The new ‘Flor’ and Reneboy

JANICE AND HERBERT (who’s now Vice-Mayor of Quezon City) went on to enjoy successful careers in the movies and on TV. Now, as Maria Flordeluna prepares to make its TV debut this February, two new kids are stepping into the now-iconic roles that

By Aprylle Liabres (Contributor)

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Published: Thu 8 Feb 2007, 9:45 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 11:59 PM

florJanice and Herbert made popular: Eliza Pineda and Nash Aguas. Jerry Sineneng, who is directing Maria Flordeluna, emphasizes that while there are similarities between the show and its 80s counterpart—especially in terms of the major roles like those of Flor and Reneboy—Maria Flordeluna is actually based not on the 80s TV drama, but on a radio serial that was popular in the 70s. Hence, the title Maria Flordeluna instead of just Flordeluna, which is what the TV show was called.

Despite this, both Eliza and Nash, even at their young ages, are aware that people will be comparing them to Janice and Herbert. The pressure is especially strong on Eliza, since she is playing no less than the title role.

Eliza, who beat out over 1,200 girls—including fellow Star Magic talents Mikylla Ramirez and Sharlene San Pedro—for the plum role, says she hopes that like Janice, she will also become famous after Maria Flordeluna. People have noticed that she bears a strong physical resemblance to Janice, who was also the same age as Eliza when she took on the part. “I think they got me because it’s easy for me to shed tears when I act,” says Eliza, who is now in fifth grade under a special home study program that enables her to combine her showbiz career and her schooling.

As to whether she will reach the same level of fame as Janice, Eliza can only wonder. “I’ll just do my best,” promises the budding drama actress.

Nash, who was the Grand Kid Questor in Season one of Star Circle Kid Quest, is fulfilling his promise as an actor. In last year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, Nash bagged the Best Child Performer award for his role in the horror trilogy Shake, Rattle and Roll 8. He is also seen every Saturday in the kiddie gag show Goin’ Bulilit.

Now, here he is, playing a role that will put his dramatic skills to the test. Is he ready for it? Nash, who loves watching teledramas—he says his favourite is the currently-showing Sana Maulit Muli—says Maria Flordeluna is his first attempt at doing drama, so he isn’t sure of how much of a challenge it will be, acting-wise. “I just do my best in every role that’s given to me,” he says.

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