Before Piolo Pascual teams up with KC Concepcion in theABS-CBN remake of Lovers in Paris, viewers will see get to see him inthe Saturday soap opera Nasaan Ka Maruja?
He will be acting opposite Kristine Hermosa in this Saturday afternoonteleserye, which also stars Derek Ramsay and Karylle.
The matinee idol revealed that he shot his scenes even before the show airedits pilot episode on ABS-CBN last May 2, 2009.
"Actually nagtaping na ko for Maruja long before it aired. So excited narin akong makapanood, yung mga eksenang nagawa ko because ngayon ko lang ulitnakasama si Kristine after ten years na magkasama kami, Sa SandalingKailangan Mo Ako. We did that in 1998. And I think after Lobo, hindina nila ako nakita sa primetime. So for me, you know bago ipalabas yung Loversin Paris, e, makita man lang tayo sa TV."
When asked what role he will play in the TV series, Piolo candidly describedhis character by saying, "Kami talagayung magkasama ni Maruja since we were kids. Tapos medyo mayaman yung family kopero ayaw sa akin nung family niya."
According to Maruja's creative head, Nini Matilac, explains how integralPiolo's character will be to the story of Maruja.
"Starting [June 20], he will be seen in almost every episode. And until thefinal episode, papalaki ng papalaki ‘yong participation n'ya. We are now at our8th episode, e, mga 14 weeks kami magra-run so we are half way already."
Kristine Hermosa's character has been seeing Piolo in her dreams but she is notaware of their relationship. "She will be seeing another person in her dreamand the whole time, magiging palaisipan ‘yan. Sino ba siya? Siya ba ayreincarnation ni John Estrada ngayon na si Michael? Siya ba ang pumatay? Siyaba si Gabriel? These are the questions na ipapa-linger namin all through outthe rest of the series."
Piolo pointed out that his mysterious character is deeply rooted in the past ofCristy. "Puro flashback lang ‘yong sa ‘kin, e, which was during the 1940s somost of my scenes were with Kristine and Derek."
WHY ACCEPT A GUEST ROLE? Piolo is already one of the top leading men ofABS-CBN but he agreed to become a guest in Nasaan Ka, Maruja? What madehim agree to do the project?
"Actually, maynaunang offer from May Bukas Pa. Nauna ‘yon kaysa sa Maruja. Thething is, I wanted to be paired with Kristine again. Saka sa May Bukas Pa,maraming ibang mga guest, ganun. Since parehong tema ng Lovers inParis...saka naisip ko, gusto ko lang siya makasama ulit. My next moviemight be with Kristine."
ON KRISTINE HERMOSA. Piolo openly expressed his admiration his leadinglady and even called himself as one of her fans.
"We're friends, we're both from Star Magic. Nakita naminyung isa't isa sa pag-grow. Wala namang nagbago sa kanya. And I mustsay, she's one of the top three prettiest faces, masasabi kotalagang hindi ka magsasawang tignan."
When pressed to name the other most beautifulfaces in the industry, Piolo politely declined by saying, "Kanya-kanya namangbeauty ‘yan, e, but every time I look at Kristine, kahit saang anggulo. There's was a time we did a cover togetherand ako, super effort na ‘ko sa pagpopose, si Kristine titingin lang sa cameraang ganda na.
"Grabe talaga ang kagandahan niya, so I'm a fan. ‘Yun sa pagkakita ko sa kanya dati,tapos nakikita ko pa siya ngayon that she's evolving and she's a good actress.Kaya nga excited din akong makasama siya."
In Nasaan Ka Maruja, Ross (Derek Ramsay) finally reveals thetruth to Helen (Karylle). He admits that he is in love with another woman,which is why he opted to cancel their wedding.
Howwill this revelation affect Helen? What will be Helen's reaction when shelearns that the other woman is actually her half-sister, Cristy (KristineHermosa)?
(Click HERE to view photos of Piolo Pascual as he shot his scenes with KristineHermosa in Batangas.)
Findout more this Saturday, June 27, when Komiks Presents Nasaan KaMaruja airs right after Cinema FPJ on ABS-CBN.