The success of Marimar propelled Mexican superstar Thaliato the adulation and admiration of the Filipino audience when the phenomenalseries was shown here in the Philippines in 1994.
But it was Thalia'slast telenovela, Rosalinda, shownlocally in 2000, that registered mightily in the rating contest and in effect cemented Thalia's hold among Pinoy viewers. Thalia and her programs havealso shown that it can create a big star out of an adaptation. Marian Riverabest exemplified that when she bagged the right to portray Marimar in 2007,raising her stocks dramatically from a supporting actress to lead star status.
CARLAABELLANA IS ROSALINDA. GMA-7 senior vice-president forentertainment Wilma Galvante needed only one glance of newcomer Carla Abellana inMarch to know that she found a diamond in the rough.
At the time, the Kapuso Network was busy looking for a fresh face to star in the local remake of Rosalinda. Needless to say, Carla'sinnocent appeal perfectly fits the character of the "simple, mabait, masayahinat ubod nang gandang dalaga." Despite her initial reluctance, Carla eventuallyrelented and accepted the offer, making Rosalindaa make or break early career move.
"This is an opportunityof a lifetime," Carla offered confidently at the press conference held lastJune 30 at the Studio 5 of the GMA Network Center. "Ang laking blessing kayGod, so bakit ko naman tatanggihan?"
Serving as Carla'sleading man for the upcoming series is matinee idol, Geoff Eigenmann.
The actor confided to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), "Sobrang damingpressure with what people are expecting from the show. Pressure din with mekasi it's my very first big show with GMA si Carla din the same. Tapos sa characterni Fernando Jose ang daming preparations so sobrang dami. For me, characterwise, Fernando Jose I guess is the darkest and most mature role I ever playedso ang dami kong preparations na ginagawa. Of course, as much as possible I haveto look good as the original Fernando Jose. Tapos yon nga he's a lawyer, he hasa very dark past and he also plays the piano so I have to take piano lessons."
SHAKESPEAREANPROPORTIONS. Rosalinda follows the tale of a simple,cheerful and stunning young florist named Rosalinda Perez. She will meet thehandsome and wealthy lawyer Fernando Jose whose snobbish personalitywill soon melt after falling in love with Rosalinda.
The relationship wasmet with resentment and jealousy by Fernando's arrogant mother, Valeria(portrayed by Sheryl Cruz) and Rosalinda's envious sister Fedra (KatrinaHalili). Despite these objections, Fernando Jose and Rosalinda tied the knotand set out to raise their own family.
But just as Rosalindaand Fernando Jose thought everything was going smoothly, the dark secret of thepast started to cast a dim shadow in the relationship. It was then revealedthat Rosalinda's incarcerated mother, Soledad (Glydel Mercado) was the onebeing accused of killing Fernando Jose's mother.
This revelation threatensto tear apart the fairytale-like union of Fernando Jose and Rosalinda.
Completing the cast of Rosalinda are Roderick Paulate, SherylCruz, Ariel Rivera, Gary Estrada, Glydel Mercado, Jessa Zaragoza, Yul Servo,Sherilyn Reyes, Ryza Cenon, Mike Tan, Mart Escudero, Sheena Halili, MarcoAlcarez, Marky Lopez, Carlene Aguilar, Ayen Munji-Laurel, Gian Magdangal, andKrystal Reyes.
Directors Maryo J.delos Reyes and Gil Tejada Jr. join forces to give life to the local version ofRosalinda. It will air on GMA-7 starting July 6, 2009.