Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Sam Concepcion lead new 'Wattpad Presents' TV lineup
MANILA, Philippines - The popularity of stories from Wattpad continues to grow around the world. With many Wattpad stories being turned into movies, such as Bianca Bernardino's She's Dating The Gangster, Denny's Diary ng Panget, and Alesana Marie's Talk Back and You're Dead, it's natural that material from the popular story-sharing platform would make its way to TV screens, too.
TV5 has announced that they are bringing to life 4 Wattpad love stories in a mini-series called Wattpad Presents. According to TV5 ’s Entertainment head Wilma Galvante, one book will be featured per week, for a total of four love stories in all. (READ: Wattpad: Where ‘Panget,’ ‘Gangster’ meet Harry Styles, Obama)
Which stories will take the TV spotlight, and which stars will play the leads? Here's a look:
My Tag Boyfriend
First up is My Tag Boyfriend, written by author Maevelanne, and stars real-life couple Jasmine Curtis Smith and Sam Concepcion as Sitti Sandoval and Kaizer Buenavista.
In the story, Sitti (Jasmine) is a self-confessed Facebook addict who unintentionally tags school heartthrob Kaizer (Sam) in one of her posts. Their encounters soon lead to to a romantic twist.
During the show’s press conference last week, Concepcion was asked about working for the first time with his girlfriend. He also said that ABS-CBN has allowed him to do the project.
“We had to ask for consent. Syempre (of course) they allowed me naman. It’s okay, so I am very thankful that they give me this opportunity to work with her because this never happened," Concepcion said.
Curtis-Smith said that it was smooth working with her boyfriend on the project.
"It was very good and we’re very professional on the set. We have our own worlds when we’re working. He has his own world, I have mine so (our relationship) did not interfere in the progress of our taping day.”
"I am very thankful kasi na experience namin yung work ethics ng isa’t isa," she added. (I am very thankful because we were able to experience each other's work ethic.)
Also starring Nicole Estrada and Alberto Bruno, My Tag Boyfriend is directed by Monti Parungao and premieres Monday, September 22.
Mr. Popular Meets Ms. Nobody
For its second offering, Wattpad Presents will feature the story Mr. Popular Meets Ms. Nobody.
Starring Artista Academy’s Mark Neumann and Shaira Mae deal Cruz, Mr. Popular Meets Ms. Nobody is the story of Kyle Shin-Woo, a rich arrogant boy who is humiliated by Chelsea Torres. In order for Chelsea not to be kicked out of the school, Kyle makes her his personal assistant. Will Kyle fall for a girl like Chelsea?
Written by author Pinky Jhewelii, Mr. Popular Meets Ms. Nobody also stars young actor Diego Loyzaga and is directed by Jay Altarejos. The show will air starting September 29.
For the third offering, the book Poser will be adapted for television. Starring Chanel Morales, Akihiro Blanco, and Sam Rodriguez, Poser is the story of Jammy Ocampo (Chanel) who opens a Facebook account and pretends to be her bestfriend Angel Gonzales (Sam). But things turn out to be exciting when she meets Brix Torres, (Akihiro), a big fan of Angel's. How will she tell Brix the truth about her?
Known as one of the models of Bench Whitening Lotion, this is the first TV project of Sam Rodriguez, son of the late 80s actor Miguel Rodriguez.
"This all new to me and I am very excited," the model and blogger said. "I am excited to work with Chanel and Aki. I want to test the waters and get out of my comfort zone."
Poser will air on October 6.
Almost a Cinderella Story
For its fourth and final offering, the book Almost A Cinderella Story will star TV5 actress Eula Caballero and actor Carl Guevarra.
Originally written by Soju and directed by Soxy Topacio, Almost A Cinderella Story revolves around Ekang, who is forced to live with her cruel stepmother and nasty step-sibling. Despite the hardships, she remains positive about love, until she meets Alden, who gets on her nerves. Will Ekang find her Prince Charming in Alden?
The winner of TV5's Star Factor search in 2010, the actress said that her character Ekang is light, although challenging to portray. She also said that she looking forward to working with a new leading man in the person of Carl Guevarra.
"Excited ako makatrabaho si Carl. First time ko siya makakatrabaho. First time ko siya makita nung mag-story con kami. First time ko din makakatrabaho si Direk Soxy Topacio so I’m looking forward to this," Caballero said.
(I am very excited to work with Carl. It's my first time to work with him. It was my first time to see him during the story con. It is also my first time to work with Direk Soxy Topacio, so I'm looking forward to this.)
So stay tuned to your screens and fall in love every night as TV5's Wattpad Presents brings to life your favorite romantic stories from online.
Wattpad Presents airs Mondays to Fridays, 7pm.
Do you have any favorite Wattpad story you would like to see come to life on screen? Let us know in the comments below. – Rappler.com