Janine Gutierrez is the new Lynette in the remake of 'Villa Quintana'

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Most people say she had a very strong resemblance with the original Lynette Quintana who is one of my favorite young actresses in the 90's, Donna Cruz, but GMA 7's next darling Janine Gutierrez declares there could be other reasons why she get to play the new Lynette in the remake of Villa Quintana. 

I am not sure about you but she does look like Donna Cruz to me. 
Coincidentally, Janine Gutierrez will also be the new Lynette in GMA 7's remake of 
the hit 90's drama Villa Quintana. 

"I am honored of course na makumpara sa kanya because ang ganda naman ni Miss Donna and she's also a great actress but I'd like to think that GMA saw something else in me that's why I got the role," says Janine in a very intimate lunch with select bloggers at the Green Vegetarian's Restaurant in Timog Avenue, Quezon City. The lovely (a sincere adjective from this blogger) young actress is being paired with breakthrough performer turned actor Elmo Magalona in the iconic roles of Lynette and Isagani in one of the longest drama series in the 90's.

Villa Quintana is now on its third week and the afternoon soap being shown after Eat Bulaga in GMA 7 is raking in the ratings. "Nakakatakot ang pagiging Lynette at first but I am getting my strength from positive tweets from the fans. Natutuwa naman ako sa lahat ng positive feedback nila," Janine shared. 

As for Elmo, Janine felt the young actor's persistence to make the soap successful. " I can feel that he is trying his best. Maalaga din siya. From workshops to the taping. I can say that he is doing the best he can," she shared. It's coincidence though that actress Lotlot de Leon, Janine's mother, and Elmo's father, the late Francis Magalona, were also a love team back then. 

The original Villa Quintana aired for more than 200 episodes from November 6, 1995 to January 24, 1997, or a resounding 1 year and 2 months but Janine and Elmo are far from being pressured for they are not asked to go the same route. "Si Direk (Gina Alajar) naman doesn't want us to copy the original. She wants us to give it a more fresh take, make it more youthful and more appealing to what the kids are right now. So this will be fast-paced and designed na talagang di siya maging ganun katagal," Janine declares. 

As to the ending, this version might be different too. Lynette and Isagani were killed in the 90's Villa Quintana version but Janine said that their soap might explore a more light and happy ending. Well, to all you Villa Quintana fans like myself, relive the best drama series of the 90's by tuning in to a much younger and faster version of the love story that redefined Philippine programming.  

The remake of Villa Quintana will feature a powerhouse support to Janine Gutierrez and Elmo Magalona. The cast also include Sunshine Dizon, Raymart Santiago, Paolo Contis, Maricar de Mesa, Tanya Garcia, Marky Lopez, Juancho Trivino, Rita de Guzman and singer Kyla on her first character role. 

Here is a portion of the interviews at the show's grand press conference. 

Apologies for the low quality of this photo but this is grabbed from my Instagram: mj_deleon.
INSIDER'S NOTES: Me and my fellow bloggers were convincing Janine to join a national 
pageant, Binibining Pilipinas for example, and Janine relayed she doesn't have concrete plans
as of the moment. Standing at 5'6" and towering with heels, Janine shared that her aunt, 
Miss World 1993 Second Princess Ruffa Gutierrez, is also convincing her to join. 
Who knows, she could be our next Megan Young. 

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