MANILA, Philippines -- ABS-CBN is set to heat up the rainy season with its upcoming romance-drama series "Isla."
"Isla" is the newest soap under the "Precious Hearts Romances" series. It will star actors Matteo Guidicelli and Matt Evans, and actresses Jewel Mische and Jessy Mendiola.
The afternoon soap will tell the story of two strangers, Brennan (Guidicelli) and Yani (Mendiola), who get stranded on an island after their ship gets wrecked.
Romance blooms between them as they spend time alone on the island, but the two strangers are not without their respective baggage from the "real world." Brennan is married to his dedicated wife Megan (Mische), while Yani's childhood best friend Justin (Evans) has untold feelings for the young woman.
"My name here is Megan," Mische said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Monday. "She's a young hotelier, she's very successful, she's intelligent, she's tough, and she's an ideal wife to Brennan. It's just that, ideal siya pero nahihirapan sila magka-anak."
"In fact magse-second honeymoon sila (Brennan and Megan), kaya lang na-ship-wreck sila (Brennan and Yani). Hindi ako nag-give up in searching for him, only to find out mayroon palang nangyari sa isla," Mische added.
The romance that grows between Yani and Brennan, Mendiola said, will set off a series of twists and conlicts in the story.
"Doon mangyayari lahat ng love story naming dalawa (Brennan), tapos pagbalik namin ng Manila saka malalaman ni Justin at ni Megan na may nangyari samin ni Brennan," Mendiola said.
"So doon nag-start 'yung conflict naming apat. As the story goes on, sobrang nagbi-build 'yung angst namin sa isa't isa, 'yung love, and 'yung betrayals," she added.
"Isla" is scheduled to start filming next week, according to Guidicelli, and is slated for a release later this year.
It is directed by Nico Hernandez and Connie Macatuno.