PEP EXCLUSIVE: What's next for Sylvia Sanchez-Dimples Romana starrer The Greatest Love?

by James Patrick Anarcon
Feb 9, 2017
ABS-CBN business unit head Ginny Ocampo recalls how people's reception of Dimples Romana's character affected The Greatest Love.

More revelations and surprises will unfold in ABS-CBN's daytime drama series The Greatest Love (TGL).

This was divulged by business unit head Ms. Ginny Monteagudo-Ocampo in an exclusive interview with (Philippine Entertainment Portal).

After finding out that Gloria (Sylvia Sanchez) has Alzheimer's Disease, the Alegre household will face yet another trial.

In the January 7 episode, Gloria was reminded of the blood war in the family when she secretly witnessed her children Amanda (Dimples Romana), Andrei (Matt Evans), Paeng (Arron Villaflor), and Lizelle (Andi Eigenmann) having an argument.

They were fighting because the kids had conflicting opinions about Gloria marrying her first love Peter (Nonie Buencamino).

This triggers Gloria's sickness to manifest again. The matriarch leaves her cooking stove open, causing a big fire in their ancestral house. How will Gloria, her kids and her grandson Z (Joshua Garcia) deal with this situation?

According to Ms. Ginny, this is just one of the things to look forward to in the Kapamilya series.

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While recalling the iconic dining table scene of the Alegre family, she admitted that even though they already have an idea about the ending of show, she and the creative team still find it difficult to finalize the script.

Ms. Ginny told PEP, "Would you believe na until now ay hand to mouth pa rin kami sa script? Kasi nga sobra naming binubusisi.

"So far, ngayon, alam namin yung ending pero after that scene, yung 'Sino ba kayo?' mas nagiging mahirap timplahin."

She cites Dimples Romana's character Amanda as one of the reasons why the process of finalizing the script has become more complex.

"Surprisingly, si Dimples, who's supposed to be the parang kontrabida… parang kontrabida kasi it's a family drama, not the usual soap, so parang wala ka naman talagang kontrabida na usual kontrabida. So lumalabas, siya lang yung pinaka-nega sa lahat.

"Pero si Dimples, kahit ganon, e, mahal ng tao because naiintindihan nila kung bakit siya nagiging ganon.

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"So yung pagtimpla ng kanyang character ay mahirap in the sense na after niya ma-witness na yung mother niya na may sakit pala, anong klase kang anak kung sobrang walanghiya ka pa rin.

"Pero sa totoong buhay, hindi ka naman nababago overnight. Kahit pa nangyari yun, babalik at babalik ka sa core mong pagkatao, so yun yung tricky."

Viewers can also look forward to seeing if Gloria will be able to explain the real reasons behind her past decisions and if she will admit that she was raped by Amanda's father.

Ms. Ginny enumerated, "At siyempre, malalaman natin kung ikakasal ba si Gloria at Peter, malalaman ba natin kung maaamin ba ni Gloria kay Peter tungkol sa rape at kailan natin makikita na malalaman ni Amanda yung katotohanan about her.

"Yung pinakalast is yung dahan-dahang pagdeteriorate ni Gloria kasi dun talaga siya papunta.

"After the revelation niya sa mga anak niya, yung pinaka challenge, parang bumabaliktad ang bola.

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"Pumupunta yung conflict more on the kids because yung Alzheimer's is a family disease, sila yung humaharap sa katotohanan na yun.

"As far as an Alzheimer's Disease patient is concerned, habang nawawala yung kanyang alaala, parang ironically, gumagaan ang pakiramdam niya because nawawalan siya ng sense kung ano yung mga problems niya.

"Nagkakaroon siya ng pagwawala, pag iyak, mood swings only because hindi niya macontrol yung sarili niya.

"Pero after a while, yung pag deteriorate niya becomes a burden to the family, not for that person. So yun yung challenge this time. Paano nila dadalhin as a family yung sakit ni Gloria given na hindi naman sila ganun ka-solid and they have different interests in life."

ORIGINS OF THE GREATEST LOVE. When PEP asked Ginny about The Greatest Love, the business unit head reminisced how the story of this family drama was developed.

Ginny recalled the first teaser showing the dining table scene wherein Gloria's illness was revealed to the children.

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"Ang naging journey kasi ng TGL was when we did the trailer, that trailer was supposed to be for the trade event.

"Pag trade event, para sa mga advertisers lang. We didn’t intend na i-air yun on TV because around that time, mga June, hindi pa naman kami e-air.

"Pero noong pinalabas namin yun sa trade event, overwhelming yung response. As in may mga naiyak, may mga nagpapalakpakan.

"Parang siguro, na-excite din lahat, they wanted us to air, July na agad, then supposedly August.

"So nag-panic kami kasi parang hindi kami ready, kasi sa totoo hirap na hirap kaming isulat. Ang hirap niyang isulat because yung original structure ng writing namin ay hindi linear."

The business unit head then explained their original plan of presenting the story.

"Yung scene na yun was supposed to be the first scene of the series. Yung original script na sinulat namin.

"Tapos at saka pa lang mag-u-unfold papunta sa ganun. Pero ang difficulty pagka ganon, magmumukhang kontrabida at saka unsympathetic si Gloria na tama rin naman based sa feedback ng management.

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"Pero ready kami to take that risk, e. So noong nakita nila yung trailer, noon nila naintindihan na why we wanted na yun ang first scene. Pero at that time, na-adjust na namin yung structure, linear na.

"Noong nagshoshoot na kami, sa sobrang lakas ng anticipation sa mga anak, kina Dimples, Andi, mga bosses even wanted na mapaaga ang pasok nila, kasi if we go linear late ang pasok nila.

"So kung maaga sila darating, ibig sabihin hindi na kami ulit linear. We will go back to the original structure, pero hindi na naming kayang bumalik sa original na yun so medyo malaking modification yung ginawa namin.

"Kung napanood mo yung pilot, merong konting silip sa present pero babalik pa rin sa past because we need to understand, sino si Gloria noong bata siya. Yun yung naging journey namin.

"Parang as we write, kasabay din naming inaaral."

According to the ABS-CBN executive, their target finale date is March 2017.

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