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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 14, 2018

Barbie Forteza Back On Primetime In GMA-7's 'Inday Will Always Love You' Shot On Location In Cebu

BARBIE FORTEZA is back on the same time slot that she had before in “Meant to Be” as the last soap shown in the evening primetime on GMA Telebabad. This time, her new show, “Inday Will Always Love You”, is a romantic-comedy pairing her anew with Derrick Monasterio with whom she did the hit “The Half Sisters”. Barbie plays Happylou, a perky spirited girl who is the daughter of Manilyn Reynes as Marta, with Ricky Davao as Philip, her long lost father and Nova Villa as Lola Loleng, her doting grandma.

After she loses her job in a litsunan because of a visitor, Derrick Monasterio as Patrick, she is encouraged by her friend Juancho Trivino as Ernest to relocate to Cebu and work there in a litsunan where she again meets Derrick, who turns out to be the nephew of Ricky Davao, the owner of the litsunan. Although Barbie’s relationship with Derrick starts on the wrong foot, we know that they will eventually warm up to each other and romance is soon in the air. The problem is Derrick is the son of Gladys Reyes as Amanda, the sister of Ricky, so could it be that they’re first cousins since Barbie doesn’t know yet that Ricky is her long lost dad?

During the presscon, Barbie was praised lavishly by her senior co-stars. “First time ko nakatrabaho si Barbie was in the movie, ‘Mariquina’, for which she won a best supporting actress award,” says Ricky. “Good role model siya sa actors na ka-age niya ngayon kasi she’s very respectful, tahimik lang sa set but serious with her craft and does what is expected from her.”

“She’s flexible,” says Gladys. “Puede so comedy, puede sa drama. Versatile at marespetong bata.”

“Mabait na bata si Barbie,” says Manilyn. “Always very professional at hindi mareklamo. Kaya di katakatakang malayo na ang narating niya.”

“Una kong nakasama si Barbie sa ‘Nita Negrita’, my first soap sa GMA-7,” says Nova. “Kaya nakita ko ang pag-akyat ng career niya. Batambata pa siya noon pero nakita ko na agad na magaling siya. Masarap siyang katrabaho kasi maganda lagi ang mood at napakagaling mag-memorize ng lines niya.”

But naturally, Barbie is overwhelmed with all the praises she heard from her senior co-stars. “Wow, music to my ears. Very encouraging at dahil diyan, lalo kong pagbubutihin ang trabaho ko. Promise. I won’t let you down.”

It’s common knowledge that her real life squeeze is Jak Roberto. Won’t this affect her on-screen love team with Derrick in “Inday Will Always Love You”? “I think mas malawak na ang pang-unawa ng viewers ngayon. As long as we deliver a good story and we give our best as actors, yun ang mas importante. Our new show offers a lot of new things, isa na nga diyan ang fact nagpunta kami talaga sa Cebu to shoot there on location. Kung sa tingin nyo, galing na kayo sa Cebu at kilala nyo na ito, just watch our show at mas marami pa kayong matutuklasan about the unique beauty and rich culture of our Queen City of the South.”

Also starring in “Inday Will Always Love You” are Kim Rodriguez as the villainous Ericka who’ll steal Derrick from Barbie, Tina Paner as Yaya Madonna, plus Buboy Villar, Super Tekla, Lumen Twins Charisse and Charlotte Hermoso, Kimpoy Feliciano, and Fliptop artists Mzhayt and Price Tagg, directed by Monti Parungao and Rember Gelera.