The success of Marimar propelled Mexican superstar Thalia
to the adulation and admiration of the Filipino audience when the phenomenal
series was shown here in the Philippines in 1994.
But it was Thalia's
last telenovela, Rosalinda, shown
locally in 2000, that registered mightily in the rating contest and in effect cemented Thalia's hold among Pinoy viewers. Thalia and her programs have
also shown that it can create a big star out of an adaptation. Marian Rivera
best exemplified that when she bagged the right to portray Marimar in 2007,
raising her stocks dramatically from a supporting actress to lead star status.
ABELLANA IS ROSALINDA. GMA-7 senior vice-president for
entertainment Wilma Galvante needed only one glance of newcomer Carla Abellana in
March to know that she found a diamond in the rough.
At the time, the Kapuso Network was busy looking for a fresh face to star in the local remake of Rosalinda. Needless to say, Carla's
innocent appeal perfectly fits the character of the "simple, mabait, masayahin
at ubod nang gandang dalaga." Despite her initial reluctance, Carla eventually
relented and accepted the offer, making Rosalinda
a make or break early career move.
"This is an opportunity
of a lifetime," Carla offered confidently at the press conference held last
June 30 at the Studio 5 of the GMA Network Center. "Ang laking blessing kay
God, so bakit ko naman tatanggihan?"
Serving as Carla's
leading man for the upcoming series is matinee idol, Geoff Eigenmann.
The actor confided to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), "Sobrang daming
pressure with what people are expecting from the show. Pressure din with me
kasi it's my very first big show with GMA si Carla din the same. Tapos sa character
ni Fernando Jose ang daming preparations so sobrang dami. For me, character
wise, Fernando Jose I guess is the darkest and most mature role I ever played
so ang dami kong preparations na ginagawa. Of course, as much as possible I have
to look good as the original Fernando Jose. Tapos yon nga he's a lawyer, he has
a very dark past and he also plays the piano so I have to take piano lessons."
PROPORTIONS. Rosalinda follows the tale of a simple,
cheerful and stunning young florist named Rosalinda Perez. She will meet the
handsome and wealthy lawyer Fernando Jose whose snobbish personality
will soon melt after falling in love with Rosalinda.
The relationship was
met with resentment and jealousy by Fernando's arrogant mother, Valeria
(portrayed by Sheryl Cruz) and Rosalinda's envious sister Fedra (Katrina
Halili). Despite these objections, Fernando Jose and Rosalinda tied the knot
and set out to raise their own family.
But just as Rosalinda
and Fernando Jose thought everything was going smoothly, the dark secret of the
past started to cast a dim shadow in the relationship. It was then revealed
that Rosalinda's incarcerated mother, Soledad (Glydel Mercado) was the one
being accused of killing Fernando Jose's mother.
This revelation threatens
to tear apart the fairytale-like union of Fernando Jose and Rosalinda.
Completing the cast of Rosalinda are Roderick Paulate, Sheryl
Cruz, Ariel Rivera, Gary Estrada, Glydel Mercado, Jessa Zaragoza, Yul Servo,
Sherilyn Reyes, Ryza Cenon, Mike Tan, Mart Escudero, Sheena Halili, Marco
Alcarez, Marky Lopez, Carlene Aguilar, Ayen Munji-Laurel, Gian Magdangal, and
Directors Maryo J.
delos Reyes and Gil Tejada Jr. join forces to give life to the local version of
Rosalinda. It will air on GMA-7 starting July 6, 2009.