OFW experience, romance and comedy sparkle in 'Crazy for You'

ABS-CBN is bringing a new addition to its lineup of TV shows dedicated to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) namely: Named after Madonna's hit 80s' song Crazy for You is a soap that will appeal to every Filipino, ...

By Guil Franco (Correspondent)

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Published: Mon 11 Sep 2006, 12:21 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 4:55 PM

whether or not he/she is an...Named after Madonna's hit 80s' song Crazy for You is a soap that will appeal to every Filipino, whether or not he/she is an OFW or a part of a family with a relative working in a foreign land, says director Erick Salud. 'We are showing the many facets of the Filipino life in this soap,' he continues. 'But the highlight is the OFW struggle, the many difficult situations a Pinoy gets entangled with when he goes to work abroad. That includes falling in love.'

While Toni Gonzaga is paired in the hit movie, 'You Are the One,' with Sam Milby and now with Luis Manzano in her first soap, both are being linked to her. So does she have romantic scenes with Luis that Sam might get jealous of? 'Gosh, there's so much here that Sam will be jealous of as Barcelona itself is already so romantic and Luis and I have so many romantic scenes,' she says.

'Luis and I have a swimming scene in the fabulous beaches of Ibiza where I wear a two-piece bikini. First time I've ever done this in my whole life. But it's not fair to compare them with each other. The important thing is both are considerate and very sincere.'

Toni plays Janice, an OFW who works in Spain to help her parents, Dennis Padilla and Rio Locsin. Luis is a student there, the son of rich parents, Jestoni Alarcon and Sylvia Sanchez. They meet in Barcelona and fall in love, with Toni disguising herself as a rich girl. Their families also have their own stories back in Manila. Toni‚s brother, Joseph Bitangcol, figures in a love triangle with Sandara Park and Gabb Drilon. Luis‚ sister, Valeen Montenegro, falls in love with an Amboy, Aldred Gatchalian. Also in the cast are John Prats, Roxanne Guinoo, Victori Basa, and Pokwang.

The soap casts the unusual but interesting pair of Luis and Toni as they have been together in several of ABS-CBN's shows and have developed a certain closeness. 'And so, despite her stronger romantic link with actors Piolo Pascual and Sam, the network deemed Luis as the best choice. The reason: chemistry. 'Toni and Luis are longtime friends and co-hosts,' explains Salud. 'It won't be hard to draw up a romantic chemistry from them.'

Crazy for You will be premiered worldwide on all ABS-CBN TFC Channels at 9:30 p.m., September 11, their way of thanking all Pinoy viewers living abroad who have supported them all these years.

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