Local entertainment’s power couple Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera co-produce Jose & Maria’s Bonggang Villa, a milestone project with GMA Network and APT Entertainment that marks their return to the small screen together.
Speaking to the members of the entertainment press, the couple, together with the entire cast, admitted that the sitcom, which premieres tomorrow night on primetime, serves as a realization of a dream they had even before they tied the knot in December 2014.
“Isa ito sa mga pinangarap namin, lalo na sa akin kasi ang tagal ko nang hindi lumabas sa primetime, hindi ako makapaniwala na totoo na ito, na mangyayari na ito kasi pangarap ko talaga magkaroon ng sitcom kasama si Dong,” the actress said.
“Even before we got married, sabi namin sana balang araw magkaroon din tayo ng isang show ulit na magkasama tayo and ‘yung comedy format naman,” Dingdong added saying that aafter a decade, they are ready to once again warm viewers’ hearts.
Marian and Dingdong last shared the screen in the television romance Endless Love in 2010 and in the 2011 period drama, Amaya, where the latter played Ferdinand Magellan.
Joining the couple in the new sitcom are Benjie Paras, Pekto, Shamaine Buencamino, Johnny Revilla, Pinky Amador, Zonia Mejia, Jamir Zabarte, Hershey Neri, and Loujude Gonzalez.
The weekly situational comedy follows the life of newlywed and deeply in love, Jose (Dingdong) and Maria (Marian) who are known in their community as the most hospitable couple.
“Jose and Maria are a married couple who has just transferred to an old house. They will get to meet all the cast members there. Their misadventures begin when they start to transform the house into a bed and breakfast. A lot of fun things will happen,” Dingdong shared.
Jose’s family owns the most popular hotel chain in the country, while, Maria is a celebrated gardener and florist who is known to bring everlasting life to anything that she touches. Sadly, their luck turns around and they are faced with financial issues.
Jose’s Lolo King (Johnny), while disappointed that the couple eloped, gives him the challenge to prove himself and win back his family’s trust and inheritance. He is to revive the family’s first business venture, an old and notoriously haunted bed and breakfast.
Naturally, Jose and Maria take it upon themselves to restore and make ‘Bonggang Villa’ great again; but that does not come without hurdles. As they meet people and well, spirits of dead people, they help both the living and the departed to resolve unfinished businesses and find their path to everlasting paradise.
Seasoned TV host and comedian John ‘Sweet’ Lapus is at the helm of this exciting project.
Jose & Maria’s Bonggang Villa premieres tomorrow night at 7:15 after Pepito Manaloto on GMA-7.