by Alwin M. Ignacio

A first time TV series on the life of a transwoman, it is a big risk for the Kapuso network to mount such a delicate show; but, more so, a real challenge for the young actor’s competence and acting ability.

This Monday (September 14), GMA Entertainment TV offers the most intriguing character-driven story on afternoon prime time. A heart-warming tale of love and family, Destiny Rose will beautifully demonstrate that in one’s ability to love, also lies great power to become the person you want to be.

Young actor Ken Chan will delight teleserye viewers as he takes the challenge of portraying a transgender who pursues her dreams into becoming an influential writer. Ken participated in a series of auditions and delivered a string of thrilling and convincing performances all throughout. Thus, making him the perfect choice for the role of Joey Flores Vergara.

Joey is a woman trapped in a man’s body. All his life, he only dreamt and hoped to be the best for his parents. Despite the fact that everyone around him was against his desires and wishes, he remained to be the loving and obedient son to his family.

A passionate student, Joey faces more challenges in his journey to become a renowned writer and a full-fledged woman. He will go through different setbacks in life but will continue to be patient and understanding. All these positive qualities will outweigh life’s challenges and he will become a stronger person in her new life as Destiny Rose.

Now that Destiny Rose has fulfilled her dreams, all she wants is to be with the love of her life, and for her family to be complete, once again. But what if her family, especially her estranged father, refuses to accept her? And what if the love of her life finds out that she only had sex reassignment surgery to become a woman? Will Destiny Rose still find happiness?

With all the challenges and triumphs of Destiny Rose, viewers would definitely be intrigued, and yes, falling for her wondrous ways will make us love her more.  Playing Ken’s main squeeze is Fabio Ide as Gabriele Antonioni, Joey’s Fil-Italian pen-pal. He will make Joey/Destiny Rose’s life more colorful as he becomes her one true love.

Completing the cast are esteemed TV and movie performers, like, Manilyn Reynes  (as Daisy Flores Vergara, Joey’s loving mother), Michael de Mesa (as Rosauro Armani Vitto, a rich philanthropist who will be instrumental in Joey’s transition in becoming a woman, Jackielou Blanco (as Dahlia, Jasmine’s mother who will make Joey and Daisy’s life difficult, Katrina Halili (as Jasmine Flores, Joey’s ambitious cousin), Sheena Halili (as April Rose Vergara, Joey’s kind-hearted sister), Jeric Gonzales (as Vince, Joey’s first love), Joko Diaz (as Joselito Vergara Sr., Joey’s strict father), Irma Adlawan (as Bethilda, Armani’s sister, who will make Joey’s life a living hell), JC Tiuseco (as Lance, Jasmine’s boyfriend and accomplice in deceiving Gabriele), Ken Alfonso (as Aris, Bethilda’s son who will eventually fall in love with Destiny Rose).

Directed by Don Michael Perez, this enthralling drama is ably supported by a creative team led by Roy Iglesias (Creative Director), Dode Cruz (Creative Head for Afternoon Prime), Des Garbes-Severino (Creative Unit Head), Kenneth Enriquez and Wiro Michael Ladera (Concept Creators), Luningning Interino-Ribay (Head writer), Christine Novicio, Kenneth Enriquez and Wiro Michael Ladera (Writers), and,  Gilda Olvidado, Jonathan Cruz and Jake Somera (Brainstormers).

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