Starting February 24 on GMA Afternoon Prime, the newest TV series will hit the screens with three of the country’s brightest female stars to headline the remake of Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit.
Philippines’ Superstar Nora Aunor returns as Mercedes ‘Cedes’ Ignacio-Dela Cruz (no longer as Magnolia ‘Noli’ Dela Cruz vda. de Zulueta to which she breathed into the 1989 film by Elwood Perez) in the series. Portraying Aunor’s former role is Mylene Dizon as Magnolia ‘Nolie’ Dela Cruz-Santos. Meanwhile, Kapuso Breakout Star Kyline Alcantara is Margarita ‘Maggie’ Dela Cruz in this generation’s retelling of a classic story of love, persistence, and revenge.
Though different from the previous story, the very essence is still intact as envisioned by the creative director Aloy Adlawan and creative head Suzette Doctolero. The series creative consultant Kit Langit along with head writer Geng Delgado and writers Ken De Leon and Jmee Katanyag; as well as brainstormers Bylle Tabora, Milo Paz, and Jake Somera–make sure that the story will excite the afternoon viewers.
The series takes pride in its star-studded cast.
Zoren Legaspi is Anselmo, Martina (Isabel Rivas) and Ramon‘s (Dante Rivero) conceited son. He has his ways around women. He pursued Nolie for his selfish gains.
Gabby Eigenmann is the eligible bachelor Arthur, a promising entrepreneur (who has eyes for Nolie).
Ina Feleo is Margaux, the classy and self-absorbed wife of Anselmo.
Jun, the charming and carefree son Anselmo and Margaux–is portrayed by Yasser Marta. He falls for Maggie, eventually.
Also in the cast are Divina Valencia as Editha, a rich widow who crosses paths with Cedes and takes her in and Candy Pangilinan as Connie, Nolie’s confidante who sticks to her through ups-and-down.
In the series, Ricky Davao is Damian, Cedes’ calm and charitable husband. He acts as the leader of the town’s small-time grape farmers.
Taking the helm of the series is Laurice Guillen.
It’s the first day of the traditional nine-day novena Simbang Gabi, and what’s apt to celebrate the season is through a popular song and a Christmas classic by Franz Xaver Gruber’s Silent Night, which has been rendered in a totally different sound; an electronic upbeat version by Viva Artist Lance Raymundo.
According to Raymundo, “It was the result of a calculated risk. Viva arranged for a recording session with me and some musicians to do a Tony Bennet-Michael Bublé sounding rendition of Silent Night and it was originally just intended to be a facebook release for the holidays.
“But when they left me in the studio with all the musicians, I let my creativity flow and we ended up making this version, which was very far from the original plan. I knew it was a risk but I was also very confident about it. Sure enough, Viva liked it when we presented it and I got even more than I bargained for from a mere fb release, Viva decided to make it an official Christmas single and even produced an animated Lyric Video.”
The video was released on November 30 in all Digital Platforms. Currently it is being played in radio stations for the holiday playlist.
Listen to Raymundo’s Christmas single and make the season of love and generosity via Silent Night in a more festive way.
On Saturday, October 2 at AFP Theater at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City, Gantimpala Theater Foundation Incorporated mounted its last show for its Manila-run of ‘Kanser @ 35: The Musical’ with Harana singer-member and the man who popularized the song titled ‘Pare Mahal Mo Raw Ako’—Michael Pangilinan as the lead star, Crisostomo Ibarra.
Pangilinan, who is now part of Kapamliya show ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’ as one of the celebrity performers has reservations of assuming the role or venturing into the theater scene. However, after much convincing by Jobert Sucaldito, his manager, he gave in and took the challenge of venturing the stage as a theater artist.
According to Michael, his experience in portraying the character in the musical based on the country’s national hero—Jose Rizal’s novel titled ‘Noli Me Tangere’ was a challenge since he has little knowledge about the author and the role. He was grateful for the his fellow actors and his director of the said production for being helpful in his new-found journey.
He also added that his theater experience prepared him for his stints in the impersonation and total transformation talent competition show over Channel 2 that airs every Saturday (after MMK) and every Sunday (after Rated K), respectively, “My exposure in this musical has helped me a lot in my assuming each personality assigned to us.”