Barbie, Kate to fortify friendship through food trip, adventure

ILOILO City – Kapuso Primetime Princess Barbie Forteza and promising young Kapuso actress Kate Valdez want to build deeper friendship through food adventure and physical activities.

The two young and brightest stars headlined GMA Network’s TV adaptation of the hit 1984 movie by Regal Films, “Anak Ni Waray Vs. Anak Ni Biday” which will start airing on Jan. 27.

Barbie revealed Kate’s fond for food. “Sobrang hilig n’yang kumain. Feeling ko masayang kasama si Kate sa mga kainan, for sure hindi niya aatrasan ‘yun,” said Barbie.

Kate, on the other hand, would like to try physical activities with Barbie. 

“Aside sa food, I’m willing to do mga experience na ganyan para happy at ma-experience,” said Kate.

Barbie, however, disclosed that she has fear of heights but she would also like to give it a try.

Barbie and Kate with other cast of movie were in Iloilo on Jan. 25 for a Dinagyang 2020 Kapuso Mall Show held in Robinson’s Place Iloilo.

Barbie plays as Ginalyn while Kate as Caitlyn in the drama which also highlights famous tourist destinations from the provinces of Leyte and Ilocos, namely the iconic San Juanico Bridge and the thrilling Paoay Sand Dunes.

Barbie shared that she took classes to learn Waray dialect but what she mostly enjoyed was immersing into their culture. “Tinuro sa amin how they live, kung papaano sila magtrabaho para sa family nila. Nakakatuwa kasi parehas na may strong personality ang mga taga-Leyte at Ilocos. Ang sarap gampanan ng role ko kasi very empowering siya especially sa mga kababaihan. Kilala ang mga Waray na palaban at hindi papatalo.”

Kate said she’s happy working with Barbie for the first time. “Actually noong workshop pa lang, sobrang ramdam ko na very warm si Barbie. Naramdaman ko ‘yung care niya sa akin as an ate. Kaya excited ako na maka-work ko pa siya sa maraming eksena.”

The drama also introduces the exciting reunion of seasoned actresses Ms. Snooky Serna as Amy and Ms. Dina Bonnevie as Sussie in their most colorful roles yet.

Snooky, who portrayed the role of Biday’s daughter in the original film, shares what makes this TV adaptation unique from the movie, “‘Yung version namin ngayon, they put a little bit more of drama in it. It’s not a complete copy of the original story. They give it a different twist altogether so we have a different story. Ang pareha lang ay sina Waray at Biday, perennially mortal enemies talaga sila.”

Dina, who has no trouble speaking Ilocano after marrying a native, reveals why she opted to accept the role of Biday, “After a long time, Snooky and I will be working together again. I really welcomed it because I haven’t done comedy in a long time. Excited ako kasi kakaiba and I won’t have to cry buckets of tears.”

Meanwhile, since it is a new year, Barbie and Kate shared their wishes.

For one, Barbie is hopeful that their new drama will last as she cited the good vibes and rapport among the cast from the start of the show. 

Barbie also teased Kate as she wished her to have an “inspiration” this year and for her family to have a good health and quality time together.

Kate, on the other hand, wished Barbie happiness, peace of mind and contentment. 

Kasi pwedeng nating pagtrabahuan ang mga ganung bagay pero ‘yung mga ganito ‘yun ‘yung hindi nabibili,” said Kate. 

Meantime, adding spice to the already fuming feud between the Warays and Bidays are: Migo Adecer as Cocoy, a charming city boy who crosses paths with Ginalyn and Caitlyn; Jay Manalo as Joaquin, a dashing man from Manila who becomes Amy and Sussie’s apple of eye leading to their broken friendship; Teresa Loyzaga as Dorcas, Joaquin’s sophisticated cousin who would do anything to keep their family’s riches to herself; Faith da Silva as Agatha, Dorcas’ spoiled brat daughter; Jean Saburit as Vanessa, doting mother of Cocoy; Tanya Montenegro as Glenda, Amy’s cousin and close confidant from Leyte; Benedict Cua as Benny, a famous charismatic vlogger of Filipino-Chinese descent and Caitlyn’s best friend; and Ms. Celia Rodriguez as Zenaida, Sussie’s elitist and controlling mother who makes Amy’s life a living hell.

Under the helm of esteemed Director Mark Sicat dela Cruz, catch the world premiere of “Anak Ni Waray Vs. Anak Ni Biday” beginning Jan. 27, weeknights, after 24 Oras on GMA Telebabad./PN


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