Magkaribal(Rivals in English) is not different from the plots of other soap operas, in which there are always a missing child or a sister/brother.Sometimes, the heroine would think that the missing relative was dead. Always, the main characters looked for the missing relative and the story always revolve around how they found them. However, Filipinos just love watching soaps, and that is why a remake of Mara Clara is being shown now after the Noah of Piolo Pascual. On the other hand, the way the story revolves around sisters, Gelay and Victoria, who has made their selves successful in the fashion industry, and the conflicts surrounding the love story of their adapted sister Chloe (played by Erich Gonzales) with Caloy (played by Enchong Dee)made people watch and see.The fashion industry is fascinating and its incorporation has made the show somehow different. The outfits of the affluent characters also stand out, and people wants to see what they would have in the episodes that would follow.This soap is not boring and each episode make people clamor for more.
The story started when Angela and Anna Abella (played by actresses who were not yet known) were still very young.Their father, Manuel who was played initially by James Blanco, went to Milan, Italy to work.Eventually, he fell in love with Vera Cruz, who was played by Alexandra de Rossi, and left his family for her.The sisters looked for their father as they walked in the city.Their mother, Stella,played by Dimples Romana, supported them by making dresses, and did not tolerate them for the efforts in locating their father.She wanted them to realize that their father would not be coming back.
One day, they saw Vera and Manuel hugging each other in the Church court yard from afar.Confrontation between Vera and Anna lead to the latter’s injury, and hence, her mom, Stella,angrily went to Vera’s house. Vera arrived in her car.Seeing her,Stella threw to her the annulment papers.Vera moved her car to veer away,but Vera was hit by another vehicle and died.The children went to the streets and lived in the park.Angela got sick and she was admitted in the hospital.With no one to turn to,she became a prostitute that night to buy medications for her sister.The hospital was burned. When she came back,she was not able to see her sister. She assumed that she was dead.
Angela was taken by syndicate that make children beg in the streets.She met Dos (played by Nash Aguas)and became her friend.Later, Dos would become Louie (Derek Ramsay).She was able to escape and was adopted by a childless couple. Hermes, his adopted father,nicknamed her Gelai. Anna was discovered by Ronaldo (played by Allan Paule) and adopted her.He gave her a new name, Victoria Valera.He brought her to the U.S. and became Ronaldo’s protege in fashion designing.She came back to the country to compete with Vera’s company and eventually find her sister.
Gelai grew up and now played by Bea Alonzo.She became a seasoned seamstress like her mother. She applied to Vera Couture and tried her best to be accepted.The matured Vera,played by Angel Aquino, was unimpressed, and dismissed her. Chloe, Vera’s adopted daughter stole her designs.She presented it to her mom and she got the dresses romped around. Gelai saw and complained. Later, Manuel,who is now Mark Gil, was unaware that she was her youngest daughter, went to Gelai’s house and begged forgiveness for Chloe’s behalf.She obliged and took the offer to work in Vera Couture.While in the job, Caloy, visited Gelai, who usually berated him because she was supposed to be working and not be disturbed.Then, he met Chloe and their friendship deepened. They became more than friends. Meanwhile, the coming of Victoria became a threat to Vera.Later, due to financial problems, Victoria, was able to buy the Vera Couture. Later, she found out that Gelai and Victoria were sisters when she found the signed designs of Gelai’s mom. She kept it from Manuel, but Manuel found out later. Vera attempted to jump from the rooftop of the building.Gelai saw her and saved her. However, that made her almost fall.Manuel saw the incident and saved Gelai. However, he accidentally fell and died.The event made Vera lost her properties.Her daughter, Chloe, left her after a quarrel and lived with Caloy. However, Caloy went to his real rich mom and later became a hotel owner. Chloe studied photography and her mentor became her boyfriend.
Gelai was able to gain fame as designer and had her own line of clothes through the auspices of Mark Laurel. She found Vera in Divisoria,wretched and no money. She treated her in a lowly eatery and employed her.She became Gelai’s adviser and she pushed Gelai to go through her wedding with Louie even if the latter has made Victoria pregnant.Victoria went to labor on the day of her wedding and her condition made her lost her child.Louie was with her and was with her through the day.Gelai was upset when Louie did not come to the wedding and went to Tagaytay alone.She called her best friend,Caloy, to accompany her.Later, in preparation for a fashion show, Victoria revealed that mark was a con artist,and a criminal.Vera, then, admitted that she was the one behind Mark Laurel and she did it because she wanted to help Gelai secretly. Even if she was lacking of finances, she went ahead with the preparations for the match with Vera in the fashion show.Before the show started, somebody discovered that the finale dresses of Gelai and Victoria were the same. Gelai hurriedly went to Victoria’s dressing room and told her that she copied her design. Victoria made hurtful remarks, but Gelai said that the designs were her mother’s designs.Victoria was left astounded as Gelai walked out of the room.Eventually, Gelai won and she looked surprised when Victoria willingly accepted defeat.
Meanwhile, Caloy wanted to win Chloe back.He was beaten by Chloe’s fiance. However, Caloy was able to convince Chloe to accompany him for a while in the countryside where he has a house.He got sick because of the blows he got from Chloe’s boyfriend.She found it out when her boyfriend called. She broke up with him because of that.She left Caloy asleep and went to the city.
At home, Victoria came to realization that Gelai was her long lost sister.She arranged a meeting with her through Louie.However, as Louie was talking with Victoria before they go to the rendezvous with Gelai, Louie collapsed. What would happen next will be what we would like to see.The show has two more days left and it seems that we still want more, just the way we clamored for more on the previous soap opera,”Maging Sino Ka Man.”
The show also made us see Divisoria.It is a place where people go for bargain hunting and where we can see good gown makers. We can ask them to sew us gowns at low value.They have beautiful designs and the fabrics were of good quality.There are also ready-made gowns for all occasions.It is, actually, hard to choose because all are exquisite.You can flaunt your self to anyone as you wear them.No one could tell that you get that from Ylaya(where these gown stores are located).Like anybody,Filipino women love to dress up.The multitude of these stores only show the good fashion sense we have.
List of Source:
Magkaribal.ABS CBN 2.