Biritera

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Biritera
Biritera title card.jpg
Title card
Also known as Diva
Genre
Created by Agnes Gagelonia-Uligan
Written by
  • Glaiza Ramirez
  • Gilbeys Sardea
  • Michiko Yamamoto
Directed by Maryo J. de los Reyes
Creative director(s) Jun Lana
Starring
Theme music composer Nonong Pedero
Opening theme "Ang Lahat ng Ito'y Para Sa 'Yo" by Roseanne Magan
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Tagalog
No. of episodes 73
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Juel Balbon
  • Nieva M. Sabit
Producer(s) Wilma Galvante
Production location(s) Manila, Philippines
Cinematography Vivencio Gonzales, Jr.
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 30-45 minutes
Production company(s) GMA Entertainment TV
Release
Original network GMA Network
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original release February 6 (2012-02-06) – May 18, 2012 (2012-05-18)

Biritera (International title: Diva) is a 2012 Philippine television drama musical series broadcast by GMA Network. Directed by Maryo J. de los Reyes, it stars Dennis Trillo, Angelika dela Cruz, Glaiza de Castro and Roseanne Magan in the title role. It premiered February 6, 2012 on the network's Telebabad line up replacing Munting Heredera and worldwide on February 8, 2012 on GMA Pinoy TV.[1] The series concluded on May 18, 2012 with a total of 73 episodes. It was replaced by Luna Blanca in its timeslot.

Premise[edit]

The story revolves around a seven-year-old girl named Roseanne (Roseanne Magan) whose fervent dream is to become a famous singer, not only to showcase her talent, but also to alleviate the life of her adoptive mother, Remy (Angelika dela Cruz) and grandmother Simang (Ces Quesada).

Roseanne's opportunity to fulfill her dreams come when the reigning biritera, Louie May (Jillian Ward) died in a plane crash. This leads the talent manager, Mr. D (Ryan Eigenmann) to search for an immediate replacement.

Roseanne joined the search for the next Biritera but eventually failed to win the title. However, Andrei (Dennis Trillo), the popular vocalist of the band, The Bridge, mesmerized by Roseanne's sweet voice and spotted the potential in her, uploaded Roseanne's audition performance video on YouTube. By a stroke of fate, the video become viral, making Roseanne an instant child singing sensation.

As she takes her journey to stardom, Roseanne will discover the other side of the world she entered, as well as, unravel the mystery behind her real identity.

Cast and characters[edit]

Dennis Trillo portrays Andrei Marcelino.
Glaiza de Castro portrays Mikaela.
Lead cast
Supporting cast

Extended cast[edit]

  • Jaya Ramsey as Susie
  • Orlando Sol as Egay
  • Ken Chan as Popoy
  • Kiel Rodriguez as Miko
  • Patricia Ysmael as Beverly
  • Kim Rodriguez as Gwen
  • Hiro Magalona as Teofi
  • Jamaika Olivarez as Kleng Kleng
  • Nomer Limatog Jr. as Miguelito
  • Tanya Gomez as Krising
  • Mary Roldan as Cecile
  • Myra Carel as Bevs
  • Moi Scarlet as Mrs. Tamondong

Guest cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

According to AGB Nielsen Philippines' Mega Manila household television ratings, the pilot episode of Biritera earned a 24.8% rating.[2] While the final episode scored a 29.9% rating.[3]

Critical response[edit]

Both Dennis Trillo and Angelika dela Cruz's performances were praised by critics and audience saying that having accomplished leads in the persona of Trillo and dela Cruz in clean-cut bida roles helps greatly in forging a connection to the story this early. After his recent roles in TV and film had him taking on more maangas, bad boy hero characters, it is a welcome change to see Trillo in a more good guy, older brother role. For [dela Cruz, this is her first opportunity for a long time to play as a heroine instead of an antagonist. And while she may be effective in villainous roles, dela Cruz has shown she is capable of much more. While Biritera may be a harmless family drama, it would be nice to see both Dennis Trillo and Angelika dela Cruz given great material, not to mention a promising and witty young cast. Though a simple premise, the first two weeks have shown Biritera can be a fully satisfying drama with opportunities for depth.[4]

Music[edit]

Song Performer(s) Composer(s)
"Ang Lahat ng Ito'y Para Sa 'Yo" Roseanne Magan Nonong Pedero
"Maghintay Ka Lamang" Dennis Trillo and Jillian Ward / Sweet Ramos Ted Ito
"Listen" Sweet Ramos Ann Preven, Scott Cutler, Beyoncé Knowles, Henry Krieger
"Firework" Sweet Ramos Dean Esther, Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Katy Perry, Sandy Julien Wilhelm
"Dadalhin" Roseanne Magan Tats Faustino
"Hinahanap-Hanap Kita" Dennis Trillo Rico Blanco
"Isang Lahi" Roseanne Magan Vehnee Saturno
"Shine" Roseanne Magan, Sweet Ramos Trina Belamide
"Sana" Sweet Ramos Florante
"Da Coconut Nut" Roseanne Magan, Barbara Miguel and Sweet Ramos Ryan Cayabyab
"Awit ng Kabataan" The Bridge and Roseanne Magan Rico Blanco
"Bawat Bata" The Bridge and Roseanne Magan APO Hiking Society
"Iingatan Ka" Roseanne Magan Nonong Buencamino
"Someday" Dennis Trillo, Glaiza de Castro Will Jennings, Clint Black
"Wala Na Ba'ng Pag-Ibig" Glaiza de Castro Vehnee Saturno
"A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" Roseanne Magan Mack David, Al Hoffman, Jerry Livingston
"If We Just Hold On" Sweet Ramos Danny Tan
"Turn the Beat Around" Roseanne Magan Gerald Jackson, Peter Jackson
"Tears in Heaven" Dennis Trillo, Glaiza de Castro, The Bridge, Sweet Ramos, Barbara Miguel Eric Clapton, Will Jennings
"Hindi Kita Malilimutan" Glaiza de Castro, Sweet Ramos Fr. Manoling Francisco SJ

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