ABS-CBN’s afternoon drama “Precious Hearts Romances” marks its first anniversary via another highly-anticipated TV series entitled “Midnight Phantom” which starts showing Monday before “Momay.”
The new series reunites hunk model-actor Rafael Rosell and singer-actress Denise Laurel who’ve worked together in previous PHR series “Bud Brothers,” “You’re Mine Only Mine” and “Substitute Bride.”
“Midnight Phantom” is based on the popular local romance novel by Martha Cecilia. It is the first TV drama that will launch Rafael and Denise an official loveteam. And yes, they admitted during the press conference held for the series at the Chronicle Lounge of ABS-CBN’s ELJ Bldg. that they are very close, having been working together for a long time now. They even have special nicknames for each other.
Box-office director Cathy Garcia-Molina directs the series. She said they’ve been preparing the series for a long time, in fact “dapat mas nauna pa ito sa ‘Bud Brothers,’ but ang nangyari ngayon lang namin nagawa.” She described “Midnight Phantom” as “a story about love, passion betrayal and vengeance.” It revolves around the life of the mysterious radio DJ Brandon (Rafael) who is well-known to his listerners as the “Midnight Phantom.”
Full of twists and turns, viewers will be lured to Brandon’s “scarred past” and his unique way of captivating women with his sweet words. A beautiful college student named Nadja (Denise) falls in love with his voice and eventually would do anything just to meet this adored DJ.
Although she is yet to do a primetime show, Denise said she is thankful that she has always been part of the network’s PHR series. “I feel so blessed and happy na hindi ako nawawalan ng projects.”
Also in the cast of “Midnight Phantom” are Ina Raymundo (who came to the presscon in her glorious pregnancy, her fourth) who plays a bar-singer in her younger days, and the stepmom of Nadja; JM de Guzman, a critically acclaimed indie actor, Charee Pineda, and seasoned actors Spanky Manikan, Beverly Salviejo, Cris Villanueva and Jommy Teotico.
Source: Crispina Martinez-Belen, Manila Bulletin