GMA-7's Sine Novela offers another timeless movie classic in Paano Ba Ang Mangarap featuring the much-awaited reunion of StarStruck graduates Mark Herras and Jennylyn Mercado.
Beginning Monday, February 16, Sine Novela turns a blockbuster film of the ‘80s, Paano Ba Ang Mangarap, into a gripping saga of unconditional love and destiny. The newest Sine Novela features Mark Herras, who portrays the role of Eric, the movie role which was originally played by award-winning actor Christopher de Leon; and Jennylyn Mercado, who will portray the role of Lissa, then played by the Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos.
Completing the cast of Paano Ba Ang Mangarap are versatile actors Tirso Cruz III as Don Mateo, the father of Benny and Eric; Bing Loyzaga as Doña Francia, the brother's haughty and arrogant mother; Emilio Garcia as Ramon, the irresponsible but loving father of Lissa; Irma Adlawan, Lissa's ambitious mom; Jan Marini, the wicked sister of Lissa; Chynna Ortaleza as Maya, Eric's ex - girlfriend; Ranier Castillo as Vince; Jay Aquitaña as Ardi, Eric's best friends.
Directed by Joel Lamangan, Paano Ba Ang Mangarap tells the story of a simple girl named Lissa Estrella (Jennylyn Mercado) and her journey of finding her true love.
Unknown to her ambitious mother, Ising (Irma Adlawan), Lissa is in love and is having a secret affair with Benny Valderama (Hero Angeles), a rich kid from the city whose family owns a huge jewelry business and a mining company. Unfortunately, Benny gets Lissa pregnant but is willing marry her. Benny gave her a ring, a family heirloom from his mother Doña Francia (Bing Loyzaga) as a sign of his undying love.
Benny immediately returns from the province and tells his relationship to his free-spirited and adventurous brother Eric (Mark Herras). Among the two, Doña Francia favors Benny more because he is more reserved, calculating and obedient while Eric is a brusque and carefree guy.
That night, Benny decides to use Eric's sports car without his brother's permission. Unfortunately, Benny meets an accident and was taken to a hospital. But before Benny dies, he spoke to his brother and made him promise to look for Lissa.
Soon Lissa receives the news of Benny's accident and faints. Her secret is finally revealed to her family, who were totally disappointed.
Since her family doesn't welcome her condition, Lissa decides to travel to the city and visit Benny's wake. Lissa will muster all her strength to find the Valderama mansion and face the family of the man she loves. She makes it to the door but when she comes face to face with Doña Francia, Lissa pretends to be someone applying as a maid.
Eric is on the verge of losing hope when fate leads him to meet Lissa, their maid. But Eric doesn't know that the woman he has been looking for is under his nose. The truth was only unveiled when Doña Francia finds out Lissa's identity.
With the scheming Doña Francia out to get Lissa's lovechild with Benny, will Eric be able to save Lissa and her child from his mother? With the happy-go-lucky guy Eric slowly falling in love with his brother's girlfriend, does he have enough time and patience to wait if Lissa will reciprocate his feelings? Can Eric teach Lissa's heart and mind to love him? With Eric around, will Lissa finally forget Benny and move on with a new life?
Find out how the power of love and destiny can pull two people together in Sine Novela presents Paano Ba Ang Mangarap beginning Monday, February 16 on GMA-7's Dramarama sa Hapon.
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