iWanTFC original digital series Unloving U started off its story with the marriage of two single parents played by real-life couple Ariel Rivera and Gelli de Belen who both work in the medical industry. Gelli’s son Alfie (played by Ronnie Alonte) is her sole heir and is initially suspicious of his new step-sibling Fiona (played by Loisa Andalio) who is Ariel’s adopted daughter. The two teenagers don’t get along as Fiona’s flamboyant personality clashes with Alfie’s more reserved nature.
Despite being a real-life couple who have been dating for four years already, Ronnie and Loisa step up to the challenge of playing step siblings onscreen. And the more Alfie gets irritated with his younger step sister Fiona’s “jejemon” ways, the easier it is for viewers to forget that they are still very much in love with each other in real life. Unloving U director Easy Ferrer’s decision to cast real-life couples in his series pays off as the chemistry between them seems all the more natural.
Apart from the initial dilemma of having feelings for a step sibling, Unloving U’s second layer of conflict lies in medical doctor Gelli’s reluctance to consider migrating abroad with Ariel (who is a nurse looking to advance his career). The first episode ends in heartbreak, not just for their parents who choose to separate, but also for the two teens who have grown to love one another. Will this separation help Fiona and Alfie to unlove each other? Find out in the next episode of the iWanTFC original digital series Unloving U. Now available for streaming online.