Marian Rivera is glad Amaya is extended until January 2012; reveals she will topbill her own sitcom


Aljur Abrenica (inset) will soon be introduced as Dayaw, the new leading man of Marian Rivera in GMA-7’s epicserye, Amaya.


Marian Rivera relishes the idea that she will continue to bring life to a warrior princess for much longer.

The GMA-7 actress recalls the announcement made by management regarding Amaya, her primetime series set during the pre-colonial times.

"Actually, dapat ang Amaya hanggang October lang tapos na-extend kami ng November. Then last, last week, sinabi nila na hanggang January na. So naka-dalawang extension siya. Ang saya ng Pasko kasi may trabaho," Marian told PEP.ph in a recent interview.

"Lahat nga kami pinagdadasal na sana hanggang December para pag dumaan ang Christmas, lahat masaya. Nung in-announce na hanggang January, parang fiesta, ang saya-saya! Parang hindi muna nag-taping ng isang oras, nagdaldalan muna."

Last week, Mikael Daez’s character named Lumad was killed off from Amaya.

Aljur Abrenica will soon be introduced as Dayaw, the new leading man of Marian in GMA-7’s epicserye.

The actor was supposed to be seen on GMA-7’s epicserye last Tuesday, September 29, but due to the bad weather brought about by Typhoon Pedring, the plot of the show was modified. Aljur will reportedly appear on the October 4 episode of Amaya.


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Marian said that she doesn’t have problems working with Aljur because they already worked with each other for the fantaserye Dyesebel and the movie Temptation Island.

Aside from Aljur, there will also be another female character who will soon join the cast of Amaya.


NEW SITCOM. Marian is also excited about her upcoming project on GMA-7: topbilling her own comedy series.

"Meron akong sitcom, yung papalit sa Show Me Da Manny. Inaayos pa pero sariling sitcom ko na," she said with a smile.

Marian believes that working on a sitcom is suited to her because of her jolly personality.

"Yun yung isang parte ng personality ko na nagugustuhan ng tao. Gusto nila na magpatawa ako.

"Binigyan uli ako ng GMA ng pagkakataon...Sabi nila sa akin, ’Yan, gawa ka uli ng sitcom.’ Sabi ko sige. This November dapat gagawin pero na-extend ang Amaya kaya sabi ko hindi ko yata kakayanin so sabi ko after Amaya na lang.

"Siguro by January, pwede ko na gawin ang bago kong sitcom."

How does she feel about being tapped to star in comedies, drama and even in shows with action sequences such as Amaya?

"Ang sarap mag-experiment!" she exclaims. "At least, kahit saan ka ilagay, flexible ka. Pwede ka mag-drama, horror or sitcom. Ang saya, lalo na pag-sitcom kasi ang feeling ko pag sitcom, parang hindi ako nagte-taping. Feeling ko masaya lang ako."

With regards to her favorite genre, she admitted, "Lahat naman enjoy ako pero iba kasi pag sitcom kasi may tamang timing at saka masaya ka pag natatawa ang mga tao. May mga nagtetext sa akin, ’ano ka ba, nakakatawa ka.’ At may mga movie naman aong nagawa na nakakatawa. Siguro kasi yun ang personality ko bilang tao, instant na yun para sa akin."

When asked about her dream roles, Marian enumerated: "Marami pa! Hindi pa ako nagbabaliw-baliwan, hindi pa ko nagagawa ng may kapansanan, hindi pa ko nagagawa ng action na normal na tao.

"Ang mabait na lumalaban, ang mahirap na naging mayaman, nagawa ko na yung mga yun."

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