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In its newest drama series, GMA Network delves into the intricate beauty of love and the love of Beautiful Strangers.

 

The show premieres on August 11 on GMA Pinoy TV.

 

It is a story of two beautiful strangers who start off as friends and end up as fierce rivals. It likewise validates how powerful a woman is, to bring about joy or to cause heartbreak in every person’s life.

 

Beautiful Strangers features the country’s most talented artists in plum roles headlined by Heart Evangelista as Kristine and Lovi Poe as Joyce/Lea. Both actresses are very excited for their reunion project on GMA.

 

GMA Network is proud to present a stellar cast of the country’s most respected artists in film and television: Christopher de Leon as Ronaldo, the owner of Castillo Realty who is a philanderer; Dina Bonnevie as Alejandra, Ronaldo’s wife who cleans up her husband’s dirt for her family, especially her son, Lawrence, whom she loves dearly; Rocco Nacino as Noel, a mechanic who loves Joyce so much however he falls for Kristine; Benjamin Alves as Lawrence, the only son of Alejandra and Ronaldo Castillo, and the half-brother of Kristine.

 

Playing equally important roles in the series are Emilio Garcia as Nestor, the supportive father of Noel; Ayen Laurel as Lourdes, the mother of Kristine who loves her and Ronaldo so much; Lovely Rivero as Imelda, the mother of Joyce, who depends on her for survival; Kier Legaspi as Rigor, the Castillo family’s efficient henchman; Gab de Leon as Rex, the troublemaker Fil-Am cousin of Noel; Dyanin Cruz as Hannah, the ex-girlfriend of Lawrence; Nar Cabico as Shakira, a street wanderer and a friend of Joyce; Diane Medina as Monica, the secretary and protective best friend of Kristine; Mariel Pamintuan as Leslie, the cute and kikay but dependable cousin of Kristine; Renz Valerio as Jason, the younger brother of Joyce.

 

Beautiful Strangers presents the interconnected lives of Joyce (Lovi) and Kristine (Heart). Joyce is a woman motivated by her big dreams. She applies at the Castillo Realty, one of the biggest real estate companies in the Philippines, to establish her name in Interior Design so that she may start a family with Noel (Rocco) and provide for her family.

 

But all her dreams are shattered when Ronaldo Castillo (Christopher) rapes and accidentally pushes her down the stairs. All along, Ronaldo thinks that he killed Joyce. Fortunately, Joyce is able to survive everything but she suffers from selective amnesia. She crosses paths with Kristine and will be called Lea.

 

What will happen if Lea regains all of her memories? How will she fight back and seek revenge against the people who abused her? Can Joyce/Lea and Kristine’s friendship heal their wounds and stop them from seeking vengeance? Can they be at peace once more?

 

Under the direction of Albert Langitan, see how Heart & Lovi become sweetest friends then fiercest rivals on Beautiful Strangers premiering 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 website www.gmanetwork.com/international/programguide.

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Kapuso leading man Rocco Nacino feels lucky that he is given another big project by his home network. GMA7.

He is part of the upcoming primetime series, Beautiful Strangers, which is slated to air next month.

In a recent interview, Rocco said it makes him even more motivated to excel and never stop studying his craft and be a role model for other aspiring actors.

“To know that GMA is taking really, really good care of me by giving me good projects, nakakataba ng puso. It makes me even more humbled and motivated na magtrabaho, kasi naiisip ko na for someone as simple as me can make it, it gives me that responsibility to other people especially the younger ones na nag-aaspire na maging actor din, na kung nagawa ko, kaya rin nila.”

Being a home-grown talent of GMA 7, Rocco is happy with how his career is going right now. In fact, aside from working anew with Kapuso Premier Actress Lovi Poe in Beautiful Strangers, he just ticked off one of the items in his bucket list – finally working with Heart Evangelista in a series.

“Nakakatuwa na gusto ng mga bosses na makatambal ko silang dalawa (Heart and Lovi). So napakaswerte ko. Finally, makakatrabaho ko na si Heart. First time ko to work with her and I’m really, really excited.”

He also considers it a privilege to be working with seasoned Christopher de Leon, Ayen Laurel and Dina Bonnevie that is why he makes sure not to be intimidated by their presence.

“I make it a point not to be intimidated by anyone. It’s my personality. Kahit sino ang kaharap ko, kakausapin ko siya professionally on and off cam. Hindi ako nagpapapressure or nagpapasindak. I always maintain respect pero hindi ko hahayaan na ma-intimidate ako kasi mawawala talaga ako sa game ko.”

Beautiful Strangers premieres this August on GMA’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV.

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Lovi Poe at the Philippine Embassy in Hateen

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Lovi Poe onstage

Hot off the heels of her successful GMA Pinoy TV show in Kuwait, Kapuso actress Lovi Poe returns to primetime via Beautiful Strangers.

 

Lovi is filled with excitement as she portrays her character, Joyce, a woman who is seeking revenge from a family who wronged her.

 

“I’m so happy to be part of an exciting series, which will feature some of the best actors on TV and film. Kaya naman ganado at masayang-masaya ako na muling mapanood sa primetime,” she says.

 

She also recently finished working on a movie, Lakambini, wherein she plays the role of Gregoria ‘Oryang’ De Jesus, the founder of the women’s chapter of the Katipunan.

 

“It’s a dream role for me, and it’s such a huge challenge to be doing a film about a woman who made a history,” relates Lovi.

 

Catch more of her this August in Beautiful Strangers on GMA Pinoy TV.

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Benjamin Alves

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Benjamin Alves

Benjamin Alves

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Kapuso star Benjamin Alves says bagging a role in the upcoming primetime series Beautiful Strangers as Lawrence Castillo, the son of the characters portrayed by well-lauded actors Christopher de Leon and Dina Bonnevie, is a dream come true.

 

In an interview with Benjamin during his contract signing with GMA Network, he reveals that this is something he wished would happen. “I’ve seen these guys act and I look up to these guys since I was young. It’s cliché but when you’re a kid you want to work with them and then you are [working with them].”

 

Still, Benjamin admits feeling overwhelmed whenever he films scenes with Christopher and Dina. “When I’m working with Tito Boyet and Miss D, the hardest part is to just stay relaxed. You know you just do diligence naman, memorizing the lines and everything, but it’s just to not be in awe, because you’re working with these people,” he says.

 

Benjamin also shares what Christopher once told him in the set. “He pointed it out to me that he’s already worked with my uncle (Piolo Pascual), as a son. Sabi niya, ‘I’m working with you now, I hope I see something different.’ That’s where the challenge is, I think, to make sure that he sees something different; and also because I want to make sure everybody sees something different from me here, as far as acting.”

 

In Beautiful Strangers, Benjamin’s character, Lawrence is a son who constantly fights with his dad simply because he doesn’t like him. “There are reasons naman, and I’m very much like my dad in the sense na pareho kaming babaero. He’s not bad naman but he’s not clean. He’s more on the dirtier side or the rougher side.”

 

Under the direction of Albert Langitan, Beautiful Strangers which also stars Heart Evangelista, Lovi Poe, and Rocco Nacino, will soon air on GMA Pinoy TV.

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Dina Bonnevie

Seasoned actress Dina Bonnevie finds her role in GMA Network’s upcoming primetime series Beautiful Strangers a challenging one.

 

Dina, who is back as a Kapuso, plays the role of Alejandra Castillo, wife of Ronaldo (Christopher de Leon) and a doting mother to Lawrence (Benjamin Alves). Alejandra is a strong woman in the outside, but weak in the inside.

 

“I don’t want to do the typical kontrabida na pasigaw-sigaw na nagtataray. I’m trying a different attack now. No loud voices. Parang meek as a lamb. Parang for me, I always make what I do my truth. Every scene I do, iyon ang truth in Alejandra. If you make every scene your own truth which is not the truth the audience knows, then you are not the typical kontrabida, we are gonna make it a little different. Alejandra is just fighting what is hers,” explained Dina in an interview.

 

Aside from being reunited with Heart Evangelista, Dina also revealed that she really wanted to work with Lovi Poe that’s why she accepted this project.

 

“I really wanted to work with Lovi because I haven’t worked with her. I like her. Nagagandahan ako sa kanya. She is dusky, olive skin, na really beautiful, doe eyes. Ang ganda ganda ng mata niya.  And I really wanted to reunite with Heart.”

 

She is very excited for this show which she hopes will pique the interest of viewers since “there are a lot of scenes that imitate life. Very real yung mga eksena. The scenes are so real.”

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Alden Richards with the PIDC Carson crowd 1

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Alden Richards with the PIDC Carson crowd 2

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Alden was presented with certificates from the US Congress, State of California Senate, and City of Carson

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Alden with his kababayans at the Pagdiriwang 2015 in Seattle 1

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Alden with his kababayans at the Pagdiriwang 2015 in Seattle 2

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Betong Sumaya Jr. performs onstage

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Betong Sumaya Jr. takes selfie with PIDC Dubai crowd

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GMA Pinoy TV booth at the Mabuhay Festival 2015

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Heart Evangelista was given a warm welcome by Filipino-Canadians at the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto

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Heart performs a song number for her kababayans

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Heart poses with the winners of Miss Teen Philippines Canada

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Heart takes a selfie with her kababayans at the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto

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Heart together with the hosts of the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto

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Lovi Poe at the Philippine Embassy in Hateen

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Rochelle Pangilinan performs onstage

Rochelle Pangilinan performs onstage

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Rochelle Pangilinan with Rose Garreth

Following the success of Kapusong Pinoy concerts in Vancouver and Anaheim recently, GMA International continues to ignite the Filipino spirit around the world through its participation in various events celebrating the Philippines’ 117th Independence Day this June.

 

“It has been ten fruitful years of bringing Filipinos abroad closer to home through our flagship international channel GMA Pinoy TV and we look forward to many more years of serving our kababayans abroad,” expresses GMA Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia. “We will continue to instill and nurture a sense of pride and love for country among our fellow Filipinos abroad through our programs on GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV-International and on-ground events,” he adds.

 

The series of patriotic events opened with the Philippine Independence Day celebration in Carson City, California on June 6, graced by one of GMA’s top leading men Alden Richards. The event was organized by the Philippine Independence Day Foundation (PIDF, Inc.) of Carson in cooperation with the Cities of Carson and Los Angeles.

 

Alden, who was also one of the featured artists in the recent Kapusong Pinoy events in North America, once again charmed the audience and was presented three certificates of recognition by the Mayor Pro Tem and Grand Marshall Elito Santarino.

 

Simultaneously, Pagdiriwang 2015 spearheaded by the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington (FCHSW) was held in Seattle, Washington on June 6 and 7. Alden also joined the celebration and interacted with our kababayans during the meet-and-greet session on the second day.

 

Sa lahat po ng mga Kapuso nating nakisaya sa Carson at Seattle, thank you very much from the bottom of my heart, and in line with the celebration of 10thanniversary of GMA Pinoy TV, maraming, maraming salamat po, sana napaligaya namin kayo, and we hope to see all of you again next year! God bless you, mga Kapuso!” says Alden.

 

Meanwhile, Mabuhay Festival 2015 organized by the Mabuhay Foundation was held in San Diego, California on June 13. The event was a family affair and GMA Pinoy TV’s photo booth became a hit among them. Photos from these events can be shared and downloaded at GMA Pinoy TV’s Facebook page,www.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV.

 

Apart from the celebrations in the US, the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show in Toronto held its successful 5th year anniversary celebration last June 27. And just like the past 4 years, thousands of Kapuso in Canada joined the celebration.

 

Kapuso actress Heart Evangelista graced the event, and received a warm welcome from the crowd who came despite heavy rains. “Miss na kayo ng Pinas mga kapuso! Maraming salamat! Sana po nag enjoy kayo. Sa uulitin,” posted Heart on her Instagram account.

 

Organized by the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation (PCCF), the event was attended by thousands of event-goers including dignitaries – ministers, senators and members of Parliament, Philippine Ambassador to Canada Petronila P. Garcia, and Toronto Mayor John Tory.

 

 

From North America to the Middle East

 

Aside from the festivities in North America, GMA International also participated in celebrations in UAE and Kuwait.

 

On June 12, dance diva Rochelle Pangilinan and Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Doubles Showdown Winner Betong Sumaya joined the celebrations in Dubai, UAE organized by the Philippine Independence Day Organizing Committee led by the Office of the Philippine Consulate General. The event was jam-packed with 4,000 of our kababayans, who enjoyed performances by Rochelle, Betong and our very talented Dubai-based Filipino artists. The GMA Pinoy TV booth also stood out as games like Pinoy Henyo, Dice, and GPTV Q&A’s drew in crowds of Kapuso fans.

 

After the show, Rochelle got a chance to meet one of her Dubai-based fans, Mrs. Rose Garreth, who was in tears upon meeting her idol. It was such a heart-warming moment which Rochelle was also able to share with her followers on Instagram. “Maishare ko lang po ang napakasayang karanasan, nung makita ko siya, naiyak siya nung makita ako, natulala ako sa kanya, nung niyakap ko siya, tuwang tuwa siya at ako naman ang naiyak. Ang nasabi ko na lang sa sarili [ko], thank you God sa talentong ibinigay mo, nakakapagpasaya pala ako ng tao katulad ni ate Rose!” she relates.

 

Betong, on the other hand recalls the “amazing” journey he had in Dubai. “Performing and seeing our kababayans in Dubai up close and personal is an experience I’ll never forget,” he says.

 

On the same day, another celebration in the UAE took place as Musika at Tawanan 5, mounted by the Alliance of Filipino Organizations in Kuwait (ALLFILL-OK) in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy, kicked off in Kuwait. Kapuso Premier actress Lovi Poe was present and performed song numbers much to the delight of the audience. She was able to visit the Philippine Consular and Overseas Labor Offices, gamely took pictures with our kababayans and even had impromptu performances. In one particular venue, our kababayans were in tears as Lovi sang “Habang May Buhay.”

“My trip to Kuwait was truly an eye-opening experience. I got to spend time with all of these wonderful people who are unfortunately going through a tough time.Sana lahat tayo ay ipagdasal sila dahil isa lang ang hangad nila ngayon – ang maka uwi na sila sa kanilang mga pamilya,” shares Lovi with her Instagram followers.

 

 

More Pinoy celebrations are underway

 

GMA International’s support of Pinoy fiestas abroad will continue throughout the year.

 

The 6th Annual Tribute to the Philippines will be held the this month from July 17 to 19 at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace, Ocean City, New Jersey, USA. This event will feature a trade fair where Philippine products, foods, services, and tourism information are sold and displayed.

 

Come August 1 and 2, the 10th Annual Adobo Festival will be held at the Kennedy Park in Union City, California. This event is expected to draw in Filipino families at the Bay Area and participate in the much-awaited adobo cook-off contest, various activity booths and live entertainment.

 

Indeed, GMA International does not only bring Filipinos abroad closer to their home country, but also continues to uphold national pride and patriotism across the world.

 

For updates on GMA Network’s artists, programs, international channels and events, visit the website www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pageswww.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV, www.facebook.com/gmalifetv, and www.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, Twitter pages @gmapinoytv, @gma_lifetv, and @gmanewstvintl and Instagram account @gmapinoytv.

Heart and Chiz 2 by Pat Dy (Photo from Heart's Instagram)

Heart and Chiz 2 by Pat Dy (Photo from Heart’s Instagram)

Heart and Chiz by Pat Dy (Photo from Heart's Instagram)

Heart and Chiz by Pat Dy (Photo from Heart’s Instagram)

Heart at Monique Lhuillier's atelier (Photo from Heart's Instagram)

Heart at Monique Lhuillier’s atelier (Photo from Heart’s Instagram)

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Heart Bridal Shower 1

Heart excitedly counts down the days until she becomes Mrs Escudero (Photo from Heart's Instagram)

Heart excitedly counts down the days until she becomes Mrs Escudero (Photo from Heart’s Instagram)

Heart's art exhibit in Singapore (Photo from Heart's Instagram)

Heart’s art exhibit in Singapore (Photo from Heart’s Instagram)

Heart's gown is made by Dubai based designer Ezra Santos (Photo from Heart's Instagram)

Heart’s gown is made by Dubai based designer Ezra Santos (Photo from Heart’s Instagram)

It is certainly a love-filled February for Love Marie Ongpauco, more popularly known as Heart Evangelista.

 

On February 15, the day after the Startalk host’s birthday on Valentine’s Day, she will wed Philippine Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero at Balesin Island Club, a picturesque private resort off the Eastern coast of Luzon.

 

Chiz proposed to Heart with a heart-shaped heirloom ring in front of his family and their close friends in his hometown of Sorsogon in August last year.

 

The couple has since been busy with wedding preparations for a small, private ceremony taking place in Balesin followed by a bigger reception in Manila.

 

The blushing bride-to-be has been documenting their wedding journey on her Instagram account @iamhearte, counting down the days with the hashtags #144daystoahappyheart and #ChizHeart21515.

 

Heart’s gown at the Balesin ceremony will be created especially for her by Dubai-based designer Ezra Santos, while she will be wearing a dress from world-renowned designer Monique Lhuillier at the Manila reception and a Mark Bumgarner creation for the after party.

 

Her 15 bridesmaids consists of her closest friends from high school as well as those in show business, including Kapuso actresses Carla Abellana, Jennylyn Mercado, Lovi Poe, Solenn Heussaff and Alessandra de Rossi.

 

Their upcoming wedding is certainly the highlight of a very fruitful journey for Heart who has celebrated a lot of milestones in the past year including three successful solo art exhibits locally and abroad, but it is also just the beginning of the Kapuso star’s journey to “forever.”

 

As one of GMA Network’s brightest stars, Heart is a regular on the variety show Sunday All Stars and co-hosts Startalk, the longest-running showbiz-oriented talk show which air on GMA’s flagship international channel GMA Pinoy TV. She is also the host of Weddings TV, a show that offers wedding tips and ideas for brides-to-be on GMA Life TV, the second international channel of GMA Network.

 

For updates on GMA Network’s artists, programs, international channels and events, visit the websitewww.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pages www.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV,www.facebook.com/gmalifetv, and www.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, Twitter pages @gmapinoytv, @gma_lifetv, and @gmanewstvintl and Instagram account @gmapinoytv.