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Sharon to launch first serye

Kapatid Megastar plays 'kapitana' in upcoming 'tawa serye' Madam Chairman

'TAWA SERYE.' Megastar returns to comedy. Photo from the show's Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – Sharon Cuneta has a new program. And it’s her first ever teleserye.

The TV5 program entitled “Madam Chairman” begins airing September.

Before this upcoming serye, the Kapatid Megastar has been a leading presence on television, if largely confined to talk shows like the recently concluded “Sharon, Kasama Mo Kapatid,” also from the same network.

The serye will be unlike Sharon’s classic melodramas in Philippine cinema. In an interview with TV5’s sister enterprise, Interaksyon, the critically acclaimed drama actress brings out her comedic side in what she describes as a lighthearted “tawa serye.”

Here she plays a “kapitana” or chairwoman of Barangay Sta. Clara, a fictional community peopled by delightfully eccentric characters, who count among her supporters and rivals alike.

Sharon has wielded her gift for comedy in such films as Mark Meily’s “Crying Ladies.”

Megastar does research

In character with her acting discipline, Sharon has done her research, sitting through a barangay meeting and consulting with real-life kapitana Connie Malangen of Barangay Doña Imelda of Quezon City, the Inquirer reports. 

Two top directors are behind this serye. Joel Lamangan will direct and Jose Javier Reyes of “Oro Plata Mata” fame, among other notable scrips in his prolific career, will write this serye.

This has been a busy year for Lamangan, who has also come out with two politically charged films this year.

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“Madam Chairman” finds the director in a refreshing change of scene, if one that still touches on barangay politics and its more immediate connection in a given community.

The Megastar takes pride in this creative collaboration and in her co-actors, who include seasoned performers in comedy like Bayani Agbayani, Manny Castañeda, Nanette Inventor, Gladys Reyes, and Fanny Serrano.

Acclaimed actor Jay Manalo and veteran character actor Tony Mabesa are also in this show.

Rounding up the cast are Regine Angeles, Akihiro Blanco, Patani Dano, Malou De Guzman, Shaira Mae Dela Cruz, Bearwin Meily, Jaime Pebanco, and Gilleth Sandico. – Rappler.com

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