Tuesday, November 9, 2010

BIANCA MANALO FEELS LUCKY TO TOPBILL HER OWN SHOW, 'JUANITA BANANA'

Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2009 Bianca Manalo lands her first lead role through ABS-CBN's TV version of Pablo S. Gomez's Juanita Banana.

Despite being a newbie in the acting arena, Bianca showed that she can stand out from the rest of the pack. Her performance in Maalaala Mo Kaya with Rayver Cruz gained considerable attention for the actress.

Bianca's natural comic antics displayed while playing Gigi in Magkaribal could have convinced the ABS-CBN management to launch the beauty queen-turned-actress as a lead star in a series.

"Sobrang blessed lang po talaga siguro ako na nabigyan ako ng break na ganito," an ecstatic Bianca said during the press conference held yesterday, November 8, at the 13th floor of the ABS-CBN building. "Masarap po sa pakiramdam ang pagkatiwalaan ng isang proyekto lalo na po na baguhan pa lang ako."

She added, "The whole Juanita Banana team is very supportive kaya di rin naging masyadong mahirap for me to adjust. Ang saya-saya namin sa set. Magaan ang pakiramdam, parang yung feel din ng kuwento ng Juanita."

Bianca is paired with Rodjun Cruz and Matt Evans, both of whom are very happy to be teamed-up with the beauty queen.

Matt said during the presscon, "By nature, kasi nakakatuwa na si Bianca. So, paano pa kaya kung magkasama kami, di ba? I'm sure this whole project will be a fun experience."

For his part, Rodjun revealed, "Baguhan din ako kaya naman excited ako na nabigyan kami ng break ni Bianca after ng stint namin sa Magkaribal."

Three days after its pilot (October 28), Juanita Banana was able to register a rating of 18.6%, outperforming its rival program Little Star on GMA-7 which garnered a score of 8.2 percent according to the national ratings result by Kantar Media.

This allowed the newest afternoon series to enter the Top 10 programs nationwide.

"Akalain ko ba na maghi-hit ang show namin!" enthused Bianca. "Kaya nagpapasalamat po talaga ako sa pagbibigay sa akin ng break na ito."

Juanita Banana is a remake of a 1968 movie that tackles the story of Juanita and Prince Rikitik. It is a fantasy comedy flick based on the Pinoy folk belief that catching a teardrop from a banana tree's heart will give a person magical powers.

Juanita then was played by Rosemarie Sonora, while Prince Rikitik was played by Ricky Belmonte, who happens to be Rodjun's uncle.

Bianca Manalo's Juanita Banana airs weekdays after Pilipinas Win na Win on ABS-CBN.