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Alden and Jasmine find love while in quarantine

Kapuso stars Alden Richards and Jasmine Curtis-Smith reunite on the small screen via GMA Network’s mini-series, I Can See You: Love On The Balcony. The latest TV offering is part of a unique drama anthology that highlights four miniseries – including High Rise Lovers, The Promise, and Truly. Madly. Deadly. – dwelling on the common visual storytelling mnemonic device which is the use of a camera as a witness to the tales of love and mystery from everyday people; hence the title – I Can See You.

The ground-breaking program gifts viewers with compelling, contemporary, and unique stories produced by four different teams in a remarkable four-week viewing experience.

Alden Richards reunite onscreen with Jasmine Curtis-Smith in the mini-series ‘Love On The Balcony.’
Alden Richards reunite onscreen with Jasmine Curtis-Smith in the mini-series ‘Love On The Balcony.’

In observance of anti-COVID-19 protocols alongside the network’s precautionary measures, the cast and crew of the show underwent RT-PCR tests, lock-in tapings and strictly practiced government-mandated safety and health protocols on the set.

Love On The Balcony, which kickstarts the drama anthology, tells the timely story of a wedding videographer, Gio (Alden), who crosses paths with a frontline nurse, Lea (Jasmine). Uninspired and creatively drained, Gio is encouraged by his business partner and friend Val (Pancho Magno) to search for a potential fling during the quarantine. After their unfortunate encounter, romance eventually blossoms between Gio and Lea amidst the pandemic. Is this the beginning of a beautiful chapter in their love story or is it just destiny’s way of putting people in our lives for a purpose?

“Regardless of what you are or what you do or no matter what situation you’re currently in, there’s always love in the corner. And someone who looks for love will definitely find it. That’s the intention of the series, it’s finding love in these very trying times,” Alden told Manila Standard Entertainment in an online interview.

Love On The Balcony, which premieres tonight, is directed by LA Madridejos. Completing the cast are Denise Barbacena and Shyr Valdez.

Heating up primetime TV viewing on Oct. 5 is the second installment of the series High Rise Lovers which stars Lovi Poe, Winwyn Marquez, and Tom Rodriguez.

It follows the story of married couple Samantha (Lovi) and Luis (Tom) whose relationship dwindles as their opposing goals in life get the best of them. After moving into a new condominium unit, Samantha continues to strive for a big promotion at work while Luis, an unemployed contractor, is forced to accept a renovation job for another occupant – the mysterious and sultry Ysabel (Winwyn). Will Luis yield to the temptation of a new lover who comforts his bruised ego or will Samantha realize that her marriage is still worth saving?

Also starring in the episode are Teresa Loyzaga and Kenneth “Tetay” Ocampo. High Rise Lovers is under the helm of Monti Parungao.

Bannered by Andrea Torres, Yasmien Kurdi, Benjamin Alves, and Paolo Contis, The Promise gives viewers more reasons to believe in the power of love this Oct. 12. The story begins with a rich widowed man named Frank (Paolo) who loses his passion for life and became a recluse after losing his wife Clarisse (Yasmien) from an accident. When Jude (Benjamin), his cousin and right-hand man in the company, visits him in the lake house where he stays at, Frank takes an interest in the latter’s girlfriend Ivy (Andrea), an aspiring artist who is willing to do anything to take her family out of poverty.

Also playing an exciting role in this series is Maey Bautista. The Promise is directed by Zig Dulay.

Finally, set to bring mystery and romance is the last installment Truly. Madly. Deadly. headlined by Dennis Trillo, Rhian Ramos, and Jennylyn Mercado premiering on Oct. 19.

In this installment of I Can See You, Coleen (Jennylyn) is a professional woman who, after being ridiculed online for a scandal with a married man, moves out of the city and works in a remote resort where she meets the mysterious resident IT guy named Drew (Dennis). Life seems to be going well for the recovering Coleen until her best friend turned enemy Abby (Rhian) shows up and her past begins to haunt her once again.

Joining the talented cast of this episode is Jhoana Marie Tan and with the special participation of Ruby Rodriguez. Truly. Madly. Deadly is directed by Jorron Lee Monroy.

I Can See You: Love on the Balcony airs right after Encantadia on the Telebabad block.

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