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EXCLUSIVE: Barbie Forteza shares realization about the past, present shown in GMA Network’s ‘Maria Clara at Ibarra’

The primetime princess also goes into the similarities of the past and present by citing injustice as a common denominator of each era. 

On October 21, in an exclusive interview with LionheartTV, Kapuso actress Barbie Forteza discussed the differences and similarities that can be seen in the overlapping timeline of Maria Clara at Ibarra into the present times. 

“Dati ‘di porket ikaw ang pinaka mayaman, ikaw ang pinakamakapangyarihan. Kasi nung panahon ng 1880s ang pinakamakapangyarihan pa rin ay ang mga prayle. Ngayon, money is power,” Forteza differentiated. 



The primetime princess also goes into the similarities of the past and present by citing injustice as a common denominator of each era. 

“I guess ‘yung injustice. Ibang pamamaraan and ibang tao lang ‘yung nagpoportray, but still meron pa rin tayong injustice, unfortunately…” she emphasized.

“Hindi ko nga alam, gabi-gabi may napapanood akong hit and run, tapos parang naabswelto na lang sila. Diba parang ang dali lang makawala sa mga ganyan… Nakakalungkot lang para doon sa mga pamilya na naapektuhan. Na hindi makalaban just because they don’t have enough para lumaban.”

Despite inequality being difficult to eliminate in today’s time, Forteza commended the developed treatment that women are getting as time goes by.

“Thankfully, ngayon, umaangat na ang mga kababaihan unlike before. Na medyo inilalaban pa ni Klay ang women’s rights. Ngayon nakakatuwa kahit papaano may progress sa part na ‘yon.”

Gathering continuous praises, GMA Network’s newest primetime masterpiece Maria Clara at Ibarra is a historical fantasy that serves as both educational and entertaining for tackling the most crucial yet relatable issues in society. 

The television series encourages its viewers to understand Philippine history from a modern perspective.

Aside from Forteza, stellar performances from Dennis Trillo as Crisostomo Ibarra and Julie Anne San Jose as Maria Clara are also evident. 



Watch Maria Clara at Ibarra at 8 p.m. on weeknights on GMA; and 9:40 p.m. Monday to Friday on GTV. 

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