ABS-CBN did minor changes to the original story of Maria la del Barrio to suit Pinoy viewers.
This was also one of the reasons why the local adaptation of the popular Mexicanovela took a while to be shown on television, explained one of its directors, Rory Quintos.
At the media junket prepared for the cast members of Maria la del Barrio recently, the TV and film director gave a specific instance that caused the slight delay of its airing.
She said, "Talagang pinaganda namin, pinakapalan namin ’yong original story ng Maria la del Barrio.
"And the characters noon, who were really just support, we’ve made them into full-blown characters with their own stories.
"And to do that, we have to ask special permission from Televisa so, that took sometime.
"So, when we finally got the permission, naka-go na kami."
Televisa is the network in Mexico that aired the original telenovela starring Mexican singer-actress Thalia.
The local show’s other director, Richard Somes, also made sure that the television series would appeal to its audience.
He said, "It’s always nice na mabigyan ng time ang isang project, most especially like this. At least, mas maraming heads na pumapasok pa.
"Maraming ideas na hindi dapat minamadali. Maganda ’yong outcome because nabusisi ’yong show as a whole."
Unlike the original story, according to its head writers, the local adaptation would be shorter.
The production team also included some elements in the story to adapt to local viewers.
Direk Richard said, "I think this is made in Filipino kasi, I think kapag Mexicanovela, mapapansin niyo naman po, studio ang lahat ng setting niya. So, kailangan naming ilabas ito."
Its lead actress, Erich Gonzales also revealed, "Napanood namin ’yong original Maria la del Barrio. Pero ito po, ginawa namin na Pinoy version naman.
"Nandoon pa rin po ’yong crown, pero ’yong story po, iba po talaga.
"That’s one thing na aabangan po talaga."
Find out the changes made to the local adaptation of Maria la del Barrio as it starts airing August 15 on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida.