Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla are set to make a comeback on primetime television via Got To Believe, directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina.
Joining the cast are seasoned actors Carmina Villarroel, Manilyn Reynes, Ian Veneracion, and Benjie Paras.
Got To Believe is the love story of Chichay (Kathryn) and Joaquin (Daniel) who will meet as kids in a circus.
Chichay works with her parents (played by Benjie Paras and Manilyn Reynes) in the said circus while Joaquin is a rich boy whose parents (played by Carmina Villarroel and Ian Veneracion) are on the verge of separation.
The kids share a fascination for magic. Unfortunately, Joaquin will be shot by a stray bullet, cutting their friendship short.
Years later, the two will meet again, not recognizing that they are childhood friends.
Daniel says about his character Joaquin, “Ako yung may bala sa ulo, tapos, mahilig siya mag-basketball…
“Kaso ang problema lang hindi na siya pinapayagan ni ermats [mother] kasi nga masyadong kontrolado yung mundo niya so sarado talaga siya.”
Kathryn describes her character by saying, “Chichay is a very free-spirited girl, very cheerful, easy-go-lucky and parang parati mo lang siyang makikitang masayang tao.
“Tapos magaling siyang mag-paint. May pagka-artistic ako dito kaya nag-work shop din ako ng painting para sa character ko.
“And then, childhood friend ko dito si Joaquin pero naghiwalay kami nang hindi ko man lang natatanong yung name niya.
“So parang nag-wish ako na one day sana mag-meet kami and then nung dumating yung time na yun hindi ko alam na siya pala yung childhood friend na hinahanap ko.
“And then, dun mag-sa-start yung love story.”
The members of the creative team, composed of the same team that worked on Princess and I, narrate how they turned the “kilig” into another level after the success of the first show.
“Sobrang hirap nun. Actually, we were never expecting Princess and I to be such a big hit.
“Pero yung Princess and I kasi in a way, isa siyang fairytale. Yun, yun ang Princess and I.
“Parang isa siyang fairytale of a young girl who suddenly becomes a princess and along the way meets three different guys.
“Gino [played by Daniel] was just one of them, though eventually yun yung naging end game ng Princess and I. Ang Got To Believe is really a romance.
“Yung ang main difference niya talaga sa Princess and I. It’s a story of two souls of Chichay and Joaquin meeting, being part of this magic and how this story would evolve from when they meet hanggang sa malalaki na sila.
“So ang main intention talaga is to develop these two individuals kaya yun yung parang feeling kong main difference and that’s how we would like to level it up.
“At siyempre lagi kong sinasabi sa creative na ang hirap kasi halos parang ang dami na naming nagawa for Gino and Mikay [played by Kathryn].
“So talagang we were very conscious kung ano pang bagong experience ang ibibigay namin sa kanila.”
DIREK CATHY'S OBSERVATIONS. The director of Got To Believe made this observation about the two lead stars: "I always see them together.
“Sabi ko, 'Lumayo nga kayo sa isa't isa.’
“Sa story conference, pinaglayo ko na sila, ‘Dun ka… dun ka... diyan ka… diyan ka.’
"Wala, parang... a little bit of bubble that's just for the two of them.
“If it happens, maganda naman. Maganda for them, maganda for us.
“Huwag mag-aaway sana. Lagot sa akin 'to!" jokes Direk Cathy.
Got To Believe’s full trailer was shown to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press last July 2 at the Dolphy Theater.
When asked if she deliberately made the TV series appear to have a cinematic style, Direk Cathy responds, “Kung sinadya, hindi.
“Nagkataon lang sigurong, nasa sistema ko na siya. Di ba, parang pinanganak na ko sa pelikula?
“But it’s good to be back. I am so excited with this soap kasi it’s been a while, my last was Lobo (2008).
“And then, yung Lobo na gitnaan pa ng One More Chance yun so hindi buong-buo. Pero ngayon, I’m excited, very, very excited.
“Tapos I’m so blessed to work with these fine actors. Sobra pong babait nila. I admire their professionalism, I can not say anything na pangit about them.
“I have a very good cast, a very strong one.”
A few weeks into shooting the soap, the director was pleasantly surprised how the romantic comedy theme played out well for her cast.
She points out, “Natutuwa ako na isalin sa telebisyon yung rom-com feel na medyo alam ko na ginagalawan ko.
“Nakakatuwang i-rom-com si Benjie tsaka si Manilyn, si Mina…si Ian po! Kasi pagkakakilala ko sa kanya, medyo seryosong tao.
“Meron pala siyang fun side! Tapos nakakapagpakilig siya! Natuwa lang po ako.
“Tapos si…e, di ba naman si Benjie, basketball at katatawanan…marunong pong magpakilig. Kanina, napakilig naman niya ako.
“So nakakatuwa po to explore na hindi lang sa bida nanggagaling ang kilig, na hindi lang sa young ones, na hindi lang sa teenagers, it happens at any age.
“Tapos nagdi-dream ako talaga gumawa ng rom-com movie for a medyo aged…adult…mala-Kris Aquino, mala-Ate Vi [Vilma Santos]…
“Dream ko talaga yan, so gusto ko rom-com. Dito na yata siya na-fulfill, natuwa naman po ako.”