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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 24, 2021




RICKY DAVAO was last seen in an acting role in TV5’s “Paano ang Pangako”, which he also co-directed. 

Now, he’s back with GMA-7 directing the new Afternoon Prime drama series, “Nagbabagang Luha”, based on the hit 1988 film of National Artist Ishmael Bernal. 

It stars Glaiza de Castro in the role originally played by Lorna Tolentino, Rayver Cruz (Gabby Concepcion before), Mike Tan (Richard Gomez before) and newcomer Claire Castro (Alice Dixson before). How did he adapt the film for TV?

“Siempre, we have to expand the material kasi the film is just two hours long, while the series will run for one season of 13 to 15 weeks,” he says. 

“We gave the characters of Glaiza as Maita and Claire as Cielo back stories nung bata pa sila. Their parents are Jaclyn Jose and Allan Paule. 

"Jaclyn left their family and Glaiza became the very caring Ate of Claire, na naging sobrang pasaway naman noong lumaki. 

"But the core of the story remains the same and nandun pa rin yung iconic scenes, like Cielo saying 'Mamamatay ako' and Maita answering 'Ipalilibing kita'.” 

They also added some characters. 

“We now have Myrrtle Sarrosa as a girl who runs after Rayver and Royce Cabrera as a drug lord who becomes the lover of Claire. And yes, we have actress-director Gina Alajar as the aristocratic mother of Rayver na hindi makasundo ni Glaiza.”  

Claire Castro is the daughter of former teen stars Diego Castro and Raven Villanueva while Royce Cabrera is his co-star in “Fuccbois” for which he won a best supporting actor award.  Did he personally get them for the show? 

“For the role of Claire, GMA had an audition. Maraming nag-audition at si Claire ang napili nila. She surprised us as she’s good, hindi nagpalamon kina Glaiza at Rayver who are more experienced actors than her. 

"Si Royce naman, when GMA got me to direct the show, kasama na siya sa casting. Nagulat nga ako when I saw him. 

"But GMA made the right choice when they signed him up kasi magaling naman talaga siyang artista. Malalim siya. Sabi nga ng co-stars niya, he’s a thinking actor.”  

What can Royce say about this praise from Direk Ricky? 

“I’m speechless po,” he says. “Sobrang nakakatuwa coming from him. I’m very thankful for the opportunity na ibinigay sa akin ng GMA and I’m so happy that other people like Direk Ricky appreciate my work. I’m so honored.”  

“Nagbabagang Luha” will start airing on GMA Afternoon Prime starting August 2. Direk Ricky says they have had two lock in tapings for the series. The first one took 40 days and the second one was nearly a month long. 

“Para kaming buhay OFW’s,” he says. “But it’s worth it. We’re all proud of the show.” 

After this, he has an offer to do a film abroad with foreign actors. 

“I’m excited. It will also be filmed abroad and their market is also abroad. But no details yet. They’re now writing the first draft of the script then we will have a pre-production meeting. Sana, matuloy.”

He now has a daughter who has also joined showbiz, their youngest, Arabella. But how come she signed up as Kapamilya? 

"Nagulat din ako. Bata pa yan, marami nang kumukuha, gustong i-manage siya. But just like her cousin, Janine Gutierrez, tinapos muna niya ang college course niya sa Ateneo before she joined showbiz. I will just be here to support her."