This March, GMA Network presents a captivating story about love, revenge and the intriguing legend of Dragon worship set in a bustling Filipino-Chinese community via the original Afternoon Prime fantasy drama, “Dragon Lady.”
Headlined by Janine Gutierrez and Tom Rodriguez, Dragon Lady is the first team-up of two of the Network’s sought-after and top-caliber actors to date.
Janine breathes life into Celestina Sanchez, a young lady who is born with dragon-like features. Her physical traits and mystical power unleash the independent and fierce lady boss in her, the “Dragon Lady” that she is destined to be.
Tom is the Filipino-Chinese Michael Chan. Adventurous and a non-conformist, he refuses to meddle with the family business. Forced to prove his mettle to his Chinese family, he allows himself to become instrumental in the downfall of Celestina who later on he falls for so passionately.
Playing vital roles in the lives of Celestina and Michael are James Blanco as Bryan Atienza, Celestina’s father figure; Diana Zubiri as Almira Sanchez, Celestina’s mother who loves her unconditionally and protects her at all costs; Maricar De Mesa as Vera Lim-Chua, a Chinese heiress who looks down on people not of the same stature as her; Joyce Ching as Astrid Chua, Vera’s daughter who will be Celestina’s greatest rival in business and in love; and Edgar Allan Guzman as Goldwyn Chen, a business tycoon who came from a rich Chinese family who criticizes Celestina’s capability to run a business.
Also starring in this fascinating series are Odette Khan as Doray, trusted assistant of the Lim’s; Dexter Doria as Philippa Chua, a formidable Chinese woman and Vera’s mother-in-law; Lovely Abella as Ginger Garcia, funny, free-spirited and loyal best friend of Almira; Julie Lee as Lotus, Vera’s sophisticated friend; DJ Durano as James Liu, right-hand man of Vera.
The pilot week of “Dragon Lady” features Bea Binene as young Almira; Derrick Monasterio as young Charles; and Kristoffer Martin as young Bryan; together with Mr. Leo Martinez as Wilson Lim, Vera’s father and a ruthless businessman who is a descendant of a family of dragon worshippers; Isabelle De Leon as young Vera; Denise Barbacena as young Ginger; Mosang as young Doray; Carlene Aguilar as young Philippa; and Lorenz Martinez as young Wilson Lim.
Rafael Rosell will have a special participation as Matthew Chan, the responsible and hardworking older brother of Michael with a secret of his own.
The series highlights that life can be led by luck, hard work and misfortunes. How can a man unlock a woman’s potential and liberate her spirit by unravelling a family’s deeply guarded secret? The series is a product of the visionary minds of John Kenneth U. De Leon, Erwin Caezar Bravo (Brainstormers); John Borgy Danao, Christine B. Novicio (Writers); Renato Custodio, Jr. (head writer); under the tutelage of the Creative Team headed by Aloy Adlawan (Creative Director); Dode Cruz (Creative Head); Kit Langit (Creative Consultant); under the capable supervision of the Production team headed by Ms. Lilybeth G. Rasonable (SVP For EG), Ms. Redgie Magno (VP For Drama), Ms. Cheryl Ching-Sy (AVP for Drama), Ms. Hazel Felizmenio Abonita (Senior Program Manager), Mr. James Manabat (Executive Producer).
At the helm of this upcoming series is respected film and TV director Paul Sta. Ana. He was known for his well-loved films such as “Oros,” “Huling Pasada,” “Mayohan” and “#Walang Forever.” Direk Paul was the director of the longest-running soap for 2018, “The Stepdaughters.”
Don’t miss the highly-anticipated world premiere of “Dragon Lady” this March 4, Mondays to Saturdays, on GMA Afternoon Prime.