Piolo Pascual steps back in time for Nasaan Ka Maruja

by Jocelyn Dimaculangan
Jun 27, 2009
Piolo Pascual is introduced halfway into the story of Nasaan Ka, Maruja? This marks his reunion with former screen partner Kristine Hermosa after ten years.

Before Piolo Pascual teams up with KC Concepcion in the ABS-CBN remake of Lovers in Paris, viewers will see get to see him in the Saturday soap opera Nasaan Ka Maruja?

He will be acting opposite Kristine Hermosa in this Saturday afternoon teleserye, which also stars Derek Ramsay and Karylle.

The matinee idol revealed that he shot his scenes even before the show aired its pilot episode on ABS-CBN last May 2, 2009.

"Actually nagtaping na ko for Maruja long before it aired. So excited na rin akong makapanood, yung mga eksenang nagawa ko because ngayon ko lang ulit nakasama si Kristine after ten years na magkasama kami, Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako. We did that in 1998. And I think after Lobo, hindi na nila ako nakita sa primetime. So for me, you know bago ipalabas yung Lovers in Paris, e, makita man lang tayo sa TV."

When asked what role he will play in the TV series, Piolo candidly described his character by saying, "Kami talaga yung magkasama ni Maruja since we were kids. Tapos medyo mayaman yung family ko pero ayaw sa akin nung family niya."

According to Maruja's creative head, Nini Matilac, explains how integral Piolo's character will be to the story of Maruja.

"Starting [June 20], he will be seen in almost every episode. And until the final episode, papalaki ng papalaki ‘yong participation n'ya. We are now at our 8th 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 not aware of their relationship. "She will be seeing another person in her dream and the whole time, magiging palaisipan ‘yan. Sino ba siya? Siya ba ay reincarnation ni John Estrada ngayon na si Michael? Siya ba ang pumatay? Siya ba si Gabriel? These are the questions na ipapa-linger namin all through out the rest of the series."

Piolo pointed out that his mysterious character is deeply rooted in the past of Cristy. "Puro flashback lang ‘yong sa ‘kin, e, which was during the 1940s so most of my scenes were with Kristine and Derek."

WHY ACCEPT A GUEST ROLE? Piolo is already one of the top leading men of ABS-CBN but he agreed to become a guest in Nasaan Ka, Maruja? What made him agree to do the project?

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"Actually, may naunang offer from May Bukas Pa. Nauna ‘yon kaysa sa Maruja. The thing is, I wanted to be paired with Kristine again. Saka sa May Bukas Pa, maraming ibang mga guest, ganun. Since parehong tema ng Lovers in Paris...saka naisip ko, gusto ko lang siya makasama ulit. My next movie might be with Kristine."

ON KRISTINE HERMOSA. Piolo openly expressed his admiration his leading lady and even called himself as one of her fans.

"We're friends, we're both from Star Magic. Nakita namin yung isa't isa sa pag-grow. Wala namang nagbago sa kanya. And I must say, she's one of the top three prettiest faces, masasabi ko talagang hindi ka magsasawang tignan."

When pressed to name the other most beautiful faces in the industry, Piolo politely declined by saying, "Kanya-kanya namang beauty ‘yan, e, but every time I look at Kristine, kahit saang anggulo. There's was a time we did a cover together and ako, super effort na ‘ko sa pagpopose, si Kristine titingin lang sa camera ang 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 the truth to Helen (Karylle). He admits that he is in love with another woman, which is why he opted to cancel their wedding.

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How will this revelation affect Helen? What will be Helen's reaction when she learns that the other woman is actually her half-sister, Cristy (Kristine Hermosa)?

(Click HERE to view photos of Piolo Pascual as he shot his scenes with Kristine Hermosa in Batangas.)

Find out more this Saturday, June 27, when Komiks Presents Nasaan Ka Maruja airs right after Cinema FPJ on ABS-CBN.

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