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Tom & Megan in Marimar

Tom & Megan in Marimar

Another delightful pairing is set to sizzle on screen as Kapuso prime artists Megan Young and Tom Rodriguez team up in one of GMA Network’s highly anticipated programs this 2015—Marimar.

 

In an interview, Megan reveals her excitement on portraying an iconic and well-loved character and how much she can relate in the story of a Filipina barrio lass. “This is definitely a great project to do. Dito sa Marimar talagang maipapakita ang character nating mga Filipina na handang humarap sa kahit anong pagsubok.” [This is definitely a great project to do. Marimar reflects that distinct Filipina characteristic of being able to face any challenge.]

 

Marimar is like any other Pinay who strives for the best. She’s a hard worker, gagawin niya ang lahat para makuha ang mga pangarap niya. Ganoon din ako, kahit sinabi ng iba dati na baka matalo ako sa pageant…I put that aside kasi ito ang gusto ko. Manalo, matalo at least nagawa ko. Si Marimar ganoon din na kahit mag-fail siya, in the end she’ll make sure na ‘yung failure na ‘yun ay magiging encouragement sa kanya to strive for the better,” added the multi-talented actress. [Marimar is like any other Filipina who strives for the best. She’s a hard worker, she will do anything to reach her dreams. I am the same way – even if people told me that I might lose the pageant (Miss World 2013)… I put that aside because that was what I wanted. Win or lose, at least I did it. Marimar is the same in that even if she fails, she makes sure that the failure turns into encouragement for her to strive for the better]

 

Equally excited is Megan’s leading man, Tom, who is very vocal about his preparations for the series. “I knew right away when I first heard about it that it was going to be a big project kaya wala talaga akong pinapalampas na oras for training. Right now, I started boxing and doing circuit training.” [I knew right away when I first heard about it that it was going to be a big project, which is why I didn’t waste any time and started training. Right now, I started boxing and doing circuit training.]

 

Despite being nervous, Tom is very much excited to take on the challenge of portraying the role of Sergio. “Nakaka-pressure pero at the same time I’m very excited because I know I’m going to learn a lot on this project. Plus, Megan and I have a great working relationship kaya mas nakakabawas ng kaba. It would be a great and fun challenge to breathe new life to the character.” [It’s a lot of pressure but at the same time, I’m very excited because I know I’m going to learn a lot on this project. Plus, Megan and I have a great working relationship so that lessens my nervousness. It would be a great and fun challenge to breathe new life to the character.]

 

Marimar is definitely the primetime series to watch out for as it takes pride in bringing together some of the entertainment industry’s respected actors and actresses including Ms. Jaclyn Jose, Zoren Legaspi, Lauren Young, and Ms. Alice Dixson in her comeback project as a Kapuso.

 

Joining the stellar cast are Nova Villa, Tommy Abuel, Carmi Martin, Ina Raymundo, Ricardo Cepeda, Jaya, Cris Villanueva, Dion Ignacio, Frank Magalona, Ashley Cabrera plus Boobay as the voice of Fulgoso.

 

From the original format of Ines Rodena and license granted by Televisa, S.A. de C.V., Marimar is produced by GMA Network, Inc. and to be directed by Dominic Zapata.

 

Marimar is slated to premiere this August on GMA Pinoy TV.

 

To see your favourite Kapuso shows on GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International, check the airing schedules in your territory through the websitewww.gmanetwork.com/international/programguide.

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GMA EVP and CFO Felipe S. Yalong, GMA President and COO Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr., Marian, GMA Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, President of All Access to Artists Rams David, GMA Entertainment TV OIC Lilybeth G. RasonableFormally quelling persistent rumors of transferring to another network, Primetime Queen Marian Rivera renewed her ties with GMA Network, Inc. after signing another exclusive three-year contract with the Kapuso Network.

 

Present in the contract signing were GMA Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Felipe S. Yalong, GMA President and Chief Operating Officer Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr., Marian, GMA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, President of All Access to Artists Rams David, GMA Entertainment TV’s Officer-in-Charge Lilybeth G. Rasonable, GMA Films President Atty. Annette Gozon-Abrogar, GMA Vice President for Entertainment Marivin T. Arayata, GMA Vice President for Drama Productions Redgie Acuña-Magno, GMA Assistant Vice President for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara, and GMA Assistant Vice President for Corporate Communications Angela Javier-Cruz.

 

During the contract signing held at the Manila Golf & Country Club, Atty. Gozon was delighted that Marian chose to remain loyal to her Kapuso family, “Mahal namin siya hindi lang bilang artista kundi bilang tao dahil napakabait ni Marian. Malayo pa ang mararating ni Marian.”

 

Marian reveals she is very thankful to GMA for continuously giving her good projects since she became part of the Kapuso Network seven years ago, “Napakasarap ng pakiramdam na muli akong pumirma sa GMA dahil alam naman nating napakalaki ng utang na loob ko sa GMA dahil kung hindi naman dahil sa GMA wala namang Marian Rivera ngayon.”

 

“Wala akong ibang pupuntahan kundi ang GMA at dito ako nabibilang, Kapuso ako at dito nagsimula ang lahat, ang Marimar, at GMA ang nagbigay sa akin nun. Walang rason na umalis ako sa GMA dahil isa lang naman ang gusto ko: ang maramdaman ang pagmamahal nila at binigay nila sa akin ‘yon. Palagi kong sasabihin na proud ako na maging Kapuso.” adds Marian.

 

Marian became a household name after topbilling GMA’s remake of the hit Mexican series Marimar in 2007. Since then, Marian was given numerous projects that catapulted her to stardom and elevated her status as one of the country’s sought-after, multitalented and most admired actresses in the entertainment industry.

 

On the other hand, Mr. Duavit says that with Marian’s renewal of contract, the network will focus on her evolution with close cooperation and coordination with her management team so that her career further grows,“Inspirasyon naming lahat ang sense of loyalty ni Marian at sa pagkakataong ito ay ibig naming iparating sa kanya ang aming taos-pusong pasasalamat dahil sa patuloy niyang pagtitiwala at nakakasiguro naman si Marian na aming isinasapuso ang kanyang mas lalong pagsulong at paglago as an entertainer and an artist. We are very happy and proud.”

 

Marian Rivera had just graced the Philippine Independence Day Celebration in Carson City, California and New York this year, where in she was warmly welcomed by her kababayans. To know more about Marian Rivera and her upcoming show with GMA, visit the GMA International website www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pages www.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTVwww.facebook.com/GMALifeTV, and, www.facebook.com/GMANewsInternational, or Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV,@GMA_LifeTV and @GMANewsTVIntl.