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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.

May 10, 2015

Rhian Ramos Hopes 'Rich Man's Daughter' Will Lead To A Better Understanding Of Lesbians

RHIAN RAMOS says she has always been very liberal in her views and she has no prejudices whatsoever against lesbians or gays. “You shouldn’t judge people by their sexual preference, or their color or religion. We should just treat each other with understanding and respect. Hindi mo kailangang makipag-away o makipaglaban, di ba? I’m hoping that ‘The Rich Man’s Daughter’ will affect viewers in a positive way so they’ll have a better understanding of lesbians,” she says.

Would she be willing to do a kissing scene with Glaiza de Castro? “Why not? Kung kailangan ba talaga sa eksena. But TV ito, not a movie, kaya so far, puro head to head, nose to nose lang kami, walang lips to lips.”

In the story, she plays Jade, the youngest child and only daughter of the wealthy Tanchingco Family, with Al Tantay as the dad and Glydel Mercado as the mom. The eldest son is TJ Trinidad who had an arranged marriage to Pauleen Luna, even if his real love is a poor teacher, Charee Pineda. The second son is Mike Tan, who is harbouring his own secret, being a closet queen. Rhian is also engaged to Luis Alandy in an arranged marriage. At the wedding of her brother TJ to Pauleen, she meets by chance the lovely wedding coordinator, Glaiza de Castro, and there’s a spark of inexplicable something that makes her attracted to Glaiza. They soon meet again and their friendship turns into something more serious.

Also in the show are Gloria Romeo as Rhian’s grandma who’s having alzheimer’s disease and can no longer recognize her own husband, Tony Mabesa; Paolo Contis as Glaiza’s ex-husband who beats her up; Katrina Halili as Glaiza ex-lesbian lover who’s so jealous of Rhian; Chynna Ortaleza as Glaiza butch lesbian friend, Sheena Halili as Rhian’s own best friend and Lui Manansala as the loyal family mayordoma. This is under the direction of Dominic Zapata who previously helmed the equally controversial “My Husband’s Lover” about male homosexuality.

“The Rich Man’s Daughter”, which starts airing tonight on GMA Telebabad, has two theme songs. The first is Jade’s theme song, “Be with You”, written by Arlene Cal and sang by Aicelle Santos. The second is Althea’s theme song, “Till It’s Time”, written by Roxy Fabian and sang by Glaiza de Castro herself.