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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.

Jan 13, 2019

Barbie Forteza & Mika De La Cruz' New Show, 'Kara Mia', Has Yet To Start Airing But Already Getting Conflicting Opinions

BARBIE FORTEZA and Mika de la Cruz are amused that even if their new show, “Kara Mia”, has not yet started airing, it’s being talked about and there are already a lot of conflicting feedbacks about it. The story is about twins who share the same body. In front is the face of Barbie while at the back is the face of Mika. Some folks say it’s silly and ridiculous while others speak favorably and think that the concept is something unique and interesting.

The detractors say it just was copied from “Harry Potter”, where the face of the villain Voldemort was pasted at the back of the character called Professor Quirell. But the GMA-7 program manager in charge of “Kara Mia”, the always fashionable Hazel Abonita, says it’s actually based on a true story in India about twins born with a case of Disprosopus or craniofacial duplication, a congenital defect where two faces share one body.

There’s also a story that there’s a similar case that happened in Great Britain, but this has yet to be confirmed. So how did the two lead stars feel about it when they were first informed about the project?

“Well, for me, this is something very new,” says Barbie. “Kasi after doing two romantic comedies, ‘Meant to Be’ and ‘Inday Will Always Love You’, talagang naiiba ang material nito. At first, sabi ko, magustuhan kaya ng tao kasi parang mahirap paniwalaan, di ba? But come to think of it, people who are looking for a fresh and different kind of story, tiyak na magiging interested sila rito kasi wala pang ganitong story ever before.”

“Ako, my initial reaction is medyo may pagka-creepy yata ang kuwento,” says Mika. “But when I started reading the reaction of people sa social media, I realize na talagang nakakaintriga yung concept ng show. I really believe that viewers will eventually be hooked to it, lalo na kung maganda talaga ang pagkaka-present ng GMA pati sa special effects na magka-back to back ang mga mukha namin ni Barbie. Sa totoo lang, this is a big break for me kaya I welcome it at sa Bacolod pa ang location shoot namin para maiba naman.”

The show’s powerhouse supporting cast is led by Barbie’s real life BF Jak Roberto, with Carmina Villaroel, Glydel Mercado, Mike Tan, John Estrada, Paul Salas, Alicia Alonzo, Althea Ablan, Karina Haniel and Liezl Lopez. Directed by Albert Langitan, this is slated to start on GMA Telebabad at primetime this coming February.