Viewers have found new inspiration in the characters of Yam Concepcion and Gerald Anderson as they showed exceptional fighting spirit amid life’s battles in the premiere of Init sa Magdamag.
Filipinos found Rita's resourcefulness and positive attitude in pursuing her dream in the face of struggles admirable. She showed her selflessness as she gave up the money she had saved for her tuition to send it to her brother Khyle (Mark Oblea), who is supporting her pregnant girlfriend.
Viewers were also struck by Tupe’s (Gerald Anderson) devotion to his studies. Despite being tagged as the unruly and rebellious son, he is serious about finishing his studies and becoming a doctor.
With the amount of positive comments posted online, #InitSaUnangGabi immediately trended on Twitter.
@HukbongJM tweeted, "Thats the spirit Rita! #InitNgUnangGabi"
"Ang bait na anak ni Rita pati ipon niya ibibigay nya sa pamilya niya #InitNgUnangGabi," @TeamGeraldandJulia said.
"Saktong sakto ang timpla no? May tamang pakilig, may tamang pakurot din sa puso!! Lalo na dun sa part ng family ni Rita at yung nasagip nyang buhay. Kaya maraming maraming salamat sa mga nurses, doctors, at frontliners ngayong pandemya," @AltiWantTFC commented.
Said @PrincessFrance, "At naappreciate ko na bago ang major plot points, pinapakapit muna tayo ng #InitNgUnangGabi kina Rita at Tupe, and wants/goals nila as characters. Hindi mabagal, hindi mabilis... Tamang pacing lang, enough to sustain our interest."
Meanwhile, netizens also expressed excitement as they await JM de Guzman's character Peterson to finally appear.
"#InitNgUnangGabi yam is da best.. Papa @Jmdeguzman asan ka na ba??," @itsmetopheng asked.
@allisonmallari said, "Kelan kaya lalabas si Peterson? Mas maeexcite ako dun. #InitNgUnangGabi"
Produced by Star Creatives, Init sa Magdamag is under the creative management of Henry Quitain and directed by Ian Lorenos and Raymond Ocampo.
Catch Init sa Magdamag nightly at 9:20 on TV5 and A2Z on free TV and on digital TV boxes like ABS-CBN TVplus, on cable and satellite TV via Kapamilya Channel and Jeepney TV, and online via Kapamilya Online Live on the YouTube channel and Facebook page of ABS-CBN Entertainment. Outside the country, it is available via The Filipino Channel.
Filipinos can also enjoy advanced episodes which can be streamed on iWantTFC and WeTV iflix.