Arts & Leisure

ABS-CBN remakes classic GMA soap opera

Posted on May 21, 2013

After remaking its own hit shows like Mula sa Puso and Mara Clara, Lopez-led ABS-CBN Corp. has decided to come up with an updated version of a classic soap opera first produced by rival GMA Network, Inc.

The cast of the new Annaliza
Based on the 1980s hit series of the same name, Annaliza is set to air on ABS-CBN starting May 27 at 5:45 p.m.

Annaliza revolves around a girl who has an immense capacity to touch and change the lives of everyone who crosses her path. Despite being poor and abused, she always stays positive throughout her struggles and trials, and is always caring towards others.

Annaliza was GMA Network’s first prime-time soap opera and featured child star Julie Vega in the title role. It premiered in February 1980, and ended with an incomplete story in 1986, after Ms. Vega’s untimely death on May 6, 1985.

The updated version features 10-year-old Andrea Brillantes reprising the role that made Ms. Vega a household name.

ABS-CBN business unit Head Ruel S. Bayani said the network got the rights to remake Annaliza from its original director, Gil C. Soriano.

“We promise to stay true to the original concept that made Annaliza very popular before,” Mr. Bayani told reporters at a press conference last week.

Joining the cast are Zanjoe Marudo, Patrick Garcia, Carlo Aquino, Kaye Abad, and Denise Laurel.

Mr. Garcia plays Lazaro, Annaliza’s rich biological father (played by Augusto Victa in the original series), who is married to Isabel, played by Ms. Laurel (Alicia Alonzo in the original version). Ms. Abad plays Stella, Lazaro’s avenging ex-lover has Annaliza stolen (Daria Ramirez played the role in the original version).

Mr. Marudo plays Guido, a fish port worker who adopts Annaliza. Renato del Prado originally played the role.

Annaliza will take over the time slot of the drama series Little Champ, which will air its final episode this Friday.

Annaliza will air weeknights 5:45 p.m. before the prime time newscast TV Patrol on ABS-CBN. -- Jeffrey O. Valisno