Why are the names of Strawberry Lane's characters copied from previous roles portrayed by Sharon Cuneta?
In GMA-7's newest family-oriented drama, the characters portrayed by Bea Binene, Joyce Ching, Kim Rodriguez, Joanna Marie Tan, and Rita de Guzman are named Clarissa, Dorina, Jack, Lupe, and Lavinia, respectively.
Those familiar with previous movie projects of the Megastar will notice that the names used in Strawberry Lane have been used in Megastar’s previous movie projects—Clarissa, Pangako Sa’Yo (1992); Dorina, Bituing Walang Ningning (1985); Jack, Jack and Jill (1987), Lupe, Pasan ko ang Daigdig (1987); while Lavinia, is the main antagonist in Bituing Walang Ningning played by Cherie Gil.
Even the names of the supporting characters were culled from other Sharon Cuneta projects.
When asked if Strawberry Lane is a tribute to the popular singer-actress, self-confessed Sharonian director Don Michael Perez said it was really their intention to use popular names from previous movies done by the Megastar.
He reasoned out, “Parati ang mga pelikula niya laging nagta-triumph.
“‘Yong mga characters, lahat ‘yon nakakabangon, at ngangingibabaw ang kabutihan ng puso.
“Kaya umisip kami ng gimik para mailagay ang mga pangalan ng characters niya.
“‘Yon ang mga ibinigay naming pangalan kasi bawat isa sa kanila ay mga Sharon Cuneta, mga naghahanap ng dalawang pagkakataon at makakabangon sila ulit.”
Perez also added that like Sharon movies, Strawberry Lane aims to awaken the dreamer inside its viewers.
He explained, “‘Yong hopes and dreams natin as children, as young adults, hindi naman siya nahahawakan, hindi naman siya nakikita.
“But these are stronger bond that we still keep reaching for them, we keep striving for it.
“We keep reaching for it and hoping one day, we will fulfill a dream, that’s what our show is all about.”
Strawberry Lane features an original and heartwarming story of four girls with hopes and dreams who remain optimistic in the midst of life’s challenges. Witness how their lives eventually turn out to be intertwined as the story progresses in Strawberry Lane daily on GMA Telebabad after 24 Oras.
PLOT. The story revolves around the lives of Clarissa, Jack, Dorina, and Lupe who are accused as youth-in-conflict-with-the-law. Fate brings them together at Bahay Bagong Pangarap, a reformation center for girls, with Ms. Digna (Chanda Romero) as the strict head.
Despite having different personalities, these four girls share the same hope of fulfilling their dreams. In Strawberry Lane, their favorite place in Bahay Bagong Pangarap, they seek meaning in finding a new beginning.
Dorina (Joyce Ching) is a soft-spoken girl who is weak in nature. At a very young age, she is separated from her parents Jonathan (TJ Trinidad) and Elaine (Sunshine Dizon) due to a saddening incident.
Elaine’s sister Monique (Sheryl Cruz) is pleased when this happened because she hates Elaine and promises to make her life miserable. Their younger brother Richard (Christian Bautista) will do everything to restore harmony in their family.
When Dorina finally grows up, she will work as a housemaid and will be accused of committing theft, leading her to Angel’s Haven where she will meet three girls whom she will share a one-of-a-kind friendship.
Bea’s character, Clarissa, was raised by her adoptive mother. To make ends meet, she will resort to stealing. Her heart’s greatest desire is to meet her father in the belief that her biological mother already died. She will eventually meet Gabo (Jake Vargas) who will become her guy best friend and will secretly fall in love with her.
Meanwhile, Jack (Kim Rodriguez) is a boyish girl who is accused of arson in the factory where she is working. She does not believe in the idea of romantic love. But her world will turn upside down when she meets Paulino (Kiko Estrada), the boyfriend of Monique’s daughter Lavinia (Rita De Guzman). Though her friend Georgie (Jeric Gonzales) has hidden feelings for her, he will be afraid to confess what he feels.
Lupe (Joanna Marie Tan) is the most ambitious among the four girls. Her dream is to be rich and money is the most important thing for her. Despite her selfishness, her three friends will still accept her for who she is.
Together, these four girls will inspire each other to pursue their dreams and to remain hopeful no matter what life has in store for them.
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