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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 6, 2013

GMA News TV Channel 11 Makes It Own First Soap With Lovi Poe Paying Tribute To Teachers

GMA-7 will no longer be the sole home of soap series in the network. GMA News TV Channel 11 is now also going into teleserye production after the success of their once-a-week series on local politics and corruption, “Bayan Ko”. Their groundbreaking new series is entitled “Titser”, a tribute to the noble teaching profession that also delves on the current state of Philippine education. Topbilled by multi-awarded actress Lovi Poe, she co-stars with singer-actress Agot Isidro and indie film darling Mara Lopez.

“This is my first show with GMA after renewing my contract with them,” says Lovi. “And I love it that we’re doing something really meaningful and socially significant.”

Lovi plays Michelle, a poverty stricken high school girl who dreams of becoming a teacher, but her only option after graduation is to work as a housemaid. Mara Lopez plays Rosa, Michelle’s best friend and toughest competitor, who ends up being a single mother.

The two girls struggle against fate and financial limitations to reach their goal of finishing college. Their mentor and inspiration is Teacher Sandra, portrayed by Agot Isidro, who leads her own fight against a corrupt principal. Gardo Versoza, Irma Adlawan, Carl Guevarra and Rocco Nacino will also be in the series to be shot on location in Boso Boso, Antipolo starting this weekend. “Titser” is directed by acclaimed indie filmmaker and head of the Ateneo Filipino Department Alvin Yapan (who made the award-winning “Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa”) and written by Bayan Ko’s creator and News TV channel head Nessa Valdellon. It will be filmed with a high definition camera and go through the color grading process. It starts airing this August on GMA News TV Channel 11.