According to Global Content Management and Operations Group Head for ABS-CBN Global Ltd. Ned Legaspi, “When we launched TFC’s sub-titled series, “MMK Classics” was the perfect choice because it tells of the stories of overseas Filipinos (OFs) whom we want to reach with this kind of content. In our second offering, we thought it fitting to make a follow-through with another program that resonated well with OFs - ‘Be Careful With My Heart.’ Now as we go into our third offering, we chose “Magkaribal”
In the New York Festivals TV and Film Awards in 2011, “Magkaribal”
The sisters and their mother are left by their father Manuel (James Blanco) to seek a better life overseas only for them to find out that he has acquired a mistress, a model named Vera (Alessandra de Rossi), in Rome. In a tragic turn of events, their mother dies after a confrontation with Vera.
Left orphaned by a mother who died and by a father who left them for another woman, Ana and Angela lead their lives on their own until social workers try to bring them under their care. They run off to the city where Angela falls ill and Ana resorts to desperate measures to save her sister’s life. The two are separated when a fire ensues at the hospital. Believing that her sister died from the fire, Ana’s desire to take revenge on Vera ignites.
She gets the attention of a gay benefactor (Allan Paule) who renames her as Victoria Valera. Meantime, Angela finds herself in the clutches of a criminal syndicate until a kind man named Hermes (John Arcilla) takes her in. The first episode ends with Angela (now called Gelay) living in the streets of Divisoria as a budding seamstress, hopeful of becoming part of Vera Couture.
As the Vera-headed Fashion Designers’ Guild of the Philippines’
The excitement reaches high levels as Louie accepts Vera’s deceptive suggestion to offer Victoria a rose on fashion night which embarrasses Victoria. In this third episode airing October 13 (October 12 in the Middle East), Gelay, like her fashion creation, gets thrown into the spotlight as the model tasked to wear her finale piece fails to show up. However, Gelay also fails to finish the walk and gets fired by Vera. Manuel comes to her defense, not knowing that the junior designer is, in fact, his estranged daughter.
In the October 20 (October 19 in the Middle East) episode, Louie and Gelay are forced into a situation and develop a budding friendship. Gelay successfully encourages Louie, already dissuaded to continue his career, to pursue a boxing match. Chloe, Vera’s daughter played by Erich Gonzales talks to her mother because of the undue pressure she is receiving as the fashion icon’s daughter which drove her to steal Gelay’s designs in the past.
The competition between Vera and Victoria and between Gelay and Chloe heats up as the quest for revenge intensifies and the stories intertwine on TFC’s third
subtitled series - “Magkaribal."