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 Last episode introduced us to the “kontrabidas” in Benjie’s life, people who would create hurdles for our male lead to overcome. In this episode, we will get to know (and hate) the kontrabidas in Sinag’s life, and the whole town of Pelangi. Namely, the corrupt mayor of the town and his spoiled rotten daughter. And we’ll find out how Benjie ends up in Pelangi.


I’ll try to make my recaps more concise and less detailed. *sigh* I'm relying on episode snippets uploaded by the official youtube channel of GMA Network. Excuse the sloppy screen caps.

Benjie complains to bestfriend Jason in the pantry on their less-than-ideal first day of work. Instead of doing work as architects, they are reduced to being errand boys. Ends up going on a coffee run. But he does get a glimpse of the proposed Pelangi project and he realizes that he could probably come up with a better design.

Back in Pelangi, Ninay gushes over the painting while the guys refuse to acknowledge the so-called soulmate’s attractiveness. Mang Elvis interrupts the squad’s conversation to inform Sinag that the town’s mayor is calling for a meeting the next day and wanted to use the radio to make an announcement. Quick thinking Sinag suggests that since their antenna is still broken, they can resort to the “umalokohan” (town crier) to spread the news to the whole town.

After Catalina and team’s presentation for the Project Pelangi, Don Vicente rejects the proposal, citing that the design was uncreative and run-off-a-mill. So despite his initial approval of Catalina’s design, he tells the team to come up with newer ideas to impress the investors. When he asks if anyone in the room has a fresh idea in mind, Benjie stand up to show him his design sketches in his handy-dandy notebook. Don Vicente is impressed and orders the team to re-do their proposal and use Benjie’s designs. Of course, this infuriates Tita Catalina, the principal architect.


And that is how Benjie ends up being involved in Pelangi, making him one long drive closer to his soulmate.

We finally meet the Mayor of Pelangi (and his spoiled daughter, who for some reason choses to stand behind his dad when she could sit somewhere out of sight. She makes no effort to show she’s bored, one wonders why she even came with her dad’s as he does his official duties as an elected official. She’s not even dressed appropriately. GAHHH!) The mayor Escobar wanted to inform the citizens of Pelangi that a big company (the Rosales Development) intends to buy off their lands and properties to turn their town into the next Tagaytay. They’ll get 5 M php for their land, he says. That’s a great deal since that is higher than the market value of their land, he says.

Mang Elvis asks, “what if we chose not to sell our land?” Our good mayor answers, “Most of you don’t pay property taxes every year. Some of you don’t hold real land titles to your properties. So if I were you, I’d sell.” WOW. The meeting adjourns with most of the citizens pissed off, some confused.

Back in Rosales Development, Benjie takes the helm of the Pelangi project. More high falutin technical terms to make it seem that they’re neck deep into planning. Jason gets Benjie to agree to treat the team to burgers while Catalina and Elton watch from afar, incensed at the newbie. Catalina reveals how hard she had to work to take her older brother’s place in the company when he left. She’d be damned if she lets his son take her place.

At Bahay Obispo, Sally and Teddy tell the kids about what was brought up in the meeting the other day. Nanay Sally asks, “What if we just sell our property so that our money woes would be solved?” Sinag immediately protests and points out that 5M is not enough to live in Manila. She further points out that no matter how appealing Manila is, nothing could beat the natural beauty of their town. “And what about the radio station?” The whole family agrees that they are not selling their property.

At Rosales Development, Don Vicente receives news that some residents in Pelangi don’t want to sell. “That can’t happen, dad. That’s where we’ll build the mall, hotels and theme park.” (I find it so ironic that they are uprooting people from their homes to build temporary residence for outsiders.) Catalina schemes to send Benjie to Pelangi to get him off her back. “So that someone on our end could help in the negotiations.” Suddenly Benjie is considered as “one of the family.” Nice, Catalina. Nice.

At a market in Pelangi, Sinag and friends discuss the pros and cons of the Rosales Developments plans. Marjorie, the mayor’s daughter, butts in (because she thinks she’s entitled to do so) and basically just insults Sinag, Bahay Obispo and the whole town for being “cheap.” (It’s like her character is written to just be a source of irritation.  I mean what is she even doing in the local marketplace in a night-club outfit, alone without her bodyguard and yaya posse? My gahd!)

Don Vicente informs Benjie of his assignment in Pelangi. Gone is the cold and intimidating Don he met during his job interview. “I believe that you are a very talented architect. And you can contribute a lot to this project.”(Watch Benjie’s eyes glisten with happiness).  

Trust Catalina to be the wet blanket to snuff Benjie’s fire. After giving him a veiled threat, spiced with subtle put downs and a perfectly drawn raised eyebrow, she leaves Benjie speechless. (His eyes though).

Back at Bahay Obispo, Nanay Sally is fuming mad upon learning what happened between her beloved daughter and the mayor’s daughter. A similar scene is happening at the mayor’s house, where Marjorie is throwing a hissy fit over Sinag. Her father placates her (to stop her tantrum cuz her shrill voice is sooo irritating, imho) telling her that when the plans with the Rosaleses pushes through, their town will soon be the new playground of the “rich and famous.” It’s clear that the mayor doesn’t care about his constituents. This deal with the Rosaleses is mainly to fill up his pockets.

Sinag and family plan to convince their neighbors not to sell their land to protect Pelangi. Tala suggests making a painting showing the beauty of their town, Sol adds that their town’s situation should become viral in social media, while Sinag proposes that they organize a protest rally. Oh here’s an ultimate despicable bad guy move: Lolo Elvis and Lola Delia are forced out of their homes in the middle of the freakin night by the mayor’s men because they cannot show them the title to their property. Heartless monsters.


Benjie catches his mom smoking (I swear my heart twitched because RFJ’s mom used to be a heavy smoker) and tries to allay her fears because of his out of town assignment. With an affectionate son like that, how can you stay mad and matampuhin? (Trivia: this is one of the first scenes A shot for DTBY. This was shot last year, a few days before the new year.)


Benjie gets his bestfriend Jason to come with him to Pelangi. On the way to the town proper, Benjie gets a feeling of déjà vu, remembering that he had been to this town when he was younger, meeting a young girl in a bright yellow dress.


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Random thoughts:

* I find it funny when they use highfalutin words that don’t actually mean anything when they show scenes that involve highly technical presentations.

* I totally get Catalina’s ire with Benjie. He’s such a cheeky little smart aleck. I’m with Catalina on this one.

* There’s a stark difference between Sinag and Benjie’s stuggles in this episode. While Sinag is fighting for the whole town’s environmental treasures, Benjie is fighting to get his grandfather’s acceptance and be acknowledged as an architect. Different scope but have the same gravity. Too bad that in order for Benjie to overcome his struggles, he would have to exacerbate Sinag’s problems.

* It is just mindblowing how the mayor is painted as someone so all-powerful, as if there is no provincial council or even a vice mayor to provide a check-and-balance or to at least consult with before doing a major move, like selling the land where his constituents live and thrive. I mean, hello! Before even signing with a big company, he should’ve consulted with the people first. What ended up happening is instead of consulting, the people were just merely informed that a big company from Manila is offering to buy them their land. (According to Catalina in an earlier scene, her team has already spent millions in “getting to know the site” without even securing the express consent of the constituents of the land who live in the areas they plan to build on) It’s insane but sadly, that does happen in most provinces in the Philippines. Instead of a government for and by the people, we have overlords who see their public office as an avenue to get rich. This is the kind of underhanded move that activists in UP go out to the streets for.  

* It’s heartbreaking how real the simple thinking of some citizens of Pelangi are. So short-sighted. “I’ll think about it when the money runs out.” What’s even more heartbreaking is that greedy capitalists and politicians take advantage of them, without them even being aware of it.   

* Catalina’s fashion ootds for episode 4. Still slaying. Show them who wears the pants girl!


* Are these big real estate companies really this egocentric? How can they make plans and grand designs over a large land mass inhabited by a community, without even consulting them? They want to bulldoze over properties without even considering the culture, the history, the rich natural environment of the land. It’s so infuriating.   

* Another infuriating element of this episode was how distasteful Marjorie’s character is. It’s not because she is written to be Sinag’s rival and to attempt to seduce Benjie, but because she is so unapologetically self-centered and self-entitled. “Why can’t you just make them leave? Aren’t you the mayor?” She complains to her dad. This statement is so wrong on so many levels, I cannot even begin to dissect it because my head hurts. (Another headache inducing statement: “Of all the places you can be mayor, why this place? Why can’t it be in Metro Manila?” MYGAHD!!! What does she think of public office, a typical corporate job? I’m so tempted to take the sayote from Sinag’s hand and stuff it in her empty head.) Again, what’s even more frustrating is that some (most) corrupt government officials have sons and daughters who think and act the same.

In conclusion

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Maine is such a natural in tarayan scenes, I pity anyone who would dare cross her in real life. And Alden was a treat to watch how he portrayed Benjie’s different emotions in this episode: when he was downplaying his success when Jason praised him for being chosen to design for the Pelangi Project, when he was trying to hold himself back when his estranged grandfather acknowledged his design in front of the whole senior architects of the company, and again when his grandfather gave him his assignment in Pelangi as an architect, and when he wordlessly took in Catalina’s putdowns. Speaking of Catalina, Ina Feleo is brilliant as usual. I can’t wait to see her make Benjie’s life more challenging (cause Benjie’s character is too arrogant and thinks highly of himself. He needs people like Catalina and Elton to put him down a notch.) 

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I still cannot get over A&M’s live chat last Wednesday, March 01. I’m starting to think that it really is possible to die of too much kilig. What a way to start this Maine’s birthday month.

In today’s Destined to Be Yours episode, we finally meet the cold Rosales patriarch (Vicente) and her colder daughter (Catalina),  Sinag gets a taste of how different the urban jungle is to her small home town, almost meetings, and Nanay Sally gets a psychic premonition of Sinag’s soul mate (which she draws on a wall of their house).

Recap (with screencaps galore)

After the short recap from yesterday’s episode, we are greeted with Benjie sporting KS Alden’s “dalaw-mansyon” OOTD.

Mommy Amanda is all support for her son, handing him his coat so he could be dapper in his job interview, despite knowing that he is still trying out for a job at Rosales Development. She even went out of her way to confirm his scheduled interview for the said company on behalf of his son.

And with an elated face like this, how can you say no? Nothing beats Benjie’s happy hug.

Mommy Amanda assures Benjie that she will always be there for him, and he assures her back that he will never leave her.

Shift to Sinag and friends in Badong’s rented van, singing along while en route to Manila. (What is up with Badong’s seat belt?) In fairness to Sinag, she knows Waze and trusts the app to make her way around Metro Manila. (ahahaha. Sinag points out how useless the seat belt of the van is)

In a taxi cab, Benjie is excitedly gazes at his lucky pocket watch (which shows the time 10:55. Either the timepiece is just for show or Benjie is just too excited for his 2 PM meeting).

Of course, it would turn out that Sinag and Benjie are heading to the same destination.

Sinag and Benjie bump into each other but before they can get a glimpse of each other’s faces, Lola Helen comes out to greet her long estranged apo. Looks like the reunion of the childhood friends are re-scheduled to make way for this filial reunion.

While the Rosaleses have a mini reunion, Sinag struggles with the receptionist. In an attempt to get past the “no appointment, no entry” rule, Sinag pretends to be Benjie’s secretary.

Of course it doesn’t work. And Sinag is soon escorted out the building.

Benjie finally meets his grandfather and tita Catalina. As expected the atmosphere is cold and unwelcoming.

He gets grilled about his credentials, but Benjie shows that he has balls. (of course he has to slowly remove his glasses to show he means business). And defends the way his mother single-handedly raised him.

Back downstairs, Sinag doesn’t know the word “give up’ so she tries to sneak in again. Only to be dragged out again.

Despite his grandfather’s initial put downs, Benjie is accepted to the company. But not before issuing a challenge to the young Rosales to prove him wrong, that he is not fit to be in the company. The fulfillment of his dream to be part of his grandfather’s company is bittersweet. He's hired into the company but not accepted into the family.

Sinag is dragged off back to her van, where her friends defend her from the building guard who was ensuring that she leaves. Her friends still stand by her despite wasting a whole day (and gas and van rental) on a futile mission.

Lola Helen comforts Benjie after Don Vicente and Catalina leave. Benjie takes out the pocket watch to check the time. Lola Helen tells Benjie the origin of the pocket watch and what happened with his father and grandfather. (Although I feel like Lola Helen embellished the part about Don Vicente regretting his actions towards his estranged son). “Your Lolo sees Gabriel in you. It’s like our son lives again in you,” Lola Helen tells Benjie.

Again, no lines, but Alden nails this scene with just his eyes and his hand clasping his grandmother’s hands.

Sinag is back in Pelangi and mournfully tells his parents about her failed mission. Her family decides contribute in small ways to help Sinag repair the antenna.

Sally suddenly gets the psychic premonition and tells Sinag that she just saw her soulmate.

Of course, Sinag chooses to be skeptical about it. “Soulmate? Soulmates are not real. If destiny is real, that each one has someone predestined to be theirs, then show me some proof. Because it’s hard to place your hopes on something non-existent. It’s actually better to believe in ghosts because at least, they make their presence felt.” While Sinag goes on her monologue, Benjie starts his first day at the company. (WHAT’S WITH HIM AND TIGHT TROUSERS???)

Tita Catalina shows Benjie his desk and assigns him to work under a senior architect (who she instructs to give the boy a hard time). She also leaves him a warning. “Do your wok well, Benjie. Or else I myself would tell them to fire you even though you are a Rosales.”  

Nanay Sally, hit by inspiration, paints the vision she saw on a wall in their house. She is in the zone, so despite not eating or drinking, she doesn’t feel tired until she finishes her painting.

Oh hey, bestfriend Jason also got accepted to the company. Despite not making it to the top 10 board passers. The new hires are given an orientation of sorts, where they are basically told that no matter how good they are, they can easily be replaced. Wow. How encouraging (*eyerolls*) Turns out Jason knows that Benjie is related to the owner of the company, and Benjie tells him that he is not accepted by his family, making his blood relation more of a disadvantage.  

And oh hey! Bestfriend Tadhana is on the move again. Turns out the big project the company is taking on is going to be centered on Pelangi, Sinag’s hometown. (Yes, it’s in Quezon) It’s so funny that Jason is briefing Benjie when they just came from a briefing about the same project. Looks like someone’s not paying attention during meetings.

Nanay Sally is still at it Sinag’s short flashback reveals that her mother has always had moments like this, when inspiration hits her and she can’t help but paint. (in fairness, the painting looks like the Alden’s statue in Concha’s QC.)

Sinag shows her skeptical self and her mom insists that he’s really her soulmate. Her sister gushes that the man in the painting may just be the man Sinag marries. Her dad protests, saying she’s too young and Sinag assures him that the thought of marriage is the farthest thing in her mind, since she doesn’t even have a boyfriend. She adds that her little brother may tie the knot before her, who just came home. His excuse for coming home late? He was looking for his inspiration.

Sinag scrutinizes her so-called destiny’s face. “That’s my soulmate? Too handsome. Too perfect. I’m sure that this is merely imagined. And even if this is real, that face looks like someone who is an expert at hurting girls’ feelings.” Spoken by a real cynic. But she can’t help but be impressed by his cuteness.    

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Random thoughts

* That astonished look on Benjie’s face when he found out that his mother is finally giving him her support. Priceless.

* What I love about A’s role as Benjie is that we get to see how affectionate he is to his mother (which he is in real life). It’s such a treat to see grown men so unabashedly affectionate toward their mothers.

* Another kalyeserye reference. Benjie wears a blue long sleeved polo with dark jeans while Sinag wears something striking red during their first “meeting.” Just like A&M’s ootds during the iconic September 26, 2015 dalaw mansyon episode.

* IYAM (Imagine You and Me) car scene reference!!!

* Wahhh sobrang lapiiiit!

* Aren’t there other companies or NGOs in the Metro that Sinag could consider instead? There are so many organizations who are willing to support local non-government radio stations.  

* I love Sinag’s narration. “They say that you should find love. But sometimes, love itself ends up finding you. It’s like playing hide-and-seek. The only question is whether you’re the ‘it’ or I am.”

* Donya Helen is like one of the many lola fangirls of Alden in real life.

* Slay the power suit Catalina!

* Although Don Vicente’’s character is written as someone cold and rude, he makes a lot of sense. Nepotism is not an admirable business practice. Even without the tragic background, Don Vicente should be tough on the young architect, so he won’t take his position in the company for granted.

* Every episode, Maine keeps proving to us how she has improved acting wise. And this scene where she is dragged out of the building is just awesome.

* And every episode, we get treated to Alden’s puppy dog eyes. Different emotions, same set of eyes.

* In fairness, despite their poverty, they can afford to color and maintain their hair.

* We are also treated with a fine shot of M’s fave body part on A.

* Ugh. This Elton guy’s diction is horrendous.

* When Sinag, after seeing the painting, says, “I don’t think I’ve seen him in manila,” I just had to snicker because A’s face is plastered all over the Metro, in billboards and bus ads.

In conclusion

It was a treat to see Alden nail that scene with Lola Helen. And Maine once again showed us how perfect her comic timing is. And those easter eggs scattered in the episode, intentional references or not. Benjie is finally heading out to Pelangi! Can’t wait to watch the next episodes!!! 

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 DTBYPilot is done, now we have DTBYArchitectBenjie. In this second episode, we find out more about Benjie and how complicated he is. He is more than the confident and affectionate young man we saw in yesterday’s episode. If the pilot episode mostly focused on Sinag and her family, this episode now shifts to Benjie.

Recap (with screen caps galore)

After the usual look back on the previous episode’s highlights, the episode picks up from yesterday’s last scene, with Benjie discovering “destiny’s promise.” But the piece is too expensive for the young architect, so nope. The symbolic hands will not end up with Benjie…yet. Turns out that Benjie is leaving the art gallery in search of a new job in a firm. His oath taking ceremony is taking place that day. But Nana Puring assures him that she will always welcome him back should he need it. More cuddles for Ms Nova Villa (how to be you po?) Before Nana Puring leaves, she tells Benjie to take “destiny’s promise,” saying he can pay for it when he gets the money. So different from the haggling art dealer Sinag and her family faced in the previous episode.

Shift scene to the oathtaking and induction ceremony for architects, where Benjie is seen on stage as part of the top 10 board passers. (Alden in a barong: board passer or Governor of Laguna?)

The excited Benjie turns into a young boy as he hugs his mom. He dedicates his accomplishment to his mom, and they share a tight celebratory hug.

In Pelangi, Tatay Teddy and Nanay Sally talk about the kids and Teddy once again apologizes for his inability to give her and their family a “magandang buhay.” Sally reassures him that when she chose him, she knew that rough times were ahead but she believed in him and continues to do so, that he’ll overcome this setback. She promises to support him, in good times and bad. Sinag overhears their sweet conversation.

Back in Manila, mother and son head to a columbarium where Benjie proudly shows his dad his professional license ID as an architect. As Benjie talks to his dad, the feels come in waves, and our heart goes out to this boy who wishes his dad was still there to celebrate his accomplishments. That subtle break in his voice, his eyes glistening and sober despite his effort to smile, the poor attempt to joke to keep things light: Alden Richards is a master to scenes like these because he has this deep well of experiences from which he pulls from to get the mood.

Benjie then brings out the pocket watch shown in the opening scene in the pilot. Apparently, it’s a lucky charm he got from his dad before he passed away, a watch that originally belonged to his grandfather. As the flashback of that moment is shown, we find out why Benjie wanted to be an architect.  

Back in Pelangi, Sinag is alone in the radio booth at night. She talks to her deceased grandfather and asks him is she really looking for the one destined for her, despite her cynical and bitter views on destiny? After seeing her mom and dad, she wonders if she could do the same, to stand by her man no matter what.

Back in manila, Benjie meets Jason at a bar where we first encounter “playboy Benjie” who picks up pretty girls only to cut off communication after a while. Some people in twitter point out that Benjie was more of a serial dater than a play boy. I would agree but then again, I’ve never encountered either one so I wouldn’t know the difference. He immediately scouts the place for a lady to approach only to get the surprise when he finds out that his target was the bestfriend of his last fling. He gets slapped (twice!) but still remains charming, like he’s an innocent boy-next-door.

Naghanap. Nag Pa-cute. Nasampal.

Benjie makes fun of Jason being mushy with his girlfriend on the phone while Jason calls him out for having no steady girlfriend. He proudly says he doesn’t need a girlfriend (described by Jason as someone who’ll be his date in important life occasions, who’ll worry about him if he stays out late, who’ll take care of him) because he has his mother for all that. “Who’s the corny one now?” Jason asks the mama’s boy.

Next scene, we’re back in Pelangi. In the middle of Sinag and squad’s radio drama (complete with manual sound effects c/o Arman), the radio’s antenna breaks and the broadcast signal is cut off. Sinag is forced to search for company sponsors to finance the repair of the antenna…in Manila.

Benjie butters up to his mom (by praising her cooking, giving her a massage, telling her how hard it was to send out resumes, being soooo cute) to make her more accepting of the fact that he applied for a job Rosales Development. Of course it doesn’t work. Turns out that the Rosaleses that own that company is his father’s family, who disowned him when he chose to be with his mother. “I don’t know why you keep forcing yourself on people who don’t even want you!” You could just imagine how much worse the patriarch treated Amanda and Benjie when his father died in the accident (which is revealed in Amanda’s tearful flashback). We now understand why Amanda is so afraid for Benjie to cross paths with the Rosaleses: Don Vicente threatened to take Benjie away from her.

That scene where Amanda and Benjie are forced to peek around the corner during the funeral is so heart breaking. This is just cruel. To have your right to grieve taken away from you.

Young Benjie thus promises to his dad on his grave that he will always love and take care of her mother.

While Benjie’s mom is crying alone in the dark after rejecting her son’s dream of meeting his father’s family, Sinag’s mom, along with the rest of the family, discusses Sinag’s plan of going to Manila to seek sponsorship for the radio station.  Although Sally is reluctant to let Sinag head to Manila, she concedes when the rest of the family votes against her.  

The next day, Amanda gets an unexpected visitor: Donya Helen, Benjie’s kind and accepting grandmother. Total opposite of her husband. She knows that Benjie sent his resume and portfolio to their company and wants to convince Amanda to let Benjie pursue his dream. I like that neither Amanda nor Donya Helen sat down when they had the heart to heart talk. It further highlights how uncomfortable the conversation was to both parties.

Back in Pelangi, Sinag attempts to book an appointment with a company over the phone. Hilarity ensues.

While Sinag gets rejected in each call, Benjie receives an interview appointment from Rosales Devt. But he decides to take a rain check for the sake of his mom.

Sinag and squad are ready to head to Manila!   

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Random thoughts

* Alden proves yet again why his forte is drama. Effortless and effective. And nakakadala. You get swept away in his emotions.

* This scene where Benjie kissed his mother’s head. We almost missed such a precious moment. Thank God for YT uploads and screenshots.

* I’ve no experience with dating or flings so I cannot judge Benjie, but it’s kinda difficult for me to understand how a mama’s boy could treat women so casually, not minding if he hurts them emotionally. One of my twitter guy friends share that his playboy ways are just a façade to keep himself from getting hurt. Another twitter friends adds that he may be afraid to invest his emotions on a girl who might end up leaving him, like what happened to his mom when his dad suddenly died. They make so much sense.

* A moment of silence for all the ovaries that exploded when Benjie winked (09:30)

* I don’t get what’s appealing about guys running their hands through their overly-styled-with-hair-wax hair. It only works with Alden because biceps.

* Sorry, but I just have to get this off my chest: ang tambok ng pwet ni A.

* I sincerely hope that Benjie did not tell that girl “I think I like her” just to get into her pants only to lead her along then set her aside after he got what he wanted. Cuz that would make him scum. Unforgiveable scum. And I’d totally be against him being involved in Sinag’s life in anyway. Baka may STD pa siya no.  

* I’ve been screencapping Alden and Maine and I find it unfair that they don’t have any bad angles. Even awkward facial contortions look adorable.

* when you think about how much Sinag’s parents are struggling to make ends meet, and how costly running a radio station is, you wonder how they managed to keep it running after all these years without regular sponsorship. Don’t they have radio advertisements? Companies dealing with livestock feed and agricultural fertilizers I think would pay big money to tap into Radyo Pelangi’s loyal subscribers.

* When Badong volunteered to drive Sinag and friends to Manila, Sinag raises her eyebrows. “Drive us? Using your tricycle?” [of course, the line is in Filipino] I loved how natural Meng was in here. That’s exactly how real people react when they hear something preposterous.  

* Benjie in house clothes is so hot for some reason. I guess it’s because we’re so used to see A so glammed up, it’s a breath of fresh air to see him soooo…normal.

* That’s right mommy Amanda. Avoid Benjie’s puppy dog eyes or else all your resolve will melt away.

* A father (Vicente) is blaming an innocent person (Amanda) for his son’s accidental death. (The actor who played Benjie’s dad is named Matthew Mendoza). Someone is unfairly blamed for Matthew’s death. Is this in reference to God Gave Me You (Alden and Maine’s first drama presentation)?

* Young Catalina’s style has always been on point even when she was a teen. Slay gurl. (Of course, she’s played by the young Pirena of Encantadia 2016. Another tyrannical tita with childhood issues of being acknowledged as worthy by her parents).

* Ugh. Don Vicente’s lines are so generic kontra-bida. But

* Would Don Vicente have the legal right to take Benjie away from his mom? Oh right, I forgot. This is a Filipino drama. Money rules the world.

* The age gap between Gabriel and Catalina are huge. Is Catalina really his sister? Is that the source of her insecurities?

* Deym. This is exactly what Pirena looked like when she “comforted” her mom when she had to send Amihan away. So creepy. (Gurl your brother just died. And your parents are all emotional. What's with the RBF?)


* In fairness to Tatay Teddy. Despite his accident on the way to Manila that resulted in the injury of his arms, he did not develop a travel-related trauma. You’d think that he’d be the one against his daughter’s plan to take the same road he took when he got into an accident.

* I really like how they like to contrast how different Sinag’s family is to Benjjie’s. From the color of their clothes, to the background/set, the body language.

In conclusion…

(I am in the state of kilig-induced shock because I was writing this after Maine and Alden’s epic #DTBYLiveChat. All processes that require higher levels of thinking are hereby suspended until further notice.)

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 Finally the fandom's wait is long over. We get to see Maine and Alden on a prime time series. Even if it took Alden 2 or 3 years (his last prime time series was Illustrado in the later part of 2014) to come back to his element, the wait was worth it. If industry rumors are to be believed, he turned down several projects for his comeback because Maine will not be his onscreen partner.  And Maine, she has proven that she did not take this role for granted. Despite her personal opinion that she cannot do drama, she delivered it each and every scene that pull at the heart strings. For a newbie, she was able to jive with seasoned veterans (like Gardo Versoza and Nova Villa). In vernacular, kaya niyang makipagsabayan. Hindi siya nilamon ng screen presence ng mga co-stars niya. Most of the pilot episode revolved around SInag and her family and Maine was able to showcase her acting chops.

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Recap of the Episode (with screen caps galore!)

the hand of destiny at work )

Oh and they would happen to overhear the same song (the drama's OST) from a random passenger's headphones.

about Sinag )

DJ Sunshine ready to give you your daily dose of hugot

about a boy )eboy o ebak )

Eboy o ebak? Boys who break young girls' hearts are worse than horse poop

Mr Dream Boy )
Your dream boy who will design your dream house
About Benjie and DJ Sunshine )
Benjie and his pemily )Sinag and her pemily )
While Sinag comforts her Dad, Benjie still misses his
The two pemilies )
The Obispos vs the Rosaleses


Next Episode's preview:

abangan )

Random thoughts in bullets:

* Mystery 1: The case of the missing eye glasses during the train scene. 

the perfect toothpaste commercial smile
Now you see you don't 

* It's so cute that Sinag's grandfather's name is "Lolo Doro," in reference to Kalyeserye's Lola Nidora.

*Although the meeting-in-childhood (and getting saved by a young boy) is a cliche, it works because it shows the hand of destiny at work. The story presents the theory that you could've already met the one destined for you, but because it isn't the right time for your story to unfold, you will go on separate paths until the right time comes for your paths to cross again. That's how Nicomaine and Richard's story played out. They met 5 years prior to their July 16, 2015 splitscreen meeting in EB.

* The location for the drama is soooo picturesque. Instagram worthy. Sinag lives in a museum! How awesome is that. And the art works are all divine. Hope we get to meet who the artists are behind the artworks. They deserve the love as well. 

Bahay Obispo and Nana Puring's Art Gallery (Heritage)

* When young Sinag and young Benjie shared the same spoon to eat ice scrambol. That is soooo Alden and Maine. Laway exchange program!

SinJie vs ALDUB Laway Exchange Program
(ALDUB screenshot ctto

* When the random puppy crossed young Sinag and young Benjie's path on the way to her house, she immediately forgot her worries of never finding her family again and rushes to run after the stray dog (who may or may not have rabies).

* I don't get why they had to add the scene where the kids fall and play in the river. (because it wouldn't be memorable if they were able to reach her home without any incident? or to showcase the beauty of the location?) 

* Or was it to establish that Sinag was mischievous even as a kid? When she fell in the pond, she made it look like she was drowning, only to pull young Benjie into the shallow water with her.

* Mystery 2: How did young Benjie's white shirt stay white after falling into a natural pond?

* Benjie, already breezy at such a young age. He already had his arm around Sinag without even exchanging names. (as if your one skinny arm around her will help to ward off the chill of the night breeze)

* Fist bump: sign that you'll be friends forever. Never mind if you never got each other's names and other basic information.

* So weird that the DTBY theme is played from a vinyl record. Vintage song?

* Loved that so far, all the characters are written realistically. These are people you'll most likely meet in life. And the challenges they face are relatable (highschool heart breaks, artists' struggling with finances, a father and artist burdened by the injury of his hands in an accident, a son quietly dealing with the sudden loss of his father).

* Sinag's radio show features the love story of couples in their community. Just like in Eat Bulaga's Kap's book of amazing true love stories (only minus the bitter Sinag).

* Although Alden claimed that he got rusty when it came to acting, his scenes were a delight to watch. Especially that scene were he gazed at his deceased father's picture. No monologue. It only lasted a few seconds (19 to be exact) but it delivered the right emotions. We also discover that behind Benjie's happy-go-lucky confident facade is a young boy still longing for his father.

* I have a feeling the scene where Benjie had a convo with his bestfriend was shot when Alden was sick.

* My heart twitched when I heard Benjie call his mom. It's been so long since Alden had an opportunity to call out "Ma."

* Sinag's younger siblings are adorable comic reliefs  

* TBH, medyo awkward yung musical scoring.

* It's a known fact that Alden could cry at a drop of a hat, with tears filling and rimming his puppy dog eyes before dropping in neat trails. But Meng could easily catch up to him when it comes to crying. She's a fast learner. She could cry out loud like a kid and quietly shed tears like a natural.

* And I love the contrast: Sinag reluctant to let go of Destiny's Promise while Benjie is delighted to see the piece

In conclusion...
It was a pilot episode that was worth the wait. Technically, a lot can be improved on, but story-wise it had a solid plot. There are so many contact points between Sinag and Benjie, so many shared histories, and yet they meet in such an unexpected way. Can't wait to meet the rest of the cast for the plot to thicken.

possible points of major conflict between the SinJie CP:
* when Sinag finds out that Benjie intends to buy their property for the company, to gain his grandfather's approval and acceptance
* when Benjie finds out that his father died saving Sinag's dad


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