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Hit Mexican Telenovela ‘Maria Mercedes’ Premieres on TV5

Maria Merces on TV5

MANILA, Philippines — The first episode of the 1992 hit Mexican telenovela “Maria Mercedes” aired on TV5 Monday, replacing “Marimar” in its timeslot.

Dubbed in Tagalog, “Maria Mercedes” is the second telenovela that features the Mexican actress-turned-singer Thalía to air on TV5 after “Marimar.”

The said soap opera first aired on ABS-CBN in 1996. In 2013, ABS-CBN premiered its own Philippine adaptation starring Jessy Mendiola as Maria Mercedes Alegre, Jake Cuenca as Luis Sancuevas and Jason Abalos as Clavio Mondejar. It follows an impoverished young woman named Maria who falls in love with a rich man.

The Tagalized version of “Maria Mercedes” joins the lineup of hit Latin American telenovelas on TV5. It airs every weekday at 2 p.m.

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Arvyn Cerézo
Arvyn Cerézo is an arts and culture writer/reporter with bylines in Book Riot, Publishers Weekly, South China Morning Post, PhilSTAR Life, the Asian Review of Books, and other publications. You can find him on and @ArvynCerezo on Twitter.

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