Mauro Lumba and Benj Bolivar Joins ABS-CBN’s ‘Pasion de Amor’ Cast

ABS-CBN’s new hit primetime teleserye ‘Pasion de Amor’ will feature two new faces: former varsity athlete turned aspiring actor and model Benj Bolivar, and Century Tuna Superbods grand winner Mauro Lumba.

Pasion de Amor, which is directed by Eric Quizon and premiered last June 1 on the Kapamilya network, is the story of love and revenge between two sets of siblings, the Samonte brothers (played by Joseph Marco, Ejay Falcon and Jake Cuenca) and the Elizondo sisters (Ellen Adarna, Arci Muñoz and Coleen Garcia). The original was first aired in 2007 and featured Mexican superstar Mario Cimarro in the lead role.

In this currently-airing ‘Filipinized’ version, Benj Bolivar plays the best friend and co-worker of Joseph Marco’s character. “The story is, I met him at this bar called Armada na owned by the family ng mga Elizondo sisters. Si Joseph, nag-apply doon. Ako ang naging best friend niya. Matagal na ako dun sa bar, kaya marami akong alam na family secrets ng magkakapatid.”

The show is Benj Bolivar’s first acting assignment since Moon of Desire, which was almost a year ago. Benj was surprised when he got the callback from the show’s staff. “Nag-audition ako, nu’ng nagpa-go-see sila ilang months ago,” he says. “Di ko nga inexpect ang callback, hanggang tinawagan nila ako at sinabing na-shortlist daw ako.”

He’s been learning a lot from his co-stars, especially Joseph Marco who, like him started out modeling until he got his big break in showbiz. He’s been advising Benj to be patient with the pace of his career. “Ine-encourage niya ako lagi,” says Benj. “Wag daw ako maiinip, and to just take it one day at a time daw.”

But Benj’s bigger goal is to eventually make his mark as an indie film actor. He dreams of doing gritty character roles like the one done by his idol, Hollywood actor Michael McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, the Oscar-nominated film about a Texas electrician who suffers from AIDS.

According to Benj, he’d be willing to do any role or character—he’s even open to gay roles or play a serial killer—as long as what he’s asked to do is essential to the story. “Okay lang naman sa akin,” he says. “Lalo kung kinakailangan talaga.” Continue reading

“Pasion De Amor” Heats Up ABS-CBN Primetime Bida Beginning June 1

Primetime television has never been this hot as ABS-CBN gathers some of today’s hottest stars for the highly-anticipated remake of the worldwide hit telenovela sensation “Pasion De Amor” premiering on June 1.

Topbilled by Jake Cuenca, Ejay Falcon, Joseph Marco, Ellen Adarna, Coleen Garcia, and newest Kapamilya Arci Munoz, ‘Pasion De Amor’ relives the passionate story of love and revenge between the Samonte brothers and Elizondo sisters.

Despite being orphans at an early age, the Samonte siblings namely Juan (Jake Cuenca), Oscar (Ejay Falcon), Franco (Joseph Marco) and Olivia (Ingrid Dela Paz) grew up filled with love in their hearts and tightly knit as a family.

One mistake would change their lives when Olivia fell in love with rich and married haciendero Bernardo Elizondo (Ronaldo Valdez). After learning about her husband’s infidelity, Gabriela (Teresa Loyzaga) seeks revenge and only Olivia and Bernardo’s death can appease her. Gabriela proceeds with her plans and succeeds in getting rid of the two. Continue reading

Coco Martin and Kim Chiu Thrilled with Their Grand TV Reunion via “Ikaw Lamang”

Teleserye King Coco Martin and Teleserye Princess Kim Chiu are both excited about their highly anticipated return to worldwide television through ABS-CBN’s upcoming drama series “Ikaw Lamang,” premiering March 10 on The Filipino Channel (TFC) (March 11 in Australia, Guam and New Zealand).

“It’s been a while since Kim and I worked together in ‘Tayong Dalawa’ and ‘Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo.’  That’s why I’m happy and blessed to be given the chance to reunite with her in a new teleserye,” said Coco Martin about his newest leading lady in the Kapamilya network’s once-in-a-lifetime TV event.

Ikaw Lamang_Samuel at Mona

Kim Chiu, meanwhile, admitted that she is having mixed emotions about her new project and her new team-up with Martin. Chiu’s last primetime TV show was the hit family series “Ina Kapatid, Anak,” while Martin starred in the superhero-serye “Juan dela Cruz.”

“Aside from the excitement, I feel nervous and pressured especially because the cast of ‘Ikaw Lamang’ is really full of brilliant actors and actresses. I can say that this is the most challenging role and project that I’ve ever had,” she shared.

“Ikaw Lamang” will unravel the love story of childhood friends Samuel (Coco Martin) and Isabelle (Kim Chiu), whose fate will be tested by time and their clashing families.

Ikaw Lamang_Isabelle at Franco

Joining Martin and Chiu in their newest TV drama are two of the most talented actors of their generation, Jake Cuenca and Julia Montes.

Completing the award-winning, powerhouse cast of “Ikaw Lamang” are Ronaldo Valdez, Tirso Cruz III, Cherry Pie Picache, Cherie Gil, John Estrada, Daria Ramirez, Meryl Soriano, Spanky Manikan, and Lester Llansang; with the special participation of Kapamilya child stars Zaijian Jaranilla, Louise Abuel, Alyanna Angeles, and Xyriel Manabat.

Under the direction of Malu Sevilla and Avel Sunpongco, “Ikaw Lamang” is the newest TV masterpiece of Dreamscape Entertainment Television, the group that created “Juan dela Cruz,” “Ina Kapatid Anak,” the phenomenal drama series top-billed by Martin and Montes, “Walang Hanggan,” and the first project of Martin, Cuenca, and Chiu, “Tayong Dalawa.”

Don’t miss the beginning of the love story of Samuel and Isabelle in “Ikaw Lamang” on March 10 (March 11 in Australia, Guam, and New Zealand) on TFC worldwide.  Fall in love with their timeless story over and over again on TFC’s official online service, TFC.tv starting March 10.

Coco Martin and Kim Chiu Thrilled with their Grand TV Reunion via “Ikaw Lamang”

Teleserye King Coco Martin and Teleserye Princess Kim Chiu are both excited about their highly anticipated return to primetime TV through ABS-CBN’s upcoming drama series “Ikaw Lamang.”

“It’s been a while since Kim and I worked together in ‘Tayong Dalawa’ and ‘Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo.’ That’s why I’m happy and blessed to be given the chance to reunite with her in a new teleserye,” said Coco Martin about his newest leading lady in the Kapamilya network’s ‘once in a lifetime TV event.’

Kim Chiu will give life to the role of Isabelle

Kim, meanwhile, admitted that she is having mixed emotions about her new project and her new team-up with Coco. Kim’s last primetime TV show was the hit family series “Ina Kapatid Anak,” while Coco Martin starred in the superhero-serye “Juan dela Cruz.”

“Aside from the excitement, I feel nervous and pressured especially because the cast of ‘Ikaw Lamang’ is really full of brilliant actors and actresses. I can say that this is the most challenging role and project that I’ve ever had,” she shared.

Coco Martin will play the role of Samuel in 'Ikaw Lamang'

“Ikaw Lamang” will unravel the love story of childhood friends Samuel (Coco Martin) and Isabelle (Kim Chiu), whose fate will be tested by time and their clashing families.

Joining Coco and Kim in their newest TV drama are two of the most talented actors of their generation, Jake Cuenca and Julia Montes.

Completing the award-winning powerhouse cast of “Ikaw Lamang” are Ronaldo Valdez, Tirso Cruz III, Cherry Pie Picache, Cherie Gil, John Estrada, Daria Ramirez, Meryl Soriano, Spanky Manikan, and Lester Llansang; with the special participation of Kapamilya child stars Zaijian Jaranilla, Louise Abuel, Alyanna Angeles, and Xyriel Manabat.

Under the direction of Malu Sevilla and Avel Sunpongco, “Ikaw Lamang” is the newest TV masterpiece of Dreamscape Entertainment Television, the group that created “Juan dela Cruz,” “Ina Kapatid Anak,” the phenomenal drama series topbilled by Coco and Julia “Walang Hanggan,” and the first project of Coco, Jake, and Kim, “Tayong Dalawa.”

Don’t miss the beginning of the timeless love story of Samuel and Isabelle in “Ikaw Lamang” on March 10 (Monday) on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida.