Jockeys positioned their horses at the starting line of the Sta. Ana Racetrack in Makati City. The crowd, composed mostly of male patrons, waited patiently for the horse race scheduled last night, May 21. At around 8 p.m., the race starts and people start cheering for the horses that they betted on, temporarily shifting the attention of the stars and the press people gathered at the VIP lounge of the Sta. Ana Racetrack.
This was the venue of ABS-CBN's general press conference of its new daytime teleserye, Ligaw na Bulaklak, starring Roxanne Guinoo, Sid Lucero, and singer turned actor Marc Abaya.
"We would like to share with all of you the milieu of the new show," explains Riza Ebriega, production manager of Ligaw na Bulaklak. Even though this teleserye has the same title as the 1976 film featuring Alma Moreno and Lorna Tolentino, Ms. Ebriega pointed out that the plot of this soap opera has nothing to do with the movie.
Ligaw na Bulaklak—which was previously called Wild Orchid before being named Wild Flower, and then Cattleya and Ligaw—stars Roxanne Guinoo as a "whisperer" to a champion horse. She is paired with three leading men: Sid Lucero, Kjwan vocalist Marc Abaya, and Ron Morales of Be Bench fame.
Since this is Roxanne's follow-up project after breaking up with Jake Cuenca, how does she feel about working without an inspiration?
"Same lang, e. Kasi noong kami ni Jake, ‘pag work, work talaga. Pag may eksena, tulungan. Ang difference kasi ‘pag boyfriend mo ang ka-love team mo, nagkakaroon ka ng reservations, e. Unlike ito, panindigan mo na yung character mo, gawin mo kung anong gagawin mo. Ayoko na pong balikan ang nakaraan, tapos na yun," she says.
Is she wary of falling in love again?
"Hindi naman po, pero kung hindi po talaga para sa inyo...you just have to move on and accept the fact na hindi para talaga sa iyo ang love life."
When asked if this TV series will help her move on with her love life after splitting up with Palos co-star Jake, the young actress says, "Yun po ang natutunan ko, ang love life parang hindi po ‘ata talaga para sa akin. Career ka na lang talaga anak, sabi ni Lord.
"Ako naman po happy kasi bagong group, bagong pamilya ‘to and mababait naman sila. Ang pressure siyempre nandito sa akin. Ang Ligaw na Bulaklak ay si Lea Alegro na gagampanan ko po, malaking pressure po talaga sa akin ‘to."
Is there a possibility that Roxanne will be linked to one of her leading men?
"Naku, taken na po sila lahat. Happy na po ako, ayaw po talaga ni Lord, e. Tinanggap ko na po talaga."
Almost all the major cast members of Ligaw na Bulaklak were present during the grand presscon except for Ara Mina, Coco Martin, and Jodi Sta. Maria. Ara, who plays Roxanne's rival Janet, was unable to attend because she is in the Ilocos. Meanwhile, Coco Martin is currently in France to attend the Cannes International Film Festival for the indie film Serbis.
Ligaw na Bulaklak airs after Wowowee on ABS-CBN starting May 26.