Mona Louise Rey portrays the titular role in GMA-7's 'Munting Heredera'
I can really be a sucker for tearjerkers so I just had to blog about this new child performer on GMA-7 who breaks my heart every weekday night that I watch her on ‘Munting Heredera” (Little Heiress). Mona Louise Rey plays the role of Jennifer, a little girl who got separated from her real mother and father after birth, got adopted by a gay teacher whose Aunt beats the hell out of the poor waif and is now taken away by her supposed ‘real’ mother who turns out to be the head of a syndicate exploiting children into begging on the streets. Yes, it’s the stuff that can get emotionally cheesy but I just had to follow the teleserye and see how Jennifer’s life will turn for the better.
Here are video clips from the May 28 and 31 episodes:
videos courtesy of Shankz29
If you have followed the series since it premiered last month, I think we’ll be in agreement that Mona Louise Rey is a natural performer who makes each of her scenes both endearing and believable. I know that ABS-CBN’s Xyriel Manabat packs an acting wallop in her latest “100 Days to Heaven”, but Mona is, quite simply, a joy to watch. Most especially now when the story has reached the point when the kid is being used by the syndicate to peddle drugs outside an exclusive school. It’s truly heart-tugging. (Pardon if am over-reacting but I don’t like seeing child exploitation like that.)
Try catching “Munting Heredera” if you can. It airs Mondays to Fridays on GMA-7’s Telebabad primetime block after Amaya, and stars Ms. Gloria Romero, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Camille Prats, Katrina Halili, Roderick Paulate, Krystal Reyes, Joyce Ching, Kristoffer Martin, Neil Ryan Sese and introducing Mona Louise Rey as Jennifer. The series is directed by the ever-reliable and multi-awarded Film & TV Director Maryo J. Delos Reyes. 😉
Starstruck V – GMA-7’s reality based artista search – is more than halfway through by now with only 8 of the Final 14 left to slug it out for the Top 2 spots. Actually, they should have already been reduced to 7 last Sunday night, but the Starstruck council used their one-time power to stop the elimination after realizing that the bottom two in terms of scores and vote support – Rocco Nacino and Sarah Lahbati – are actually their personal front-runners. Thus, there is a good chance that there will be another double elimination on the evening of January 24. It might even be a triple if Ian Batherson enters the bottom three for the 3rd time and gets automatically removed from the competition.
Anyways, here are the remaining Starstruck V showbiz wannabes:
If you have been following the show, you will know what I mean when I point out that each of the remaining 8 have gone through roller-coaster performances, week in and week out. True, the top gunners are Rocco Nacino and Sarah Lahbati, but they have reached a plateau the past two weeks and proof of that is their entry to the bottom 2 last week. I hope they sustain their drive to win, or else, Enzo Pineda and Rox Montealegre might just nose them out when the going gets tough. Or even the surprisingly strong Steven Silva (he has never been in the bottom 3 from the start) and charming Nina Kodaka (who, depsite her oft languid stance, keeps up with the competition.)
On a personal note, I got disappointed when Piero Vergara was eliminated two sundays ago. Along with Rocco Nacino, they are the two guys I expected to fight it out for the top male spot. But as luck would have it, Piero scored high on the “out” votes of the show’s fans and supporters.
Below are the two video clips of “Monsters” – the ensemble acting challenge of the Starstruck contenders together with actress Eula Valdez, directed by Maryo J. Delos Reyes and written by (playwright and Starstruck council member) Floy Quintos:
Part 1 of 2
Part 2 of 2
videos courtesy of YouTube/tirso3rd
Starstruck V airs every Saturday (right after Pinoy Records) and Sunday (right after Kap’s Amazing Stories) nights on GMA-7. The 5- minute Starstruck Shout-Out Dailies continue twice everyday (one in the mid-afternoon during the Daytime Soaps and a second one in the evening in the middle of the Primetime Soaps.)