Two acting greats grace prime time TV anew
The Filipino phrase “walang kupas” best describes the acting caliber of Dawn Zulueta and Dina Bonnevie, who in their early 40s and 50s respectively, continue to be two of the most sought after actresses on prime time television today.
ABS-CBN executives are patting themselves on the back for being able to cast these two award-winning actresses in a single drama series, Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin, which premieres on September 2 on the network’s “Primetime Bida” block.
Dawn’s last TV outing was for ABS-CBN’s hit teleserye Walang Hanggan (2012) which paired her anew with her perennial ‘90s leading man Richard Gomez, alongside the popular love team of Coco Martin and Julia Montes. The project found her dramatic prowess at its peak as she played the role of Emily, a farmer’s daughter who falls in love with the haciendero’s son, and is tormented by his family, despite bearing him a child.
Meanwhile, Dina most recently appeared in TV5’s remake of the Sharon Cuneta-Gabby Concepcion movie, P.S. I Love You (2011), but is still best remembered for her contravida role in another ABS-CBN teleserye hit, May Bukas Pa (2010), which starred child wonder Zaijan Jaranilla. So convincing was Dina in her portrayal of a jealous wife and sister with a dark secret that total strangers in malls and even airports across the country would show their disdain at her.
At the launch of their new project together, Dawn and Dina equally expressed their joy and girlish excitement over working together again. Both talents of Viva Films in past decades, they had appeared in several movies together and see Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin as a long overdue reunion.
“It’s so refreshing for me na makatrabaho si Dina ulit, since we’re both old school,” Dawn laughed graciously.
“I’m happy to be working with Dawn again,” acknowledged Dina. “Kaya lang mas kailangan naming mag-concentrate sa set kasi we’re really good friends from our Viva days and lagi kaming nag-re-reminisce, tapos yun pala take na!”
The two beautiful ladies—with Dawn dubbed as Philippine Movie’s “goddess” and Dina, often called a “hot mama” these days—revealed they loved to eat on the set would even share makeup tips in between scenes.
“But more than anything, we would talk about our kids, and the challenges of being a mom,” added Dina.
Their favorite conversation somehow fits in with the theme of Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin’s plot, which tackles a mother’s deep and immeasurable love for her son.
“I don’t want to imagine finding myself in the same situation as my character but the show’s message is universal—how innate it is in every woman to protect her child at all cost,” said Dawn.
She and Gerald Anderson will give life to the mother and son characters of Miguel and Zenaida Dizon who will suffer in the aftermath of a controversial rape case. Hand in hand, they will seek for justice and find ways to prove Miguel’s innocence.
Meanwhile, Dina will play mother to Rayver Cruz’ character and has jokingly begged her directors not to make her “too evil.”
“Kasi nadadala talaga ang mga viewers at inaaway ako in real life!” she laughed.“But in a way, it’s really flattering too because it means I’m able to give my roles justice and credibility, di’ba?”
Completing the power cast of Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin are Cristine Reyes, Diana Zubiri and Tonton Gutierrez.
Directed by Jerome Pobocan and Trina Dayrit, the drama series is created by Dreamscape, the group behind Walang Hanggan, Ina Kapatid Anak and Juan De la Cruz.
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