Maja Salvador (left), Sam Milby (center), and PBB Big Brother Double Up Big Winner Melai Cantiveros will bring ABS-CBN's Precious Hearts Romances Impostor to the boob tube starting on May 17. Photo: Courtesy of ABS-CBN

Sam Milby and Maja Salvador give life to another Precious Hearts Romances title with the television adaptation of Martha Cecilia's Impostor. This ABS-CBN TV series will begin on May 17 at 5:20 p.m. after PBB Teen Clash 2010 UBER.


ABS-CBN's upcoming offering coincides with the first anniversary of Precious Hearts Romances Presents, which in the past featured Bud Brothers, Ang Lalaking Nagmamahal Sa Akin, Somewhere In My Heart, My Cheating Heart, among others.

The series will pair Sam and Maja for the first time. Even more exciting is the debut of PBB Double Up graduates Melai Cantiveros and Jason Francisco to drama after their hit comedy series Melason.

"Sa totoo lang po nung una nahihiya kami talaga kasi hindi namin alam ang gagawin. Pero salamat na lang talaga kay Direk [Jerome Pobocan], Maja at Pareng Sam kasi bago pa kami mag-simula mag-taping nagbonding-bonding kami," said Jason, when asked on how he and Melai prepared for their new show.

Melai agreed, "Nahiya po talaga kami nung una kasi hindi namin sila kilala po pero nung nag-bonding kami close na kami sa isa't-isa tsaka nung nandun na kami sa set mabait naman pala lahat...Mga walang hiya na kami ngayon, nawala kasi 'yong hiya namin bigla."

Direk Jerome mentioned about the PBB upstarts: "When we were conceptualizing this and they told me that it's going to be Melai who's going to be Devin na magta-transform eventually as Maja sabi ko, 'It's a challenge.' First and foremost sabi ko Melai is a newcomer, she's not really an actress so nakita ninyo naman po sa trailer and mapapanood ninyo sa pilot, makikita ninyo that they are very competent in the craft. 'Yon nga po medyo mahirap nung umpisa pero kinaya naman nila."

The romantic series tells the tale of a province lass named Devin (Melai) who was forced to assume the persona of a popular model, Mariz (Maja), following a freak car accident. Devin eventually falls in love with Mariz's husband (portrayed by Sam) and now finds herself torn whether to confess the truth or continue living a lie.

Impostor also shows a more daring Maja Salvador, who courageously brandished her sexy body by wearing two-piece swimsuits in some of the scenes. Maja justified her decision by stressing that her role as a model requires her to don sexy outfits.

"Bumagay naman po sa role," smiled Maja. "Ang tagal tagal po nila akong kinausap kasi kahit magbabakasyon ako hindi po talaga ako nagtu-two piece naka-board shorts lang ako. Hindi naman po malaswa 'yong pictorial na eksena kaya pumayag na rin po ako."

Sam, on the other hand, reacted, "Hindi ko alam kung bakit nahihiya siya kasi maganda katawan niya... She shouldn't be shy naman."

Also part of Impostor are Jon Avila, Precious Lara Quigaman, Bobby Andrews, Long Mejia, Yayo Aguila, Raquel Villavivencio, and Izzy Canillo.