Who will play Armando in Betty La Fea?

By KRIS DANIELLE SUAREZ

The cast of the much-awaited ABS-CBN teleserye “I Love Betty La Fea” was revealed in a sneak peek Monday night, but the big question still remains: who will play Betty’s boss and love interest, Armando?

The first peek at the cast of “Betty,” topbilled by Bea Alonzo, who will play the title character, was shown on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida’s “My Girl!” Monday evening.

The Philippine version of the worldwide hit series adapted characters from both the Colombian and US versions, and the cast includes veteran actors as well as fresh faces in the industry.

Betty is a smart yet unattractive girl, fresh out of college, who wants to prove her worth in the working world. After a lot of unsuccessful job applications, she lands a job at the Eco Moda fashion agency, where she encounters a lot of interesting and difficult characters who aren’t used to seeing anything – or anyone – unfashionable walking along their corridors.

Actress and style icon Ruffa Gutierrez will play Betty’s nemesis Daniella, while comedian Vhong Navarro will play her best friend and officemate Nicolas.

Betty’s family will be portrayed by Ai-Ai De Las Alas (Julia, her mother), Sam Concepcion (Andrew, her brother), and Ronaldo Valdez (Hermes, her father), while Marvin Yap (Bart) and Lloyd Zaragoza (Roman) play her neighbors.

The Eco Moda office will be staffed by Sheryn Regis (Kylie), Meryll Soriano (Rose), Krystel Moreno (Jen), Arlene Tolibas (Cely), CJ Jaravata (Rita), and Sammy Villaresis (Guard), while Daniella’s office clique will be composed of Wendy Valdez (Patricia) and Megan Young (Marcela).

The Eco Moda team will be completed by Joem Bascon (Mario), Randolf Stamalacky (Randy), Ronnie Liang (Enrique), Jojo Alejar (Mac) and Thou Reyes (Hugo).

Since most of the scenes will be shot in an office setting, ABS-CBN decided to construct a full-scale office set just for the series: the Eco Moda office set is already under construction at one of the floors of the Eugenio Lopez Jr. Communications Center building in the ABS-CBN compound.

Story-wise, expect to see a lot of Filipino touches, although a lot of the original elements are being retained.

Only one character remains to be filled, and the producers are still keeping under wraps the identity of the actor who will play the apple of Betty’s eyes. Will Bea finally be sharing kilig scenes with hot hunk Jon Avila, or will she test her on-screen chemistry with either Luis Manzano, Aga Muhlach, Piolo Pascual, or even Bea’s reported new flame Jake Cuenca? Or will diehard fans get their wish granted to see their favorite love team reunited once again? Stay tuned to ABS-CBN, and be the first to know!

“Betty” will soon be shown on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida block.