Erich Gonzales and Enchong Dee’s Maria la del Barrio extended until February 2012


A new character will be introduced in Maria la del Barrio, ABS-CBN’s teleserye starring Erich Gonzales (left) and Enchong Dee (right).


After airing for almost three months, the local adaptation of Maria la del Barrio will continue to be seen on Philippine television until February 2012.

Starring Erich Gonzales and Enchong Dee, this ABS-CBN show is directed by Rory Quintos and Richard Somes.

Erich, who reprises the role of Mexican superstar Thalia, says that she will show her feisty side as Book 2 of Maria la del Barrio starts airing on the Kapamilya Network.

"Ang role ko po bilang Maria, kilala po siya bilang palaban. Sa Book 2, mas ibang klaseng tapang ang ipapakita. Kung dati, sobrang pure siya, sa Book 2, mate-test ang values niya," revealed Erich during the press con held earlier at the White House restaurant in Quezon City.

Viewers can also look forward to a new female character that will be introduced in the primetime show.

The two lead stars were then asked to describe how can they relate to their characters in this remake of a popular Mexicanovela.

Enchong explained, "There’s a notion na: ano ba ang pipiliin mo? Ang tama para sa karamihan o tama para sa sarili mo? Mahirap yun for everyone, ano ba ang pipiliin mo: ang magiging masaya ka para sa karamihan o magiging masaya ka para sa sarili mo?


DREAM ROLES. When asked about their dream roles, Erich said that she doesn’t have any particular role in mind but she will do it as long as it’s challenging.

When asked if she is open to portraying a lesbian character, Erich pointed out that she has already portrayed one in the TV show, Kung Fu Kids.

As for Enchong, he admitted that he dreams of being cast in a sexy role.

"Gusto kong magawa habang bata...for example, ang pagiging sexy kasi hanggang kailan mo lang ba magagawa,di ba? Pag nagka tiyan na ako, baka pandirihan na ako ng tao.

"Habang bata, habang wala pang tiya, gusto ko nang gawin ang mga sexy roles."

Is he willing to accept gay roles?

"One of the things...isang konsepto na gay stories tulad ng ginawa ni Kuya John Lloyd [Cruz for In My Life]. Ang dami nilang tinanggap na awards at pangarap ko na magkaroon ng awards.

"Basta maganda ang kwento at konsepto, why not?"

Is he also willing to accept a role in action-themed projects?

"Gusto ko yung may powers parang X-Men. [Ang gusto kong power] tulad ng kay Professor X, yung mind over matter."

Erich and Enchong have been paired together for a string of TV shows such as Magkaribal They have also topbilled movies such as Paano Ko Sasabihin? and I Do.

Are they willing to separate from their love team?

"I’m speaking for myself...hindi ganun kadali ang kumalas sa loveteam na nabuo namin dahil ayaw kong maging ingrata sa mga loveteam fans namin dahil sila ang dahilan kung bakit kami nandito.

"They’re very supportive sa mga individual projects namin at gusto ko suklian ang mga kabutihan nila and to make them happy."

Enchong admits that he is willing to forge on his own.

"Siguro ang term na umalis...The perfect word would be break. Siyempre, as an individual actor, you want to see yourself grow. Ang loveteam namin will always be there."

Maria la del Barrio airs weekdays before Reputasyon.

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