Apr 17
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Author: Malaya
Column: Entertainment

AFTER producing top-rating comics-based television programs in the primetime block such as "Darna," "Captain Barbell" and "Bakekang," GMA-7 rekindles the immortal lines and unforgettable characters of timeless Filipino movies that will further capture the viewers’ interest with the grand premiere of the newest movie-turned-television series, sinenovela

For its grand premiere on April 30, GMA-7’ssinenovela presents the classic, award-winning film "Sinasamba Kita" — a compelling story of two half-sisters whose entwined loves and lives change when true love and destiny intervene.

"Sinasamba Kita" features a star-studded powerhouse cast led by Sheryl Cruz, Wendell Ramos, Carlo Aquino and Valerie Concepcion.

Sheryl will give life to the character of rich and self-centered Divina who was then played by Vilma Santos in the film. Valerie Concepcion plays a very challenging role as the poor, half-sister of Divina named Nora, portrayed in the movie by Lorna Tolentino. Playing Jerry, the love interest of Divina and Nora, is Wendell Ramos whose character was given life in the movie by Christopher de Leon. Carlo Aquino, meanwhile, will play Philip Salvador’s character, Oscar, the persistent suitor of Nora.

Joining them are highly respected actors and actresses in the industry, namely Gina Alajar, Mark Gil, Jackie Lou Blanco, Bing Loyzaga, Ricardo Cepeda, Allan Paule, Raquel Villavicencio and Tony Mabesa. Ogie Alcasid performs the newest version of "Sinasamba Kita" theme song, which was originally popularized by balladeer Rey Valera and megastar Sharon Cuneta.

With multi-awarded director Joel Lamangan at the helm, the intense drama of "Sinasamba Kita" begins when the dying Don Jose Ferrer (Mark Gil) confesses to his daughter Divina (Sheryl) about his other family, Corazon (Gina Alajar) and teenaged Nora (Valerie).

Divina searches for her half-sister and takes Nora from her mom Corazon (Gina Alajar) to live with her in the mansion. However, Divina’s mom, Sylvia (Jackie Lou Blanco) and her aunt Isabellita (Bing Loyzaga) will connive to make Nora’s life miserable. Nora, who worships and glorifies her sister Divina, keeps mum on the cruelty she experiences in the hands of Sylvia and Isabellita because she believes her sister loves her.

Unfortunately, Sylvia will meet an accident and Nora will be blamed for her death. Although Divina did not throw her sister out of the mansion, she gives Nora a cold treatment from then on.

After several years, Nora is now a nursing student. Her childhood friend Oscar (Carlo Aquino) secretly adores the young lady. Meanwhile, Divina, who runs all family business she inherited from her late father, is in love and even worships one of her trusted personnel named Jerry (Wendell Ramos).

But destiny leads Jerry and Nora to meet when the two get stranded in a remote place and later fall in love. When they are rescued, the couple loses communication instead.

Losing all hope from seeing Nora once more, Jerry allows himself to fall for Divina despite his heart’s yearning for the young nursing student. Things get complicated when Jerry visits the mansion and finds out that Nora, the woman he loves, is the half-sister of his boss, Divina.

Will Jerry be able to bring back Nora in his arms now that he has a relationship with Divina? What are the drastic schemes that Divina will sue against her sister just to make the man she worships love her? Will Oscar find a space in Nora’s heart? And when will Nora start loving herself and stop worshiping Divina whose real identity remains hidden in the dark?

Initially premiering its pilot episode in SM The Block’s Cinema 2, Sine Novela presents "Sinasamba Kita" starts airing on GMA-7’s Dramarama sa Hapon beginning April 30, after "Muli."

Source: Malaya