The stars of the hit romantic drama series "The Write One" - Ruru Madrid, Bianca Umali, Mikee Quintos, and Paul Salas - answered the hypothetical question as viewers are in for a roller coaster ride to the finale of the series this May 25.
Stars of 'The Write One' talk about going back in time
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Ruru Madrid and Bianca Umali in Paris, France (GMA Network)
Given the chance, would you still want to go back in time and change it?
The stars of the hit romantic drama series "The Write One" - Ruru Madrid, Bianca Umali, Mikee Quintos, and Paul Salas - answered the hypothetical question as viewers are in for a roller coaster ride to the finale of the program this May 25.
"Ayokong may baguhin sa mga nakaraan kasi yun ang mga bagay na nagturo sa akin para maging sino man ako ngayon. Pero kung may babalikan man talaga ako, siguro yung Paris trip because ganun siya kasaya. It was one of the best trips of my life," said Ruru, during an exclusive interview.
Bianca answered: "Honestly, hindi ko talaga alam. I don't have a definite answer to this question. It makes me feel nervous knowing that if ever I were given the opportunity to travel back in time. I really don't know which time I would go back to kasi nga ako rin ay naniniwala na lahat ng mga nangyayari sa buhay natin ay dapat mangyari. Everything happens for a reason. So if it happened that way, anung reason para balikan natin? We shouldn't change anything. Pero siguro pwede rin yung recent Paris trip namin ni Ruru. Yung feeling kasi namin ni Ruru on how we were really both connected during the whole duration of the trip. We would like to go back to that."
"Siguro effect ng Mother's Day ito. Hindi ko alam pero gusto ko talagang balikan yung day na pinanganak ako. Gusto kong makita yun. Gusto kong makitang nangyari yun. Growing up pag makita ko yun baka maging iba yung ugali ko ngayon. Kung makita kong pinapanganak ako ni mommy baka sakaling maging mas mabait ako sa kanya while growing up. Pero I'm really curious about it right how it would have changed my point of view in life," said Mikee.
Ruru and Bianca
Paul said: "Ayoko po talagang may binabalikan so kapag naiisip ko yang theory na yan, lagi kong naiisip na may ibang plan talaga si God at yung mga plan niyang yun ay kasama talaga sa mga challenges so wala po talaga akong gustong balikan. Alam ko na may mga reason talaga sa mga nangyayari sa life ko."
Ruru and Bianca also recalled their happy moments on the set of the Kapuso series.
"Meron kaming isang araw ni Ruru na favorite day namin," said Bianca. "Aside from Paris trip isa pa sa na-enjoy ko na gusto kong binabalikan were the days that we spent during workshops. That meant so much to me because I've been friends with Paul and Mikee for a long time but the relationship is not that deep. So when we finished our workshop days, iba yung pakiramdam and meaning nung mas nakilala namin sila. Hindi lang bilang kaibigank kundi bilang tutoong tao. Kaya para sa akin sobrang proud ako na maging tita nila. It's not everyday that you get to meet people who are true. Kaya masarap din magtrabaho because alam mo na tutoong tao yung nasa paligid mo."
Ruru said: "Ang hirap pumili ng specific eksena or moment sa buong duration ng taping namin kasi everyime na magkakasama kami, nage-enjoy ako. Kahit lahat kami pagod na tapos pupunrta kami ng Tagaytay at doon kami may shoot, parang yung buong journey ng paggawa namin ng 'The Write One' yun ang pinakana-enjoy ko kasi lahat ng hirap, pagod at happiness, andun na. Pati learnings andun na. Ang sarap balik-balikan. Yung appreciation sa bawa't isa na gumagawa ng project na ito, sobrang nakakatuwa. So it's hard to choose a specific moment sa buong time mula taping ng Jan. 28. Lahat kami nagbigay talaga ng hard work, nagpakapagod at nag-alay kami lahat ng effort. Yun ang pinaka-na-enjoy ko talaga. Journey ng paggawa namin ng 'The Write One.' "
The RuCa couple admitted it was their dream to go to Paris.
“Pangarap naman talaga namin makapunta dun at nasuwertehan lang namin na magkasama kami,” Ruru said.
Ruru and Bianca also gave tourists and locals a glimpse of how talented Filipino actors are during their taping – with some passers-by stopping on their feet to watch them and praising them for their acting skills.
One particular heavy scene got rave reviews from the onlookers.
"After nung eksena, pumalakpak silang lahat. Sobrang nakakatuwa na sinabi nilang kahit hindi nila naiintindihan 'yung mga sinasabi namin pero naramdaman daw nila 'yung eksena," shared Ruru.
"The Write One” is the first-ever project together of Kapuso homegrown artists and Sparkle stars Ruru and Bianca who brought life to the characters of Liam and Joyce/Savanna. Fellow Sparkle artists Mikee and Paul made the story even more interesting as they portrayed Via and Hans, respectively.
Paul Salas and Mikee Quintos
In its finale week, the magical typewriter will once again play a significant role in the lives of the characters. With timelines being revised not just by Liam (Ruru), but by Via (Mikee) and Joyce (Bianca) as well, what happens to Liam and Joyce? Will they be able to rekindle their love and be ‘the right one’ for each other?
The series sees Liam and Joyce meeting in Paris – one of the world's most romantic places. In the City of Love, can these two souls rekindle what they lost all these years or will Paris be the witness to the bittersweet ending of their love story?
"The Write One" is the first-ever drama produced by GMA Public Affairs with scenes shot outside the Philippines. Fans should watch out for Liam and Joyce in various Parisian landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower.
Ruru and Bianca, who are equally excited yet saddened that the series is about to end, cannot thank their supporters enough for the success of ‘The Write One.’
Ruru shared: “I will always be grateful to GMA Network, especially to GMA Public Affairs, and to Viu Philippines for giving me this chance to be part of ‘The Write One.’ In portraying Liam, I have grown further as an actor and as a person. I would also like to thank my co-actors who made each day memorable. To all the viewers who rooted for Liam as he explored the alternate timeline and returned to the real timeline – thank you. The success of this series is because of you.”
“It’s no secret that ‘The Write One’ is a very special project for me. Giving life to Joyce and Savanna was very challenging since they are almost totally different persons. This series taught me a lot about myself and about life,” said Bianca. “While this is the very first time I get to share the screen with Ruru as his love interest, I enjoyed every part of this show because I was also with Mikee and Paul and all these great actors and the production team who helped build the story from day one,” she added.
Mikee and Paul are also grateful that they have become part of "The Write One."
“I really enjoyed playing Via because her character had many layers. Thank you to everyone who supported our show. We hope you stay with us until the very end because there are a lot of twists that will leave you at the edge of your seats,” said Mikee.
“As Hans in the series, I got to discover more about my acting skills,” said Paul. “Thank you for loving Hans and for making ‘The Write One’ part of your viewing habit. We look forward to sharing with you the finale of this series.”
"The Write One" follows the story of Liam, a frustrated writer given a chance to rewrite his love and life story with the help of a mysterious typewriter. He thought he could correct his mistakes in his love story with Joyce, yet his actions only made things complicated.
From its pilot airing last March, The Write One has been getting praises for its engaging story, splendid cinematography, the swoon-worthy music and original soundtrack, as well as the hugot lines from each episode. Above all, viewers have been raving about the superb acting of the entire cast, which also includes veteran actors Lotlot De Leon, Ramon Christopher, Mon Confiado, Alma Concepcion, and Art Acuna. Sparkle stars Kokoy De Santos, Royce Cabrera, Kaloy Tingcungco, Analyn Barro, Yvette Sanchez, and Euwenn Mikaell Aleta likewise shone bright in their own characters in the story.
This was the first collaboration between Philippine broadcast giant GMA Network and leading pan-regional over-the-top (OTT) video streaming service Viu, “The Write One” is directed by King Marc Baco with original concept by Executive Producer Mark Anthony Norella.
Don’t miss the must-watch finale of "The Write One" on May 25 on GMA Telebabad, 9:35 PM on GMA with simulcast airing on Pinoy TV Hits and I Heart Movies, and at 11:25 PM on GTV. Viewers abroad can also catch it via GMA Pinoy TV. The Viu app is available on App Store, Google Play and select Smart TVs, as well as on the web at www.viu.com.