Remember the time when “Mara Clara” ruled the small screen more than 25 years ago? It was iconic, and we’re not the only ones feeling all sorts of nostalgic.
In an Instagram post yesterday, October 13, Gladys Reyes, who got her Primera Kontrabida title from the series, gave everyone a quick trip down memory lane after posting then-and-now photos of her and her fellow cast members in the series.
Included were Juan Rodrigo and Beverly Vergel, who played the roles of Amanthe and Almira Del Valle, and her now-husband Christopher Roxas, who starred as Eris Reyes She even wrote, “Clara, Eris, Amanthe, and Almira! Brings back the good old memories. Who can relate?”
For those who do not know the story of this iconic series, here’s a rundown: the Del Valle family took in Mara, played by Judy Ann Santos, to be a servant as they pay for her education. She soldiers on as Clara, portrayed by Gladys, makes her life difficult and miserable.
Due to high ratings and the program’s huge following, ABS-CBN transferred it from the afternoon block to primetime in 1995. It even had a movie adaptation under Star Cinema, released in 1996.
“Mara Clara” eventually ended its run in 1997, making it the Kapamilya network and Philippine television's longest-running weekday drama series. In 2010, it was remade with a new ensemble of cast members, led by Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes.
Just last year, Gladys reunited with Judy Ann in the comedy flick “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes.”
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