SO MUCH for drama series showing a damsel in distress waiting for his prince to rescue her, GMA Entertainment produces a TV Show having Glaiza de Castro portray a woman however pushed back by other people’s resent but would still gather her will together to prove her innocence.

In time for the Women’s Month, Contessa was launched on March 19 as an addition to the Afternoon Prime line-up to air right after Eat Bulaga.

In a press interview, Glaiza herself said she was honored to receive the role of nice and sweet Bea Caballero, the lead star who would later on change her identity to Contessa, a woman seeking for justice after she was framed for her husband’s murder.

She added that the show would be helpful to Filipinas who are also struggling with different life issues as Bea Caballero’s story depicts how she managed to get up after being persecuted by an influential family.

“Lalo na ngayon, nakakalungkot, marami akong nakikita na depressed or yung iba nga gusto mag-suicide kasi ang bigat ng problema sa buhay, ito yung show na magpapakita sa mga kababaihan na may iba ring tao na naghihirap, na mas mabigat yung problema pero patuloy na lumalaban,” she said.

Playing very important roles in the series are Contessa’s leading men: Geoff Eigenmann as Gabriel Caballero, a self-made man and a successful OFW who returns to the country when his brother, Marco, gets murdered; Jak Roberto as Santiago “Jong” Generoso, Jr., Bea’s closest and most reliable friend. Secretly, he is in love with her and hopes that she will love him back.

Adding star power to this series are Gabby Eigenmann as Vito Imperial, a powerful and influential man with illegal business activities; Lauren Young as Daniella Imperial, the self-entitled, sophisticated head of Empire Publishing Group; and portraying a very special role is Mark Herras as Marco Caballero, a handsome and intelligent writer who is the long-time boyfriend of Bea.

Contessa also features two of the industry’s seasoned and respected actresses: Chanda Romero as Charito Castillo-Imperial, the manipulative mother of Daniella and Vito; and Tetchie Agbayani as Guada Venganza, a mysterious and rich prisoner whom Bea meets in jail.

Completing the all-star cast are: Leandro Baldemor as SPO2 Santiago “Tiago” Generoso, Sr., Jong’s loving and supportive father who is an honorable police man; Dominic Roco as Atty. Oliver Sta. Ana, Gabriel’s close friend and an ambitious lawyer aspiring to be the youngest Solicitor General; Bernadette Allyson as Sarah Imperial, Vito’s trophy wife who loves him very much; Melissa Mendez as Helen Caballero, the mother of Gabriel and Marco; Tanya Gomez as Linda Resureccion, the thoughtful and kind-hearted mother of Contessa/Bea; Karel Marquez as Gigi, Contessa/Bea’s friend inside the correctional; Phytos Ramirez as Winston Mallari, Vitos’ right hand man and does his dirty jobs for him; Denise Barbacena as Miadora, Daniella’s loyal and dependable executive assistant; Will Ashley as Ely Resureccion, Bea’s smart, caring, and cheerful younger brother.

Behind this intriguing drama is the creative team composed of Creative Director Roy Iglesias; Concept creator Marlon Miguel; Head writer Christine Novicio; Creative Head for Afternoon Prime Block Dode Cruz and Creative Consultant Kit Langit.

The program is another original creation of the GMA Drama group under the supervision of Senior Vice President for Entertainment Content Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable; Vice President for Drama Redgie Acuña-Magno; Assistant Vice President for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy; and Senior Program Manager Cathy Ochoa Perez.

Contessa is under the helm of esteemed director Albert Langitan. He directed the recently-concluded top-rating Afternoon Prime series Impostora.

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