After years of revitalizing Filipino classics, GMA Pinoy TV is ready to set a new trend on its unbeatable drama block as it proudly presents its first original Sinenovela offering titled KOREANA.
A compelling tale about a young girl’s quest for love, closure, and self-actualization, KOREANA draws inspiration from Korea’s rich and colorful traditions, which has expressly reached Philippine shores, and combines it with our very own.
Playing the lead no less is Sinenovela Princess Kris Bernal who portrays the role of Jenna, a strong-willed and kindhearted Korean-Filipina who dreams of returning to her roots and reuniting with her biological family. In preparation for her role, Kris studied the Korean language under a professional coach and took cooking lessons to ensure the authenticity of her acting.
More beautiful and fresh-faced than ever, the young actress is back on the drama block where she first established herself as one of GMA’s most promising and sought-after leading ladies after starring in the phenomenal “Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin?”. From then on, she was cast in several other top-rating programs including “All My Life,” the fantaserye “The Last Prince,” and most recently, an internationally-shot episode for “Love Bug.”
This time around, Kris will have not just one, but two equally fine-looking leading men by her side: Starstruck Season 5 Second Prince Rocco Nacino, who plays the rebellious Benjo, and Starstruck Season 5 Ultimate Male Survivor Steven Silva, who takes on the role of Joshua, an uptight and goal-oriented half-Korean.
The story of KOREANA begins twenty years ago when Nerissa (Angelu de Leon), a Filipina caregiver falls in love with Philip (Marco Morales), a wealthy Korean national based in the Philippines. Defying conventional Korean standards, their relationship earns the ire of Chang Hee Jung (Eddie Garcia), Philip’s father, who strongly resents his son’s decision of falling in love with a non-Korean.
Philip and Nerissa soon bear a child causing Chang Hee Jung to set aside his misgivings and to open his home to Philip and his family. But their happiness is cut short as Violeta (Eula Valdez), Chang Hee Jung’s adoptive Filipina daughter, sets off an evil scheme against Nerissa. Nerissa is thrown out of the house but secretly takes the baby with her.
To add to her misery, Nerissa gets separated from her daughter after being involved in an unpleasant bus incident. The baby ends up in the arms of Josefina (Lotlot de Leon), an old maid who works as a cashier in a local beer club. Believing that the mother has already abandoned the child, Josefina takes her home and names her Jenna (Kris Bernal).
Jenna, despite being raised in an unconventional neighborhood, grows up to be a sensible and cheerful young woman. Aware of her Korean heritage, she acquaints herself with all things Korean, particularly their cuisine. And while in the midst of fulfilling her dream of becoming a chef, she unexpectedly ends up in a Korean restaurant, unaware that the place she works for is actually owned by Chang Hee Jung.
After twenty years of living an incomplete life, how will Jenna unmask the secrets concealing her true identity? How will she take back what is rightfully hers? Will she end up neglecting her roots or embracing it all the more?
Completing the cast are Sab Magalona as Ivy, Violeta’s daughter; Sylvia Sanchez as Madam Sandra, Josefina’s sister; Joyce Ching as Amy, Joshua’s younger sister; Luigi Revilla as Jess, Amy’s friend; Dinky Doo as Enok, Chang Hee Jung’s driver; and Grace Lee as Alexandra, Joshua’s ex-girlfriend.
Directed by Gil Tejada and originally written by Richard “Dode” Cruz, the inspiring journey of KOREANA begins on October 14 for GMA Pinoy TV viewers in the United States, Asia Pacific, and Middle East.
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