Hiram na Alaala: Intimate Interview with Kris Bernal and Dennis Trillo

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Last September 22, Hiram na Alaala debuted on Primetime via GMA Network Telebabad. 
GMA Network once again innovated another primetime series that Filipino viewers got hooked on. Hiram na Alaala narrates a story of a soldier's experience about how he loves his nation, his family and his life.

This unique primetime series is about shared memories which proved that GMA is determined to lead on primetime TV while showcasing the versatility of its lead stars led by Drama King Dennis Trillo as Ivan Legaspi and Kapuso drama sweetheart Kris Bernal as Andrea Dizon, together with multitalented actress Lauren Young as Bethany Sandoval and award-winning actor Rocco Nacino as Joseph Corpuz. 

Bloggers were able to do a set visit at the Hiram na Alaala set and we were lucky to interview some of the major cast together with their director, direk Dominic Zapata.

Direk Dominic is a resident director at GMA 7. He directed some of the top rating teleserye at GMA 7 like Temptation of Wife and My Husband's Lover. Now, Hiram na Alaala is set to make another breakthrough showcasing not only amazing talents of the cast but also a unique story.

According to Direk Dominic, he salutes Philippines soldiers for being very dedicated with their line of duty, offering their lives just so to make our country safe and sound. He feels proud that this teleserye is something new since they are also tackling a psychiatric disorder not many of us know. He mentioned how he researched about Dissociative Fugue which is a mental and psychiatric disorder of Dennis Trillo's character.

Dissociative Fugue is one or more episodes of amnesia in which the inability to recall some or all of one’s past and either the loss of one’s identity or the formation of a new identity occur with sudden, unexpected, purposeful travel away from home.

Specific symptoms include:
The predominant disturbance is sudden, unexpected travel away from home or one’s customary place of work, with inability to recall one’s past.
Confusion about personal identity or assumption of a new identity (partial or complete).

The disturbance does not occur exclusively during the course of Dissociative Identity Disorder and is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition (e.g., temporal lobe epilepsy).

Direk Dominic added that while he was aware how people are talking about Hiram na Alaala via social media sites, he confided that he doesn't really have any social media site like Facebook, Twitter or even Instagram. He feels thankful that Hiram na Alaala trended via Twitter and he wishes people will continue watching the show.

Hiram na Alaala also stars Ms. Shyr Valdez who plays the role of Araceli Corpuz, Julia Lee as Gelai and Kenneth Paul Cruz as Chris Corpuz. Ms. Shyr mentioned the latest updates on her role as Araceli, she said, "Si Araceli, babalik na sya sa mahirap na buhay, mawawala na sya sa mansyon at babalik na si Otep, kailangan back to reality na rin si Araceli, she remains to be maldita, not really that bad, may mga pinagdadaanan din sya since sa kanya lumaki yung mga bata, feeling nya si Rocco, sya yung makakapagbigay sa kanya ng magandang buhay, but since Otep once to get married right away with Andrea, kaya nabubwisit sya kay Andrea, feeling nya si Andrea ang hindrance sa good life na dapat nya maranasan."

With Gelai, Julia said, "Si Gelai is still the ever supportive best friend of Andrea, tuloy pa din support nya kahit may gulo na pero ang advice nya lagi kay Andeng kung san sya masaya dun sya, yun lagi ang sinasabi nya." Julia mentioned that there will be a lot of "kilig" moments, Ms. Shyr added,  "kailangan tumutok ng mga viewers dahil sobrang bago at inteliggent ng show, napaka galing ng mga artista at ng direktor."

Kenneth mentioned that he feels really blessed that he is part of this big soap and working with the biggest stars of GMA 7. As brother of Otep which is Rocco Nacino, he wanted to always gives his best so that the management will not be disappointed with his part and he also got a lot of acting advices from direk and also with his co-actors, "super cool nilang lahat lalo na si Direk, kuya Dennis, lahat sila, tulungan kasi kami lahat dito para maging maayos lagi ang shoot namin." Up until now he is still being recognized as the "Kuya" in the Mcdo commercial which for him is a big stepping stone.

Finally, when we interviewed Kris Bernal who plays Andeng in Hiram na Alaala, she welcomed all our questions with open arms. Even personal questions! What are the things we should look out for in her role, "First dapat nilang abangan kung nahuhulog na ang loob ko kay Ivan at naniniwala ba ako na sumanib si Otep kay Ivan, dun din malalaman ng tao kung sumanib nga ba o sakit or nagpapanggap nga lang ba sya, isa din yung pagbabalik ni Otep, dapat nila abangan yun, kung tatanggapin pa ba sya ni Otep kapag nalaman nya yung mga nangyari sa kanila ni Ivan." 

How intense was the past few taping days of Hiram na Alaala, "sobrang intense, maraming iyak pero may mga light moments din since I have scenes with Ivan na pakilig." Kris 
even talked about her kissing scene with Dennis and we can't help but tease her with the experience, she was joking around when she said, "ay! minamali ko para paulit-ulit yung scene haha! joke lang" We even mentioned that direk said he was giving Kris advice about love like, "namnamin mo yung moment sa mga scenes when you are with him (Dennis) but once I go "Cut!" dapat hanggang dun na lang yun." it seems like a brotherly advice that Kris appreciated. 

Kris talks about how he feels for Dennis, "alam naman nyang crush ko siya pero syempre trabaho lang naman tayo, I should act like I am really in love with him sa teleserye pero alam mo yun na you have to consider a lot of thing before you get serious with someone, naks! parang liligawan naman nya ako! haha! imposible namang mangyari yun, kamusta naman mga naging girl friend nya, matatangkad." Julia Lee who was also present during the interview said that, "oy maganda ka, ikaw talaga! lagi sya ganyan, feeling nya di sya maganda etc." Kris said, "best friend talaga kita! in character ka pa din!"

Kris also talks about her love scene with Dennis, which she also wanted to try because she wanted to try something new. "nakaka concious! kasi andyan lang sya (Dennis) medyo nahiya ako sa katawan ko! medyo pa sweet lang kunwari image, super tagal ko sa cr di ko alam paano gagawin ko para magka muka sexy." "Pero infairness talaga kay Dennis, ang galing nya, when it comes to intimate scenes like kissing scenes ganun, maalaga siya."

When Dennis arrived, we were able to interview them both, Kris asked Dennis, "Nililigawan mo ba si Jen?" we were all laughing and Dennis answered, "No, hindi, friends lang kami nun.." Dennis mentioned that he feels blessed to have this project, a lot of positive comments were said about it which is why he feels more thankful. "Napaka ganda kasi ng mga sinasabi tungkol sa show, lahat kami mula sa mga actors, writers, director we gave all 100% and madami din nagsasabi na maganda cinematography nung show. "

On working with Kris, "magaan sya katrabaho, since first time namin nagkatrabaho, it is something fresh, magaling sya sa mga drama, na-iinspire pa ko ipagpabuti ginagawa ko, hindi ko pa sya masyado kakilala pero it's a process mahaba pa show, matagal pa kami magkakasama."

Dennis talks about his role as Ivan and he mentioned how he researched about the said disorder. He felt excited working on the said role since he always wanted to reinvent himself, more than that he wants to achieve that fulfillment of doing something new every project. 

Dennis added, "Tahimik lang talaga ako, kaya nadadala ko siya sa trabaho, di lang talaga ako masyado madaldal sa personal. " On her dream girl, "simple lang naman, mahilig ako sa magaganda, maganda sa itsura pero maganda rin pag uugali, at gusto ko yung magpapatawa sa akin, may sense of humor, maabilidad, maalaga, magaling mag luto at mahilig lumain kasi mahilig din ako kumain." Kris said, ok lang ba sayo di katangkaran?" Dennis said, "oo naman, ok sa akin, di rin naman ako katangkaran." Kris said, ok lang ba sayo yung mga 25 years old ganun" since she is already 25 years old. Dennis said, Oo, ok din yun." Everyone is having  the time of our lives while listening to their question and answer portion. They look so cute!

Dennis talks about his craft: Acting

It was such a fun experience interviewing the cast of Hiram na Alaala especially Kris Bernal and Dennis Trillo. 

They look so adorable together! Congrats on your show!

Dennis Trillo invites everyone to watch Hiram na Alaala:

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  1. Gwapo ni Dennis! Tnx for the article!

  2. Dennis and Kris look good together. Maganda ang chemistry nila.