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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 Cerezo (he/they) is the editor of La Jornada Filipina, an English- and Spanish-language news magazine in Manila. His work has appeared in various international news sites. He currently reviews science fiction and fantasy books for the trade magazine Publishers Weekly, and does reporting and commentary on books for Book Riot. You can find them on arvyncerezo.com.

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