A tale of love and vengeance

Magkaagaw, GMA Network’s latest afternoon drama, has an ordinary premise, that is if we are talking about stories told on local TV. But what makes it different is the cast and how the director promises to make the drama exciting as the conflict unfolds on our television screens beginning today.

In the series, two successful women will be caught in the traps of infidelity leading to the immeasurable pain of an innocent daughter. Former on-screen rivals in Bakekang and two of the industry’s sought after-actresses, Sheryl Cruz as Veron and Sunshine Dizon as Laura reunite in the most intriguing drama harped on vengeance that will heat up Kapuso viewers’ afternoon.

“I’m very happy because it’s been a while and maganda ‘yung team up namin ni Sunshine all the time. I also have to thank GMA for this project because it’s a different character—it’s my first time portraying a role of having an affair with a younger man,” Sheryl said.

“It’s a reunion project with Sheryl so that’s very exciting. We are also working with Direk Gil (Tejada Jr.), who is our director in Bakekang. What makes Magkaagaw unique is first time mata-tackle dito ‘yung character ni Laura na hindi sinasadyang maging kabit. She was blind-sided and put in a situation na wala siyang laban kasi hindi niya alam. She did not intentionally ruin a relationship,” Sunshine revealed.

The lead cast of GMA 7's latest afternoon drama, 'Magkaagaw.'
The lead cast of GMA 7's latest afternoon drama, 'Magkaagaw.' 
The original drama also introduces the freshest team up of StarStruck 6 Ultimate Female Survivor Klea Pineda as Clarisse and Protégé Season 2 winner Jeric Gonzales as Jio in their most daring roles yet.

Joining the stellar cast of Magkaagaw are: Polo Ravales as Oliver, Laura’s suitor who is actually a con artist; Dion Ignacio as Zander, Clarisse’s officemate who secretly fancies her; Dennis Padilla as Mark, Jio’s comical uncle who acts as his moral booster; Lovely Abella as Suzi, Laura’s kikay but supportive best friend; Isay Alvarez as Fely, Laura’s doting mother; Patricia Tumulak as Gilda, Veron’s cousin who conspires with her against those who have wronged her; and Joanna Marie Tan as Sheila, Clarisse’s confidante who sticks up for her through ups and downs.

Magkaagaw also highlights the special participation of actor-politician Alfred Vargas as Mario, Veron’s unfaithful husband who pursued Laura and unknowingly made her a mistress.

Veron (Sheryl) has always been ambitious and career-driven. So when a big career opportunity abroad presented itself, she decides pursue it—despite her husband Mario’s (Alfred) pleas for her to stay. It wasn’t long before their marriage suffered amid the long distance. Back home, Mario met Laura (Sunshine), a loving and kind real estate sales agent whom he develops feelings for. In the end, Mario leaves Veron and chooses Laura.

Heartbroken and alone, Veron decides to focus on her career, but the pain she has felt from her husband’s betrayal remained. Twenty-five years later, she becomes very influential in the corporate world as the Country Director of McKella Philippines. Here, she meets her new employee Clarisse (Klea), an ambitious, determined, and strong young lady.

Veron then crosses paths with the dashing Jio (Jeric) and romance blossoms between the two, not knowing that he is the husband of her promising mentee Clarisse. Veron soon discovers that the latter is the daughter of Mario and his mistress Laura. She plots her revenge and makes Clarisse pay for the sins of her mother by stealing her husband. The legal wife Veron, in the name of pain and revenge, is now turning into the kind of person she hated the most, a desperate and unwanted mistress.

Klea Pineda and Jeric Gonzales are introduced in 'Magkaagaw' as the network's newest love team.
Klea Pineda and Jeric Gonzales are introduced in 'Magkaagaw' as the network's newest love team. 
How far would Veron go to avenge her pain? What would happen to Clarisse when she finds out that she is a daughter of a mistress? And what would happen if Clarisse finds out that her husband has a mistress?

The show’s creative team is composed of creative director Aloy Adlawan; creative head RJ Nuevas; creative consultant Jojo Tawasil Nones; headwriter Richard Cruz; writers Luningning Ribay, Renato Custodio; and brainstormers Gilda Olvidado Marcelino, Nehemrey Dallego.

This original series, created by the GMA Drama group, is headed by the SVP for Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable, VP for Drama Redgie A. Magno, AVP for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy, senior program manager Camille Hermoso-Hafezan, and executive producer Jojo Aleta.

Under the helm of esteemed director Gil Tejada, Jr., catch the world premiere of Magkaagaw after Eat Bulaga on GMA Afternoon Prime.

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Big names in full support ‘World Pandesal Day’ 

Artisanal, 80-year-old Kamuning Bakery once again spearheaded  the celebration of World Pandesal Day last Oct. 16 highlighted by the giving away of more than 70,000 free pandesal to residents of Quezon City.

Big names in show business and politics graced the occasion in support of the worthy endeavour, a brainchild of Kauming Bakery owner, realty entrepreneur  and writer  Wilson Lee Flores. 

“World Pandesal Day is a civic and cultural project that  hopes to honor the humble yet great Filipino bread pandesal, it is Kamuning Bakery Cafe’s thanksgiving for continuous public patronage since 1939 despite rise of many giant bread factories and modern bakery chains, also despite a destructive 2018 fire which heavily damaged it.  KBC seeks to also highlight the problems of hunger and poverty. 

Mother Lily Monteverde is joined by entertainment writers and editors at Kamuning Bakery Cafe for the World's Pandesal Day. 
As part of the month-long celebration of Pandesal Month, Kamuning Bakery Café also organised two free medical, dental and optical missions in its premises in Q.C. on Oct.r 6 and the next one will be on Oct. 27 Sunday from 8 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Wilson Lee Flores said although Kamuning Bakery Café is just a small business when he bought and revived it four years ago, he was inspired to start “World Pandesal Day” charities due to the Bible story of a humble boy who shared 5 loaves of breads and 2 fishes, which Jesus Christ multiplied to feed over 5,000 men plus many women and children. Oct. 16 is also World Bread Day.

 Despite suffering a destructive fire last year caused by a neighboring resto bar and now still recovering, Kamuning Bakery Cafe continues its various unique philanthropic projects like this annual “World Pandesal Day”, the non-partisan “Pandesal Forum”, the World Poetry Day every March 21, donations to many orphanages and marginalized groups, to name a few.

Ever since Wilson Lee Flores bought and revived it four years ago, Kamuning Bakery Cafe has also donated four public schoolbuildings in rural areas, like for Sta. Rosa Elementary School in historic seaside Balangiga town in Eastern Samar province, the Villa Bacolor Elementary School in Tarlac City of Tarlac province and others.

 The pandesal-giving ceremonies started at  8:30 a.m. where residents lined up as early as 5:00 a.m. to receive 70,000 free pandesal breads and other food gifts at  Kamuning Bakery Cafe at No. 43 Judge Jimenez Street corner K-1st Street, Barangay Kamuning, Q.C. 

VIP guests who attended the event include Senator Cynthia Villar, Senator Risa Hontiveros, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Regal Films founder Mother Lily Y. Monteverde, among other surprise guests.

President Rodrigo R. Duterte also sent his congratulatory message. Excerpt from the message is as follows:

“My warmest greetings to the Kamuning Bakery Cafe as it celebrates World Pandesal Day... As you honor our history and heritage by showcasing the remarkable skills of Filipino bakers, I encourage you to create more job opportunities for our people. I also call on you to engage in corporate social responsibility and pursue initiatives that will improve the lives of your workers and our localities... I wish you a successful and joyous event.”

Likewise, Former Senate President Manny B. Villar said,  “I congratulate Mr. Wilson Lee Flores of Kamuning Bakery Café for spearheading the celebration of ‘World Pandesal Day’ which coincides with “World Bread Day’ on Oct. 16. Mr. Flores is what I call a social entrepreneur because he is primarily driven by his desire to address the needs of our people and our society. In this case, he is courageously trying to rebuild the historic Kamuning Bakery whose existence has been threatened by fire and by advances in baking technologies. He is also, through the ‘World Pandesal Day’, trying to elevate the simple everyday bread as an important marker of our collective heritage.

“The pandesal has a very special place in my life. When I was young I would help my Nanay Curing in selling shrimp and fish in Divisoria. And I would wake up early in the morning, take a quick breakfast of nilagang kape and pandesal before walking to the market. The smell of coffee and hot pandesal triggers fond memories of my childhood. And I am certain that pandesal has become part of the Filipino life too. I wish you a successful celebration of World Pandesal Day. And I sincerely pray for God’s help as you revive an important pillar of our culture and history,” Villar added.

 GMA Network, Inc. Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, who was a consistent guest and patron of the bakery said in his message, “I first stepped into the doors of Kamuning Bakery Café a long time ago upon the invitation of my friend, Wilson Lee Flores. The smell of freshly baked pan de sal and brewed coffee evoke warm memories of home. The bakery and I share something special. This year, we both turn 80 years old. Congratulations Wilson and team for shining the spotlight on our country’s humble yet popular bread and for celebrating by sharing your blessings with others.

 Atty. Gozon added: “From its humble beginnings in 1939, Kamuning Bakery Café has grown and its legacy of serving traditional, no-preservatives, proudly Filipino style bread remains. It is also home to diverse leaders, intellectuals, writers and celebrities. Even after it was burned to the ground last year, it remains undaunted and full of hope. It could have chosen the easy way out, but it did not. Like the pan de sal, it has remained resilient and constant---serving the same delicious bread over the past 80 years. Yan ang Serbisyong Totoo.” 

“It is people like Wilson and the master bakers of Kamuning Bakery that nourish Philippine history. We share in your dream of bringing out the best in every Filipino through world-class artisanal baking. Under your inspired leadership and mastery of craft, you have preserved culinary heritage today and for the generations to come,” he carried on.

Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) President Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong said, “Kamuning Bakery Café has a long, fine heritage to be proud of. By satisfying the basic need of baking affordable breads to save people from hunger and malnutrition, you are doing a valuable service to our people. We are also glad to be your partner in conducting a free medical and dental mission in Kamuning Bakery Café this Oct. 27. “

Kamuning Bakery Café’s partners for #WorldPandesalDay include the Chinese General Hospital & Medical Center led by President Dr. James Dy on Oct. 6, Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) led by President Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong on Oct. 27 Sunday 8 a.m. to 12 noon; San Miguel Mills, Philippine Foremost Milling Corp., Eden Cheese, Mega Sardines, Fly Ace Corp., Hobe Noodles, Clara Ole fruit jams, Caltex Iba Malhacan Meycauayan Exit, Cathedral Cargo Movers Trucking, Lily’s Peanut Butter, King Sue Hams, and others.

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Topics: Magkaagaw , GMA Network , World Pandesal Day
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