A story that captures the hearts of Pinoys
LIVE FEED - Bibsy M. Carballo (The Philippine Star) - April 4, 2016 - 10:00am

The story of Tin and Macoy, the main characters in the primetime drama series The Story of Us, is touching the hearts of many Filipinos, especially those who left their cherished one for their family needs and dreams. Featuring Kim Chiu as Tin and Xian Lim as Macoy, the soap aired its pilot episode last Feb. 29 and it is now into its sixth week.

Macoy is a young achiever who dreams of alleviating his family and community from poverty. Blessed with a high IQ, Macoy aims to be the president of the Philippines one day. Tin, a newcomer on the island, dreams of coming to the US to find her mom (Zsa Zsa Padilla), who left her and her dad (John Arcilla) when she was younger. She lives with her stepmother (Aiko Melendez) and younger brother with special needs.

Tin and Macoy are childhood best friends-turned lovers who grew up together in El Nido, Palawan. However, circumstances will drive them apart when Tin goes to the US to meet her estranged mother. Separated from one another, they are forced to make it on their own, driving them further apart until their relationship crumbles.

Macoy is starting to lose hope of ever being reunited with the love of his life after his application for a visa to the US got rejected.

The first week of The Story of Us recounts a touching story of friendship. It highlights the stupendous view of El Nido, Palawan and it also touches on deep social issues, such as poverty and child labor. Aside from the stunning scenery and camera work, keeping the series together are the heartfelt performances of the cast that includes Aiko Melendez, Susan Africa, Gardo Versoza and Zsa Zsa. Not to be outdone are Zaijian Jaranilla and Alyanna Angeles as the young Macoy and Tin, whose performances reveal a depth of emotion needed to illustrate the two main characters’ friendship and love. The series turned into an instant hit on social media not only for the story but also the area the show highlighted.

Renz Quijano: “How beautiful is the cinematography of The Story of Us. It feels like I’m watching a movie.”

Pao-pao Flores: “They are really good actors. And the chemistry is too strong for kids their age, but they’re just great actors.”

Mave Iñigo: “It’s easy to say, ‘Don’t give up, wait, hold on’ but for someone who’s hurting, frustrated and confused… that is difficult ”

Marie Cruz: “Xian is great in the embassy scene... his desperation, his anger, his hopelessness... we felt all of those.”

Follow the journey of childhood sweethearts Tin and Macoy. The story tugs on your heart strings. And it pays tribute to Filipino migrant workers who work hard to provide a better future for their families. Directed by Richard Somes, it airs weeknights on Kapamilya Primetime Bida after Dolce Amore.

(For your comments, call 571-1564, text 0917-8991835 or e-mail bibsyfotos@yahoo.com.)

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