundo.
Ina said about Ngayon at Kailanman, "The reason why I accepted this, ang alam ko ang anak ko ay si.... si Julia.
"Pero you know what, buti na lang si Iza pinili nila. Dahil kung yung iba yun talaga...siguro mas painful because I love her. I'm so cool with it. I have no resentment. Zero.
"And happy ako sa role ko as Adessa. And happy ako na si Iza yung mommy ni Julia. Because ako naman ang second mommy niya."
Iza pointed out, "Ang maganda dun is hindi natanggal yung challenging part sa character mo which is naging... naging mentally unstable part, which I think was the more challenging aspect of it."
Ina admitted that she lost her confidence when she learned that she got replaced.
"Kinuwestiyon ko yung sarili ko, kung bakit ako napalitan? Na-question ko dahil, feeling ko siguro hindi ako magaling...
"...kaya ako pinalitan ni Iza na."
For her part, Iza said she initially wanted to stay away from mother roles.
“To be honest, ako naman na-stress noon kasi ayaw ko na maging nanay muna.”
Before accepting a mother role in Ngayon at Kailanman, Iza was cast as Julia's mother in A Love to Last, which ended in September 2017.