Maricel Soriano Vs Gerald Anderson Taping Incident: What really happened?

Maricel Soriano Vs Gerald Anderson incident at 'Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin' taping caused Maricel to be removed from the teleserye cast.

Diamond Star Maricel Soriano and one of today's brightest young stars, Gerald Anderson, clashed on the set of ABS-CBN's 'Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin', leading to Maricel's removal from the said upcoming soap. has reported that Maricel Soriano and Gerald Anderson had a misunderstanding (a major one) while doing a scene.

The first taping day of 'Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin' was held the other Monday, January 14, 2013. Maricel and Gerald play mom and son in what's supposed to be Maricel's comeback project on ABS-CBN.

Allegedly, Maricel shouted at Gerald because the latter couldn't act out the required scene and was unable to deliver his lines properly. The veteran actress allegedly got irked by Gerald's bad acting, causing delay in the taping.

But another version alleges that it's Maricel who was unable to execute her scenes due to her still uncured depression. (Last November, she admitted on 'Rated K' that she had sufferred depression.)

Maricel is an established actress with numerous acting awards during her 3-decade showbiz career. Gerald meanwhile is no match to Maricel's impressive acting resume, but has already proven his worth as an actor, especially in his last teleserye "Budoy" which earned him much praises and accolades.

On Monday night, ABS-CBN has already issued a statement about the Maricel Soriano - Gerald Anderson issue, stating that Maricel will no longer be part of 'BNLKM'. But the network didn't elaborate on what really happened during the taping and only described it as an "unfortunate incident" between Maricel and Gerald.

"Due to the unfortunate incident between Gerald Anderson and Maricel Soriano that transpired on the first taping day of 'Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin', the ABS-CBN management and the management of Maricel Soriano will no longer be part of the cast," the statement said as aired on 'Bandila' last night.

This just proves that Gerald is now the more powerful and influential actor than Maricel, since the latter was the one removed from the cast and not Gerald. In business point of view, it's understandable though because Gerald is said to be the main draw of the teleserye and not Maricel, who since she left ABS-CBN 3 years ago has already lost the star status that she used to have. (But of course, she's still among the highly respected actresses in the country.)

And even if we assume Gerald was at fault, ABS-CBN still wouldn't remove him from the cast and would try to fix things up between him and Maricel. If that's the case, obviously it didn't work, leading to Ms. Maricel as the one sacrificed from the show, which also stars Cristine Reyes, Rayver Cruz, Diana Zubiri, Tonton Gutierrez and Dina Bonnevie.

Star Magic, who handles Gerald, has also issued its own statement backing Gerald's acting ability and professionalism. "Star Magic has the utmost confidence not only in Gerald Anderson's exceptional ability as an actor, but also in his unassailable personal character and professional behavior. The incidents that led to the removal of Maricel from Gerald's latest telenovela were not provoked or instigated by Gerald in any manner."

If you've noticed in how the statement was constructed, the soap was Gerald's and not Maricel's.

Maricel's managers Shirley Kuan and Viva Entertainment Inc. have not yet released their own statement about the Maricel vs Gerald issue.

I hope that Ms. Maricel Soriano will still be able to make a big successful comeback even if it's already for a brand new program.

PEP has also reported that Dawn Zulueta is most likely the one to replace Maricel Soriano in 'Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin'. -

Photo credit to ABS-CBN News
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