Pinoy Manila visits the set of Anna Karenina

Do you still remember the 1996 GMA’s TV Series Anna Karenina? I’m sure some of you are always watching this show to know who among the three girls is the Monteclaro’s lost heiress. Is she Anna, Karen or Nina?


To all the fans of the show, GMA recreates its very own classic teledramas with the remake of Anna Karenina. The modern version features Krystal Reyes, Barbie Forteza and Joyce Ching. It is still based on the 1996 original television series with a twist of new exciting stories. If you forgot the 3 main stars on the old version, they were Antoinette Taus,Sunshine Dizon and Kim delos Santos

Krystal Reyes plays the role of Anna, Barbie Forteza is Karen and Joyce Ching plays the role of Nina. The three stars are paired with Kapuso tween heartthrobs Derrick Monasterio, Julian Trono, and Hiro Peralta.

Krystal Reyes
Krystal Reyes
Barbie Forteza
Barbie Forteza
Joyce Ching
Joyce Ching

In the story of Anna Karenina, Doya Carmela posted a 10,000,000 peso reward for whoever finds her granddaughter, Anna Karenina Monteclaro. Hundreds of 15-year old girls will claim the identity of Anna Karenina but most of them are fake; except for three girls who showed authentic birth certificates and other proofs – all three girls bear the same name yet they have different motives.

I’m so lucky I was invited to visit the set of the show. The setting was in Balete, Batangas. We interviewed some of the cast members of the show including the 3 stars of Anna Karenina.

Kathleen Hermosa -Maybelyn dela Cruz-anna-karenina
Kathleen Hermosa and Maybelyn dela Cruz

After taking our lunch, we headed to the tent of Kathleen Hermosa and Maybelyn dela Cruz. Both of them are really gorgeous. They welcomed our invitation even they are not yet finish with their makeup and setting their stuff for the shooting.

Kat plays the role of half sister of Anna. She’s so happy to be part of the show with talented cast members and good director. Kat added she is now giving the 100% of her time in showbiz. She wants to focus more on her acting career.

Surprisingly Maybelyn plays the role of mother of Kat and Krystal. Even she looks young to play the mother role, she believes on the show’s director that the role fits for her. The mother role will also help her to improve more on acting and engage into different roles. Other than acting, Maybelyn is a councilor in Dagupan City.


After our interview with Maybelyn and Kat, we went to the tent of Krystal, Barbie and Joyce. It really shows the three beautiful girls are very close to each other. They have lots of stories want to share. Barbie and Joyce shared at first they having a hard time to approach Krystal because of being too behave. But after a week of shooting, Krystal became talkative in the set.  Krystal, Barbie and Joyce are not only friends on the show, they are  real friends off cam.

We also interviewed the fourth Anna Karenina..Who is she? So you better watch out for that…

Other cast members of the drama show are Sandy Andolong, Juan Rodrigo, Yul Servo, Ana Roces, Neil Ryan Sese,  Valerie Concepcion with Allan Paule,   Maureen Larrazabal, Alicia Mayer, Joanna Marie Tan and with the special participation of Yasmien Kurdi as Maggie Monteclaro, the mother of Anna Karenina.

The show  is directed by award winning director Gina Alajar.

Anna Karenina airs weekdays after 24 Oras on GMA Telebabad.

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