Ashley Ortega Shines in ‘Hearts on Ice’

Sparkle talent Ashley Ortega exudes strength as an athlete in the Philippines’ first-ever ice skating drama, “Hearts on Ice.” In the series, Ashley is able to showcase her ice skating prowess since she started learning the sport when she was only a kid. Now that she’s a champion figure skater in real life, playing the role of a struggling figure skater named Ponggay opposite Xian Lim in the Kapuso drama is perfectly suited for her.

During the mediacon for “Hearts on Ice,” Ashley narrates how her mom and dad introduced her to figure skating and how she developed her love for the sport.

“I dedicate the show to my parents kasi siyempre ‘nung bata pa ako, talagang nag-effort sila, gumastos sila sa mga trainings ko so this is my way of giving back to them. And of course along the process siguro nung 5 years old na ako ‘nung medyo nagma-mature na ako, along the way na-appreciate ko siya, I enjoy performing in front of people, I enjoy falling down on the ice, and then ayun d’un na ‘ko na-inspire to be passionate about my sport. Ginawa ko siya until the age of 12,” she said.

“This show, ‘Hearts on Ice,’ is about inspiring a lot of people specially the kids, tulad ng first episode namin featuring the young Ponggay, it was a magical scene when she steps inside the skating rink, so I hope ‘yung mga viewers, ‘yun din yung ma-feel nila na ma-inspire kasi before when we started taping ‘Hearts on Ice’ ‘yung whole production talaga ‘nung first time namin nag-taping sa ice skating rink, their first time also seeing me skate so may mga camera man, may mga staff na titigil talaga sila sa work nila and they’ll just stare at me while I’m performing. Sana ‘yun yung maabot namin sa viewers na talagang itigil nila lahat ng gagawin nila at tumutok lang sa show to see how inspiring and beautiful the sport is,” she added.

The story of “Hearts on Ice” follows the dramatic journey of Ponggay (Ashley Ortega) who desires to fulfill her overbearing but well-meaning mother’s dream of becoming a figure skating champion. She intends to do this to get her love and validation despite suffering from a leg impairment. Ponggay wants nothing more than to make her mother, Libay, proud.

However, this only made Ponggay’s mother even more skeptical about her capabilities as it could only make things worse for her condition. But this doesn’t stop Ponggay as she meets Enzo (Xian Lim), another “crippled dreamer” who will bring out the best in her.

Joining Ashley and Xian in this series are Amy Austria as Libay, Rita Avila as Yvanna, Tonton Gutierrez as Gerald, Lito Pimentel as Ruben, Ina Feleo as Coach Wendy, Cheska Iñigo as Vivian, Antonette Garcia as Janice, Kim Perez as Bogs, Roxie Smith as Monique, Ruiz Gomez as Oliver, and Skye Chua as Sonja.

Directed by Dominic Zapata, catch Hearts On Ice weeknights on GMA Telebabad.

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