The much-awaited first teleserye of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza will finally be aired this 2017.
Before 2016 ended, the AlDub love team took part in the story conference and started taping sequences for their first TV series titled Destined To Be Yours.
This primetime show is their follow up project after their first solo movie Imagine You and Me was released in July 2016.
GMA VP for Drama Miss Redgie Magno revealed how they conceptualized Destined To Be Yours.
She disclosed during an intimate lunch with the press yesterday, "Sa totoo lang, hindi ko maalala kailan kami nagstart, pero we went through a lot of meetings.
"Dumaan talaga siya sa butas ng karayom, so to speak. Hindi siya yung may naisip ka nang concept, go.
"We presented and then we talked about it, tapos kung ano magsastand out.
"And then kung ano rin yung babagay sa kanilang dalawa kasi ang hirap to top the movie. And we cannot fail so it has really to be the right project."
Though the confirmation of Alden and Maine's commitment for the project happened in the last quarter of 2016, the Destined To Be Yours team has already been doing pre-production in mid 2016.
The pre-production includes negotiations with Maine's management Triple A, headed by Mr. Tony Tuviera.
"Marami talaga syang pinagdaanan kasi sabi namin once we start with the production of this soap, we cannot stop.
"They have to tape weekly so if they say yes to this, they should have their full commitment which they did naman.
"They are very excited about it and they always give time sa creative meetings, even mga promo. Jenny [Ferre, creator of Eat Bulaga's Kalyeserye] sits with the group also. Maganda naman, maganda naman yung naging flow ng activities ng production."
MAINE'S HESITATION ABOUT ACTING. In previous interviews, Maine admitted that she is hesitant to do teleseryes.
In fact, she said during the presscon of Imagine You and Me last July, “Well, kasi po, feeling ko po hindi pa ako ready. Parang ang dami ko pa pong kailangang pagdaanan before po ako lumabas sa teleserye.”
How did Ms. Redgie and her drama team convince Maine to finally star in a soap opera?
The GMA executive answered, "Actually, sila Mr. Tuviera at sila Miss Jenny ang nakakausap namin so sila din ang nagsasabi.
"Siguro noong una medyo hesitant siya kasi siyempre di naman siya sanay umarte.
"Sa Bulagaan, alam naman nating medyo naglalaro laro lang din sila pero I guess noong dire-diretso nilang Kalyeserye tapos nagmovie rin siya, naano rin niya na ready na siya.
"Lahat naman ng support, ibibigay namin para maging comfortable siya sa set.
"Sinusupport siya ng production, alam naming baguhan siya sa soap so we will also bear with her kung ano man yung kailangang ayusin sa taping para hindi naman siya mapressure."
Since Alden and Maine will be busy doing the series, Ms. Redgie said that there will be days when they won't be seen on Eat Bulaga.
"May mga days na hindi sila makikita sa Bulaga but I think they will do something para may presence pa rin sila doon.
"I cannot naman disclose kasi production nila yun pero definitely, may mga days talaga na may out of town shoot.
"Meron din silang mga gagawin, makikita pa rin sila so I don’t know how they will do it.
PRESSURE. Ms. Redgie admitted that the drama group of GMA also feels pressure for the AlDub series to be a success.
The GMA executive disclosed, "Sa totoo lang, dito ang mas malaking pressure, e, sa amin.
"Hindi doon sa dalawa kasi it could not fail, talagang dapat it should work.
"We should do everything to ensure that it works. Medyo malaking pressure sa producers.
"Bukod pa dun, to please the AlDub Nation, di ba? So mabigat na pressure sa producers."
Speaking of AlDub Nation, Ms. Redgie is aware that Alden and Maine's fans will be closely monitoring the show.
"Sa totoo lang, ang hirap kasing iplease silang lahat.
"Siguro dito, I would like to believe na magugustuhan nila ito. Kasi siyempre inaral din namin yun, e.
"Inaral namin yung mga gusto nila, but ultimately, kami pa rin yung ano [masusunod] pero we are sure na magugustuhan."
Destined To Be Yours is expected to air by February 2017.
"Siguro yung announcement, kasi naka-align kami with TAPE on the announcement, on the promo efforts. Basta definitely, February."
While TAPE, Inc. is also helping with the promo efforts, Ms. Redgie clarified that Destined To Be Yours is a GMA station-produced teleserye.