Melissa Ricks is 'Valentina'

Posted at | Updated as of 11/12/10 11:16 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Young actress Melissa Ricks is set to give life to a legendary character, Valentina, for ABS-CBN’s "Wansapanataym."

In an interview, Ricks said it was a dream come true for her to play the role of Valentina.

“Kilalang karakter na po kasi si Valentina. Marami na rin ang nag-portray sa character na 'yun. Ngayong binigyan ako ng chance to give life to such a popular character, dream come true po talaga,” Ricks said.

In the show, Ricks will be paired for the first time with Alex Castro, a commercial model-politician-turned-actor.

“Noong umpisa, nahihiya pa ko talaga. Pero mabilis ko naman nakagaanan ng loob si Melissa kaya naging maayos ang working relationship namin. Mabait siya,” Castro shared.

Valentina is a woman born with snakes as her hair. This was due to a curse given by a woman named Anna, the mother of the man she would eventually fall in love with.

Meanwhile, "Wansapanataym" still reigns on its time slot.

Data from Kantar Media/ TNS showed that "Wansapanataym" beat its rival programs "Kaya ng Powers" (13.9%) and "Jejemon" (14.4%) with 26% viewership last Saturday, November 6.