THE localized version of the hit Mexican telenovela “Marimar” (Marian Rivera) tells the story of a young and naïve woman whose life is changed when she marries Sergio Santibañez (Dingdong Dantes). The hostility of Sergio’s family, especially the cruelty of Angelika (Katrina Halili) drives Marimar to the harsh reality of her love for Sergio. With everything that has happened, she transforms herself from a poor and innocent girl into a rich, willful and sophistacted woman: Bella Aldama. How will she use this new person on Sergio and those who once made her life miserable?

Marimar is GMA-7’s current Philippine drama that is now making waves and raking all the ratings, reaching up to an amazing 49.5% (so far).

Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera lead the cast of this remake-adaptation. The original “Marimar” starring Thalia was massive a hit in the Philippines and putting a Filipino taste to it involved altering the setting and the storylines.

You can immediately see how the plot twists and turns are made to avoid the show’s predictability. However, the twists are already becoming confusing and too much to handle. You may find it difficult to understand who’s the real sister of who and what’s happening to which character. It tends to drain the brain because you are constantly trying to keep up with what’s happening. Despite all of the ups and downs, this ‘rollercoaster’ style keeps the viewers glued on their TV sets. People will find it fun to guess what’s going to happen next.

Upcoming star Marian Rivera ousted other GMA (Nadine Samonte, Jennylyn Mercado, Karylle, Katrina Halili) and even ABS-CBN (Angelica Panganiban, Rica Peralejo) talents for the coveted role of Marimar. She’s got the looks, the locks, the body, the moves and the charisma to portray Thalia’s saucy character.

Local TV buffs anticipated for GMA’s ambitious move and take on this series. Curiosity levels are high thus resulting to the whopping ratings. The localized version of the sexy...