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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 27, 2017

Tom Rodriguez And Carla Abellana's New Primetime Soap, 'I Heart Davao', Showcases The Beauty Of Duterte Country & Hopes To Sustain High Ratings Of 'Meant To Be'

TOM RODRIGUEZ and Carla Abellana’s new primetime soap, “I Heart Davao”, will start airing tonight replacing “Meant to Be” and it will run for eight weeks. Produced by GMA News and Public Affairs, it’s one show whose script was already completed and programmed to run for 40 episodes. Scriptwriter Chris Martinez and Director Marlon Rivera were commissioned to do this and they’ve accomplished it.

Looks like GMA-7 opts now for shows with shorter runs, as “My Love from the Star” will also run for only 9 weeks instead of the usual 13 weeks per season. But unlike “My Love from the Star” which is based on a Koreanovela, “I Heart Davao” is original material that extols the beauty of our biggest city in the country where it was filmed on location for 17 days.

Tom and Carla play a Davao boy and a Manila girl whose relationship start as “aso’t pusa”. Carla had a heart transplant and it turns out later that the donor of her new heart is Tom’s former girlfriend, Cathy Remperas, who died in an accident. Benjamin Alves is also in the cast as the Manila boy who follows Carla to Davao and tries to win her heart over Tom. Here's hoping "I Heart Davao" will succeed in maintaining the high ratings of the show it has replaced "Meant to Be".