Three years have passed since the successful TV pairing of Tom Rodriguez and Carla Abellana thrilled viewers in the top-rated controversial series “My Husband’s Lover” on GMA Network. It was also during this time that the seeds of their relationship had been planted so to speak, and now that their real-life love story has blossomed, it is no surprise that the pair were very excited to announce their reunion on the small screen via the upcoming romantic-comedy “I Heart Davao.”
“This is a reunion project of the TomCar love team since 2014 and we are very grateful that we are given a chance to work together again,” related Abellana at the series launch on June 9.
Rodriguez meanwhile expressed hope that their loyal supporters will enjoy their long awaited offering, adding, “Handog po namin ito sa mga TomCar fans.”
Set to premiere on June 26, the real-life couple will share the top-billing with Benjamin Alves in I Heart Davao, which features the story of Hope (Abellana), a heart transplant recipient whose world will be turned upside-down when she goes to Davao to save her family’s chocolate business. Here, she serendipitously and unknowingly meets Ponce (Rodriguez), the proud, brooding, and mysterious ex-boyfriend of her heart donor.
Ponce also happens to be the son of the chocolate haciendero whom Hope eyes to partner with to save her family’s struggling venture. Ponce’s “Dabawenyo dude” pragmatism will constantly offend Hope’s “Manila girl” sensibilities.
As the two ironically start to develop feelings for each other despite their constant bickering, Hope suddenly finds her childhood friend and ardent suitor, Paul (Alves), following her all the way to Davao City to win her heart.
Besides the love triangle set-up, the series will also highlight the beauty of the “land of promise” with scenes shot in the city’s top attractions.
As such, Rodriguez hopes that the series will further inspire Filipinos to appreciate the rest of the country all the more.
“It will allow not only those from Davao but the whole island to take pride and ownership in this project,” he added.
Marlon Rivera who helmed the award-winning film “Babae sa Septic Tank” directs.