The long wait is almost over. On August 15, ABS-CBN will sizzle as the primetime will start with Maria La Del Barrio. Based on the Mexican soap opera of Televisa popularized by Thalia. Starring Erich Gonzales as Maria Hernandez and Enchong Dee as Luis Dela Vega and directed by Rory B. Quintos and Richard Somes.
Also part of the casts are Angel Aquino, Ian Veneracion, Assunta de Rossi, Paw Diaz, Arron Villaflor, Jake Roxas, Katya Santos, Gio Alvarez, Atoy Co,Jane Oineza, Badjie Mortis, K Brosas and with special participation of Aiai delas Alas.
What take it longer than anticipated, Ms. Quintos explains, is that they have to make it more entertaining as possible. What makes it also different from the original Mexican version is that the timeline is very current and comparing it to the Mexican production who does their shooting in studios, the Pinoy version was shot in Tagaytay and Cavite and the story is done in Filipino setting.
The upcoming series reunites Erich with her fellow S.C.Q. batchmates Paw Diaz and Arron Villaflor. Just like in the original Mexican version, the crown is the trademark of the story. But in this series, the "crown" serves as a "metaphorical amulet" which will be relevant to the story. Both directors have made impact in movies. According to them, it is easier to make movies. In television, they have to shoot for months. Although it will air the notice that it is Rated PG, it still should make in consideration that viewers must restrain if they have school age children if there are scenes that may be disturbing to their age group because it will air at the start of primetime. Now here's one reason why everyone will rush to their homes from work.