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Kapuso’s new series promises complex drama

It premiered last Monday night. And what the first episode showed, GMA Network’s new soap seemed laced up with intrigues and dramatic confrontations the way prime time audiences love their damas. Mundo Mo’y Akin, which took over the timeslot of Pahiram ng Sandali that ended on high dramatic note on GMA Telebabad last week, is a tale about beauty, friendship, and betrayal. Returning Kapuso star Sunshine Dizon plays Perlita Mendoza and Angelika dela Cruz is Rodora Santos. The two are the best of friends until Rodora transforms into Giselle and marries the man she dreams of and who happens to be Perlita’s employer, Ziggy Carbonell played by the versatile actor Gabby Eigenmann. Jolina Magdangal is Aida Carbonell and Kapuso newcomer Lauren Young is Darlene Carbonel, daughter of Ziggy and Giselle. Jacklyn Jose hops over to the Kapuso station to play Victoria Carbonell, the matriarch of the family whose thriving barong Tagalog business makes them one of the richest families in their town. Yet, Mundo Mo’y Akin brings back the love team of Alden Richards and young Louise de los Reyes. They play Jerome Alvarez and Marilyn Mendoza, respectively. In the series, childhood best friends Rodora (Angelika) and Perlita (Sunshine) have always suffered taunting and ridicule for being. While Perlita accepted these criticisms gracefully and is satisfied with her life, Rodora believed that there’s no future and hope for unattractive people like them. Armed with her sheer determination, Rodora works under Doña Carmen, a rich but physically and verbally abusive woman. When Doña Carmen dies of a heart attack, Rodora didn’t know that her employer left her with so much money enough to have her features changed radically via surgery. Then she takes on another personality as Giselle. Meanwhile, Perlita is willing to love any man who will accept her as she is. This leads her to trust a Fil-Am whom she believes loves her sincerely. But after one night of passionate lovemaking, the guy dumps her while taking all her money. Left with no choice but to accept her fate. Perlita works as a maid in the mansion of the Carbonells. By some twist of fate, the paths of former friends Perlita and Rodora cross again in the mansion. However, Giselle is now the wife of Ziggy (Gabby), the son of Victorina (Jacklyn), the matriarch of Carbonel’s Barong. Unknown to Perlita, the beautiful wife of her boss is her childhood bestfriend Rodora. Soon after, Giselle and Perlita get pregnant at the same time. Giselle is anxious and concerned that her child will inherit her ugly features. And this situation will bring shame on Ziggy’s family and will eventually reveal her real identity. Giselle’s worst fears become reality when she gives birth to an ugly baby. Her world is shattered and she knows that her relationship with Ziggy is over. Perlita, on the other hand, is surprised with her cute and beautiful baby. But after giving birth, she passes out. Giselle learns from Aida (Jolina), Ziggy’s cousin, about Perlita’s baby. Giselle conspires with Aida to switch her ugly baby with Perlita’s child and in return, she will support her in the family’s business. Aida agrees and Giselle successfully covers up her identity and switches the two babies. As years pass by, Perlita dutifully takes care of her daughter Marilyn (Louise) while Giselle raises Darlene (Lauren) as her own child. Marilyn and Darlene become close despite their gap in status. But things will turn differently when Gerald (Alden), Aida’s son, who has always defended Marilyn, will fall in love with Darlene. A love triangle ensues and Darlene and Marilyn are now rivals. Now I’ve told you the gist of the soap. It’s time to watch and see if the web of lies, treachery and betrayal can keep our nights alive.
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