"Ligaw na Bulaklak" weaves love in a racetrack setting

by Bong Godinez
May 20, 2008
Roxanne Guinoo plays a "horse whisperer" named Leya Alegro in ABS-CBN's newest afternoon soap opera titled Ligaw na Bulaklak. Her character has a connection with the horses of the Sta. Ana Race Track located in Makati City.

After going through a handful of possible titles—from Wild Orchid to Wild Flower to Cattleya to Ligaw—ABS-CBN management finally chooses the name of its newest daytime teleserye: Ligaw na Bulaklak.

But while the show changed titles several times, the plot, story, and vision remain the same. According to director Andoy Ranay, Ligaw na Bulaklak follows the journey of a "horse whisperer" named Lea Alegro as she goes out of her way to bring together her broken family.

Lea's desire to complete the puzzle also applies to her personal quest to discover her true worth and real love.

Direk Andoy described Ligaw na Bulaklak as grittier and perhaps a bit darker as compared to its predecessor Prinsesa ng Banyera. Combining the elements of social issues and political drama with romance, Ligaw na Bulaklak aims to present a broader picture of society that is more than just the usual boy-meets-girl story.

The setting of the show is also a source of pride for the creative team. "Parang ngayon lang kasi magkakaroon na ang milieu ay ‘yong karerahan," Direk Andoy proudly told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in a recent interview.

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"‘Di ba alam natin ‘yon merong Sta. Ana na horse racing pero ‘yon yung background...walang istorya sa mga nangyayari, ito ‘yon. ‘Yong mga ipapakita namin this time, kung sa Prinsesa ng Banyera nagpakita kami ng buhay sa isang fish port ito naman ay buhay sa isang malapit sa pinaggaganapan ng horse racing."

According to Direk Andoy, horse racing has long been part of the Filipino culture and it is something they would love to explore in this TV series. The setting would also be vital in highlighting Lea's character in the story.

Star Circle Quest luminary Roxanne Guinoo will play the lead role of Lea while Sid Lucero and rocker Marc Abaya will portray Roxanne's love interests.

Pertaining to Roxanne's role, Direk Andoy candidly said, "Daring and mas may lalim." He also explained why they chose Roxanne for the lead role. "She can be both innocent and at the same time there's this element of mystique ‘pag tinitingnan mo siya which is perfect doon sa character ni Lea."

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Rounding off the entire cast are Ara Mina, Jodi Sta. Maria, Arlene Muhlach, Smokey Manaloto, Chockoleit, Isko Moreno, Nonie Buencamino, Dominic Ochoa, Erich Gonzales, Coco Martin, Jaymee Joaquin, Matteo Guidicelli, and Carla Humphries.

Direk Andoy is confident that the viewers would love Ligaw na Bulaklak because of its message which is close to the heart of every Filipino.

"It's about one's desire to keep her family intact despite the odds. That is very Filipino," smiled Direk Andoy at interview's end.

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Roxanne Guinoo plays a "horse whisperer" named Leya Alegro in ABS-CBN's newest afternoon soap opera titled Ligaw na Bulaklak. Her character has a connection with the horses of the Sta. Ana Race Track located in Makati City.
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