GMA Network proves anew that it remains at the forefront not only in delivering innovative and trendsetting programs, but also in producing world-class adaptations of foreign series after its primetime soap “Start-Up PH” was praised by the producer of the original hit Korean drama.

“We are pleasantly surprised at how well the Philippine version of Start-Up was produced. It was impressive how GMA Entertainment Group put in efforts to satisfy both the original fans and the local audience,” Yu Sang-won said.

The South Korean producer also commended the K-drama vibe of ‘Start-Up PH’ through its creative shots and iconic scenes.

“The overall look, feel and the cinematography of the local version were similar to that of the original version, so that the Filipino fans will feel familiar,” he said.

He also ecognized the exceptional portrayals of Asia’s Multimedia Star Alden Richards as Tristan and multi-awarded actress and box-office icon Bea Alonzo as Dani.

Yu Sang-won noted that the local production team creatively devised/adapted the story to meet the expectations of the local audience.

He said that this also goes the same with its casts led by Alden Richards and Bea Alonzo added their own charm to the characters.

Richards, in reply, expressed his gratitude to the Start-Up producer for appreciating the local remake.

“Our sincerest gratitude to Mr. Yu Sang-won for the nice feedback to our show. It was really an honor for us to do the Filipino adaptation, Start-Up PH,” he said.

The actor also said that they hope that they can also inspire a lot of local audiences here in the Philippines as much as the Korean version did all over the world.

Meanwhile, Alonzo is happy because all their hard work has paid off, saying that that somehow its a little validation and a pat on their back.

“We worked hard for this and I am happy not only with their reaction [Korean producer] but likewise with the reaction of the fans especially on social media,” she said.

Positive feedback from the viewers and netizens also keep pouring in for the remake, especially now that things are getting better and sweeter between Dani and her fake pen pal, Dave played by Jeric Gonzales.

On top of that , Lola Joy played by veteran actress Ms. Gina Alajar is a crowd favorite because she can always pull off iconic episodes from the original version and make them even more touching. (PR)