Barbie, Joshua and Jhake explore young love on First Time

by Bong Godinez
Feb 5, 2010
Jhake Vargas, Barbie Forteza and Joshua Dionisio star in their own primetime project, titled, First Time.

Fresh from the success of Stairway to Heaven and Dear Friend: My Christmas Wish, the trio of Barbie Forteza, Joshua Dionisio and Jhake Vargas are back this time to discover the joys and innocence of young love through GMA-7's newest romantic drama, First Time.

The reality of starring in a primetime series still fascinates Barbie, who revealed feeling overwhelmed by the continuous amount of trust being given to her by the network. Joshua and Barbie's team-up continues to generate excitement amongst viewers owing much to their chemistry and natural charisma—two important ingredients needed for a successful screen tandem.

"First time ko po mag-show [Stairway to Heaven] kaya hindi po ako naniniwala na susundan na kaagad, pero eto na! Kaya sobrang thankful po talaga kami," said Barbie last February 1 at the Studio 6 of the GMA Network Studios.

"Pinangarap ko po talaga magkaroon ng teleserye at finally meron na!" Jhake mentioned excitedly.

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More than just touching on the subject of love and innocence, the coming-of-age series also dwells on friendship, family and life as seen in the eyes of youngsters slowly realizing life's complexities.

Joining the three lead stars are ex-StarStruck kids Bea Binene (Natalie), Eunice Jhoana Marie Tan (Sara), Mark Castillo (Daniel), Lucho Ayala (Jimbo).

Also part of the cast are Eric Quizon, Ian Veneracion, Manilyn Reynes, Romnick Sarmienta, Ana Capri, Bayani Agbayani, Cris Villanueva, Angel Jacob, Sheila Marie Rodriguez, Alicia Mayer, Joross Gamboa, Michelle Madrigal, Roxanne Barcelo, Ricci Chan, and Mel Kimura.

The show's director is Andoy Ranay with Kit Langit writing the script.

FINDING YOUNG LOVE. First Time tells the tale of Cyndi (Barbie) and Lukas (Joshua), two teenagers who met one summer at the beach. An unfortunate accident involving Lukas's mother unfortunately forced him and his popular balladeer father named Jaime (Eric Quizon) to migrate abroad.

Two years later, Lukas returns to his home country and is admitted to the same school as Cyndi's. The change in Lukas is undeniable. Once a cheerful and fun-loving boy, Lukas has turned sullen and socially aloof even to his old friend, Cyndi.

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Cyndi and her best friend Baste (Jhake) vows to help Lukas come to terms with the misfortunes he experienced in the past. The three youngsters become inseparable, passing most of their time at Baste's place while listening to music. Curiously, both Baste and Lukas, who had nothing much in common, are secretly in love to Cyndi.

But their friendship will face another challenge when a deep and dark secret buried beneath the past unfolds, one that will question their identities. Could they possibly have something more in common than they imagined? How will this bitter conflict affect their homes, their lives, and their young hearts?

Catch First Time on February 8 on GMA-7 before the news program 24 Oras.

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