I love dogs. Whenever a movie revolves around one, I make an effort not to miss it. On Philippine TV, it’s rare to find a program that includes a canine character playing the title role, let alone a significant part. And GMA-7 is taking the risk of producing a primetime teleserye titled “Aso ni San Roque” (literally translated as ‘St. Roch’s Dog’) which stars child actress Mona Louise Rey along with Princess, a half-Cocker Spaniel half-Labrador Retriever, which used to be a bomb-sniffing dog before it was signed up by the network for the pivotal role of Anghel. You might remember the charming pooch sharing screen time with actor Eddie Garcia in the Cinemalaya indie favorite “Bwakaw“.
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As for Mona Louise Rey, she is simply continuing her evolvement as a young actress-in-the-making. After proving her acting chops in “Munting Heredera” (Little Heiress) and “Luna Blanca” Book 1, she is now being challenged to play Fatima – a blind girl who was born to help stop the spread of evil gripping a fictional town. Together with her guardian dog and Mateo (the Chief of Police being played by TJ Trinidad), they should put their hands together to defeat the unrelenting forces of the dark.
“Aso ni San Roque” stars Mona Louise Rey, TJ Trinidad, LJ Reyes, Pen Medina, Gardo Verzosa, Paolo Contis, Angelika dela Cruz, Nova Villa, Rich Asuncion, Gwen Zamora, Buboy Garrovillo and Princess the dog. It will premiere tomorrow night on the second slot of GMA Telebabad which starts at around 8:45PM. 🙂
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. 😉