MANILA, MAY 6, 2011 (MALAYA) GMA-7 brings to light an inspiring new addition to its primetime block with the premiere of its pioneering family drama this year, "Munting Heredera."

This latest Kapuso offering tells of a grandmother’s search for the missing piece in her life, her "munting heredera."

Portraying the lead character of Doña Anastacia, a self-made, widowed businesswoman, is revered veteran actress and one of the original Philippine movie queens – Gloria Romero, who makes her first appearance in a Kapuso teledrama.

Playing equally significant roles are Mark Anthony Fernandez as Jacob, Doña Anastacia’s only grandson; Camille Prats as Sandra/Susan, Jacob’s girlfriend; Katrina Halili as Lynette, an ambitious former entertainer; Luz Valdez as Marya, Doña Ana’s best friend and executive assistant; Gabby Eigenmann as Desmond, Claire’s husband and Jacob’s unproductive cousin; Leandro Baldemor as Philip, a doctor and Lynette’s lover; Ynez Veneracion as Claire, Desmond’s manipulative wife; Neil Ryan Sese as Simeon, a man secretly in love with Sandra; and Tween Stars Krystal Reyes as Gemma, Lupita’s deprived but hardworking scholar; Kristoffer Martin as TJ, Rachel’s love interest; and Joyce Ching as Kyla, Desmond and Claire’s arrogant daughter.

Asian Television Awards Best Actor Roderick Paulate takes on the important role of Manny, a closet homosexual math teacher whose yearning for a child will push him to adopt one.

The Kapuso Network also proudly introduces three of its newest young discoveries, Barbara Miguel as Calilla, Kyle Daniel Ocampo as Michelle, and Mona Louise Rey as Jennifer. One will claim to be the heiress to Doña Anastacia’s wealth, another will grow up lacking in many things in life, while the true "munting heredera" will be raised in the humble yet loving arms of her adoptive parent, completely unaware of her true identity, and the vast fortune that awaits her. But in the end, fate will lead her to where she truly belongs, and claim what is rightfully hers.

Directed by multi-award winning filmmaker Maryo J. delos Reyes and written by Agnes Gagelonia-Uligan, "Munting Heredera" tackles universal issues concerning each member of the family. As the show actively follows the lead character’s search for her "munting heredera," discover how a family once torn apart by pride, selfishness and greed can still be restored by love, forgiveness, and faith.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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