Rachel Alejandro to join new Kapamilya series

Posted at 12/14/2012 8:43 PM | Updated as of 12/15/2012 12:13 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Rachel Alejandro will portray the erstwhile rival of Vina Morales' character in the upcoming ABS-CBN series "May Isang Pangarap."

Rachel Alejandro. File photo

During a sitdown interview with reporters on Thursday, Alejandro said she will have a guest appearance in the upcoming Kapamilya soap, which recently started filming.

"May Isang Pangarap" is among the several new shows lined up for ABS-CBN's TV programming in the first quarter of 2013. It was formally launched at the ABS-CBN Thanksgiving Trade Party last week.

Along with Morales, Carmina Villaroel was introduced as among the series' cast members.

According to Alejandro, Morales will "play the mom of the kid that's supposed to become a star."

"[My part] is a guest role," Alejandro said. "Marami kasi silang stars na nilagay, para bongga 'yung opening. That's what I'm doing now, kaka-start lang."

"It's the part of the story where they're establishing Vina was an aspiring singer na nananalo sa mga contest, then ako 'yung rival niya from Bohol. We're both from Bohol," Alejandro added.

Her guest appearance in "May Isang Pangarap" marks Alejandro's return to acting for television. The stage performer said she had decided to take a break from the "taxing" performance required of a TV actor, citing its adverse effect on her singing voice.

Late last year, Alejandro and other Filipino theater actors topbilled the Singaporean staging of the Broadway hit "Avenue Q." It ran from September 27 until October 4, with some shows sold out to "an entire office of Filipinos" based in the city-state, according to Alejandro.

In 2013, Alejandro will take on Jinky Llamanzares' role in Atlantis Productions' local staging of "Rock of Ages." The Broadway show, which also stars Morales, will have its re-run starting July next year, Alejandro said.