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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.

Mar 18, 2023



RURU MADRID and Bianca Umali are both homegrown Kapuso stars who now get to star in their first TV show together, “The Write One”, the first collaboration between Philippine broadcast giant GMA Network and leading pan-regional over-the-top (OTT) video streaming service Viu. 

It will start airing on March 20 on GMA-7, GTV, Pinoy Hits and I Heart Movies, replacing “Luv Is: Caught in His Arms”.

“I’m really so excited to be given this chance to work with Bianca in a romantic drama series like this,” says Ruru. 

“I’m also happy to be reunited with GMA Public Affairs as our producer after I did ‘Lolong’ with them, which is really a huge success.”

Bianca shares that having Ruru as her on-screen partner takes some adjustments. 

“Sanay kasi kami na kaming dalawa ‘yung pahinga ng isa’t isa. 

"Hindi kami sanay na kami yung trabaho ng isa’t isa, but dito, we also have our very first on screen kiss kaya abangan nyo,” she adds.  

The show asks the question: What if one day, you are given a chance to change your past? What if your ‘what ifs’ come to life?

 “The Write One” is a ground-breaking story with Ruru playing Liam, a frustrated writer who is given the chance to rewrite his love and life story with the help of a mysterious typewriter. 

Joining Ruru and Bianca are fellow Sparkle artists Mikee Quintos and Paul Salas, who are also reel and real life sweethearts like them.

In the story, Liam’s priority is to produce his dream TV series. 

Joyce (Bianca), on the other hand, gives up her budding showbiz career to be a wife to Liam and mother to their son Dex.

With the love between Liam and Joyce going dim as the years pass by, both wonder what could have happened had they not given up their individual dreams. 

Until Liam stumbles upon an antique typewriter and finds himself writing – and magically making real – the revised story of their lives.

In the new timeline, Liam is a creative manager of a film production company while Joyce is the most-sought actress of her generation. 

Liam finds that he is in a relationship with fashion icon Via (Mikee). 

Joyce, on the other hand, is being wooed by Hans (Paul) – a lawyer who offers Joyce both emotional and financial security.

Liam soon finds himself wondering: Does destiny put people in the right place to make the right choice? Or does an individual have full control of what he thinks and does, for him to meet the one written in the stars for him to love?

“The Write One” will also see the TV reunion of ex-couple Lotlot De Leon and Ramon Christopher. 

They play Liam’s parents. 

Further giving life to the story are highly-esteemed character actors Mon Confiado, Alma Concepcion, and Art Acuna. Sparkle stars Kokoy De Santos, Royce Cabrera, Kaloy Tingcungco, Analyn Barro, Yvette Sanchez, and Euwenn Mikaell Aleta complete the cast. 

Viewers can also look forward to various special guests gracing the series. Directed by King Marc Baco, The Write One is an original concept of Executive Producer Mark Anthony Norella.

“The Write One” airs on GMA Telebabad, Mondays to Thursdays, 9:35 PM on GMA with simulcast airing on Pinoy Hits and I Heart Movies, and at 11:30 PM on GTV. 

Viewers abroad can also catch the program via GMA Pinoy TV. Catch the advanced episodes of The Write One on Viu Philippines from Saturdays to Tuesdays beginning March 18.

The Viu app is available on App Store, Google Play and select Smart TVs, as well as on the web at www.viu.com. For more stories about the Kapuso Network, visit www.GMANetwork.com.