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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.

Jun 17, 2013

Gina Alajar Challenged By Directing 'Anna Karenina' With Its Multiple Stories And Multiple Stars

GINA ALAJAR says directing “Anna Karenina” is the most demanding drama series she has ever handled as it has multiple characters.

“Ang dami talaga kasing iba’t ibang characters,” she says. “First, there’s the family of the Monteclaros, led by Sandy Andolong as Donya Carmela and Juan Rodrigio as Don Xernan. Sila ang naghahanap sa tunay nilang apong si Anna Karenina and there are people around them preventing them to find out the truth, led by their niece Valerie Concepcion as Ruth and her husband Neil Ryan Sese as Abel na ang gusto, sila ang maging tagapagmana ng mga Monteclaro. Anak nila sina Derrick Monasterio as Aldrin and Joanna Marie Tan as Carla. Tapos, bawat isa doon sa tatlong teenagers who claim na sila si Anna Karenina, may sarili ring families around them. Krystal Reyes as Anna is raised by Maybelyn de la Crus as Layda at sister niya si Kathleen Hermosa as Becky. She’s paired with Julian Trono as Brix na anak naman ni Anna Roces as Daisy. Si Barbie Forteza as Karen is raised naman by Maureen Larrazabal as Suzie and Yul Servo as Kadyo. Lastly, si Joyce Ching as Nina is raised by Alicia Mayer as Brigette and Alan Paule as Lucas. She’s paired naman with Hiro Peralta as Brian. Ang dami ng cast, di ba? I tell it’s no joke to make sure all of them will deliver during our tapings.”

The show is a remake but they have to update the material. Before, there was no DNA testing to help parents determine if a baby is really their child or not. But now, it’s so easy to resort to such a paternity test and this is incorporated in the show. The three girls were subjected to DNA testing but it will turn out that all of them are negative, which means no one among them is the real “Anna Karenina”. Donya Carmela and Don Xernan are both very sad because of this turn of events, especially now that all the girls live with them in their mansion and they’re getting to know each other better. But wait, a surprise is waiting around the bend. As there will be a revelation that there’s still hope and all is not lost for all of them, even if yet another girl comes along to claim that she is the true and real Anna Karenina.