The hit telelenovela “Maria Mercedes” is indeed doing a remake has confirmed by the actor Jason Abalos.
During Last Thursday, Abalos said he and the other cast members of the series remake have already started taping for the show in an interview with ABS-CBN during his star magic signing.
He revealed,“Kasama ko sila Jessy Mendiola and Jake Cuenca. Tapos na ang workshop. Nag-start na kami ng taping, ginagawa na namin ngayon yung pilot.
I will take on the role of Clavio, who is the childhood friend of Maria Mercedes (Mendiola) and will eventually fall in love with her, Jason Abalos shared.
Last 1996 “Maria Mercedes” was first popularized by Mexican superstar Thalia in the title role when it was first aired locally by the Kapamilya network.
The story tells of a street urchin whose life takes a turn when she agrees to marry an immensely rich man who is terminally ill.
“Yung dati, based sa Mexico. Ganun pa rin ang tema pero tayo naka-base sa totoong nangyayari sa Pilipinas.”Jason said. Asked if there will be modifications from the original story of “Maria Mercedes,”
Otherwise, Abalos is not closing his mind on the idea of possibly falling in love with Mendiola in real life.
He said,“Hindi imposible 'yan dahil sa kwento talagang dapat ma-in love ako kay Maria Mercedes. Mas okay 'yan kung mas totoo kong mararamdaman”.
Popularized by Thalia it won't be the first time ABS-CBN has tapped a Kapamilya actress to reprise a role.
Last 2011, a remake of the TV drama "Maria la del Barrio" had ABS-CBN talent Erich Gonzales in the title role, also originally played by Thalia.
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