Start to feel "Bettyful" as the Philippine adaptation of the world renowned TV series Betty La Fea starts airing on ABS-CBN this Monday, September 8.
In this series, Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz, will be seen every night not to provide drama but to make viewers laugh forthe first time as Betty and Armando.
Since they are both known as dramatic actors, both of them agreed that starring in this comedy show is a big challenge for them.
In fact, during the show's press conference, Bea tells the media, "Unang-unang sumagi sa isip ko, akala ko mahihirapan ako, e, kasithis is a different character, this is a different world for me kasi world ngkomedya. Hindi naman nagpapatawa langkatulad nga ng sinabi kanina, situational ang pagpapatawa dito ng Betty. So, alam ko na mahihirapan ako atnacha-challenge ako noong una kong nakita ang sarili ko as Betty."
John Lloyd, on the other hand, was glad to know that after MagingSino Ka Man, he will paired with Bea again. He pointed out that the timing is just right since fans have beenclamoring for them to appear in another project.
He says, "Dati, sabi ko nga even before One MoreChance, ang talagang plano, medyo maghiwalay muna kami ni Bea. Pero kailangan namin ng sustaining, may itbe on TV or sa film. Nagkataon lang nanangyari siya sa TV. Hindi rin namankasi pwedeng hayaan or pabayaan na lang 'yong mga hinihingi ng mga sumusuportasa amin. Hindi namin dine-disregard'yong kasi they matter to us sobra-sobra na kailangan din naming pagbigyan."
COLUMBIAN VERSION. I Love Betty La Fea will surely bringlaughter to the audience as they follow the original story of the Columbiancomedy series titled Yo Soy, Betty La Fea (2001).
In fact, according to ABS-CBN business unit head DeoEndrinal, when they bought the rights from the creators of the original BettyLa Fea, they were required to create a set that is similar to the Columbianversion.
"The entire payment for the rights to Columbia and theoffice alone cost about P40 million—just to build this [set] and the rights,excluding the production of the show on a weekly basis. Kasi po requirement namin na magtayo ngopisina similar to what they've done all over the world," Deo tells the media.
Betty La Fea has been adapted over than a dozentimes already in different countries such as India, Indonesia, Poland,Bulgaria, Romania, Malysia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland, Japan,Turkey, Italy, and China. In the UnitedStates, there is Ugly Betty, which is also shown locally on Studio23.
In all of these countries, the Betty La Fea storyline is modified to fit the culture of the country where it will be aired. Erik Salud, who co-directs I Love Betty La Fea with Don Cuaresma, said that they had to change the character of Daniel Valencia, one ofthe antagonists in the show, to a female character (Daniella Valencia) to beplayed by Ruffa Gutierrez.
He explains, "Sa Columbia po lalaki po ang kapatid niMarcella [si Daniel]. Ginawa lang ponaming babae kasi sa Philippine setting hindi naman tayo sanay na angkontrabida ay lalaki. Ginawa namingbabae para mas swak po dito sa atin."
However, Ruffa says that she will not be the usual fieryvillainess in this comedy series. "Angpagiging kontrabida ko dito, sana naman gayahin nga at mahalin because hindinaman ako 'yong kontrabidang nananampal or nananabunot, hindi ko namantinutusok ang mga mata ni Bea [Alonzo]. Talagang kinaiinisan ko lang siya kasi gusto kong maging presidente ngEco Moda and Betty [Bea] is getting in my way sa paghihiganti ko kayArmando. So, gusto ko siyang mawala sabuhay ko."
For the other cast members, how were they chosen?
"Most of the cast po really went to a go-see," answers Mr.Endrinal. "We contacted most of ourexisting managers. We had a two-daygo-see wherein most of the stars were asked to portray several roles. Doon po, pinili na namin with the help ofDirek Jerry Sineneng kasi at that time, si Direk Jerry ang supposedlymagdidirek."
Then, he reiterates that Bea and John Lloyd are their firstchoice for the role of Betty and Armando. "They've been the first choice to play the role of Betty and Armandofrom the very beginning. It was justreally a matter of timing—when to do the project, when to announce thecompletion of the cast. But from thevery beginning, they were really our first choice."
I Love Betty La Fea will also feature the comedicskills of Vhong Navarro, who will play the role of Betty's best friend namedNicolas Mora. He will be joined byveteran comedian Rolando Valdez as Hermes Pengson, the father of Betty; andPhilippine Comedy Queen Ai-Ai delas Alas as Julia Pengson, the mother ofBetty. Sam Concepcion is cast as Betty's younger brother named Andrew.
Other cast members are Megan Young, Meryll Soriano, SherynRegis, and Wendy Valdez. The show will alsohave Joem Bascon, Thou Reyes, Ronnie Liang, and Jojo Alejar.
Be ready to laugh and be entertained by these people inside theadvertising agency, Eco Moda Manila, starting Monday, September 8, on ABS-CBN. I Love Betty La Fea will air right after Iisa Pa Lamang.
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