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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 20, 2019


snooky sern, barbie forteza/ kate valdez, dina bonnevie in ANAK NI WARAY VS. ANAK NI BIDAY

barbie and kate as the half sister ginalyn and caitlyn

love of my life with coney reyes, tom rodriguez, carla abellan, mikael daez and rhian ramos

dingdong dantes & jennylyn mercado in DESCENDANTS OF THE SUN

SEN. Bong Revilla in AGIMAT NI AGILA

gabby concepcion & marian rivera in FIRST YAYA

2020 is shaping up to be an exciting year for loyal Kapuso viewers as GMA Network ushers in the new year with a powerhouse line-up of all-new primetime offerings. Kicking off 2020 is the TV adaptation of the hit 1984 movie, ‘Anak ni Waray vs. Anak ni Biday,’ starring Primetime Princess Barbie Forteza, Kate Valdez, Ms. Snooky Serna and Ms. Dina Bonnevie. Barbie and Kate are set to portray best friends Ginalyn and Caitlyn.

Unbeknownst to them, their mothers – Amy (Snooky Serna) and Sussie (Dina Bonnevie) – are mortal enemies who fell in love with the same man before, Joaquin (Jay Manalo), who also happens to be the father of both Ginalyn and Caitlyn.  Joining them are Teresa Loyzaga, Migo Adecer, Faith Da Silva, Benedict Cua, and Ms. Celia Rodriguez. Max Collins and Lovi Poe will make the project more colorful and exciting as the young Snooky Serna and young Dina Bonnevie. “Anak ni Waray vs. Anak ni Biday” is directed by Mark Sicat dela Cruz.

Meanwhile, viewers should also watch out for the premiere of the crackerjack drama series, ‘Love Of My Life’ starringn Carla Abellana, Mikael Daez, and Rhian Ramos; plus Ms. Coney Reyes and dashing Kapuso actor Tom Rodriguez in a very special role. This inspirational drama focuses on hree intriguing women who will fight anyone and do everything for the love of their lives. “Love of My Life” is under the direction of Don Michael Perez.

The highly-anticipated local adaptation of the hit Korean series, ‘Descendants of the Sun (DOTS),’ also hits Philippine TV screens in 2020. Headlined by Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes and Ultimate Star Jennylyn Mercado, DOTS Ph tells the emotional love story of alpha team leader Captain Lucas Manalo or ‘Big Boss’ and Dr. Maxine dela Cruz a.k.a. Beauty.

Joining them are Rocco Nacino as Diego Ramos or ‘Wolf’ and Jasmine Curtis-Smith as Moira Defensor. To rightfully represent the country’s military forces, GMA’s Entertainment Group inked a partnership with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for this very important flagship project.

Joining them is a highly-talented cast composed of the Soldiers Team: Lucho Ayala, Jon Lucas, Paul Salas, Prince Clemente, Ricardo Cepeda, and Antonio Aquitania; the Doctors and Nurses Team: Andre Paras, Chariz Solomon, Nicole Donesa, Jenzel Angeles, Reese Tuazon, and Renz Fernandez;

also starring Neil Ryan Sese, Ian Ignacio, Rich Asuncion, Marina Benipayo, Hailey Mendes, and Roi Vinzon, plus a host of exciting artists in cameo roles. Esteemed director Dominic Zapata is at the helm of this big-budgeted project.

After many years, Sen. Bong Revilla, Jr. makes his much-awaited comeback to GMA-7 next year. Kapuso fans who are eager to watch his return on-screen will be able to join him as he takes flight via drama-fantasy program, ‘Agimat ng Agila’.

In this thrilling and action-packed series, Sen. Bong will take viewers on vivid and whimsical adventures that will impart valid moral lessons and tackle socially relevant issues.

Completing the stellar roster of primetime offerings is the much-awaited comeback of Primetime Queen Marian Rivera-Dantes and her team up with sought-after actor Gabby Concepcion in ‘First Yaya’. In the series, Gabby steps into the shoes of the Vice President of the Philippines who soon finds himself falling for the endearing yaya, brought to life by Marian.

The romance is challenged by the PSG (Presidential Security Group) Head, played by Pancho Magno. As early as now, netizens and fans are buzzing with excitement to witness the on-screen chemistry between two of the Network’s prime stars.

The light, romantic-comedy series will showcase a heart-warming story of love and its variations and and how it all binds every family together. Don’t miss this exciting line up of new Kapuso programs for the first quarter of 2020 on GMA-7.