Former TGIS star Aiza Marquez shares story behind reunion with Sarah Geronimo, Mark Bautista

by James Patrick Anarcon
May 4, 2018
From New York, Cubao to New York, New York: Aiza Marquez (middle) took a trip down memory lane and posted a few throwback photos with Sarah Geronimo and Mark Bautista during their Sarah The Teen Princess days. The three reunited 13 years after the show aired its finale.

Remember when Sarah Geronimo starred in her first teleserye with ABS-CBN?

This was the 2004 afternoon drama series Sarah The Teen Princess where she had Mark Bautista, Mikel Campos, and Aaron Agassi as her leading men.

In this series, Sarah's best friend was former TGIS teen star Aiza Marquez who is in love with Mark's character.

This 2018, Sarah, Mark, and Aiza were reunited after 13 years!

Aiza was part of the production staff of Sarah's This 15 Me meet-and-greet in New York City, with Mark serving as one of Sarah's guest performers.

On May 3, Aiza posted throwback photos of Sarah The Teen Princess and her recent photo with Sarah and Mark in New York.

Aiza wrote in the caption of her Instagram post, "Sarah The Teen Princess reunion! From New York Cubao to New York New York. It was great seeing Baste and Bestfriend Sarah after ages @iammarkbautista @justsarahgph (pasensya po sa cheeks ko, hindi pa po sya nagwoworkout????)."

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New York, Cubao was the setting of the TV series, while Baste and Sarah were the names of Mark and Sarah's characters, respectively.

"Anyway Naalala ko tuloy ang mga kanta sa show. Sobrang paborito ko ang Narito, Ako'y Maghihintay at Lahat Sa Buhay Ko.

"Thank you to #mountaintopproductionsllc for today Masaya makita ulit ang mga dating katrabaho sa industriya. Ang masasayang alaala #Sttp #Sarahtheteenprincess"

Sarah The Teen Princess was Aiza's last ABS-CBN TV series before she returned to GMA-7 in 2005.

Aiza is currently residing in the States, where she and her husband occasionally produce concerts.

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In an interview with (Philippine Entertainment Portal) through Instagram direct messaging, Aiza shared the story behind her surprise reunion with Sarah and Mark.

"Actually, hindi ako producer but I know the producers, local ng New York and sila yung nagproduce ng Mr and Mrs A (Regine and Ogie) here. Mga Filipinos din po na sobrang bait.

"Nagvolunteer ako kasi it's been a while and wala naman akong bagong contact number ni Sarah bilang 2003 pa yung Sarah the Teen.

"So I saw the producer and asked if they need extra hand or anything, kasi Ate Denise Ochoa which is Sarah's make-up artist used to do my make-up din na close ko."

She then recalled how Sarah's character would always say that she lives in New York, Cubao, and 13 years later, they would reunite in New York City.

"I got ecstatic to see them kasi parang mini reunion na din! May line before si Sarah kasi sa show na, 'Hi, I'm Sarah Alagao from New York' pero Cubao!!!!

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"Nakakatuwa kasi dito din kami sa New York magkikita kita."

What makes it more special, said Aiza, was that Sarah was reunited with her co-stars in her first major teleserye on her 15th year in showbiz.

"It brings back the good old days, sobra. We had an amazing [time] doing STTP. Kahit puyat, sobrang gaan kasama ni Sarah and Mark ever since.

"And this concert THIS I5 ME I think, it's Sarah's celebration ng ika-15 years niya sa show business which STTP is her first major teleserye so MAJOR throwback talaga."

The former Star Magic artist also sent some of her photos with Sarah, Mark, and Mark's brother during their mini-reunion.

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In a later Instagram post, Aiza recalled one of the scenes she shared with Sarah in the TV show.

"STTP Episode.. Jasmine leaving the Mansion.

"Jasmine: Ipromise mo sakin hindi ka na iiyak. Gusto ko magpakatatag ka. Gusto ko pagbalik ko nakatayo ka pa din. Mag iingat ka dito.

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"Sarah cries and Jasmine gave her a big hug."

She then posted her message for Sarah.

"You've come a long way Sars. You are so blessed because you have a big heart. Kaya ang daming nagmamahal sayo. Iba ka! Iba ka talaga!

"Grabe hindi ka nagbago si Ms. "Po" ka pa din. At ikaw pa din yun Sarah the Mahagikgikin I'm so happy to see you. Namiss kita ha.???? @justsarahgph -Your bestfriend in New York Cubao,Jasmine."

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Meanwhile, in a separate Instagram post, Mark also recalled their Sarah The Teen Princess days.

He wrote, "Sarah the Teen Princess reunion!!! Baste-Jasmine and Sarah love triangle

"Sarah’s frequent line in the show was “Hi im Sarah Alagao taga New York pero Cubao!!” Cut to Now:Nasa New york na si Sarah! #walalang #naalalalangNamin Nice seeing you again @zingmb"

Aiza answered in the comments section: "Nakakamiss ang puyatan sa New York Cubao!!!! Oneil Sarah Forever! I'm so happy to see you guys. Thanks to Tita Mel and Tita Og of #mountaintopproductionsllc"

GMA-7 singer Christian Bautista, who was fresh from his stint in Star In A Million back then, recalled that he served as a guest in the few episodes of the show.

In Sarah The Teen Princess, Christian played one of Sarah's rivals when her character joined Star In A Million.

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From New York, Cubao to New York, New York: Aiza Marquez (middle) took a trip down memory lane and posted a few throwback photos with Sarah Geronimo and Mark Bautista during their Sarah The Teen Princess days. The three reunited 13 years after the show aired its finale.
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