After directing various shows on ABS-CBN, director Jerome Pobocan shared that his latest teleserye A Family Affair is very special to him because of the circumstances that led up to the production of the series.
“Well first and foremost, panahon ng pandemya gumagawa ulit ang ABS-CBN ng teleserye. Sa panahon ng pandemya ngayon, this is one of the most scenic and shot well na series kasi ang ABS-CBN ngayon ay nagbubukas na ulit sa pag-su-shoot outside. We’ve shot in Masbate. We’re now shooting in Batangas and Laguna. Ang milieu kasi namin ay dairy and cattle farming.
“So I am very happy kasi ang kaibahan nito ay unang una, may bago tayong artistang nilo-launch na si Ivana (Alawi) who is a social media star more than an actress. She is being groomed to be the next dramatic actress of ABS-CBN. So I’m happy na magkasama kami ni direk Raymond (Ocampo) na ginu-groom ang isa sa mga bagong stars ng ABS-CBN.
“It’s a big production in these times of the pandemic season. So parang maganda siyang panuorin kasi bumabalik na tayo dun sa paggawa ng malalaking teleserye,” he explained during the A Family Affair bloggers conference held earlier this month.
When asked to describe his lead actress, direk Jerome had nothing but praises for ABS-CBN’s newest leading lady.
“As a person nagulat ako kasi Ivana is known for her sensual image sa mga post niya. But when I met her, it’s a screen persona. Kumbaga in real life she’s simple. Hindi siya maarte. What you see is what you get and I love that about her.
“And not only that, magalang siya, maasikaso sa mga tao at maayos siya makitungo sa mga tao. At may humility which is important. I think dito sa show makikita natin na we used yung kanyang sensuality for her character.
“But her character Cherry Red, hindi siya nang-ti-tease for the sake of teasing. Sexy siya in and out. For a newcomer maraming nabibigay si Ivana and she’s a revelation in this particular teleserye kasi sa kanya ito,” he explained.
During interviews, Ivana shared that she and her co-stars sometimes have so much fun on the set that they have a hard time focusing on doing dramatic scenes sometimes. The kapamilya director shared that when this happens on the set, it was not a problem.
“Pag nangyayari yan, kadalasan siyempre alam naman nila na kailangan namin mag-focus kasi limited ang oras ng pag-shu-shoot. Our actors naman are disciplined. Pag pinagsabihan sila na mag-focus na kayo, pipilitin nilang ubusin yung tawa nila para makapag-focus na tayo at matapos namin yung eksena. Especially sa mga dramatic scenes.
“Pero kung ang scene naman ay frolicking, inaasar ko sabi ko magharutan kayo ngayon. Katulad pag mga eksena sa beach nila na naghaharutan. Ayun, ini-encourage namin sila na mag-frolic. In fairness sa cast namin, disiplinado yung cast namin,” he added.
A Family Affair stars Ivana Alawi, Gerald Anderson, Sam Milby, Jake Ejercito, and Jameson Blake. Directed by Jerome Pobocan and Raymond Ocampo, A Family Affair will be broadcast on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, A2Z, TV5, and iWantTFC.