Team Jolly and Sparkada members take the primetime spotlight via “LUV IS: Caught In His Arms”

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  • Each night will be filled with love,
    kilig, and inspiration for the Kapuso viewers as GMA7
    brings to light its first primetime offering for 2023, “LUV IS: Caught In His
    Arms, beginning this January 16.

    The program is bannered by the newgen leading lady Sofia Pablo as
    Florence and the newgen leading man Allen Ansay as Nero, together with the
    Sparkada boys: Michael Sager as Owen, Vince Maristela as Tristan, Raheel
    Bhyria as Aldus, Sean Lucas as Troy.

    Sofia and Allen, or also known as Team Jolly, equally shared how grateful they are to
    headline their firstever primetime series.

    According to Sofia,
    “I’m really thankful na pinagkatiwalaan kami ni Allen for this project.
    Ang sayasaya namin and I hope makapagpakilig kami. Bilang paghahanda naman
    personally, nagaral akong magluto online kasi si Florence magaling magluto. Gusto kong
    ibigay ang best ko kaya ‘yung cooking scenes dito, ako talaga ‘yun.”

    “Nagpapasalamat kami sa GMA Network at Sparkle sa ibinigay nilang tiwala. Talagang
    binigay ko ang 100% ko rito kasi si Nero napakalayo sa totoong Allen, the way na
    magsalita at gumalaw. Sobrang nagulat ako na gaganap akong mayaman pero nagiging
    madali ‘yung trabaho kapag nandiyan si Sofia, teamwork talaga kami,” Allen added.

    The Sparkada boys also admitted that they felt the pressure of doing this show, but it
    made them more motivated to improve their acting skills.
    “We want to prove our spot in this industry and this is a big break for us. I prepared by
    really creating a good relationship with Sofia and Allen kasi it’s my first time to work with
    them,” Michael shared.
    “Naniniwala ako na every project is an opportunity to grow. I’m sure sa mga susunod na
    projects, mas mahahasa na kami dahil sa experiences namin,” Vince said.
    “I can’t deny na napressure ako pero ‘yun ang way para maggrow ako. During
    our lockedin taping, marami kaming natutunan na puwede naming dalhin sa next
    shows,” Raheel reiterated.
    “We didn’t expect to be given such an opportunity at such an early stage of our career.
    There are moments that we wanted to crumble under the pressure, but since we are all
    together, they helped us to not give up,” Sean mentioned.
    Playing equally important roles in the series are Sparkada girls, Caitlyn Stave as
    Antonia, the campus queen bee and Nero’s exgirlfriend; Tanya Ramos as Aira, one of
    the bullies in Florence’s life; Cheska Fausto as Camilla, the adventurous, rich girl who
    will cause stress to Florence inside the university; Kirsten Gonzales as Lina, a friend of
    Florence who grew up from a middleclass family until they won the lottery.

    Completing the cast are some of the country’s most respected artists in film and
    television: Ariel Ureta as Lolo Garpidio, the wealthy and affectionate grandfather of the
    Ferell boys; Audie Gemora as Rogelio, the patriarch of the Almeros and the business
    rival of Lolo Garpidio; Debraliz Valasote as Serafica, the intimidating yet loyal servant
    of the Ferells; Bobby Andrews as Lorenzo, the son of Lolo Rogelio who lost his will to
    live after his wife died and his daughter went missing; Gio Alvarez as Frederico, the
    sweet and amusing father of Florence; Denise Joaquin as Lydia, the strict but loving
    mother of Florence; Rain Matienzo as Ash, a close friend of the Ferell boys who will
    later on become Florence’s confidante; Boom Labrusca as Dencio, the driver of the
    Ferells who treats Florence as his own child.

    This highlyanticipated drama is a production of GMA Network in collaboration
    with Wattpad WEBTOON Studios. Based on the breakthrough web novel of Ventre
    Canard, it follows the story of Florence, a beautiful and bubbly teenager who loves to
    cook.

    She was awarded a scholarship from the prestigious Gyronella University. However, she
    had to set her dreams aside after her father was diagnosed with a heart ailment. Florence
    looks for a job to make ends meet and fortunately, she gets an opportunity to cook for
    the Ferells, one of the richest clans in town.

    In the Ferell mansion, Florence meets the amiable Lolo Garpidio and his five grandsons,
    Owen, Tristan, Aldus, Troy, and Nerothe most mysterious of them all. Every day seems
    like a struggle for Florence as the five guys pester and annoy her. But in return, Florence
    uses her culinary skills to slowly win their hearts, especially Nero who will soon develop
    feelings for her.

    As a reward for her great performance, Lolo Garp permits Florence to study at Gyronella
    University with the Ferell boys. While navigating college life, she gains a friend in Lina,
    but she also has to endure the bullying of mean girls, Antonia, Aira, and Camilla.

    Little does Florence know that as she juggles romantic, academic, work, and family issues,
    she is bound to discover the truth about her identity. How will it affect her blossoming
    relationship with the Ferells? Is there really a chance of love between Florence and Nero?

    GMA’s Assistant Vice President for Drama Helen Rose Sese guarantees that the
    audience will love the young and fresh stars of the series,
    “Based sa material, kitangkita
    na may mga ibubuga sila and we’re proud of them. Salamat sa support at tulong ni Direk
    Barry Gonzalez dahil naging magaling sila sa acting. Makikita ng viewers sa palabas kung
    gaano sila kadeserving sa project na ito.”

    On the other hand, Wattpad WEBTOON Studios Development Executive and Creator
    Manager for International Operations and Strategy Mr. Ryan Benitez highlights their
    journey with the Kapuso Network,
    “We have been working with GMA to find the perfect
    story to launch this partnership and Caught In His Arms was one of our mostwell loved
    stories. We are so glad that we have partnered with GMA because they understand our
    vision.”

    The show’s director, Barry Gonzalez, details how the cast developed chemistry and
    camaraderie throughout their lockin taping,
    “Sobrang nagulat ako kasi overwhelming
    ‘yung galing ng mga batang ito. Magaling ang Sparkle kasi tama ang pagpili sa kanila,
    lahat sila nagexcel nang sobra. Mahirap siya nung una pero nung tumagal,
    nagtutulungan na sila kaya sobrang saya at fulfilling.”

    The series is made possible under the supervision of GMA SVP for Entertainment
    Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable; VP for Drama Cheryl ChingSy; AVP for Drama Helen
    Rose Sese; Senior Program Manager Antonio R. Pastorpide; and Executive
    Producer Michele Robles Borja.

    The creative team behind this inspirational drama is composed of Creative Director Aloy
    Adlawan; Content Development Consultant Ricky Lee; Head Writer Mark Duane
    Angos; Writers Jimuel Dela Cruz and Kutz Enriquez; and Brainstormer Patrick
    Ilagan; 360 Content Synergy Head Ays De Guzman; Senior Associate
    Producer Jefflyn Abrea; and Junior Associate Producer Edda Joy Pelingon;

    Catch the world premiere of “LUV IS: Caught In His Arms” on January 16, weeknights at
    8:50 p.m. on GMA and at 11:30 PM from Monday to Thursday and at 11 PM every Friday
    on GTV.

    Viewers abroad can also catch the program via GMA Pinoy TV. For more stories about
    the Kapuso Network, visit
    www.GMANetwork.com.

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