For many years, Josie (Vilma Santos) worked in Hong Kong as a domestic helper to provide for her family. She left back home her three children Carla (Claudine Barretto), Michael (Baron Geisler), and Daday (Sheila May Alvero), and her husband who died shortly after she left. After quite some time, Josie returns home with a hefty amount of savings to start a business, to continue to provide for her children. However, her children fail to reciprocate her warmth and yearning, especially her eldest Carla, even after Josie eventually wins back the hearts of her two younger children. More conflicts arise as Josie's planned business venture faces problems and Carla increasingly grows rebellious.
May 9, 2000