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GMA-7 brings forth the hottest love story ever told in ‘Return to Paradise’

Brace yourselves for scorching afternoons and witness a love story like no other as the newest GMA Afternoon Prime series Return to Paradise marks its world premiere on GMA-7 this August 1.

The program is top-billed by sought-after Kapuso leading man Derrick Monasterio as Red. Introducing in the cast is Sparkle artist Elle Villanueva as Eden in her first lead role. Making her much awaited comeback on GMA is versatile and award-winning actress Ms. Eula Valdes as Amanda.

Derrick shares that he and Elle really worked on building their chemistry and rapport to pull off steamy scenes in the series, “May process kami as actors and individuals. Ginawa namin ang intimate scenes professionally kaya hindi na kami naiilang. It’s also very important for me to ask her what’s her limitation kasi ayaw kong maka-disrespect ng co-actor.”

Elle admits that she experienced a lot of firsts in Return to Paradise, “Whenever opportunities come, tinatanggap ko and I’m very open with other roles. Bago sa akin ang daring at kissing scenes, I was so scared. Ang daming challenges sa serye na ito and I’m grateful to be part of it. Nakakapanibago pero masaya.”

Eula, on the other hand, is happy to be back in the Kapuso Network after eight years,“Grateful ako na nakabalik ako ng GMA. Masayang katrabaho pati ang mga crew. Kapag nagte-taping, pantay-pantay kaming lahat. Naniniwala rin ako na walang maliit at paulit-ulit na role kaya nacha-challenge pa rin ako na gawin siyang kakaiba this time.”

The story revolves around Eden (Elle) and Red (Derrick), college students and athletes who are marooned on an island after a plane crash. While surviving the perils of life in the wild, they fall deeply in love with each other.

When the two are rescued, they find out that their parents have an irreconcilable feud which will tear them apart.

Will true love conquer all for Eden and Red? Is there a chance for their families to heal from the past and start anew?

Joining them is a powerhouse cast of some of the country’s most respected artists in film and television: Liezel Lopez as Sabina, the scheming ex-girlfriend of Red; Teresa Loyzaga as Rita, the absentee mother of Red; Ricardo Cepeda as Victor, the strict father of Red; Karel Marquez as Dindi, the caring sister of Amanda; Kiray Celis as Raichu, the amusing best friend of Elle; Paolo Paraiso as Zandro, Rita’s accomplice in making Amanda’s life miserable;  Mia Pangyarihan as Miss Vinluan, Eden’s coach; and Mr. Allen Dizon as Lucho, the man who will try to save Amanda from all her sufferings.

The show’s director, Don Michael Perez, reveals that there were a lot of struggles during their taping but the lead stars remained committed and professional, “This is one of the most challenging shoots because it’s a very physically demanding show. I admire Derrick and Elle kasi kahit nabibilad sa initan at nauulanan sila, walang reklamo and they did everything beyond what is expected of them.”

This original series, created by the GMA Entertainment Group, is headed by SVP for Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable, VP for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy, AVP for Drama Ali Marie Nokom-Dedicatoria, Program Manager Elaine Lozano and Executive Producer Nieva S. Magpayo.

The drama is a product of the visionary minds of Creative Director Aloy Adlawan; Creative Head for Afternoon Prime Richard ‘Dode’ Cruz; Creative Consultant Kit Villanueva-Zapata; Head Writer Renato Custodio; Writers Tina Velasco, Glaiza Ramirez and Mikee Ladera.

Return to Paradise is from the original concept of GMA Films President and programming consultant to the GMA Chairman and CEO Atty. Annette Gozon-Valdes and Glaiza Ramirez.

The series also showcases the majestic and pristine island of Jomalig in Quezon as one of its taping locations.

Don’t miss the sultry and one-of-a-kind story of Return to Paradise – under the helm of Don Michael Perez – beginning on August 1.

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