Rita-Ken loveteam moves up: A new primetime series

July 02, 2019

RITA Daniela is the best example of a star who blossomed on her own in the right time and the right place.

She was the grand winner in then QTV’s “Pop Star Kids” in 2005 when she was 10 years old. She then became a member of the kiddie group “Sugar Pop Kids”, using her real family name, Iringan. But it had a negative connotation, so she used the family name of her grandpa, the late comedian Teroy de Guzman, but later on, changed it again to Daniela when she said she would focus on her singing career.

GMA Network didn’t really push her career and placed their bets more on her runner-up, Julie Anne San Jose, who was given better breaks. But Rita just stayed on, although there was a time she took a break from showbiz and concentrated on her studies. She was relegated to playing villain and supporting roles on TV soaps like “Impostora” and “Villa Quintana”. But she continued singing the theme songs of some GMA soap operas and also recorded her own compositions, like “Di Lang Ikaw”. She also did theatre and shone as the leading lady in the hit musical based on the songs of APO.

As luck would have it, though, fate has something else in store for her when she did the afternoon soap, “My Special Tatay”, which ran from the start of September, 2018 to the end of March, 2019, or a total of seven months. Initially, Rita was slated to play another contravida girl, the sluttish girl Aubrey who bore a son with the title-roler, Ken Chan as the slightly mentally impaired Boyet. But Ken’s character humanized Aubrey and soon, the regular viewers of the show are rooting for their love team, which became the very popular BoBrey.

Rita’s stock as an actress and as a celebrity definitely got a very big boost and soon, she became the show’s actual leading lady at a time when she gained weight at that and some folks are even body shaming her. But her unexpected love team with Ken carried her through and they even had their own successful concert, “BoBrey in Concert”, at the Music Museum a few weeks ago.

Now, they are back on screen topbilling their own TV show. And this time, they won’t be just in the afternoon but on primetime! As the fans of their love team proclaim: “Nag-level up na ang BoBrey!” Their show will be produced by GMA Public Affairs and it will be a romantic comedy that might replace “Love You Two” in the late evening slot.

It’s been noticed that romcoms rate better in that slot, just like “Because of You” with Gabby Concepcion and Carla Abellana, “Meant to Be” with Barbie Forteza, “The One That Got Away” that had a star-studded cast, “TODA One I Love” with Ruru Madrid and Kylie Padilla, and now, “Love You Two”. It appears that at such late an hour, viewers no longer want to watch convoluted dramas with problematic characters and just want to unwind with light and breezy comedies and zany characters.

The new show starring Rita and Ken is still looking for an apt title, but it is said to be “a millennial fairy tale” with Rita playing the role of Jowa and Ken as Grant. It will ask the very valid question as to which is more important for you: love or your dreams? Pag-ibig o ang iyong mga pangarap sa buhay?

For Ken as Grant, his answer is : “Siyempre, pag-ibig. I’m a hopeless romantic in the story and I believe that everyone in life has his own Princess or her own Prince Charming waiting for him or her.”

As for Rita, her reply is: “Pangarap. Mas importante para sa’kin to achieve my dreams. Jowa ang pangalan ko rito sa story pero ironically, ayokong magkaroon ng jowa. Mas mahalaga sa akin ang dream ko na maging captain of a big ship someday. Kasi, ang mga nagtatrabaho sa dagat, seamen ang tawag. E how about us women? Di ba puwedeng seawomen din? I believe na ang pagiging kilalang marine worker, hindi lang para sa Pinoy kundi para sa mga Pinay rin at ang dream ko talaga, maging kapitan ng isang barko.”

As luck would have it, these two people with different views in life would then meet each other and face the ultimate test for them. Which one would they choose in the end: their love or their dreams? Don’t miss this very first primetime teleserye of the BoBrey love team, soon on GMA-7.