After more than a decade, ABS-CBN brings back the longest-running teleserye Mara Clara for the sake of the new generation. Aired from August 17, 1992 until February 14, 1997, Mara Clara featured the intertwined lives of two girls who were raised in two opposite worlds: one grew up in a mansion, while the other spent her childhood in the slums.
This project is touted to be the first Philippine drama series to have its own movie produced by Star Cinema in 1996 with the same title.
"I think it’s relevant kasi isa ito sa mga naunang teleserye noon. To show it to the new generation, it’s like literature," said director Jerome Pobocan in reviving the television series that popularized the onscreen rivalry between then young actresses Judy Ann Santos and Gladys Reyes.
During the presscon held recently for the remake of the said series, Direk Jerome revealed that Mara Clara will tentatively air on television for 26 weeks.
Although many Pinoy viewers already know the plot of this soap opera, Direk Jerome said they’ll present the story differently to entice them to watch its remake.
He stressed, "As creators you have to find ways and means na gawing interesting ang story. Kailangang may fresh outlook ka at may fresh taste ka kung paano mo ima-mount ang mga eksena para mapaganda, para panoorin ulit ng mga tao at mahalin ang mga bagong henerasyon.
"Siyempre, ang mga nakapanood ng Mara Clara 18 years ago, e, mga nanay at tatay na. At ang mga bagong henerasyon, mga born in the ’90s at early 2000s, hindi pa napapanood ’yon. So this is new to them. Nakilala nila si Judy Ann Santos as Judy Ann Santos na. So, medyo mahirap kasi mayroon kang loyal followers na kailangang i-please. But at the same time, kailangang i-present mo ito sa mga bagong henerasyon ng interesting."
The plot will still revolve around the story of two girls who were raised in two opposite worlds—Clara grew up in a comfortable and rich lifestyle while Mara spent her childhood in the slums. Conflict arises when they find out that they don’t really belong to the world they grew up in.
Mara Clara’s director said there would be a lot of changes in this series since the trend right now on television is fast-paced programming.
"Marami po kaming in-improve sa characterization ng mga characters. And we plan to spice it up pa with other plots. Iba ang pacing noon sa pacing ngayon. Ang pacing noon kaya nating mag-stretch ng soap opera for years. Medyo fast-paced na po siya, ’yon na po ang competition ngayon sa story-telling dahil sa sanay na sanay tayo ng mga Koreanovelas, ng mga serye sa abroad, ibang-iba na ang pacing natin," he said.
Mara will be played by former Super Inggo child star Kathryn Bernardo while Julia Montes will be her cruel rival named Clara.
Mara will grow up with the David family composed of Mylene Dizon as Susan David, Jhong Hilario as Gary David, Ping Medina as Kardo.
Clara, on the other hand, will be reared by the del Valle couple portrayed by Dimples Romana as Alvira del Valle and Bobby Andrews as Amante del Valle.
Other members of the cast are John Manalo as Erris, Albie Casino as Christian, Chokoleit as CG, Gina Pareño as Lupe Ocampo, and Tiya Pusit as Yaya Bonel.
Follow the fate of Mara and Clara on ABS-CBN’s newest primetime teleserye Mara Clara starting tonight, October 25, after Noah.
(CLICK HERE to view PEP’s video of the Mara Clara lead stars)