Ian Veneracion back with ABS-CBN

By Reyma Buan-Deveza, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Jul 29 2011 02:06 PM | Updated as of Aug 02 2011 03:16 PM

Actor Ian Veneracion is back with ABS-CBN after 8 years. Photo by Nimfa Chua

MANILA, Philippines - Actor Ian Veneracion is back with ABS-CBN after 8 long years.

Veneracion will be part of the series "Maria La del Barrio" with Erich Gonzales as the lead star.

"I'm very happy, I'm really happy to be back on ABS-CBN, " Veneracion told abs-cbnNEWS.com.

Veneracion's last project with the Kapamilya network was the show "Darating Ang Umaga" in 2003 with Eula Valdez and Vina Morales.

The actor, known for his performances in action movies, also shared his excitement to be part of "Maria La del Barrio." In the series, he will play Fernando de la Vega, father of Luis Fernando (played by Enchong Dee).

He said he got the role with the help of the show's director Rory Quintos.

"May project si Direk Rory at nire-request niya ako for the role of Fernando de la Vega. Nag-enjoy kami talaga at nag-bond kami talaga. Si direk, magaling siya director, mino-motivate ka niya," he said.

Veneracion said playing the role of a father role is not a problem for him.

As a real father to 3 loving kids, he's happy that he's been tapped for such a role.

"Now I'm happy...nagmamature ang roles ko, I'm doing a father role...Kung ano ako in real life, nag-go-grow din ang character ko," Veneracion said.