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ISANG big TV star na sa Middle East ang indie actress na si Mercedes Cabral dahil sa paglabas niya sa isang Kuwaiti soap opera na may title na “Saq Al-bambu” (The Bamboo Stalk).
Mesmerized ang mga Kuwaiti sa ganda at husay ng performance na pinapakita ni Mercedes sa naturang soap opera.
Tuloy mga netizens ng Kuwaiti ay hindi mapigilang mag-tweet para purihin si Mercedes sa kanyang pagiging maganda at husay sa pag-arte.
Heto ang ilang tweets:
“The actress playing the maid in Saq Al-bambu is pretty. I’m crying.”
“Absolutely loved her performance today.”
“Yeah and she looks just like Gigi Hadid.”
“With much respect to Kuwaiti actresses, I’ve never been blown away in my life. This woman is MARVELOUS actor.”
“Saq Al-bambu” (The Bamboo Stalk) is a modern Cinderella story about Josephine, a Filipino maid working in Kuwait, who steals the heart of Rashid, the son of her employer.
Rashid wants to marry her but his mother does not want him to as she prefers him to have an arranged marriage with someone else.
Ayon sa manager ni Cabral na si Shandii Bacolod, produced ang “Saq Al Bamboo” ng Sabbah Pictures at umeera ito sa Al-Rai TV and MBC Drama in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Dubai in United Arab Emirates and other parts of the Middle East.
Bukod kay Mercedes Cabral, ang ilang Filipino actors na kasama sa cast ng soap opera ay sina Maria Isabel Lopez, Ana Abad Santos, Lou Veloso, Sue Prado, Lilia Cuntapay, and Rhen Escaño. Ang iba ay mga Kuwaiti actors na.
Ayon pa kay Bacolod: “Although the setting of the story is in Kuwait, the series was actually shot in Dubai and only Mercedes and Rhen went there to shoot their scenes. The others shot their scenes in the Philippines.”
Nakuha nga raw si Mercedes para sa soap opera dahil sa recommendation ng Filipino producer na si Sarah Pagcaliwagan-Brakensiek.
Nagulat nga raw ang mga executives ng naturang soap opera dahil sa magagandang feedback sa performance ni Mercedes.
Nag-post pa sa kanyang Facebook ang assistant manager ng Sabbah Pictures na si Suzy Karajian dahil sa overwhelming response ng netizens sa Pinay actress.
“Everyone is talking about how amazing she is… a marvelous talent.”
“Mercedes was so overwhelmed with how she was appreciated in another country, she cried. When she did the film ‘Rosita’ in Denmark, the Danish people thought she was a Filipino who trained in acting in Denmark. In some articles, she was even thought of as a Danish-Filipino actor. Now, many think she’s a Kuwaiti actor in this soap.”
Unang nakilala sa mga indie films dito sa Pilipinas si Mercedes Cabral.
Lumabas siya sa mga indie films ni Brillante Mendoza na “Serbis,” “Kinatay,” “Captive,” “Thy Womb” at “Ma’ Rosa.”
Ginawa rin niya ang mga indie films na “Da Dog Show,” “Transit,” “Sapi,” “Badil,” “Bad Romance,” “Ligo Na U… Lapit Na Me,” “Mater Dolorosa,” “Gayuma,” “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank,” “Padyak,” “Karera,” “Binhi” at marami pang iba.
Lumabas din siya sa mga teleserye, tulad ng “Hiyas,” “The Bud Brothers Series,” “Cassandra: The Warrior Angel,” “Genesis,” “Magdalena: Anghel sa Putikan,” “Ang Lihim Ni Annasandra” at “Rhodora X.” (Ruel J. Mendoza)