Maricel Soriano, The Diamond Star

Maricel Soriano’s transfer to ABC5 seems futile; the network seems to be a little slow in giving her the right projects. I’m not a Maricel Soriano big fan but when I watched her guesting in GMA 7’s “Pilyang Kerubin,” I’m convinced that she’s indeed the Diamond Star.

Her acting on that particular scene when she had to give up her elder daughter to a childless couple in exchange of some cash for her younger daughter’s hospitalization is just touching; you can feel her grieving. I wonder why ABS CBN let go of a talent like her. Maybe some of her shows did not rate well before? I think what Maricel needs is a sort of a comeback project with a good storyline and good supporting actors. I’m talking about a comeback project so don’t count her former projects in ABS CBN.

Maricel is one actress who’s good at both drama and comedy just like the late Nida Blanca. I’m not sure if she’s articulate and spontaneous to host a talk show.

Seeing her accepting a small yet intensified role in “Pilyang Kerubin” and supporting a newbie like Barbie Forteza may spark criticism because after all, she’s the Diamond Star. So you have to watch her guest appearance to see for yourself that Maricel delivers her role at her best, you’d think the show is Barbie and hers. 😉


Ikaw Sana

I’ve never been a fan of tele-serye until I got hooked on GMA 7’s “Ikaw Sana.” Let me just clarify that I am not a fan of Jennylyn, Mark and Pauleen; I just learned to love their tele-serye.

Pauleen, in “Ikaw Sana” plays the role of Sophia Montemayor-Olivares. She is Eliza’s (Jennylyn) wicked half-sister. Like a true tele-serye that’s full of drama, the two women fell for the same guy, Michael Olivares (Mark). I’ve never appreciated Pauleen Luna’s acting skill until she played the role of Sophia. Pauleen can internalize and feel her role well. I wonder why she was not given any heavy drama role before. I can’t think of any actress who fits the role of the evil socialite Sophia than the pretty Pauleen Luna.

Mark needs to look matured as he’s still baby-faced; he can still be paired with younger actresses like Ynna Asistio. There’s no question that the Jennylyn-Mark loveteam is one of GMA’s bankable team. The couple (Jen and Mark) has evolved from portraying teenybopper to matured roles. There is chemistry between Mark and Jen. I wonder why Mark and Jen didn’t end up with each other in real life!

Jennylyn has grown prettier since her Starstruck days. I no longer read bad publicities about Jen and I hope that her reported mood swings won’t happen again. She is lucky because GMA gave her another chance after that unplanned pregnancy that gave her a very cute Alex Jazz.

Tirso Cruz (Gener Montemayor,father of Sophia and Eliza) and Maritoni Fernandez (Loretta Montemayor, wife of Gener and mother of Sophia) are seasoned actors and I think everybody appreciates the way they deliver their character. But honestly, my favorite is Ms. Marissa Delgado as Amanda Montemayor, the grandmother of Sophia and Eliza. Marissa is one classy lady that can effectively portray the role of a high-society matriarch. I always wait for her tarayan scenes with Maritoni Fernandez, who is also a classy lady and a LADY in real life. She is a daughter of a British aristocrat, Lord Anthony Moynihan.

Love, revenge and family issues; that’s “Ikaw Sana.”