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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.

Dec 29, 2018

Newlywed Kylie Padilla Leads New Shows Of GMA-7 For 2019 As A Female Tricycle Driver In 'Toda One I Love'

AFTER HER giving birth to her baby boy and her subsequent wedding, Kylie Padilla will face the cameras once again playing a lead role in “TODA One I Love”. This is a romantic comedy with political overtones that will take potshots on the corruption and the self-serving political culture we currently have in our country. The story is set in the fictional town of San Bernabe, where two hotly contested elections are about to take place. First is the election of officers of the local Tricycle Owners and Drivers Association or TODA, and the second involves the election of the new town mayor.

Kylie plays Gelay Dimagiba, a student whose tricycle father is mysteriously murdered because of local politics. She then decides to be the driver of the tricycle her dad has left behind and, in the process, she also gets involved in her dad’s own personal battle against some evil forces while trying her best to solve who the killers of her father are. In the process, Gelay will also be facing some problems regarding her own affairs of the heart with Ruru Madrid as Emong, who plays her love interest. Kylie and Ruru made viewers swoon when they were first paired in “Encantadia” two years ago as they have undeniable chemistry with each other. Hopefully, their fans who were so “kilig” with their tandem then will now continue to support their coming reunion in “TODA One I Love”.

“I’m happy to be working again with Ruru in a meaningful show like ‘TODA One I Love’ that tackles relevant issues such as corruption in politics, family love and the importance of having good values,” says Kylie. Supporting them in this new show are Jackie Rice, Gladys Reyes, Victor Neri, Tina Paner, Kim Domingo, Raymond Bagatsing, Buboy Villar, Archie Alemania, Cai Cortez, Maureen Larrazabal and David Licauco, directed by Jeffrey Hidalgo and Nick Olanka. Kylie admits she still has a hangover from the overwhelming happiness that she felt during her recent wedding. “I was so happy because my whole family was there to attend it,” she says. “My mom and siblings came from Australia and I feel so sad dahil umalis na rin agad sila. Ngayon lang kami uli nagkasama-sama at ang bilis nga kasi hindi sila nagtagal dito. Then my dad (Robin Padilla) and Tita Mariel (Rodriguez) were also there and we were one big happy family for my wedding.”

 “TODA One I Love” is one of the many shows to be launched by GMA Network in the coming new year 2019. The others are “Inagaw na Bituin”, a musical drama about an abducted baby with Kyline Alcantara, Therese Malvar, Sunshine Dizon, Boots Anson Roa, Marvin Agustin, Gabby Eigenmann, Ina Feleo, Renz Valerio and Angelika de la Cruz, under the direction of Mark Reyes; “Sahaya” with Bianca Umali the role of a young Badjao woman who faces many struggles and challenges in life but remains loyal and true to her culture and beliefs, with Miguel Tanfelix and Migo Adecer; and “Kara Mia” with Barbie Forteza and Mika de la Cruz as two sisters afflicted with Disprosopus, a congenital defect where they have two faces but sharing one body. Barbie as Kara has her face in front while Mika as Mia has her face at the back of the head. Playing the male leads are Jak Roberto and Paul Salas, supported by Carmina Villaroel, Glydel Mercado, Mike Tan, John Estrada and Alicia Alonzo, directed by Albert Langitan.