It was a slow first week for ABS-CBN’s newest teleserye, the awkwardly titled Ina, Kapatid, Anak.
The first week can be easily summed up as: Theresa (Cherry Pie Picache) runs away while pregnant as the surrogate for her half-sister Beatrice (Janice de Belen) and her husband, Julio (Ariel Rivera), whom Theresa has been in love with since college.
Basic. Interested yet?
Theresa’s mother left her and her drunk of a father for a wealthy man and gave birth to Beatrice. Theresa remains reasonably close to her mother and half-sister, but rich 2nd husband wants nothing to do with his wife’s first family. Meanwhile, Beatrice can’t get pregnant and has meltdowns over the fact. Desperate for money to get her father out of jail (thanks to rich 2nd husband), Theresa agrees to be a surrogate for Beatrice and Julio. But another one of Beatrice’s meltdowns pushes Theresa to run all the way to Cebu and raise the baby as her own. Meanwhile, Beatrice pops up after a brief separation from Julio with another baby they eventually raise as their own.
So where’s the supposed Gossip Girl (meh) and Magkaribal (yay!) influences the series was supposed to have? I guess that’ll come in the 2nd week, now that the babies are young adults in the persons of Kim Chiu, Maja Salvador, Enchong Dee and Xian Lim. Or not, since you can’t trust any of the spin from Philippine network praise releases.
But it’s hard to think about how that supposed style of story would fit in with the overly traditional and old-fashioned first week setup.
Rival sisters or half-sisters or cousins… definitely not a new concept. Heck, Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes did the same story twice in the god-awful Mara Clara remake and their movie Way Back Home.
Now for Filipino teleseryes, it’s pretty pointless to judge the entire series based on its first week, whether positive or negative. Because teleseryes could just as easily dive into hell as they can perk up and genuinely entertain.
The first week was pretty lackluster, save for a wonderfully charming performance by Blythe Gorostiza as the fast talking, fast thinking young Celine. Other than that, there wasn’t really anything that compels me to keep watching, except for the four young actors that are set to hopefully takeover.
Cherry Pie Picache and Ronaldo Valdez (as Theresa’s father) were fine, while Janice de Belen, Ariel Rivera, Pilar Pilapil (as the two family mother), and Eddie Gutierrez (as the rich 2nd husband) turned in typical teleserye character performances.
But it is the expected performances out of the reliables Chiu, Salavdor, Dee and Lim. (
Three Chinese actors and a Latino?) that have me still looking forward to more episodes of the series.
Now my dream teleserye young cast is still Enchong Dee, Erich Gonzales, Maja Salvador and Jason Abalos. All four have proven chemistry and would work so well in a romantic drama where “loveteams” are nonexistent and you had no idea who’d end up with who.
I get half of my dream cast in Ina, Kapatid, Anak, but both Kim Chiu and Xian Lim are definitely just as talented and thankfully, not ones to merely ham it up for the cameras and phone in their performances.
These four young actors definitely deserve and are capable of handling, good, solid material. So I hope they get it, and fresh.
Otherwise, Ina, Kapatid, Anak might as well be Tried, True, Tested… and Boring.