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Tight protocols observed as teen stars resume taping

Teen Stars

‘PRIMA Donnas’ started airing exactly a year ago in August last year. It quickly climbed up the ratings chart to become the number one weekdays afternoon soap so its airing was extended up to Saturday. But then, the corona lockdown came and they had to stop taping new episodes.

Now, after five months of hibernation, we’re told it’s finally returning back on the air. It will thus be the first Kapuso soap that will resume its telecast after the disruption made by the nasty virus. Other afternoon shows like “Magkaagaw” and “Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit”, as well as primetime soaps like “Love of My Life”, “Descendants of the Sun” and “Anak ni Waray vs. Anak ni Biday” are still in limbo.

“Prima Donnas” will return on air starting this August 17 in its usual slot, 3:30 PM, replacing “Stairway to Heaven”. Since no new episodes have been taped yet, they will first replay past episodes to refresh the memory of the viewers about its story.

The title roles in the show are played by Jillian Ward as Donna Marie or Mayi, Althea Ablan as Donna Belle or Ella, and Sofia Pablo as Donna Lyn or Lenlen. Katrina Halili plays their mom Lilian while their dad is Wendell Ramos as Jaime Claveria. Chanda Romero is Wendell’s wealthy mom, Lady Prima Rosa Claveria and playing villains who make “api” to the Prima Donnas are Aiko Melendez as Kendra and Elijah Alejo as her daughter Brianna.

While the show is in hiatus, the cast led by the four teen cast members are seen doing an online show. “Prima Donnas: Watch from Home”, where they maintain communication with their fans. It’s rating quite well and has its own loyal followers so we’re not surprised that GMA-7 has now decided to bring back the actual soap itself on air.

“Matutuwa ang fans namin na noon pa laging nagtatanong kung kailan ba babalik ang aming show,” says Jillian. “Finally, heto na, abangan nyo sa next Monday ang return ng ‘Prima Donnas’ in our original afternoon slot’.”

Aren’t they afraid of the virus when they resume taping the show? “May iba naman pong shows na nag-resume na ng taping like ‘Magpakailanman’ and ‘Wish Ko Lang’, so we’re sure alam na ng GMA kung ano ang safety protocols na gagawin to make sure hindi makakapasok ang virus at walang sinumang magkakasakit sa amin habang nagte-taping kami ng new episodes for ‘Prima Donnas’,” says Jillian. “Kami rin mismo sa cast and crew, we’ll do everything that is necessary to make sure safe kami sa set while taping.”