Passionate Drama Series ‘Apoy Sa Dagat’ Airs Pilot Tonight

''Apoy sa Dagat,'' touted to be ABS-CBN's most passionate primetime drama series, premieres tonight on Primetime Bida. Expect the series to ''set TV screens on fire'' as lead cast members Piolo Pascual, Angelica Panganiban and Diether Ocampo unravel a compelling story of burning love among their characters: Ruben, Serena and Anton, respectively. Angelica, by the way, plays the dual role of Serena and Rebecca.

Also in the cast of ''Apoy sa Dagat'' are Angel Aquino, Aiko Melendez, Sylvia Sanchez, Perla Bautista, Liza Lorena, Freddie Webb, Melai Cantiveros, Eric Fructuoso, Regine Angeles, Bryan Santos and Mikaila Ramirez, with the special participation of Nikki Gil, Empress and Patrick Garcia. The series is directed by FM Reyes and Nick Olanka.

''Apoy sa Dagat'' is the story of a woman named Serena who grew up with no memory about her real identity and why she was swept off an island. With no families to hold on to, Serena finds and forms a special bond with Ruben (Piolo), the fishing village's roguish champion, whom she eventually falls in love with.

But just when everything seems perfect, an unfortunate accident will suddenly test Serena's love for Ruben. How far will Serena go to save the life of the only man she loves? What is Anton's (Diether) relevance in Serena's life? And the biggest question is - who is Rebecca and how will she affect the lives of Ruben, Anton and Serena?

Watch out for this tale of consuming love amid waves of denial, deceit and despair in ABS-CBN's newest drama series, showing weeknights starting tonight.

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'Bukod Kang Pinagpala' Premieres Today

The new GMA 7 show, ''Bukod Kang Pinagpala,'' which starts airing today, Feb. 11, is more than the Solomonic solution story.

In the biblical story, there were only two women contesting custody of a child. To solve the problem, King Solomon decided to cut the child into two, and give a half to each of the two women. One of the two women pleaded to Solomon not to cut the child, but give it instead to the other woman. Solomon got the clue and gave the child to the woman who pleaded not to have the child cut in two.

On ''Bukod Kang Pinagpala,'' there are three women fighting for the custody of a child. Who among them is the real mother? Does it need a King Solomon to solve it?

The problem is complicated by the fact that the three women are also in love with the same man, Julius Zaavedra, played by Mark Anthony Fernandez.

The three women are Roselle Lopez (Camille Prats), Patricia (Jennica Garcia), and Margarett Zaavedra (Jackie Rice). They will not stop fighting for the custody of the child, Misty, played by Mona Louise Rey.

Yes, three women and a child - and a woman's fury! It's the first time that Jennica is playing a mother role and when asked how she prepared for it, she said that she read stories and watched movies and TV shows about motherhood. Of course, her mother, noted actress Jean Garcia, also gave her some tips.

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A Special Viva Valentine Show

Viva Concerts and Events presents ''A Very Very Viva Valentine Concert'' on Feb. 13 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila. Lending their great singing voices to the concert are the country's foremost balladeer Basil Valdez and the Philippine's one and only Vamp, Ms. Verni Vargas who will share the stage for the first time with the country's hottest stand-up comedian, Jon Santos.

Basil first made his mark as vocalist of the famous Circus Band in the '70s. He was responsible for such hits now considered popular standards including ''Ngayon At Kailanman,'' ''Let The Pain Remain,'' ''Say That You Love Me,'' ''You,'' ''Hindi Kita Malilimutan,'' ''Lift Up Your Hands,'' and ''Ngayon'' among others.

Verni, on the other hand, made a name by headlining Manila's leading nightspots and starring in the CCP production of ''Evita.'' She recorded the original version of the classic ''Kahit Isang Saglit'' by Louise Ocampo plus ''You'll Always Be My No. 1,'' ''Love Me Again'' and ''My Love, My Soul, My Everything.''

Jon Santos and his all-star cast of one will provide the laughs. Jon is famous for his witty takes and his well-loved characters including Queen of Philippine Music Tita Mids, Star of All Seasons Ate Vee, Gleeful Star Chareez, Tita Gloring, Krissy, Sherrap Estrada and others.

The Valentine show is presented with TV partner ABS-CBN with media partner Manila Bulletin and with radio partners 96.3 Easy Rock, Mellow 94.7, RJ 100, 97.9 Home Radio and 105.1 Crossover.

Musical director is Marvin Querido.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Feb. 11, go to Mrs. Milo Bondoc, Jackie Lou Blanco, Jerry S. Matias, Lulu Tan Gan, Mrs. Lulu Malvar, Larry Baring, Marilou Alejandro, Conchita de Fule, Alwyn Uytingco, Edilberto Cruz, Malou Sevilla, director of ABS-CBN's hit comedy ''Toda Max,'' Lourdes Virginia M. Poe (a.k.a. Lovi Poe), and my granddaughter Andrea Mariella A. Belen...

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