February 25, 2018, 3:42 am
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The plight of people living with HIV dramatized in series

GMA unveils its first-ever “advoca-sery” in “Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka,” topbilled by Yasmien Kurdi, Martin del Rosario, Jackie Rice, and Mike Tan.

This soap, which starts airing on February 26, brings to light the struggles of a woman who is HIV positive and how she battles her own frailties.

The series aims to raise HIV awareness and educate viewers on its effects upon a person’s life through an intriguing drama; that even in our weaknesses, strength can be found if we only rise and have the courage to fight for our loved ones and ourselves.

Yasmien plays Thea Balagtas, a simple girl with a promising career as a public accountant. She falls in love with Mike Tan, who plays Marco, and marries him. Eventually, they are blessed with fraternal twins whom they love very much.

Martin is Lawrence De Leon, Thea’s college friend from a well-off family. Secretly, he is in love with her even though he dates a lot of women and develops HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) from this. 

Jackie is Ava Imperial, Marco’s beautiful and socialite ex-girlfriend who is bent on settling with him. 

“Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka” follows the life of Thea who, after marrying Marco and raising their fraternal twins together, her blissful life shatters when she tests positive for HIV. Marco, without knowing who infected his wife, is led to believe that Thea cheated on him and files for legal separation. He takes their kids with him. Meanwhile, Thea’s health worsens and she loses her will to live. But when she unexpectedly meets her daughter a few years later, she finds it in herself to fight more than just HIV. She finds her will to live in her family. 

Also in the cast are Gina Alajar as Adelaida Angeles, Marco’s elitist and territorial mother who always resorts to schemes in order to get what she wants; Shamaine Buencamino as Magda Balagtas, Thea’s superstitious mother; Charee Pineda as Anna Balagtas, Thea’s older sister; Ina Feleo as Sofia Angeles, Marco’s older and principled sister who is a doting aunt to the twins; Mike “Pekto” Nacua as Tantoy Cruz, Thea’s cousin; Catherine Rem as Olga Cruz, Thea’s feisty cousin who works and resides in Manila; Caprice Cayetano as Angela Angeles, the daughter of Thea and Marco who grows up as a daddy’s girl; Seth Dela Cruz as Maurice Angeles, Thea and Marco’s son among the fraternal twins.

The soap is under the direction of Neal del Rosario.

Kapuso viewers from across the globe can catch their favorite shows via GMA’s international channels GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and GMA News TV International. For the program guide, visit www.gmapinoytv.com.
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