MariMar Philippine Remake

MariMar was a Philippine drama previously being broadcast in GMA Network, starring Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes.

Though a remake-adaptation of a Mexican telenovela the setting and some of the storylines were altered. Directed by Joyce E. Bernal and Mac Alejandre, the series premiered on August 13, 2007 and ended on March 14, 2008. It was aired internationally with a one week delay on GMA Pinoy TV, which became a huge success to Filipino viewers abroad. The series also aired in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China (dubbed in Mandarin), Cambodia (dubbed in Khmer), Uganda and in the United States (airing Sundays on KIKU/Honolulu with English subtitles).

Marimar was a Mexican TV telenovela that was first aired in 1994 on Televisa with singer-actress Thalía in the title role.

The series had 75 forty-five minute episodes, and is the second part of a "Maria" trilogy. The first was Maria Mercedes, and the final was Maria la del Barrio.

It aired on RPN 9, the home of all Classic Philippine Dramas, and became the most loved Soap Opera in Philippine History.

The contract with Televisa for the rights stipulates that GMA Network should start the series in 2007. With Angel Locsin's rejection of the offer, the network was prompted to give auditions to their roster of young actresses for the highly profiled role. On March 13, 2008, a video of the fifteen actresses who auditioned for the role of MariMar leaked on YouTube. These actresses are Bianca King, Nadine Samonte, Jennylyn Mercado, Ryza Cenon, Jewel Mische, LJ Reyes, Rhian Ramos, Camille Prats, Pauleen Luna, Katrina Halili, Valerie Concepcion, Nancy Castiglione, Cheska Garcia and Karylle.

The role eventually went to Marian Rivera, who beat her closest rival for the role, Jennylyn Mercado. Some actresses who took part in the audition also landed major and supporting roles in the series. The anatagonist role of Angelika Santibanez went first to Bing Loyzaga but replaced by Katrina Halili after her character Ashley killed off from Lupin which would replace it, so the role of Esperanza went to Bing Loyzaga instead. The role of Natalia and Inocencia went to Bianca King and Nadine Samonte respectively.

Awards
    1st Filipino-American Visionary Awards (2008)
        2007 Favorite Television Actor - Dingdong Dantes
        2007 Favorite Television Actress - Marian Rivera
    4th USTv Students' Choice Awards (2008)
        Most Popular Drama/Miniseries
        Most Popular Actor in a Drama/Miniseries - Dingdong Dantes
        Most Popular Actress in a Drama/Miniseries - Marian Rivera
    38th Box-Office Entertainment Awards (2008)
        Most Popular TV Program
        Most Popular TV Directors - Mac Alejandre & Joyce Bernal
        Most Promising Female Star -Marian Rivera [8]
        Phenomenal TV Star - Marian Rivera
    Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Philippines 2008 Favorite TV Show - Marimar

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