Maria la del Barrio (Philippine TV series)
|Maria la del Barrio|
|Created by||Inés Rodena|
|Written by||Dexter Hemedez
Jimuel dela Cruz
|Directed by||Rory B. Quintos
Richard V. Somes
|Opening theme||Pagbigyang Muli by Erik Santos|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|Original language(s)||Filipino, English|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||145|
|Executive producer(s)||Sackey Prince Pendatun
Ayen del Carmen
|Running time||30-45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Televisa (Mexico)
Star Creatives Group, Inc.
|Picture format||NTSC (480i)|
|Original run||August 15, 2011– March 2, 2012|
|Related shows||María la del Barrio (Mexico)|
Maria la del Barrio (lit. Maria of the Neighborhood) is a Philippine remake of the Mexican telenovela of the same title, starring Erich Gonzales and Enchong Dee. The series was aired on ABS-CBN and worldwide on TFC from August 15, 2011 to March 2, 2012, replacing Mula Sa Puso.
Maria Hernandez is a charcoal maker who dreams of making furniture in her own shop, much like her mother Sandra, who died years ago in a fire leaving Maria orphaned. Maria grows up with Sandra's bestfriend Casilda in barrio Munting Ilog. When Casilda falls ill, Maria is forced to seek help from Father Honorio for added work. This leads her to meet Fernando de la Vega, the owner of Amore Design, one of the country’s top furniture companies. Fernando takes Maria to work for his family as a maid.
Unknown yet to Maria, Fernando was the former love of her mother Sandra. And that Fernando's wife Victoria, is Sandra’s former friend and partner. Sandra and Victoria founded Amore designs, but Victoria double-crossed Sandra taking both her boyfriend and ownership of Amore. But before the fire, Sandra had bequeathed her shares to Maria, making Maria owner of 50% of Amore Designs.
Working for the De la Vegas leads Maria to meet, for the second time, Luis de la Vega, the eldest of the De la Vega children. Among those children are Vanessa and Vladimir. Maria had met and admired Luis before, seeing his work in Viscera, a small furniture shop. But Luis pays to her no mind. Worse, Luis, having had problems with his father Fernando, begins to suspect Maria to be Fernando's mistress. This through the suspicions of Soraya, his friend who is secretly in love with him. Luis makes Maria fall in love with him, with the intention of hurting Maria and making her leave.
Furthermore, he falls in love with Maria. And Maria, despite the pain, cannot help herself from loving Luis. But their love is put to the test by several trials. Such as, Soraya's attempt to break Luis apart from Maria, Sandra's comeback to ruin Victoria's life, lies that caused Maria's insanity which leads her into her wealthy transformation, and Sabrina who will do her best for her to keep Maria's daughter, Andrea. But an unfortunate disease will finally cause Soraya's life. Could this be Soraya's time to pay her sins to Maria?
Cast and characters
- Angel Aquino as Victoria Montenegro de la Vega
- Jewel Mische as Sabrina Villabrille-de la Vega
- Assunta de Rossi as Sandra Hernandez
- Paw Diaz as Soraya Montenegro
- Arron Villaflor as Vladimir de la Vega
- Ian Veneracion as Fernando de la Vega
- Jake Roxas as David Decasa
- Jane Oineza as Vanessa de la Vega
- Alyanna Angeles as Andrea "Andi" de la Vega
- K Brosas as Carlota
- Katya Santos as Cha-Cha
- Badjie Mortiz as Urbano
- Justin Gonzales as Pedro
- Atoy Co as Mang Doro
- Joed Serrano as Atty. Paul Parco
- Peewee O'Hara as Berta
- Isay Alvarez as Calixta
- Gio Alvarez as Anot
- Rolando Inocencio as Padre Honorio
- Chiqui del Carmen as Lupe
- Dionne Monsanto as Anna
- Fred Payawan as Kevin
- Frances Ignacio-Makil as Jessica
- Erika Padilla as Liz
- Maritess Joaquin as Marnette Seraspi
- Manuel Chua as Roel
- Paul Jake Castillo as Gabe
- Noel Colet as Enrique Villabrille
- Johan Santos as Kent
- Niña Dolino as Bianca Lopez
- Boom Labrusca as Edwin Marasigan
- Marithez Samson as Mother Rosario
- Kristoff Andrei Meneses as Mac-mac
- Archie Alemania as Nelson
- Cherry Lou as Christina Ruiz
- Regine Angeles as Lorrine Ruiz
- Luke Jickain as Alex
- Art Acuña as Attorney Fajardo
- Justin Cuyugan as Arturo
- Raul Montessa as Judge Sarmiento
- Gem Ramos as Hope
- Perla Bautista as Tita
- Lloyd Zaragoza as Arnold
- Ai-Ai de las Alas as Casilda Dimaculangan
- Christian Vasquez as Manuel Hernandez
- Kimberly Fulgar as young Maria Hernandez
- Timothy Chan as young Luis Fernando de la Vega
- Joshen Bernardo as young Vladimir de la Vega
- Dennis Padilla as Chito Cayanan
- Miles Ocampo as Sunshine Cayanan
Production started on February 2011. The series was initially part of ABS-CBN's line-up of afternoon dramas, Kapamilya Gold, together with other television series; Nasaan Ka Elisa?, Mula Sa Puso, and Hiyas. However, teasers were released in July 2011, which stated that the show was to air on primetime. The series premiered on August 15, 2011 on Primetime Bida.
María la del Barrio, originally aired on Televisa in 1995. It was the third telenovela in the trilogy of Maria, that starred Thalia. The show first aired in the Philippines through the RPN in 1996, dubbed in Filipino. After GMA Network's successful adaptations of Thalia's Marimar and Rosalinda, ABS-CBN decided to remake María la del Barrio.
Postponement, Reshoots and Recasts
There were speculations that the production had to reshoot several scenes because the network was not convinced with the outcome of the already-shot episodes. In addition, several characters were recast, including a lengthy casting process for the role of Vladimir de la Vega. Inno Martin was originally cast to play the role of Vladimir, but after several failed recastings, the role eventually ended up being played by Arron Villaflor. The role was first offered to Enrique Gil. However, Gil had to decline due to conflicting working schedules. Inno Martin's scenes as Vladimir prior to his replacement appeared in the show's first set of promos. When the show started production for the soon-to-be reshot episodes covering the first few months of the show, Martin was sacked with AJ Perez tapped to take-over the now-vacant role . But after Perez' untimely passing, Villaflor was brought in to take over the role of Vladimir. It finally premiered on August 15, 2011.
After the winning 26.0% finale rating of previous timeslot occupant Mula Sa Puso, Maria la del Barrio maintained the network's hold on the 6pm slot. The series debuted in fifth place with a 22.5% rating. The series aired its last episode on March 2 and earned fifth place in the ratings, garnering 20% of viewers. 
On a review done by the Philippine Entertainment Portal, they quoted that "Erich looks tailor-made for the role; with her natural ability to summon naïve, childlike qualities with relative ease." They also stated that the scenes between the two lead actors provided the "'kilig' factor commonly sought by local viewers." The review concluded, "Erich has a wonderful opportunity to embrace the character as her own without having to live in the shadow of her famous Mexican predecessor."
|2012||GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards||Most Popular Loveteam in Movies and Television||Enchong Dee and Erich Gonzales||Won|
- Nasaan Ka Elisa and Maria la del Barrio lead stars will grace March 13 episode of ASAP Rocks retrieved March 11, 2011 via PEP.ph
- Enrique Gil says it's his time to be given lead roles
- Maria la del Barrio debuts strongly on August 12, 2011 via www.pep.ph
- PEP REVIEW: Erich Gonzales seems a perfect fit for the title role of Maria la del Barrio retrieved on August 18, 2011 via www.pep.ph
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