‘Sa Piling Ni Nanay’: Yasmien, Mark and Katrina Tackle the Issue of Surrogacy in New Afternoon Drama Series

StarStruck Season 1 alumni Yasmien Kurdi, Mark Herras and Katrina Halili reunite in another original and intriguing drama of the Kapuso Network titled “Sa Piling Ni Nanay.” The new Afternoon Prime series which is set to premiere this Monday, June 27, 2016, tackles the issue of surrogacy.

Mark Herras, Yasmien Kurdi and Katrina Halili

GMA Network’s “Sa Piling Ni Nanay” tells the story of a surrogate mother and her selfless love for the daughter she carried.

Yasmien is Ysabel, a single mother to her loving daughter Maymay. She works as a personal assistant to Scarlet, a socialite, to be played by Katrina. However, Scarlet cannot bear a child so she convinces Ysabel to become their surrogate. She agrees to surrogacy because she needs money for the treatment of Maymay’s bone marrow transplant.

But half-way through Ysabel’s pregnancy, Maymay unexpectedly dies from an accident. Due to depression and loneliness, Ysabel breaks the surrogacy agreement, flees with the baby and decides to raise her as her own, calling her Maya in memory of her daughter who passed away.

Mark, on the other hand, portrays Jonas, a bachelor who secretly has feelings for Ysabel. But his love for her turned into hatred when she took away Scarlet’s child who is also the grandchild of his aunt Matilda.

With Ysabel and Scarlet’s battle to win Maya, who has the real rights over the child? The mother by blood or the mother who gave birth to her? Is blood thicker than love?

Joining them are seasoned actress Nova Villa as Matilda, Scarlet’s rich mother-in-law who eagerly wants a grandchild from her; Bettina Carlos as Wanda, Scarlet’s OB/GYN friend who gave consent to her request to conduct surrogacy; Antonio Aquitania as Rod, Ysabel’s abusive live-in partner; Sofia Jayzel Cabatay as Maya, the child of Ysabel born out of surrogacy.

Sa Piling Ni Nanay is directed by Gil Tejada Jr.

Behind this engrossing drama is the creative team composed of Creative Director Roy Iglesias; Creative Head for Afternoon Prime Dode Cruz; Creative Unit Head Marides Garbes-Severino; Creative Consultant Suzette Doctolero; Headwriter Obet Villela; Writers Jonathan Cruz, Jake Somera; Brainstormers Nehem Dallego, Gilda Olvidado, Kutz Enriquez; Concept Creator Rhona Lean Sales.

The program is another original creation of the GMA Drama group under the supervision of Senior Vice President for Entertainment TV Lilybeth G. Rasonable; Vice President for Drama Redgie Acuña-Magno; Assistant Vice President for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy; Program Manager Nini Matilac and Executive Producer Jojo Aleta.

Witness how a mother’s love can protect her child in Sa Piling Ni Nanay beginning June 27 after “Hanggang Makita Kang Muli” on GMA Afternoon Prime.

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