Mark Herras, Jennylyn Mercado and Pauleen Luna star in GMA-7's Ikaw Sana

"Mas mature na sila ngayon, mas madali na silang humugot ngmga eksena," says award-winning director Joey Lamangan about the leadstars of Ikaw Sana (from left) Mark Herras, Pauleen Luna, and JennylynMercado. The director worked with all of them in themulti-awarded romantic drama film BlueMoon (2006).

Ikaw Sana serves as areunion for young actors Jennylyn Mercado, Mark Herras, and PauleenLuna, and award-winning director Joel Lamangan. They all once worked together in Regal Film's multi-awarded entry to the2006 Metro Manila Film Festival, the romantic drama titled Blue Moon.

After three years, Direk Joel has noticed that these young stars have improved a lot in terms of acting.

"Mas mature na sila ngayon, mas madali na silang humugot ngmga eksena so mas madali na silang kumuha ng kung ano ang hinihingi ng eksenakasi nga mayroon na silang karanasang pinagdaanan," Direk Joel told PEP(Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an interview after the press conference ofthe show last September 14.

He also expressed his excitement to work on this primetimesoap opera after directing the recently concluded Adik Sa 'Yo and Dramarama sa Hapon's Paano Ba Ang Mangarap, which was also topbilled by Jennylyn andMark.

He narrated, "Siyempre masaya ako dahil magkakaroon kami ngreunion. 'Tapos ine-expect na namin namapapaganda namin ang aming gagawin dahil alam na namin ang lenggwahe ng bawatisa sa amin, alam ko na ang kapasidad nila. Maganda, maganda ang ine-expect naming mangyayari."

Meanwhile, PEP also asked Direk Joel what would thedifference of Ikaw Sana with othertelevision shows. He replied, "Maypagkapare-pareho ang soap, ang pagkakaiba lang ay kung paano ite-treat ngdirector ang mga hinihingi sa eksena. Ang Ikaw Sana, young love ito. Ibig sabihin, not very young but it's withinthe bracket of what is young. Angkaibahan nito is si Pauleen, Jennylyn, at Mark ang gagawa nito, iba-ibangkaranasan ng tao."

Ikaw Sana'sstory, which is GMA-7's newest original production, will revolve arounda music teacher named Eliza (played by Jennylyn), Michael (Mark), andSofia (Pauleen).

Eliza's life suddenly changed when she is forced to livewith her father's (Tirso Cruz III as Gener) legitimate family because of theuntimely death of her mother named Sonia (Mariz Ricketts).


At her new home, Eliza quickly gets along well with herhalf-sister Sofia. But their relationship turns sour when they realize that they do not only have the same father, butthey also fell in love with the same man named Michael.

A few years back, Michael met and fell in love with Elizawhile vacationing in the province, unaware of the fact that Eliza and hisfiancée are actually sisters. However,their romance ended too soon after Michael's grandfather (Tony Mabesa as DonRamon) tricked him into keeping his engagement with Sofia.

When they see each other again, Michael forces Eliza to runaway with him, which prompts Gener to marry off her daughter to Michael. Sofia,out of anger, devised ways to sabotage Michael and Eliza's newfound bliss. Viewers will emphatize with Elizaas she suffers because of Sofia'swicked plans.

Completing the cast of this newest teleserye are MaritoniFernandez, Marissa Delgado, Luz Valdez, Alicia Alonzo, Arthur Solinap, VivoOuano, Jim Pebangco, and Joey Paras.

Ikaw Sana willpremiere on September 21 before 24 Orason GMA Telebabad. It replaces the teleserye All My Life.





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