Two of the country’s comediennes—Pokwang and Melai Cantiveros are brought together by Kapamilya Network in a new dramedy series titled ‘We Will Survive’ as Wilma and Maricel, which aired on Monday, February 29 on Kapamilya Primetime Bida slot before TV Patrol.
Pokwang and Melai as contest winners are also joined by two other winners of TV contests and have turned as stars as well—Bea Saw and Regine Angeles. The four will portray as friends with stories of struggles and triumphs, which the audiences will definitely resonate with.
In an exclusive interview, according to Mel Mendoza-Del Rosario, the show producer, the four friends’ common denominator is the videoke since it is their outlet whenever they find the need to have release of any emotional tension whatsoever.
She distinctly describes the four friends as: “Sa kanilang apat, Bea’s character is the well-off kasi mayaman ang asawa. Regine’s character has the videoke bar biz. Melai is an orphan and grew up with her grandmother which made her a spoiled brat at nakakaangat din sa buhay. While Pokwang has the most challenging situation in life; kaya nagpang-abot sila sa school hindi siya yearly nakaka-enrol. Ang interaction nila in reference to lovelife ay yung present sila sa lahat ng ‘highlights’ ng lovelife ng bawat isa. They share the important moments like proposals, break-ups, yun tipong they share the joys and heartbreaks.”
Since the show was shot in Legazpi with the Mayon Volcano as its backdrop—comparing the two comediennes to the province’s tourist attraction. Ms. Mendoza-Del Rosario described Melai and Pokwang as: “Si Melai ang similarity sa Mayon, nauuna ang damdamin na sumasabog bago mag-isip. Siya ang mas sumasabog na bulkan; warla kung warla pag-galit, baliw pag-in love. Siya ang Mayon na madalas may eruption.
“Si Pokwang naman mas serene at docile na Mayon; nagtatago sa ulap at perfect cone, Tahimik, kalma, mas may self-control, Kaya niyang i-set aside ang love and feekings para unahin ang needs ng pamilya. Perfect in the sense na gusto niya muna makitang maganda estado ng pamilya bago unahin ang sariling kapakanan at kaligayahan.”
The series is not the same feel as ‘Be Careful’, ‘Dream Dad’ and ‘Ningning’. It is best described as a dramedy and banking on friendship as its theme. In fact, the Network gambles on the team-up of Pokwang and Melai, who have never been lead stars in a television series since in the two stars have shown sincerity in acting for drama-themed shows like ‘Maaalala Mo Kaya’ episodes.
Mendoza-Del Rosario added, “Sana ito yung ma-achieve naming—yun bang sasakit ang ulo ng manonood sa kakatawa at kakaiyak.”
Apart from the dramedy as its unique selling point of the show, it also seeks to leave the televiewers the message of Filipinos being strong and resilient amid all challenges in life.
“Na kahit anong dagok sa buhay, go go go lang. Di lahat ng problema, baha, traffic, etc., sinasakyan lang ng Pinoy. Kahit anong problema o kalamidad, babangon tayo. We are a nation of survivors.”
Also in the show are Josh De Guzman, Carlo Aquino, Jeric Raval, Viveika Ravanes, Bing Davao, Alcris Galura, Maris Racal, Joshua Zamora, McCoy De Leon, and Vangie Labalan. It is directed by feel-good narrative director Jeffrey Jeturian.
One of the country’s phenomenal loveteam—‘LizQuen’ (short for Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil) is soon to hit the TV screens with a new romantic series titled—‘Dolce Amore’ (in English means ‘Sweet Love’) on Kapamilya’s Primetime Bida slot replacing the consistent top-rating series—‘Pangako Sa ‘Yo’ starting Monday, February 15.
Soberano breathes into the character of Serena, a lass raised in Italy by her adoptive parents. Despite the good life she enjoys, she seems not able to find peace without finding an important part of her true identity, which she feels is missing. On the other end, Gil is Tenten who also has the same struggles on his own life story as someone who grew up in an orphanage and is suffering from the pain of his real parents’ rejection.
Two different ‘worlds’ will collide as fate brought them together and will eventually find themselves that certain ‘bond’ and help them both find ‘meanings’ in their lives and fall in love in the process.
The two young stars will be reunited after their highly successful series—‘Forevermore’ that made the entire nation and even the Filipino communities around the globe go crazy as well as with their two hit romantic comedy flicks—‘Just the Way You Are’ and ‘Everyday I Love You’. Their upcoming series will have the kind of light feeling like that of ‘Forevermore’.
Matteo Guidicelli, a Kapamilya singer-actor will be the love triangle. He will play Giancarlo as Serena’s guy bestfriend who has secret admiration toward the lead female character. Also in the cast is seasoned and top caliber actress—Cherie Gil as Luciana, Serena’s adoptive mom.
Also included in the cast are: Ruben Maria Soriquez as Roberto (Serena’s adoptive dad); while Edgar Mortiz as Dodoy, Rio Locsin as Paps, and Kean Cipriano as Binggoy—are Tenten’s simple but loving adoptive family; Sunshine Cruz; Andrew E; and Frenchie Dy.
‘Dolce Amore’ will be directed by two of the country’s finest and blockbuster directors of romantic-themed films and TV series—Cathy Garcia-Molina and Mae Cruz-Alviar.
The latest Kapamilya teleserye titled ‘Be My Lady’ premieres today, January 18 with real-life sweethearts—Erich Gonzales and Daniel Matsunaga as the lead stars. It is a romantic and light drama about an interracial relationship between a certified ‘dalagang Pilipina’ named Pinay and a Japanese-Brazilian hunk named Phil.
The series capitalizes on Three Ps.
The first ‘P’ stands for ‘Pag-ibig’ since the series is primarily a love story between Pinay and Phil. The series takes pride in the two leads—Gonzales and Matsunaga who will provide a different kind of ‘kilig’ for its fans and the televiewers for they will be as natural in their acting as lovers as opposed to other tandems on television today.
According to Ted Boborol, the director of the series, the DanRich loveteam is a delight to watch since both help each other in making their scenes together easy and not pretentious.
“Hindi pilit ang dating ng dalawa,” says Boborol.
The second ‘P’ is about the normal struggles of a ‘Pamilyang Pinoy’—to be able to provide better future for the family members, which pushed both Pinay and her mom—Marcy portrayed by Janice de Belen to work overseas for greener pastures.
While the last ‘P’ is for ‘Pangarap’ or dream or ambition of someone to making a difference in this world, the universe rather.
A Tested Formula.
The love story of Pinay and Phil is a tested formula that makes the ordinary ‘hopeless romantic’ Filipino would surely patronize.
It has a simple premise of boy-meets-girl but with unusual twists and turns in the characters external and internal conflicts alike. It also points out that love knows no boundaries—whether what kind of race two people have—the likely two people of different colors and cultures will still fall in love with each other, no matter what.
The DanRich tandem can be likened to a modern-day Romeo and Juliet.
JanPri: Another Tandem to Watch Out for.
Another interesting angle for the daytime audience to watch out for is the casting of both Janice de Belen and Priscilla Estrada.
It can be traced that both de Belen and Estrada have one thing in common and that is John Estrada. Janice was the former wife of John, who is now the husband of Priscilla as the latter opted to carry the last name of her husband.
Both women will portray mothers to Pinay and Phil, respectively. It will be intriguing to see both women carry their scenes together especially in dramatic moments as Marcy Crisostomo and Chelsea Oliviera.