Thea Tolentino and Jeric Gonzales

THEA TOLENTINO or 17 years old Thea Louise Senerez Tolentino of Laguna is one of the winners of the second season of GMA Network’s ‘artista’ search PROTEGE: The Battle for the Big Artista Break.

After winning the reality game show, GMA signed her together with the other winners to GMA Artist Center and has appeared in shows like TeenGen (as Angge), Love and Lies (as Marissa) and Anna Karenina (as the scheming Angel).  And now she’s back again but this time gaining more trust and confidence from GMA network as she clinched the lead role of new afternoon teleserye PYRA BABAENG APOY opposite fellow Protege Season 2 winner JERIC GONZALES (Jeffrey).

The two lead stars of PYRA appeared together last Tuesday in a special BlogCon with fellow Protege finalists ELLE RAMIREZ and ZANDRA SUMMERS who are also on the show.  Elle plays the role of Cindy, Pyra’s antagonist while Zandra as Pyra’s best friend Ena.

PYRA has been doing well in the ratings game since it started and Thea said during the conference that she’s very much relieved to know that all their concerted efforts are paying off.

The show is also somewhat like a reunion for the four (4) Protege Season 2 finalists, Thea said that PYRA is just like Protege only on a different plane.  There is still some healthy competition going on among the four of them on the set but it’s because they all want to give their very best to make the show a success.

Here is a video of Thea and Jeric performing a song number live during the BlogCon:

PYRA is also Elle Ramirez’s first ‘kontrabida’ role and her biggest break in showbiz so far.  She said that she’s not afraid to be labeled or type-casted as a ‘teleserye’ villain  but also believes that she can be versatile to portray any other roles that will given to her.

Bloggers with Elle Ramirez
Bloggers with Elle Ramirez

On the other hand, we learned that cebuana cutie Zandra Summers has joined several beauty contests prior to joining GMA’s Protege.  A lot of people are saying that she has some facial features that are similar to actress and now reigning MISS WORLD 2013 Megan Lynne Young.  She however said, that although she feels really flattered to be compared to the beauty queen, she also wanted to be known as Zandra and not a beauty queen look-a-like.  She also said that she’s concentrating with her showbiz career as of this moment and joining beauty pageants is not on the agenda – not yet.

Bloggers with Zandra Summers
Bloggers with Zandra Summers

PYRA BABAENG APOY is the story of a young girl born with the strange power of pyrokinesis or the ability to create fire.

Directed by RODERICK LINDAYAG,  the director behind the top-rating GMA programs Alakdana, Ikaw Lang ang Mamahalin, Hiram na Puso and Kakambal ni Eliana.  PYRA was envisioned to be a story of love, passion and dreams – things that constitutes the symbolic representation of fire.  It is also the story of a mother protecting her child from the world especially when she knows that her child could cause harm to other people.

Here are Thea, Jeric, Elle and Zandra inviting everyone to watch PYRA BABAENG APOY:

The whole plot is based on an actual July 2012 news report of an 11 year old boy with psychic abilities that drew hundreds of curious people, including the media, to his home in Gubat, Sorsogon.  One of his abilities is to mysteriously produce fire.  There is also a similar case of a three-year old in Antique, Philippines documented in March 2011.

PYRA also stars Angelu De Leon who is reunited with Thea and Jeric following the success of the teen-oriented series Teen Gen, as she portrays the role of Merly, the fiercely protective mom of Pyra.  Gladys Reyes who plays the role of of Susan Del Fierro.  Roxanne Guinoo as Barbara Del Fierro, the biological mother of Pyra.

Ryan Eigenmann as Daniel Del Fierro, the domineering husband of Barbara, Christopher Roxas as Ramon, fire breather and biological father of Pyra.  Polo Ravales as Tito, the best friend of Daniel.

Janno Gibbs also  appears as Sir Aidan, Pyra’s doting Mentor.

with the cast of PYRA BABAENG APOY
with the cast of PYRA BABAENG APOY


The creative team is composed of Creative Director Jun Lana; Afternoon Prime Head Roy Iglesias; Creative Consultant Kit Langit; Headwriter Des Garbes-Severino; Writers Ana Aleta-Nadela, Rona Lean Sles, and Angeli Delgado; and Brainstormers Jason John Lim and Homer Novicio.

Created by the GMA Drama Group, Pyra Babaeng Apoy is supervised by the Executive In-charge of production Lilybeth G. Rasonable; VP for Drama Redgie Acuna Magno; AVP for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy;  Program Manager Hazel Abonita; and Executive Producer Joy Lumboy-Pili.

PYRA BABAENG APOY airs Mondays to Fridays, after MAGHIHINTAY PA RIN on GMA Afternoon Prime.

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