According to ABS-CBN International Sales and Distribution, the series will soon air in Malaysia and other Asian countries with the English title of Destined Hearts. Dahil May Isang Ikaw is nominated in 2010 International Emmy Awards in the Telenovela category and Sid Lucero for Best Performance by an Actor for his role as Alfred "Red" Ramirez. The show was nominated as best foreign drama series in the Emmy Awards.
Premiere and concept
The show premiered on August 24, 2009. Dahil May Isang Ikaw tells the tale of two families whose fates intertwine with one another, creating a rather complicated love story between two brothers and two sisters.
Story and development
Tessa Ramirez (Lorna Tolentino) is a great and well-respected lawyer who has won every case she took, particularly child abuse cases. However, the agony in searching for her lost daughter is her greatest fight. Before attaining success in life, she was once a faithful and loving partner of Jaime Alferos (Gabby Concepcion) during college in 1980. Jaime had promised Tessa that they will get married once he comes back from a six-month stay in the States for academics. One day, Jaime's mother (Alicia Alonso) told Tessa that Jaime is committed to an affair with another lady. Tessa called Jaime, but the phone call was received by Patricia Aragon (Chin-Chin Gutierrez), who confirmed the relationship. Tessa was pregnant at that time. Daniel Ramirez (John Estrada) is a friend who secretly loves her. He will do anything that will please Tessa and, in fact, he stands as husband and father of the child.
In an unexpected situation, Tessa's daughter Melissa was kidnapped by a syndicate whose motives is to raise babies to be laborers. Daniel was taking baby Melissa to see her pediatrician, when he was suddenly held at gunpoint by a man demanding he hand over the baby or be killed. Tessa greatly blamed Daniel when she discovered he lost her daughter.
In an effort to make things up to Tessa, Daniel promises to put her through law school, which is her most cherished dream. To support her, he turns to a life of crime. One day while robbing a bank, his heist partner is killed after shooting a bank customer during a scuffle. The customer turns out to be a brother of a government official and, because his killer is already dead, Daniel is detained for his murder.
Ella (Mika dela Cruz is a girl who has simple dream, to be loved by her mother (later to be Kristine Hermosa). She tried to make her dream come true by dropping a bended one peso coin to the river; it was caught by a sailing vessel instead. She saw a boy, Miguel (Paul Salas, later to be Jericho Rosales) who secretly boarded that ship. She asks him to drop the coin to the water but young Miguel didn't hear it clearly. Both of them were caught, Miguel by a fisherman forcibly asking him to get down immediately and Ella by her mother while punishing her because of stealing the peso.
Here comes young Pip (Nash Aguas later to be Sid Lucero) who stole a lady's handbag due to starvation. Pip has been influenced by his biological father before. Young Miguel advised his half brother (not by blood) not to do it anymore.
As all struggle for their dreams fate leads Miguel to Tessa after overhearing Ella's dream about being with her idol who is Tessa the dedicated lawyer Miguel heard in Ella's stories. Tessa decides to provide help to Miguel on getting Pip out of jail. Not only does she do this but finds it in her heart that she is close to young Miguel as if he were her child. In prison meanwhile Pip's life is hardened. Daniel decides to take in Pip so he doesn't be hardened by the inmates.
Pip seems to be open to Daniel and raises him like a father. As Pip leaves early, Tessa decides to take in the two boys to be her own. On the other hand, Jaime takes in little Ella. Patricia and her daughter little Denise (later on played by Karylle) dislike Angela even concentrate on hurting Ella. Ella and Denise later on become friends. Sister Jaime adopts Ella, but Patricia has a constant dislike against her. As Ella grows into a beautiful young woman, she becomes a successful lawyer — making it her ultimate goal to work with her idol, and become close in general. She becomes ready for her next encounter with her long-lost love Miguel as the two become lawyers who unexpectedly are in the Top Leagues: Miguel is No. 1 on the exam and Ella is No. 2. Ella becomes unaware when she meets Tessa as she decides to apply for the law firm. Tessa gives her a big case after Ella initially tries to get hold of Tessa. When Tessa finds out about her last name the bell rings on her behalf and feels mortified yet shocked that her father is Jaime Alferos. Ella is dedicated a big case.
As Daniel, gets out of prison he goes back to his evil deeds and so does Patricia as both are scared to lose Jaime and Tessa. The predicament also goes for Denise and Pip his now Alfred "Red" who both are ready to pursue against all odds in exchange for their love.
All are struggling as the latter comes to the point that the two families are in a feud. A family torn between love, deception, and all odds.
Kristine Hermosa as Angela "Ella" Alferos-Ramirez
Jericho Rosales as Miguel Ramirez
Lorna Tolentino as Tessa Ramirez
Gabby Concepcion as Jaime Alferos
John Estrada as Daniel Ramirez
Chin-Chin Gutierrez as Patricia Aragon-Alferos
Karylle as Denise Mae Alferos †
Sid Lucero as Alfred "Red" Ramirez/Pip †
Chinggoy Alonzo as Don Fernando Aragon
Alicia Alonzo as Donya Victoria Alferos †
Christian Vasquez as Ed Aragon
Angel Jacob as Jill Aragon
Arron Villaflor as Marco Aragon
Lauren Young as Rachel
Maricar de Mesa as Atty. Juliana Serrano
Kitkat as Stephanie "Stef" Miranda
Peewee O'Hara as Yaya Pining
Minnie Aguilar as Vanessa Javier
Kathleen Hermosa as Charlie Sibal
EJ Jallorina as Ploniong
Ina Feleo as Nina
Irene Pheobe Arevalo as Farrah
Railey Valeroso as Paul Javier
Josh Ivan Morales as Mario
Cynthia Reyes as Nadia
Val Iglesias as Wilbert
Efren Reyes, Jr. as Guido
Tanya Gomez as Stella Cleofas Remulla
Archie Adamos as Cong. Eduardo Javier
Lauren Novero as Jess Garcia
Mika Dela Cruz as Angel/Young Ella
Paul Salas as Young Miguel
Angel Sy as Young Denise
Nash Aguas as Pip/Young Red
Xyriel Manabat as Nini
Chacha Cañeta as Bulilit
Eda Nolan as Mara Cortez
Erika Padilla as Janelle Paez
Zeppi Borromeo as Efren Villegas
Joey Paras as Manolo Meloto
Joem Bascon as Ryan Fernandez
Cherry Lou as Patty Ancheta
Leandro Baldemor as Mayong Ancheta
Joyce So as Mika Tantingco
Jazz Angela Cabaccang as Irene
Amy Nobleza as Melissa "Kikay" Dela Cruz
Amante Pulido as Ricardo "Kadyo" Dela Cruz
Edwin Pamanian as Rafael Acuyong
Buddy Palad as Ernesto Trinidad
Head writer: Arah Jell Badayos
Writers: Rose Colindres, Mark Duane Angos, Jerome Co, Amanda Beltran
Creative director: Ricky Lee
Creative consultant: Badong Royales
PMPC Star Awards for Television 2010
|2010||Lorna Tolentino||Best Actress||Nominated|
34th Annual Guillermo Mendoza Awards
|2010||Dahil May Isang Ikaw||Most Well Liked Primetime Television Series||Nominated|
|2010||Dahil May Isang Ikaw||Favorite Television Series Couple||Nominated|
International Emmy Award 2010
|2010||Dahil May Isang Ikaw||Best Drama Series||Nominated|
|2010||Sid Lucero||Best Actor||Nominated|
ASAP Pop Viewers Choice Awards 2010
|2010||Dahil May Isang Ikaw||POP TV Show of The Year||Nominated|
2011 New York Festivals TV & Film Award
|2011||Dahil May Isang Ikaw||Best Telenovela||Finalist|