Yasmien Kurdi and JC de Vera brave the slums in "Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig"

Twenty years after Lino Brockahelmed this silverscreen masterpiece, GMA-7 remakes the hit movie, Pasan KoAng Daigdig, as a Sine Novela presentation for television. The modern-day version stars (from left) JC de Vera, Gina Alajar, and Yasmien Kurdi.

It was 1987 when Lino Brockatook a Pablo S. Gomez comic book novel into his hands with the intention ofimmortalizing it on the silverscreen. But first, the movie director had tosolve a casting puzzle to render justice to a story that perfectly fits thefamiliar Brocka aesthetics.

Enlisting the services of SharonCuneta, Loretta Marquez, Tonton Guteirrez, Rey "PJ" Abellana, Raoul Aragonn,and Mark Gil, the filmmaker realized his dream of creating a masterpiece thatthe tells the rags-to-riches story of a talented singer born in the squalor of theslums.

Twenty years later, GMA-7 adoptsBrocka's opus to turn it into a TV series meant for afternoon viewing. PasanKo Ang Daigdig tells the story of a young woman who endures everything inorder to sustain herself and her crippled mother while pursuing her dream ofpenetrating the music industry.

Joel Lamangan directs this heartrending tale set in theslums of Payatas. Yasmien Kurdi and JC de Vera are the two lovers who willfight the odds and try to achieve their dreams.

Yasmien plays the lead role ofLupe Velez while veteran actress Gina Alajar takes on the role of Lupe'sdisabled mother, Metring. The late actress Loretta Marquez originally portrayedMetring while Sharon Cuneta was Lupe in the movie version.

Having a slum area for a shootlocation entails a lot of patience and getting used to, particularly for theactors who are used to staying inside the air-conditioned confines of studios.

"Wala namang nag-inarte," proudlyannounced direk Joel when asked on how his stars reacted to their newsurroundings. "Everyone was very professional and they're very sensitive to thefeelings of the people residing around the area."


The TV series also introduces newcharacters not seen previously in the movie. "We added some new characters tostretch the plot and to add some new attraction as well," explained Direk Joelwhen asked on how they stretched the entire tale to fit a TV series format.

Despite altering the script abit, the director assured everyone that they remained loyal to the originalstory and its essence.

Joining the cast are PoloRavales, Alessandra de Rossi, Marcu Madrigal, Gary Estrada, Jenine Desiderio,Maureen Larrazabal, Mart Escudero, Jennica Garcia, Tony Mabesa, Jim Pebangco,Sweet Ramos, and Raquel Villavicencio.

Sine Novela presents Pasan KoAng Daigdig airs every afternoon as part of GMA-7's Dramarama saHapon.

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