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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 18, 2020


ANAK NI WARAY VS. ANAK NI BIDAY caST - from left to right: kate valdez, barbie forteza, jay manalo, celia rodriguez, teresa loyzaga, dina bonnevie, snooky serna

snooky and barbie versus kate and dina

cast of the original movie: maricel, nida, gloria, snooky

GMA TELEBABAD’s hit action-drama, “Beautiful Justice”, will have its final telecast this coming week and they will have Cherie Gil as their special guest star. She will play the role of Diorella and viewers don’t know yet if she’s an ally or a foe of the show’s lead stars: Yasmien Kurdi, Bea Binene and Gabbi Garcia.

“Pasabog ang character na ginagampanan ni Ms. Cherie so don’t miss the last few episode of ‘Beautiful Justice’ dahil it’s full of exciting twists and surprises” says Yasmien. “The final episodes are full of big, slambang action sequences so don’t fail to watch it.”

Replacing “Beautiful Justice” on January 27 is the combination of drama and romance in “Anak ni Waray Vs Anak ni Biday”. Waray will be played by Dina Bonnevie and her “anak” is Kate Valdez while Biday will be played by Snooky Serna and her anak is played by Barbie Forteza.

The original movie of “Anak ni Waray vs. Anak ni Biday” was produced by Regal Films in 1984 and starred in by the late Nida Blanca and the enduring Gloria Romero, who’s still active until now, as the two mothers.

Nida did the hit LVN Pictures comedy “Waray-Waray” in 1954 that cultivated her image as a tomboyish gamin who’s so feisty she fights even tough guys bigger than her.

She was paired with her perennial ka-love team then, the late Nestor de Villa, who’s one of the best looking matinee idol heartthrobs in local cinema.

You can watch “Waray-Waray” for free. You can access it on Vimeo (along with many other LVN classics complete with their Bollywood like song-and-dance sequences), and see how lovable the late Nida is. The movie spawned the now classic hit song “Waray-Waray”, with music by Juan Silos Jr. and lyrics by Levi Celerio that was later covered by American singer Eartha Kitt.

Gloria did the hit Sampaguita Pictures comedy, “Dalagang Ilocana”, also in 1954. It won for Gloria her first FAMAS best actress award playing the role of the cigar-smoking Manang Biday. The daughter of Gloria in “Anak ni Waray vs. Anak ni Biday” then was Snooky while the daughter of Nida was Maricel Soriano.

It would have been nice if Maricel would play the Nida Blanca role now, but she’s already a Kapamilya, so GMA-7 cannot get her and they got Dina Bonnevie instead.

They’ve also changed the story. It starts as a lofe triangle drama, with the young Dina played by Lovi Poe and the young Snooky played by Max Collins. They’ll both be girl friends of Jason Abalos, who becomes the father of their daughters. So in this version, the “anak ni Waray” and “anak ni Biday” turn out to be half sisters, with Jason later to be played by Jay Manalo.

GMA-7 is really a beehive of non-stop activity these days. They’ve also lined up more new shows, like “Descendants of the Sun” with Dingdong Dantes and Jennylyn Mercado to replace “The Gift” and “Love of My Life” with Rhian Ramos, Coney Reyes and Carla Abellana to replace “One of the Baes” in February.

For their Afternoon Prime, “Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit” with Nora Aunor, Ricky Davao, Mylene Dizon and Kyline Alcantara, directed by Laurice Guillen, will replace “Madrasta” of Arra San Agustin and Juancho Trivino that will end in three weeks.

Other new shows lined up are “Sanggang Dikit” with real life sweethearts Derek Ramsay and Andrea Torres, “The Seed of Love” with Glaiza de Castro, Valerie Concepcion and Mikael Daez, “Legal Wives” with Dennis Trillo paired with three actresses no less and “Babawiin ang Lahat” with Carmina Villaroel, Pauline Mendoza, Kristoffer Martin, David Licauco and John Estrada.

Watch out for all these exciting new shows from the Kapuso Network.