There are just moments in life when our effort to move to the top is often hampered by people not wanting to see us win. Jia (Kim Chiu) knows exactly how this feels, with her father’s first family mocking her to pieces. Yet, Jia did not let the insults knock her down. She instead used them as tools to succeed, as seen in this Kapamilya Toplist from Love thy Woman.
Jia started in Dragon Empire Builders as a mere employee despite being its owner’s illegitimate daughter. She struggled to bag even a Project Head post, all due to the ambitious and greedy Lucy (Eula Valdes), her dad’s legal wife. Jia, nonetheless, poured her heart and soul to her job despite Lucy’s terror management style and obvious disdain towards her. Lucy would humiliate JIa in front of the other employees whenever she has the chance to.
The ‘monster boss’ has gotten used to shutting Jia out in the middle of her presentation, belittling her potential, and despising her promising ideas. Lucy would always make a fuss of Jia’s slightest mistake. She’d call her incompetent and let her get stuck at the neophyte level, doing everything in her powers to obstruct Jia’s promotion. “Hilaw ka pa, Jia. Ang hinog sa pilit, mapakla, maasim. Kapag prinomote kita nang hindi ka pa ready, lalo ka lang magkakalat”
Jia’s team is Lucy’s most hated and they just can’t seem to get anything right. With her undying tenacity, Jia still managed to get that promotion as Project Head. In the middle of a mini celebration inside Jia’s new office, Lucy entered the scene to do what she does best – crush Jia’s happiness with insulting words. Gazing around the small area, Lucy uttered, “Pwede na! Bagay sa trabaho mong pasang-awa,” then turned her back.
The feud just got more intense when Jia developed an affair with Lucy’s son-in-law, David (Xian Lim). Of course, Lucy burned with fury over Jia’s mistake, forcing the latter to leave and start anew in another country. Jia battled with cancer, then eventually recovered and built her own empire that became a top furniture manufacturing firm in Asia.
The scorned woman turned owner and CEO of RJ&E Design no longer feels scared to come face to face with Lucy. Her establishment and the Dragon Empire Builders soon became partners. The tables turned but not for long.
Jia’s success still doesn’t spare her from falling victim to Lucy’s schemes. There was an instance when Jia arrived half an hour late in an important meeting with bigtime investors, giving Lucy enough room to humiliate her. And even at times when the newest hotshot designer is obviously winning, Lucy could easily manipulate the situation to low-key provoke Jia with her biting sarcasm.