Angelica Panganiban earns a new title by playing the lead role in ABS-CBN’s upcoming primetime series called Rubi. The "Primetime Gem" will play a bida-kontrabida role in the Pinoy adaptation of the Mexicanovela, which was shown in the same network a few years ago.
"Hindi ko akalain na darating ako sa point na bibigyan ako ng ganitong project at ganito kalaking suporta sa mga taong hinahangaan ko sa industriya," she said.
Rubi is about a lady who comes from poverty and wants to get away from it in any way. She is determined to become wealthy even if it means destroying the lives of her loved ones.
"Si Rubi, siyempre, makikita ninyo ang progress ng character niya kung bakit siya naging masama. Actually, hindi siya matatawag na masama hanggang ilang weeks niyo siya mapapanood at makikita ninyo ang pain. Maiintindihan ninyo na, ’Ay, nangangarap lang pala siya.’ ’Yon lang pala ang gusto niya, gusto niya lang mapabuti ang pamilya niya, Angelica further described her character.
THE LEADING MEN. In this TV series, Angelica would be working with two of the Kapamilya leading men, Diether Ocampo and Jake Cuenca.
Although her role would be a bit sexy, Angelica said she did not have any hesitation doing it with these actors.
She explained, Si Diet kasi nakaeksena ko na sa Iisa Pa Lamang talaga, so, gamay na gamay na ako sa kanya. Kahit pa ano ang ipagawa sa amin, casual lang, hindi na kami naiilang sa isa’t isa."
Diether will give life to the character of Hector, who was supposed to take care of his family’s thriving luxury liner business. However, he did not follow his mother’s wishes. Instead, he pursued a career in medicine. He will be the boyfriend of Selina (played by Shaina Magdayao).
As for Jake, Angelica said, "Hindi pa kasi namin nakukunan ang love scenes namin at saka kissing scenes pa lang. Kumportable naman po ako kasi kaibigan ko ’yong tao. Pero pwede ko namang sabihin na mas kumportable ako kay Diet kasi nga, sa experience namin ni Diete, mas marami na kaming pinagdaanan na eksena even before pa."
Jake will be playing the role of Alejandro, a young man who fulfills his dream of becoming a doctor through the help of a scholarship grant from Hector’s family foundation. Rubi thought that Alejandro was also rich so she sets her eyes on him first before Hector.
Joining these lead actors are fine actresses like Cherie Gil, Cherry Pie Picache, Bing Loyzaga, Coney Reyes, Eva Darren, Susan Africa, and Kaye Abad. Actors like Gardo Versoza, Juan Rodrigo, Allan Paule, Dante Rivero, Wowie de Guzman, Mel Martinez, PJ Abellana, and Xian Lim will also be there to do supporting roles.
Witness how Angelica Panganiban transforms from bida to kontrabida in Rubi starting this Monday, February 15 on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida.