MANILA - "Be Careful With My Heart" introduced big changes in the lives of its characters as it jumped two years in its June 25 episode.
The top-rating daytime series opened on Wednesday with Maya (Jodi Sta. Maria) and Richard (Richard Yap) celebrating their wedding anniversary at present time.
In flashbacks, the episode showed what other milestones happened over two years, including the couple's celebration of two Christmases with the rest of their family -- Luke (Jerome Ponce), Nikki (Janella Salvador), Abby (Mutya Orquia), and their twins Sky and Sunshine.
The Lims have since moved to a new home, while Maya's family in San Nicolas has successfully expanded their restaurant business. After rebuilding his relationship with his family, Maya's dad, Arturo (Lito Pimentel), has moved back to their home.
Nikki has graduated from high school. Similarly, Maya's sister Kute (Aiza Seguerra) has arranged the last requirements to allow her to graduate with a degree.
The flashbacks also showed Doris (Tart Carlos) getting married. Sabel (Viveika Ravanes) and the rest of the Lims' household staff, it appears, have remained loyal to the family and are close as ever.
Maya has started a blog about being a first-time mom to twins, with Richard throwing his full support behind the project. One of Maya's topics -- Sky and Sunshine uttering their first words.
In the episode's closing scene, Maya updated a scrapbook with their latest family picture, which shows her twins now 2 years old.
"Bagong bahay, bagong buhay, bagong adventures," Maya is heard saying. "And now, my real-life fairy tale continues."
Now on its 23rd month on air, "Be Careful With My Heart" remains the No. 1 daytime show in the country, according to Kantar Media. It averaged a national audience share of 17.8% for the month of April, ranking among the 15 most watched programs in the Philippines.
The popularity of the series has also spawned a line of merchandise, a gold-selling official soundtrack album, and a wedding magazine special, among others.
To celebrate its success, "Be Careful With My Heart" will hold a grand concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on July 25.