The Manila Times agrees with the message that resulted from a plea by Dreamscape Entertainment Television’s advertising promotions head Biboy Arboleda this week. He asked viewers, as well as entertainment journalists, to give ABS-CBN’s newest prime time series, Ikaw Lamang, a chance to reach its full potential by veering away from issues of broken or unlikely “love teams.”
Just as there were zealous “Guy and Pip” (Nora Aunor and Tirso Cruz 3rd) fans in the ‘70s, or “Sharon-Gabby” loyalists in the ‘80s, who couldn’t stand to see their showbiz idols paired with someone else on film and TV, this decade also has its share of solid love team groupies.
There are the “KimXi’s” (Kim Chiu and Xian Lim) and “Coco-Jules’” (Coco Martin and Julia Montes) who, according to fan magazines, are slighted over ABS-CBN’s decision to pair Kim and Coco in Ikaw Lamang, and “demoting” Julia to supporting role, along with Jake Cuenca.
“Let our actors’ true talent shine,” Arboleda coaxed with the entire, sterling cast of the project behind him at the Dolphy Theater on Wednesday night. Be–sides the four lead stars, the likes of Cherie Gil, Angel Locsin, Cherie Pie Picache, Tirso Cruz 3rd, Ronaldo Valdez and Ron–nie Lazaro were present to support Ikaw Lamang’s final press conference before the show premieres on Monday night.
“Allow them to grow as actors and earn a living because they do work very hard in front of that camera,” continued Arboleda. “Let us focus on the beauty of the story—on this masterpiece—and how each of the stars brilliantly delivered their roles. If we do that, then we can all say that Philippine TV has grown with quality shows like this that do not depend on mere star factor and love teams.”
The artists themselves expressed gratitude over being cast to be part of Ikaw Lamang.
“Pag nakita niyo na po yung role na ibinigay sa akin, makikita niyo po na napaganda niya para hindi tangappin,” stated Julia, who had previously shared lead billing with Coco in the widely popular series Walang Hanggan. “Hindi ko man lang inisip na support lang ako at hindi ako bida dahil ang importante po yung kagandahan ng proyekto na ito.”
Jake shared the same sentiment, who, fresh from completing his lead role in Jessy Mendiola’s Maria Mercedes, is simply excited over the fact to be working with longtime friend Coco, whom the rest of their peers openly admire for his dramatic talent.
“Just to work with Coco is good enough for me,” he stated. “I don’t care if I’m a lead, a supporting actor or an extra in whatever I do. Like the rest of the actors here with me tonight, it’s the bigger picture that matters—the story—rather than individual characters.”
Indeed what shows and movies should be, Ikaw Lamang also sought the dramatic prowess of John Estrada, Daria Ramirez, Meryl Soriano, Spanky Manikan, and Les–ter Llansang to complete the cast of a ge–nerational story that tackles the social dif–ferences and tensions between rich haci–enderos and poor sakadas in the Visayas.
With extensive research conducted by directors Malu Sevilla and Avel Sunpongco to bring the story of star crossed lovers Samuel (Coco) and Isabelle (Kim) to life, Ikaw Lamang is poised to become another gem on local television—one that reflects its progression towards a more professional and mature direction.
For more information about Ikaw Lamang, log on to the show’s official social media accounts Facebook.com/IkawLamang.Online, Twitter.com/IkawLamang_TV and Instagram.com/IkawLamang_TV.