Strong independent woman – that’s what Ellice (Iza Calzado) is. But that doesn’t mean she isn’t longing for love or a happy family. She almost had everything until her husband Gabriel (Sam Milby) had a one-night affair and a child with her former best friend, Marissa (Jodi Sta. Maria), and later decided to end their union.
She didn’t stop loving him, though. Almost two decades later, Ellice remains a devoted wife hoping for a second chance with Gabriel despite his betrayal. Here is a Kapamilya Toplist from Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin rounding up the many times she tried to fix their marriage.
Ellice and Gabriel’s relationship turned sour when he fell for Marissa’s cunning schemes. The revelation about Ellice’s crime against a political scion tracing decades ago suddenly made him realize that he doesn’t love her anymore.
While she had a thousand reasons to give up, she held on to that one fragile string that ties them together – their daughter, Hope (Kira Balinger). The devoted wife begged her husband to start anew for the sake of securing Hope’s future and giving her a complete home.
But then again, he already made up his mind. Ellice’s heart was shattered into pieces when she heard Gabriel say that he was about to nullify their marriage so he can wed Marissa instead. Swallowing her pride and dignity, Ellice didn’t stop pleading Gabriel and even owned up to pushing him into loving another woman.
During Hope’s growing years, the couple maintained a pretend marriage. They live under the same roof but he acts like she’s a stranger. Still, Ellice makes an effort to win him again even if he keeps on rejecting her acts of affection. There was a scene where she figured that he simply stores all the food she prepares inside his office refrigerator. Hurt, she told him, “Sana kahit kaunting respeto man lang tirhan mo ako.”
She didn’t stop preparing his lunch and she’s willing to continue doing so forever. Finally, Ellice saw a speck of hope when he thanked her for the caring gesture and said that he liked the food. That simple ‘thank you’ was more than enough to make her feel happy again.
And when her life felt like a mess all over again due to the threatening entry of La Sierra in the market, Ellice found the comfort she needed in no one else but Gabriel, albeit she needed to beg him for just a simple embrace.
They say that the more you chase a man, the more he would push you to suffering and take advantage of your pleas to exalt his ego. Whether this is true or not, Ellice does not care. All she would ever want is to win Gabriel back whatever it takes and however wounded she gets just to save her daughter from a broken home.
Follow Ellice’s fight for love and success in Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin , weeknights on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live and A2Z Channel 11.