Angelica Panganiban as Claudia Buenavista and Jodi Sta. Maria as Amor Powers in ABS-CBN's remake of 'Pangako Sa 'Yo.' Screengrab
MANILA - After initially denying rumors of involvement in ABS-CBN's "Pangako Sa 'Yo" remake, Jodi Sta. Maria appeared as Amor Powers in a teaser of the 2015 series that debuted Tuesday at the "Kapamilya Thank You" trade event of the network.
The three-minute trailer shows Sta. Maria trading slaps with Angelica Panganiban, who will portray Amor's rival Claudia Buenavista in the modern retelling.
In the original 2000 series, Eula Valdez portrayed Amor, a maid-turned-business tycoon out for revenge on the Buenavistas; while Jean Garcia played Claudia, the scheming and ambitious wife of Amor's former love, Eduardo (Tonton Gutierrez).
"Pangako Sa 'Yo," which aired for two years, centered on sweethearts Yna (Kristine Hermosa) and Angelo (Jericho Rosales), the respective children of Amor and Claudia who are anguished over the discovery that they might be half-siblings.
Valdez and Garcia were both 31 when they took on the iconic roles in 2000. Sta. Maria will turn 33 in June, while Panganiban turned 28 last November.
Hermosa was 17 and Rosales, 21, when they were cast in the original. Bernardo celebrated her debut in March, while Padilla will turn 20 in April.
Sta. Maria, who recently wrapped up work on "Be Careful With My Heart," was also part of the original cast of "Pangako Sa 'Yo." She played Angelo's younger sister Lia, who feels unloved by her own mother.
Panganiban's role as Claudia will mark the third time she will play an antagonist in a primetime series, after "Iisa Pa Lamang" in 2008 and "Rubi" in 2010.
Returning as director of "Pangako Sa 'Yo" in 2015 is Rory Quintos. It will be produced by Star Creatives, the team behind the primetime hits "Princess and I," "Got to Believe," "The Legal Wife" and the ongoing "Forevemore."
Considered as the pioneering "teleserye," the original has been aired in over 20 foreign territories since 2002, making it arguably the most successful Philippine TV series to air internationally.