Songbird Regine Velasquez has a very important role in My Single Lady, the digital series that starts streaming on iWant today. According to its star, who also produced the content, Jodi Sta. Maria, the series would have been completely different had the seasoned chanteuse declined to be part of the project.
The six-part original series, a charming and enlightening take on the life of a single mother with a romantic twist in its modern family comedy series, features original Regine Velasquez songs and is directed and co-written by Carlo Catu, written by Janina Gacosta, and produced by Jodi, B617, and Dreamscape Digital. Ian Veneracion and Zanjoe Marudo are also in the cast.
“Ate Reg, is one of the foundations of the story. Hindi talaga puwedeng hindi sya umoo dito. Chona, the main character in the story, was raised by Regine Velasquez’s impersonator. And Chona, grew up having an illusion that Regine was really her mother. Talagang napaka-importante ng character niya sa story,” Jodi said during the the series’ press conference held early this month.
The 37-year-old actress even shared how nervous she was when she tried getting in touch with the Songbird for the first time.
“She didn’t have my number so when I sent her a text, she couldn’t tell whether it was really me or just some prankster,” she recalled.
“But she’s very accommodating. It wasn’t hard for us to convince her. She’s a very busy person but she sat down with us and gave us a date so she could shoot for the series,” she added.
In My Single Lady, Jodi plays hardworking Chona, a devoted single mother to six-year-old Red (Ynigo Delen) and an avid Regine Velasquez fan.
Amid various jobs and PTA meetings, a spark starts when she meets sweet, reliable electrician BG (Zanjoe), who then vies for her affection. The situation becomes complicated, however, as running mayor Chester (Ian)—Red’s MIA father—returns to the picture and wants to be involved in his son’s life. Although adamant at first, Chona eventually allows father and son to bond upon seeing how Red really wants to get to know his dad.
Chona further becomes conflicted as Chester also attempts to woo her back. In her confusion, she finds comfort in her three best friends.
“It’s a story of a modern family, what a person would sacrifice just to raise a child, acceptance, things that we would really do to make things work. There are so many things that people could learn from the series,” Jodi said.
My Single Lady is the comeback project of the well-received Jodi-Ian tandem since Achy Breaky Hearts, and is the first team-up of Jodi and Zanjoe.
My Single Lady is streaming for free on the iWant app (iOs and Android) or iwant.ph.
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