PRESS STATEMENT FROM GMA-7:
"After topbilling Nuno sa Feng Shui, Claudine Barretto is tapped once again to be part of another funny, scary and heartwarming two-week stint in GMA-7’s Spooky Nights. She plays as a "manananggal" in Ang Manananggala: Battle of the Half-Sisters, which will begin airing this Saturday (July 16).
"In this story of Emily, a woman manages a carnival that she inherited from her mother. Living with her half-sister Marvi (Barbie Forteza), she keeps from everyone a dark secret about what she becomes when darkness falls: a "manananggal."
"As horrid as she may seem, Emily is actually the type of "manananggal" who is too nice to harm anyone. However, things get a little complicated when Stella (Katrina Halili) enters the scene and introduces herself as Emily and Marvi’s other half-sister.
"Unknown to Emily, Stella has long been aware that she is a "manananggal" and that she is determined to keep the family business to herself, whatever the cost may be.
"Will Stella use Emily’s dark secret to snatch the carnival from her? Can Emily stand up to Stella to protect her heritage? What will Marvi and other people do if they discover that Emily is a "manananggal"?
"Learn about sisterly love and valuing family heritage from this Spooky Nights offering and find out if one’s kindness can save her from the ills caused by a condition she is born with.
"Other cast members are: Joshua Dionisio as Patpat, a magician’s assistant; John Feir as Harry, the new magician in the carnival; and Ms. Chanda Romero as Magdalena, the mother of the half-sisters.
"With Uro Q. Dela Cruz as director and Senedy Que as head writer, Spooky Nights Presents Ang Manananggala: Battle of the Half-sisters begins airing this Saturday (July 16) before Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho on GMA-7."
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