It has been eight years since ABS-CBN announced the cancellation of the drama series, Alta.
The teleserye, which was supposed to be top-billed by Angelica Panganiban, KC Concepcion, and Gretchen Barretto, was considered as one of the most-anticipated teleseryes in 2012.
Luis Manzano, Diether Ocampo, and Zanjoe Marudo were also part of the cast.
Fans got more excited when ABS-CBN aired an omnibus plug during one of its trade events.
However, in February 2012, Gretchen announced on The Buzz that the project was cancelled.
Recently on Twitter, its teaser was posted by user @k_rvic.
The netizen tweeted, “Gigil padin ako na hindi natuloy yung series na ‘to.”
TV-movie writer G3 San Diego, who was one of the creators of Alta, reposted the tweet yesterday, August 12.
In her post, G3 revealed the show's premise for the first time, eight years after its cancellation.
G3 wrote, “Sayang talaga to. Murder premise nito eh. Double murder. Crime of passion. Pinatay ng tatay ni Kc yung parents nila Gretchen, Diet and Luis tapos tatay ni Angelica ang napagbintangan. Kaya siya maghihiganti.”
G3 was also the head writer of Gretchen Barretto’s hit teleserye with Bea Alonzo, Magkaribal, which aired in 2010.
THE HISTORY OF ALTA
In 2010, Gretchen Barretto and Angelica Panganiban figured in a misunderstanding involving Derek Ramsay.
At that time, he was Angelica's boyfriend, and Gretchen's leading man in Magkaribal.
The two stars were supposed to do a remake of the movie Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa, which starred Maricel Soriano and Lorna Tolentino.
But after Gretchen and Angelica made amends, the bigwigs of ABS-CBN decided to give them an original series instead.
In March 2011, Gretchen announced that she, Angelica, and KC Concepcion were set to do a project titled Alta, which would depict the colorful lives of people who come from different classes.
Sam Milby, Zanjoe Marudo, and Luis Manzano were being chosen as the leading men of the three lead actresses.
Gretchen also said that Alta would possibly air in June 2011, one year after Magkaribal aired its pilot episode in June 2010.
However, June came and went, and the pilot episode was not aired.
In August 2011, Gretchen said that Alta was just having a problem with the script since it entailed writing a story for three different women.
Gretchen said, "Nagkaproblema lang sa script dahil talagang napakahirap gumawa ng script para sa tatlong babae—si KC, Angelica at saka ako—para walang gulo-gulo.
"But once we start, dire-diretso na.
"And I'm patiently waiting dahil alam ko naman that bago mag-umpisa ang isang teleseryeng malaking proyekto, you always have to wait because you know that the preparation has to be really, really careful."
Come September 2011, rumors that Alta had already been shelved began to circulate.
However, cast member Sam Milby said that the project was still pushing through.
In fact, Sam and Luis Manzano had gone through military training for their roles.
In November 2011, Sam had backed out of Alta to pursue a career in Hollywood. Diether Ocampo was then chosen to replace him.
That same month, Alta was one of the shows presented during the AdCongress that happened in Camarines Sur, where the Kapamilya network showed the omnibus plug shot by its cast members.
GRETCHEN BARRETTO CONFIRMS ALTA IS SHELVED
The same omnibus plug made the rounds online in early 2012, eliciting excitement from Kapamilya fans.
However, rumors that Alta was no longer pushing through continued to persist.
These rumors intensified when ABS-CBN announced that Gretchen would be part of Kathryn Bernardo's teleserye, Princess and I.
Finally, in February 2012, Gretchen confirmed in an interview with The Buzz that Alta was shelved.
She also addressed rumors that she had too many demands and was therefore the reason behind the cancellation of Alta.
Gretchen denied the rumor and said, "Talaga? Talaga? Well, wala akong demands.
"Actually, gusto ko lang matuloy. There's no truth to that. Kasi, ini-embrace ko na ang Alta. At prinomote ko na ang Alta.
"So, ang pinakamahirap sa akin iyong i-announce na wala na ang Alta.”
In November 2019, Luis took a trip down memory lane and reposted the teaser of Alta on his Instagram account.
His fans commented on his post, still wishing for Alta to push through.