The cast of "Annaliza" with business unit head Ruel Bayani pose for a group photo during the press conference of the new teleserye on Thursday.
MANILA, Philippines -- The classic Pinoy soap opera "Annaliza" is all set to return on the small screen after ABS-CBN announced that its remake of the popular 1980s TV tearjerker will premiere on May 27.
In a press conference for "Annaliza" on Thursday, child actress Andrea Brillantes, who will play the title role that made the late Julie Vega a household name in the 1980s, said it has long been her dream to star in an ABS-CBN series.
"Very thankful po ako talaga dahil ako ang napili bilang Annaliza. Napakasaya ko talaga dahil gusto ko talagang maging bida dito sa ABS-CBN," Brillantes told members of media.
Brillantes, 10, has previously appeared in "E-Boy," "Sabel," "Paraiso," "Kahit Puso'y Masugatan" and "Ina Kapatid Anak."
"Sa tingin ko po kaya ko (dalhin ang show)," she said confidently.
According to Ruel S. Bayani, business unit head of "Annaliza," admitted that Brillantes didn't have to audition for the show. In fact, he said they thought of reviving the show for the talent child actress.
"Anna Liza" premiered in 1980 and ended with an incomplete story after Vega untimely death in 1986 from a cardiac arrest and bronchopneumonia.
Bayani said the new "Annaliza" will will remain true to the original storyline but with a twist.
Meanwhile, "Annaliza" also marks actor Zanjoe Marudo's first time to play a father on TV. In the show, the "Bromance" actor plays Guido, the adoptive father of Annaliza, who was taken from her biological parents Lazaro (Patrick Garcia) and Isabel (Denise Laurel).
Stella (Kaye Abad), with the help of her suitor Makoy (Carlo Aquino), took Annaliza away from her parents. Makoy then gave Annaliza to his best friend Guido, who will love Annaliza unconditionally.
Under the direction of Theodore Boborol and Cathy Camarillo, the show also stars Khalil Ramos, Sue Ramirez, Kiko Estrada, Shy Carlos, Kyline Alcantara, Jillian Aguila and Reign Tolentino.
"Annaliza" will premiere this May 27, Monday, before "TV Patrol," replacing "The Little Champ."