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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.

Jul 13, 2018

Director Joel Lamangan Back With GMA-7 Directing A New Soap, 'Ang Pamilyang Roces', With A Powerhouse Cast Of Top Female Stars

DIRECTOR JOEL LAMANGAN is back with GMA-7 directing a new soap, “Ang Pamilyang Roces”. Joel’s last soap with the Kapuso network was “Pahiram ng Isang Ina” with Bea Binene and Jake Vargas in 2011. In 2012, he moved to TV5 and did “Valiente”, then “Enchanted Garden”, “Bakit Manipis ang Ulap” and “Madam Chairman” with Sharon Cuneta. After TV5, he concentrated on making full length films, like the award-winning “Felix Manalo”. He also did acclaimed stage musicals like “Maynila: Sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag” and “Binondo, The Tsinoy Musical”.

“Pamilyang Roces” has a largely female cast headed by seasoned actresses Gloria Diaz, Elizabeth Oropesa and Snooky Serna, who have all worked with Joel before. Oropesa even scored a grand slam as best actress for Joel’s “Bulaklak ng Maynila”.

Also in the cast of “Pamilyang Roces” is Jasmine Curtis Smith in her very first assignment as a Kapuso star, disproving earlier speculations that she’d be one of Alden Richards’ leading ladies in his new show. Completing the cast are Carla Abellana, Reina HIspanoAmericana Winwyn Marquez, Gabbi Garcia, Mika de la Cruz and former TV5 Artista Academy star Shaira Mae who has been rechristened and is now known as Shaira Diaz.

The male members of the cast include Rocco Nacino, Christian Bautista (who also appears in ‘Viktor Magtanggol’) and Roi Vinzon. The story is about a family of half sisters who come from different mothers and the subsequent conflicts in their complicated lives.