Bela Padilla Marks Her First Lead Role via GMA 7’s “Magdalena”

There’s just no stopping Bela Padilla’s rise to stardom as she marks her first lead role via the Kapuso Network’s newest compelling drama MAGDALENA, set to air starting October 8 on GMA’s high-rating Afternoon Prime block.

Playing the character of the beautiful Lena, Bela seeks to display her versatility and acting prowess in this original series. She will star alongside three talented leading men who will become her love interests in the series: Ryan Eigenmann as Baron, a rich businessman who will force Lena into his illegal business; Dion Ignacio as Abel, Lena’s first and true love; and Pancho Magno as Jet, an aspiring model who will help Lena to get back on her feet but will fall in love with her.
Joining them are veteran actors Maria Isabel Lopez as Huling; Sharmaine Arnaiz as Chato; Irma Adlawan as Luding; Alan Paule as Dolpo; and Deborah Sun as Celya.

Completing the cast are Pauleen Luna as Carol; Lexi Fernandez as Fatima; Charizze Solomon as Ms Roxy; Boddie Cruz as Deo; Prince Stefan as Ice; Vivo Ouano as Obet; Alvin Aragon as Raki; Mayton Eugenio as Dessa; Via Antonio as Siony; Chuckie Dreyfuss as Kuya Ben; Tess Bomb as Leandra; and Mercedes Cabral as Kim.

Magdalena tells the story of Lena, a simple girl who works hard to support her family. Aside from her pure heart, men are often smitten with Lena’s natural beauty. But Lena is already in love with her childhood friend Abel, whom she also considers as her first love.

However, Lena’s mother Luding is against her relationship with Abel. Luding wants Lena to marry Baron, a wealthy guy from Manila. Luding and her husband Dolpo think that Lena’s marriage to Baron will save them from their dire living condition.

Luding hatches a plan to destroy Lena and Abel’s romance. Left with no choice but to obey her parents’ will, Lena dumps Abel. Baron brings Lena to Manila with the promise to marry her.

But Lena’s nightmares are far from over because Baron will just use her for his illegal business. He will turn her to an escort girl. Lena’s world is shattered and her dream of a better life crumbles.

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