TV5 will soon premiere its weekly anthology titled 5-Star Specials and network executives have chosen the Diamond Star to topbill its first few episodes.
Maricel Soriano lends her undeniable star power and showcases her acting prowess through her portrayal of different characters that will induce tears in one episode and elicit chuckles in the next.
On its pilot episode (March 22) directed by Soxie Topacio, Maricel stars in a comedy special where she plays the role of a balikbayan. She returns to the Philippines to get her daughter upon learning that her gay ex-husband is already dead. Together with her boyfriend (played by Carlos Morales), Maricel meets her ex-husband’s gay lover (Roderick Paulate) and engages in a funny dispute over the silliest things.
The next episode (March 29) will feature Maricel in a horror-themed story together with child actor Nash Aguas. It will be directed by Ryan Carlos.
The remaining episodes will be megged by Joyce Bernal, Joel Lamangan and Eric Quizon.
Maricel recalls her working experience with Soxie Topacio and her good friend Roderick Paulate:
"Of course, nakatrabaho ko na sila lahat pero ang treatment na ginawa namin, it’s going to be a lot different. Ang saya-saya working with Direk Soxie kasi wala siyang ginawa kundi tumawa...hindi lang tumawa kundi humagikgik. Ang saya namin sa set. And, of course, ang sarap na si Dick [Roderick Paulate] ang kasama kasi nakaka-miss talaga. It’s been a long time na hindi kami nakagawa ng project together."
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked the Diamond Star which genre she enjoys the most.
"Alam mo, nung pinasok ko itong trabahong ito, yung kabuuan ng trabaho ang gusto ko. Siyempre, gusto mo maging masaya. Pero hindi naman ibig sabihin na pag drama ang ginagawa mo, ibig sabihin malungkot ka na. Ang nakakatuwang nangyayari sa aming mga artista, sa totoong buhay, masayang-masaya pero ang ginagawa mo ay drama. Tapos pag malungkot ka naman, comedy naman ang ginagawa mo.
"Ang natutunan ko noon, pag lumabas ako ng bahay, iniiwanan ko lahat kasi kailangan 100 percent ang ibibigay ko sa trabaho ko. Lahat ito, trabaho na mahal mo, gusto mo, nirerespeto mo. At may dedikasyon ka. Kaya hindi dapat dinadamay yun. Iwanan na natin ang mga problema kasi may trabahong naghihintay sa atin."
Perci Intalan, head of Creative and Entertainment, told the press, "We are very proud and honored that Ms. Maricel accepted our invitation to be part of the new TV5. Although, to make it clear, we are not under any illusions na sa amin lang siya."
Maricel quipped, "Puwede rin ’yon [maging exclusive]! Puwede niyo akong i-adopt." (Laughs)
Perci continued, "When we offered it, we were fortunate that she accepted it. We’re still conceptualizing a movie project."
TV5 network executives are also cooking up a sitcom for the veteran actress.
5-Star Specials will air on TV5 every Monday starting March 22 at 8 p.m.