MANILA (UPDATED) — Ivana Alawi’s sister, Mona, is set to make her ABS-CBN debut as the actress’ younger version in the upcoming teleserye “A Family Affair.”
Mona, 17, appeared in the trailer of the ABS-CBN series released on Thursday. She was shown as the young Cherryred, the lead character portrayed as an adult by Ivana.
In “A Family Affair,” Cherryred is taken in by the wealthy Estrella family, and raised as a fifth “sibling” of four brothers Paco (Gerald Anderson), Dave (Sam Milby), Seb (Jake Ejercito), and Drew (Jameson Blake).
Lines are blurred, however, as they grow up, with both Paco and Dave developing romantic feelings for Cherryred. She ends up marrying Paco, who later becomes aware of Dave’s affection for his wife.
The lead cast, as well as directors Jerome Pobocan and Raymund Ocampo, watched the trailer’s premiere on Thursday night, as shown in a livestream from producer Star Creatives.
During the event, Ivana confirmed her sister’s part in “A Family Affair,” with Mona briefly greeting viewers of the stream.
Mona has already amassed a large following on social media, thanks to her older sister’s YouTube channel which made their family members recognizable faces online.