TV5 creates many firsts in its upcoming primetime series Madam Chairman. Not only is it a unique “dramedy” (drama and comedy) set in a barangay, it is also the debut teleserye of the one-and-only Megastar, Sharon Cuneta.
Directed by award-winning director Joel Lamangan, with acclaimed director-scriptwriter Joey Reyes as head writer, the light family drama is set to capture the hearts of Filipino viewers as they follow the inspiring story of an all-around wife, mother and friend who becomes the leader of a diverse community.
“I’m so in love with it. Sabi ko nga para siyang Crying Ladies pero naka-turbo,” said the Megastar during show’s recent press launch. “I haven’t loved a show this much. I’m a singer and I love all the music variety shows I’ve done in the past, pero siguro kasi this is the first time na tawa ako nang tawa and nagpapatawa ang may puso.”
In Madam Chairman, the Megastar takes on the role of Elizabeth “Bebeth” de Guzman, a simple and loving wife and mother. Her world will change when she is suddenly entrusted with the position of barangay chairman.
The veteran actress then related that just like Bebeth, she has this happy disposition in life. She said, “Yong nature ko kasi talaga ay ganoon, na nakakatawa or masayahin. Never mo akong makikita na malungkot.”
Madam Chairman also stars Jay Manalo who plays Bebeth’s OFW husband Dodong. He, however, has an affair with Beverly (Regine Angeles) from Barangay San Isidro.
After Dodong abandons his family to be with his mistress, Bebeth has to be both mother and father to their three children—the naughty actor wannabe Bubuy (Akihiro Blanco), the kikay Kakay (Shaira Mae Dela Cruz) and the adorable Jun-Jun (Byron Ortile).
Bayani Agbayani again shows his funny antics as Jojo Campomanes, the deceased barangay chairman’s ambitious son-in-law who schemes to oust Madam Chairman by all means to secure the position for himself.
Ciara Sotto makes her TV comeback with the role of Jingle, the ever-supportive BFF. Nanette Inventor plays Bebeth’s Kapampangan-speaking auntie who spoils the De Guzman kids.
Meanwhile, Madam Chairman is surrounded by friends who are barangay kagawads helping her run the barangay hall: Cita (Malou De Guzman), the most religious friend; Hermes (Manny Castañeda), the tactless one who is more into beautification and sportsfests; and Mercy (Glenda Kennedy), the unsolicited adviser to Madam Chairman’s never-ending problems.
Completing the cast are Fanny Serrano, Tony Mabesa, Jim Pebanco, Nanette Inventor, Gilleth Sandico, Patani, Bearwin Meily and Toby Alejar.
Madam Chairman premieres on October 14 and will air from Monday to Friday at 7 p.m. as part of TV5’s “Everyday All the Way” primetime programming.