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‘Prima Donnas’ stars thrilled to be back on air

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Due to insistent public demand and in celebration of its first anniversary, GMA Network brings back to Filipino homes the drama series “Prima Donnas” beginning today on the Afternoon Prime block.

The all-star cast gifts its loyal fans and followers with a recap of the heartwarming series which they have consistently followed since its pilot airing. 

The cast of 'Prima Donnas'

As the top-rating drama airs anew, the cast members expressed what they feel about the recap, their unforgettable experiences on set, and what’s in store for the Kapuso viewers in the coming episodes.

Veteran and award-winning actress Chanda Romero, who breathes life into the sophisticated matriarch Lady Primarosa Claveria, believes that the recap will reintroduce the show back into the viewers’ lives, “Because of this pandemic, parang the whole world stopped. Our taping had to stop. The telling of the beautiful story of Prima Donnas stopped. Ngayon, with the airing of the recap, we can refresh everyone's memory. So, this is our way to reintroduce our show to the viewers, bring back to mind what some may have forgotten bago namin ituloy ang kwento na naging part na of their everyday life,” shares Chanda.

Formidable actresses Aiko Melendez who portrays Kendra, the main antagonist in the series, is delighted with their return and teases fans on what to anticipate in the afternoon soap.

“Happy and excited that we are finally airing again. We know our viewers have missed us so much. They should look forward sa mangyayari sa kasal ni Kendra kay Jaime pati na rin kung saan hahantong ang bangayang Kendra at Lilian,” Aiko says.

On the other hand, Katrina Halili who plays Lilian Madreal, mother of the Donnas, is also elated with the retelling of the story.

“Happy ako kasi mari-refresh ang aming viewers para maka-keep up sila kapag may fresh episodes na. Hindi dapat palampasin dahil mapapalapit na ang Donnas sa mga Claveria at mapapatunayang sila ang totoong nawawalang mga tagapagmana,” Katrina relates.

Bannering the show and playing equally vital roles are three of GMA's brightest and sought-after teen stars: Jillian Ward as Donna Marie, Althea Ablan as Donna Belle, and Sofia Pablo as Donna Lyn. The three of them shared what their fondest memories are while taping for the soap.

“I think it’s whenever Direk Gina (Alajar) and our acting coach guide us for each scene. I learned so much as an actor and as an individual, and that alone, is unforgettable for me,” says Jillian.

“I had a hard time with my character during our first taping day and I’m very thankful to our director, acting coach and co-actors for giving me tips hindi lang sa pag-arte pati na rin sa personal life. I’m very blessed and honored dahil part ako ng show na ito,” adds Althea.  

“Syempre po, ‘yung first taping day namin. Nag-aadjust pa po kami sa kanya-kanya naming character since kailangan namin masundan kung paano ‘yung naging attitude at kilos ng mga younger Donnas,” shares Sofia.

Elijah Alejo, who has done justice to her kontrabida role as Brianna, is also grateful for the memories she shared with her co-stars, “’Yung tips po na binibigay sa amin ng senior stars para po magampanan namin nang mas maayos ‘yung characters namin. Ang hinding-hindi ko po makakalimutan is ‘yung lagi po kaming nagpe-pray before we start the day po.”

Take a trip down memory lane and don’t miss the highly-anticipated recap of “Prima Donnas” weekdays at 3:25 p.m., only on GMA Network.


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