MANILA—It will be a breakthrough for the new Primetime Majesty Maja Salvador as she portrays a role which is entirely different from what she used to delineate on her former network studio where she shrieked in anger or in distress. It will also be a different environment as she described it—new location, new things to explore and new people to interact and work with for which she is grateful for the trust.
Maja is set to reign in her banner serye in ”Niña Niño,” on TV5, a feel-good drama comedy where she plays the lead role of Niña, the older half of the sibling duo, with 2017 Cinemalaya Best Actor Noel Comia Jr., who plays her younger brother Niño.
“Nina Nino” is a story of two siblings who venture out to the big city and discover that life is anything but a bed of roses. In order to survive, they turn to extraordinary measures to make ends meet as con-artists who scam their way to earn an extra buck. An event will change their lives and the course of their destinies forever.
The new series showcases Maja’s versatility as an actor fully able to make her audience laugh, cry, and empathize with every character she plays.
During the zoomcon for the serye, Maja laughs as she admits, “Ngayon ko na-realize ang hirap palang magpatawa, yung hindi OA, hindi pala madali ang maging komedyante,” According to her, being comic is a challenge and she commends Empoy who is a real comedian for being so easy to work with. “Magaan siyang kasama, patawa lang ng patawa.”
The show’s vision echoes calls for hopeful stories, finding joy in life’s simple things amid these trying times.
“This is a very timely story with what is happening in our country right now. Dito sa istoryang ito, it tells na kahit gaano kahirap ng buhay andyan si God, humihingi lang ng atensiyon, todohan lang natin ang pagdarasal,” Maja relates.
Each episode weaves heart-warming anecdotes that emphasize the show’s inspirational trope: discovering oneself, adapting to the changes, and coming better and stronger after every struggle.
“Mahirap ang sitwasyon, lagi tayong nag-iisip, may anxiety, disappointment, but kumapit po tayo kay God, palakasin natin an gating loob, an gating katawan, and mental health, and pray a lot para magaan ang araw,” was Maja’s message.
The strength of the show lies in the story that redefines our understanding of real-life miracles complemented by the cast whimsically engaging with the reality of their situation and environment.
Asked if she has had a miracle in her life, Maja was quick to say, “Waking up every morning is already a miracle for me.” She also related that when she feels like she is burnt out, her favorite spot to release all her anxieties is the beach and she regains her strength and vibe again.
Maja also shared that this past days had been a difficult week for her with the passing of her mom’s cousin with whom she stayed while she was starting her journey in showbiz. “Marami akong natutunan sa kanya, I learned from her a lot, she brought me closer to God by bringing me to church often.” Heart-broken, but Maja faced the members of the press virtually with a brave spirit, honed by the roles she played, so to speak.
Noel Comia Jr., who rose to fame when he coveted the Best Actor in the Cinemalaya for his performance in Kiko Boksingero in 2017, was grateful for being in the cast, his first teleserye with showbiz veterans, more so with Maja Salvador.
Ultimately, Niño and Niña make us realize the true meaning of healing, forgiveness, and finding freedom in an unlikely place.
Joining Maja and Noel are comedian Empoy Marquez, and veteran actors Lilet Esteban and Ruby Ruiz whose role as the siblings’ grandmother holds an integral part of explaining the dynamics between the duo. Rounding up the cast are up-and-coming actors Ian Pangilinan, Sachzna, and Junyka Santarin, joined by Arron Villaflor, Moi Bien, and Dudz Teraña. At the helm of the series is award-winning director Thop Nazareno, who said that this series aims to give hope and entertainment as well. He wants to share this to all audiences, in the midst of all these current events in our lives, there is always tomorrow to look forward to.
Produced by Cignal Entertainment and line-produced by CS Studios and Spring Films led by Erickson Raymundo, veteran director Joyce Bernal, and top-tier actor Piolo Pascual. ”Niña Niño” is set to air as one of the new anchor shows of TV5’s revitalized primetime block, TodoMax Primetime Singko.
Catch Maja Salvador as Niña and Noel Comia Jr as Niño on TV 5 starting April 5, 7:15 PM Mondays to Fridays, after Sing Galing and right before FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.
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