“We believe in our concept, we believe in the show. I think it became good timing, not only for the show, but the state of the company ngayon."
These were the words of Riza Ebriega, head of the ABS-CBN business unit RGE Drama, as Bagong Umaga is finally set to premiere on Monday, October 26.
Despite the challenges brought by the pandemic and the franchise crisis of the network, Riza remarked that they have been receiving great support from the management. The show started shooting in February but had to be delayed because of the pandemic. They resumed shooting in October.
On the changes that happened in the casting, Riza remarked, “We are supported very much by management, kung anuman ‘yung pinagdadaanan ng bawat show. Every time, there is always a management call. We have to move forward," Riza stated in an interview during the media conference of the upcoming drama.
When asked about the departure of Julia Barretto from the show, Riza replied, "We’re focused on producing the right project. We have to refocus. Kung na-blur nang kaunti, we had to refocus."
She went on, “Everything just fell into perfect timing. This is the right casting na napag-desisyunan… I’m happy with the six bagets that we have now. They’re very hardworking, positive, cooperative. I don’t think kailangan pa namin isipin kung bakit nangyari ang mga nangyari. Sabi nga nila, ‘This is meant to be.’”
It was announced initially that the series will be headlined by Julia Barretto, Marco Gumabao, Loisa Andalio, and Ronnie Alonte. Currently, it now stars Kiko Estrada, Michelle Vito, Tony Labrusca, Heaven Peralejo, Barbie Imperial, and Yves Flores.
One of the lead stars of the show, Yves, remarked that the premiere of the series signals the rise again of ABS-CBN after the challenging times.
“Nasanay naman tayo sa teleserye ng ABS-CBN na ang bida laging nabubugbog sa una, pero nakakabangon.
“Unti-unti nakakabalik na tayo, unti-unti nakakaangat na tayo. Hopefully, makakabalik na tayo. For now, masaya dahil, unti-unti, nakakabangon na tayo," Yves remarked.
Bagong Umaga will air on A2Z Channel 11 and Kapamilya Channel on cable, from Mondays to Fridays at 2:30 p.m.