Ikaw Sana serves as a reunion for young actors Jennylyn Mercado, Mark Herras, and Pauleen Luna, and award-winning director Joel Lamangan. They all once worked together in Regal Film's multi-awarded entry to the 2006 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 ng mga eksena so mas madali na silang kumuha ng kung ano ang hinihingi ng eksena kasi nga mayroon na silang karanasang pinagdaanan," Direk Joel told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an interview after the press conference of the show last September 14.
He also expressed his excitement to work on this primetime soap opera after directing the recently concluded Adik Sa 'Yo and Dramarama sa Hapon's Paano Ba Ang Mangarap, which was also topbilled by Jennylyn and Mark.
He narrated, "Siyempre masaya ako dahil magkakaroon kami ng reunion. 'Tapos ine-expect na namin na mapapaganda namin ang aming gagawin dahil alam na namin ang lenggwahe ng bawat isa sa amin, alam ko na ang kapasidad nila. Maganda, maganda ang ine-expect naming mangyayari."
Meanwhile, PEP also asked Direk Joel what would the difference of Ikaw Sana with other television shows. He replied, "May pagkapare-pareho ang soap, ang pagkakaiba lang ay kung paano ite-treat ng director ang mga hinihingi sa eksena. Ang Ikaw Sana, young love ito. Ibig sabihin, not very young but it's within the bracket of what is young. Ang kaibahan nito is si Pauleen, Jennylyn, at Mark ang gagawa nito, iba-ibang karanasan ng tao."
Ikaw Sana'sstory, which is GMA-7's newest original production, will revolve around a music teacher named Eliza (played by Jennylyn), Michael (Mark), and Sofia (Pauleen).
Eliza's life suddenly changed when she is forced to live with her father's (Tirso Cruz III as Gener) legitimate family because of the untimely death of her mother named Sonia (Mariz Ricketts).
At her new home, Eliza quickly gets along well with her half-sister Sofia. But their relationship turns sour when they realize that they do not only have the same father, but they also fell in love with the same man named Michael.
A few years back, Michael met and fell in love with Eliza while vacationing in the province, unaware of the fact that Eliza and his fiancée are actually sisters. However, their romance ended too soon after Michael's grandfather (Tony Mabesa as Don Ramon) tricked him into keeping his engagement with Sofia.
When they see each other again, Michael forces Eliza to run away 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 Eliza as she suffers because of Sofia's wicked plans.
Completing the cast of this newest teleserye are Maritoni Fernandez, Marissa Delgado, Luz Valdez, Alicia Alonzo, Arthur Solinap, Vivo Ouano, Jim Pebangco, and Joey Paras.
Ikaw Sana will premiere on September 21 before 24 Oras on GMA Telebabad. It replaces the teleserye All My Life.