Another ground-breaking concept

Published April 27, 2018, 4:05 PM

by Hannah Torregoza 

GMA Network offers something new and ambitious in “The Cure” starting April 30.

Jennylyn Mercado
Jennylyn Mercado

Starring Jennylyn Mercado and Tom Rodriguez, the premise is about an experimental drug that kills cancer cells. However, its side effect causes a deeper problem – the mutation of a dangerous and highly contagious virus called the Monkey Virus Disease or MVD wherein anyone infected begins to have seizures and becomes rabid and violent.

Director Mark A. Reyes said: “It’s very exciting, a story of survival – survival of humans, survival of family, survival of two people in love, it’s a bigger picture. It’s fresh, it’s new, and the whole essence of a suspense-drama is here. I knew from the start it’s going to be big. I’m approaching this cinematically; I’m using film cameras for our taping.”

To make the series more interesting, Direk Mark said they incorporated a gorilla to the storyline and used animatronics.

Playing equally vital roles are Jaclyn Jose as Dr. Evangeline Lazaro, Mark Herras, LJ Reyes and with the special participation of Ken Chan. Also in the cast are Jay Manalo, Irma Adlawan, Ronnie Henares, Glenda Garcia, Diva Montelaba, Arra San Agustin and Leanne Bautista.


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JM, Barbie team up on ‘Araw Gabi’

Jm De Guzman with Barbie Imperial
Jm De Guzman with Barbie Imperial

JM de Guzman teams up with Barbie Imperial on the newest Precious Hearts Romances series “Araw Gabi,” premiering April 30 on Kapamilya Gold.

Michelle (Barbie) and Adrian (JM) start on the wrong foot and as they cross paths the second time around. Mich learns that Adrian is the owner of Tranquila Resort. Adrian rejects Mich’s proposal that crushes her emotions.

Also featured are Candy Pangilinan, Dennis Padilla, Rita Avila, Vina Morales, Ara Mina, Raymond Bagatsing, RK Bagatsing, Jane Oineza, Phoebe Walker, Paolo Angeles, Ysabel Ortega, Victor Silayan, Arlene Muhlach, Eric Nicolas, and Joshua Colet.


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Celebrity-laden Aliwan Fiesta 2018

Gloc-9, Darren Espanto, Ex Battalion, Shanti Dope, TJ Monterde, Mark Carpio, Mocha Babes, Go Girls, and The Attitudes have been invited to provide the live musical entertainment for this year’s Aliwan Fiesta celebrations scheduled until today.

Gloc 9 (
Gloc 9


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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, April 28, go to Vic Sotto, Chito Roño, Rosemarie Sonora, Gene Palomo, Chato Maneru, Liela Salgado, Tess Lopez, Marvin Sampilo, Dennis Belen, and Eva Merlin… April 29: Former Gov. Tingting Cojuangco, Evelyn Salvador, Charito Ampoloquio, Isagani Cruz, Tata Acosta, Toto Santocildes, Joel Armas, and Ma. Delicia Bacani… April 30: Dessa Virtusio, Manne Casanova, Carlo Jose, Junjet Y. Martinez, Melanie Panlilio, Marites Jacoba, Dianne Penaflorida, Vicky Hidalgo, and Niza Vergel de Dios…