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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 4, 2016

Director Maryo De Los Reyes On 'Someone To Watch Over Me': The Challenge Is How To Make Alzheimer's Disease Entertaining For The Viewers

DIRECTOR MARYO J. DE LOS REYES is happy that “Someone to Watch Over Me” is assigned to him by GMA-7. “The material is something different,” he says. “My last soap, ‘Pari Koy’, is about a young priest who brings changes into the lives of people around him. Ito naman is about love and sacrifice. Mahirap gawin kasi it’s about early onset Alzheimer’s disease, which is so negative. The challenge is how you can make it interesting and also entertaining for the viewers. We did a lot of research so the actors can thoroughly understand their roles and interpret them well. I’m lucky all of them, puro mahusay. For Tom Rodriguez as TJ, the Alzheimer’s patient, the challenge is for him to tone down his energy. He’s so hyper so he has to be more restrained. I want him to do a quiet delivery of his scenes for it to be more felt, more deeply rooted. Lovi Poe is very good as the wife, Joanna, who sticks to her husband at hindi talaga tinalikuran yung commitment niya rito na sa harap ng altar na in sickness and in health, till death do us part, she will stand by him. Maraming magandang family values ang ipapakita namin dito sa respective families nina Tom and Lovi.”

The pilot episode tonight will show how Lovi and Tom meet in Vigan, where Lovi’s family lives. Tom is a visitor iand Lovi unwillingly acts as his tourist guide in Vigan. It ends with Tom proposing marriage to Lovi. Lovi resists at first but when Tom returns in the next epiaosw, he is already with his dad, Edu Manzano, and stepmom, Jackielou Blanco. They soon get married but in front of the altar, Tom experiences his first bout of Alzheimer’s when the priest ask him about Lovi and he forgets his answer. Even in his office, Tom starts forgetting about a lot of things. Lovi gets pregnant and they’re so happy to have their first baby. But when Lovi is about to deliver their child, Tom forgets his way, figures in an accident and Lovi gives birth inside their car. His dad gets so worried about his condition. By the time the week ends, his being forgetful gets worse as he gets disoriented while driving and doesn’t know where he is going.