"Obra" showcases versatility of Kapuso stars


Katrina Halili (in photo) plays twin charactersin one of the episodes of GMA-7's drama anthology titled Obra. This newshow will train select Kapuso artists for one month under different directors.



GMA Network highlights the versatility of its Kapuso starsin the newest drama anthology titled Obra starting this Thursday, August14, after GMA Telebabad.

Every month, one Kapuso artist will be featured in Obraportraying roles that their fans have never seen before. Each episode relates stories about life,love, and sacrifice.

On its premiere offering, Obra presents one of thecountry's sexiest young actresses, Katrina Halili. Here, she will show the audience her flexibility to do differentroles that are far different from the usual characters that she portrays indaily teledramas.

"Sobrang masaya ako, kasi sabi ko nga nung mga ilang buwanlang after Marimar, naririnig nyo sa akin na ayoko munamagkontrabida. Siyempre gusto ko i-challengeyung sarili ko. Gusto ko mag-comedy,gusto ko mag-drama, mag-iba naman. So,after a month, di ba, biglang merong Obra. Masaya po ako na napagbigyan ako."

Katrina has already taped two of the four episodes that shewould do. The sexy actress pointed outthat she was particularly challenged in portraying the character of a "taonggrasa" and a "mystery woman."

"Pareho pong mahirap. Iba-iba po kasi yun eh," said Katrina. "Yung dalawa po na hindi ko pa po nagagawa yung comedy tsaka yung sexy. Feeling ko po lahat naman mahirap. Lahat naman po ng ibinigay nila challenging,e. Yun naman po yung gusto ko at yunnaman po yung hinahanap ko."

She further added that she did not have any preparation forthe roles that were assigned to her. "Hindi na po ako naghanda kasi every role nakikita ko na naman yung mgatao. At saka wala po akongpaghahanda. Nagdurusa na lang ako,"said Katrina.

WORKING WITH AWARD-WINNING DIRECTORS. Katrina was also grateful to be chosen asthe first artist to be featured in Obra. She saw this as an opportunity to work with remarkable directorsin the industry.


In the episode directed by Joel Lamangan and written by Dode Cruz, thetwo-time FHM Sexiest Woman was deglamorized to be a vagrant or taonggrasa. Direk Jun Lana has Katrina acting as twins who are involved in themysterious death of a man. Ms. Bibeth directs Katrina when she transforms intoa golddigger who is paired with a rich man who happens to be very thrifty.After directing a meek Katrina in the afternoon soap Magdusa Ka, DirekMaryo brings out a prostitute whose future seems bleak.

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Like Katrina, the four directors were also excited to workwith the StarStruck alumna.

For Direk Bibeth, she liked Katrina's face. She thought that it could give differentfacial expressions. "I've worked withKatrina sa isang show na ako ang writer ng comedy show, Ganda ng Lola. Ang gustung-gusto ko sa kanya yung kanyangmukha. Nakakaintriga. Ayoko kasi ng perfect faces, e."

Direk Mario, on the other hand, compared the 22-year-oldactress with a doll. "Bilang directorng present telenovela niya, Magdusa Ka, on the contrary, hindi akonagdudusa sa kanya," said Direk Maryo.

He continued, "Nag-e-enjoy ako kasi naaliw ako sa kanyangpagkatao. Sa pagiging artista niya,very open siya. Para kaming naglalarosa set, pero honest kami sa isa't isa. We give each other respect."

Direk Joel admired Katrina for being open to suggestionsfrom her co-workers. "Si Katrina, bukassiya—bukas sa suggestion, bukas na matuto. Bukas siya para maging maganda [ang trabaho]. Masasabi ko na ginawa nya ang lahat para maibigay sa inyo angisang magandang episode."

Lastly, Direk Jun liked the professionalism that Katrinashowed when they taped for their episode.

He narrated, "When we taped Katrina's episode, she just cameover sa Magdusa Ka. I wasactually worried kung maibibigay niya yung hinihingi ng role kasi medyo mahirapyung gagawin niya dun. But even now,she was very professional. Kahit napagod na pagod na sya naibibigay nya yung hinihingi [ng role]."

With all these praises and opportunities that she received,Katrina could not say anything but "thank you" to the directors and her mothernetwork.

Katrina expressed her gratitude by saying, "Sobrang masaya po ako na ako napinagkatiwalaan po ako ng GMA na ginawang artista sa pilot month ng Obra.Siyempre malaking bagay po yun para sa akin. Maraming salamat."

Watch the four episodes of Obra Presents: Katrina Halilievery Thursday, beginning August 14, after Dalja's Spring on GMA-7.


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