Since Melai Cantiveros is juggling different projects all at the same time, she sometimes forgets to assume her character’s identity when she goes to the set of Precious Hearts Romances presents Mana Po.
The comedienne-actress brings life to a rich girl who suddenly finds herself fighting for her inheritance that comes from a lucky lottery ticket worth P5 million.
During the press conference of the ABS-CBN show held recently, Melai admitted: "Ang kinakatakot ko, minsan pagdating ko sa set, nalilimutan ko si Brandi [her character]. Pag show game [referring to ABS-CBN’s game show Happy Yipee Yehey!], ako talaga yun. Pero pagdating ko sa Mana Po, iba talaga yun kaya kailangan kong mag-transform. Pag nalilimutan ko, matagal ang taping."
Will she have love scenes with Jason in this show? "Meron kaming intimate scenes kasi kailangan ma-in love siya sa akin pero hindi talaga yung intimate. Parang simple lang...Nagpapakita lang ng skin," revealed the big winner of Pinoy Big Brother Double Up.
Jason Francisco admitted that they get reprimanded by the director for lapses in their acting. Melai’s real-life boyfriend is cast as Milo, the heir who is supposed to receive the inheritance (mana).
"Minsan po kulitan lang po kami pero pag dito sa Mana Po, hindi na kami nagkukulitan kasi kailangan namin i-[tatak] sa sarili namin ang karakter namin kasi nawawala po minsan," said Jason. "Kaya po kami napapagalitan ng director. Tapos minsan nalilimutan namin ang mga lines.
"Minsan hindi na po kami nag-uusap para mag-concentrate dun sa karakter namin kasi napakalayo po sa amin. Ako po dito, ma-drama at yung mga English-English, mahirap po niyang i-pronounce. Kailangan pag-aralan niya."
Fortunately, they have supportive cast members who help them improve their craft. Megan Young, who is cast as a friend of Melai, actually helps the comedienne pronounce some of the English words. The director also makes it a point to remind Jason not to use his Batangueño accent since his character, Milo, is not from the province of Batangas.
Fellow PBB alumni Tom Rodriguez, Johan Santos, and Bea Saw will also join Melai and Jason in this TV show. Tom plays the childhood friend of Brandi who is love with her. Meanwhile, Johan is cast as the brother of Jason’s character.
Rachelle Lobangco and John Arcilla portray the parents of Brandi while Buboy Garovillo and Giselle Sanchez bring life to the parents of Milo.
Completing the cast of Mana Po are RR Enriquez and politician-actor Alex Castro.
SYNOPSIS. How far will you go to get back something you think is rightfully yours? What will you do when your family’s riches are inherited by someone you don’t even know?
Brandi Dela Paz (Melai) has made it her mission to reclaim the inheritance that is supposed to be hers. She will have to make the heir Milosebio "Milo" Kiping (Jason) fall in love with her.
Before her father Vino (John Arcilla) died, he decided to correct his mistakes by giving everything that he owned to the son of his best friend Jack (Buboy Garovillo), whom he betrayed from way back when he kept and claimed the winnings from a sweepstakes ticket. Vino’s family lived a luxurious life, enjoying a fortune that wasn’t rightfully theirs. And so, before he died he made sure to give back to Jack what he stole.
As expected, Brandi does not like her father’s revelations. She’s determined to fight for her right to the money and the family’s company.
Will her tricky and deceitful plan succeed? Will she hit the jackpot and reclaim the fortune? Or will she give it all up and instead choose Milo’s heart as a consolation prize?
Precious Hearts Romances presents Mana Po will air this Monday (February 21), after Agimat presents Kapitan Inggo on ABS-CBN’s Hapontastic.