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Marian connects with OFW stories

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JUST A THOUGHT: “There are three ways to get something done: do it yourself, employ someone or forbid your children to do it.” – Monta Crane

CAN RELATE: Having grown up without her mother by her side, Marian Rivera says she can relate full well to the plight of overseas Filipino workers.

‘My own mother was an OFW in Spain,’ she said.

Little wonder the veteran actress didn’t think twice when GMA News offered her the part of a narrator for its new program, Tadhana. The show is a chronicle of OFW stories culled from real-life files.

While immersing in the often drama-laden stories of overseas workers, Marian said she felt greater respect for them.

‘Talagang dapat silang tawaging makabagongbayani,’ she told a recent press conference.

TOUCHING, HEARTWARMING STORIES: Tadhana premiered on GMA-7 on May 20, a Saturday. The once weekly show features network actors in a dramatization of OFW stories, kicking off that Saturday with the story of an abused maid in Saudi Arabia.

The parts of tormentor and tormented were played exceedingly well by Cherie Gil and Kris Bernal, respectively.

Marian said she hoped to act in one of the coming episodes of Tadhana and not just host it. Her producers assured the program won’t focus on sad stories only but also on success stories.

Not all OFW stories are stories of failure.

“Tadhana” attempts to feature the colorful, romantic, heroic, and inspiring stories of OFWs.

Tadhana airs every Saturday after Ika-6 Na Utos on GMA-7.

“MULAWIN” VERSUS “PROBINSYANO”: TV audiences are all the more confused. ABS-CBN trumpets that on May 22 when Mulawin vs. Ravena premiered on GMA.

Ang Probinsyano fetched a landmark 43.3 per cent rating.

Network also reported that Mulawin netted a rating of 20.6 per cent only.

Meanwhile, GMA reported that Mulawin dominated social media and trended worldwide. (NESTOR CUARTERO)