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Is Ivana Alawi's teleserye originally Bea Alonzo's shelved ABS-CBN project?

by James Patrick Anarcon
Jun 16, 2022
Ivana Alawi, Bea Alonzo
The creators of Ivana Alawi's A Family Affair promise that the show is "ten times, twenty times better" than its original concept, the shelved project of Bea Alonzo titled Kahit Minsan Lang.
PHOTO/S: ABS-CBN

The creators of ABS-CBN’s A Family Affair confirmed that the show was originally Bea Alonzo’s Kahit Minsan Lang.

This was discussed during the cast and creators’ round-table interview with select media yesterday, June 15, 2022.

However, the show’s creators said they tweaked the story to make it a project suited to lead actress Ivana Alawi.

Jerome Pobocan, the director of the series, explained, “I think it’s common knowledge that it was [originally Kahit Minsan Lang], pero ang layo na niya.

“Unang-una, if this project is tailor-made for Ivana, malayo na yung itinakbo ng istorya at saka iba yung casting noon, e.

“So ngayon, naiba na siya nang husto, it’s basically an Ivana project. So yun, kung anuman siya in the past, it was in the past.”

The story of A Family Affair is about CherryRed (Ivana), a woman who enters the lives of the Estrella brothers (Gerald Anderson, Sam Milby, Jake Ejercito, and Jameson Blake) as their adopted sister.

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She later falls in love with Paco (Gerald) and marries him. But in the course of their marriage, CherryRed gets involved in an affair with the kuya, Dave (Sam).

READ: Ivana Alawi "natatakot, kinakabahan" to work with Gerald Anderson, Sam Milby

The premise is similar to Kahit Minsan Lang, where Bea's character becomes the adopted sister of four brothers played by Richard Gutierrez, Rafael Rosell, Christian Bables, and Jameson Blake.

In September 2020, Star Creatives published a statement regarding its decision to shelve Kahit Minsan Lang due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19.

“TEN TIMES, TWENTY TIMES BETTER THAN WHAT WAS LEFT BEHIND”

Jay Fernando, who heads the creative team for both shows, said that ABS-CBN really wanted to push through with the project.

He explained, “When Bea left the show, management and all of us felt that the show is too good to shelve.

“So we racked our brains, we revamped, we edited, we changed the core of the concept and to make it ten times, twenty times better than what was left behind.”

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This was when Ivana was cast, and she was the first choice for the new protagonist the team crafted.

Jay continued, “Kaya noong sinasabi ko kanina na, was Ivana top of mind? Yes, she was top of mind when we changed the entire show, all of it, even the core of the conflict."

He went on to say that because "Bea and Ivana are two very different people," you could not just have one actress portray a role originally intended for another.

He said, "I’m not sure if other people do that, but this particular program, we have to change it to suit Ivana as well.

“Kasi may mga magagawa si Ivana that other actresses cannot do. And you can say that in the program, may magagawa siya that is modern, new, and exciting.

“That is what we kept [the concept] and that is what we expanded to make this show completely different and completely Ivana.”

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READ: Mona Alawi plays young Ivana in A Family Affair trailer

A Family Affair is scheduled to air on June 27, 2022 on ABS-CBN’s broadcast platforms, replacing The Broken Marriage Vow.

WHAT HAPPENED TO KAHIT MINSAN LANG?

It was in 2019 when Kahit Minsan Lang had a story conference with Bea, Richard, Rafael, Jameson, and Christian. Isabelle Daza, Jennica Garcia, and Roxanne Barcelo were also part of the project.

Taping started in September 2019 at the General Santos City fish port. Bea was even seen sporting short hair for the scenes.

In January 2020, ABS-CBN released an omnibus plug for its new shows which included Kahit Minsan Lang.

However, production was halted due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The project was in limbo until ABS-CBN and Star Creatives released a statement that Kahit Minsan Lang had been shelved.

However, PEP.ph’s Cabinet Files also reported that Kahit Minsan Lang would still push through with Maja Salvador in the lead role.

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Bea reportedly backed out because she was still scared to work because of the pandemic.

Maja initially agreed to do the project, but at the time she was called, she was already part of TV5’s Sunday Noontime Live.

Bea’s transfer to GMA-7 in July 2021 ignited Kapamilya fans to express their disappointment in her, saying that she abandoned the project amid ABS-CBN’s franchise woes.

For Bea's part, she maintained her position that the project was shelved because of the pandemic and the changes in the story.

She said during her presscon for GMA-7, "I was doing a soap for them. But then, nagkaroon ng pandemic.

"And alam naman natin na maraming pagbabago. So nagkaroon rin ng pagbabago sa story.

"And we came to a decision na hindi na lang matutuloy yung soap."

Kahit Minsan Lang’s trade launch trailer was then leaked by fans, and it showed the scenes they taped in General Santos City.

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In an interview with PEP.ph in August 2021, Bea said that she’d rather not engage in negative comments about her transfer, including the accusations that she abandoned her teleserye.

She also reiterated, “Ako, gusto ko lang sabihin na wala akong ginawang masama and alam ko na malinis kong ginawa every step of the way dito sa ginawa ko.

“Siguro, may mga bagay-bagay na hindi ko kailangang ipaliwanag sa lahat ng tao, but ang gusto ko lang i-share is that nagpaalam ako nang maayos at wala akong inapakang tao.”

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The creators of Ivana Alawi's A Family Affair promise that the show is "ten times, twenty times better" than its original concept, the shelved project of Bea Alonzo titled Kahit Minsan Lang.
PHOTO/S: ABS-CBN
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