Beginning 6 August, love takes on all forms as GMA Network debuts its newest heart-warming primetime series Onanay.
Onanay tells the unique story of Onay, a woman born with Achondroplasia or a bone growth disorder which impeded her growth. Because of this, she is often the subject of ridicule but she chooses to remain positive in life. She gave birth to two beautiful daughters—Maila and Natalie—who cannot be more different from one another. Despite a tragedy and traumatizing events, Onay’s motherly love remains pure and unconditional, the way every mother is to her child.
The series introduces new star Jo Berry, who takes on the role of Onay. Despite her condition, she is loving, kind, warm towards everyone and chooses to always look at the brighter side of things.
Mikee Quintos and Kate Valdez returns to primetime after their successful starring in the hit fantasy show Encantadia ended last year. They play siblings Maila and Natalie.
Maila is a cheerful and obedient daughter who is willing to stand up to anyone who makes fun of her mother. She dreams of graduating and giving her family a comfortable life.
Natalie, on the other hand, is spoiled, arrogant and thinks highly of herself. She is ashamed of her mother’s physical appearance, which is why she often takes out her frustration and anger on Onay.
The show also features the very special participation of Nora Aunor as Nelia, Onay’s supportive mother who will do anything for her child.
Joining them to play an equally important role is Cherie Gil as Helena, a former beauty queen and now a wealthy owner of an online fashion magazine. She is also Onay’s mother-in-law who will make her and Nelia’s life miserable.
Completing the cast are Gardo Versoza as Dante, Nelia’s younger brother who will treat Maila as his own daughter; Wendell Ramos as Lucas, a rich and careless man who used to be an alcohol and drug addict who will later on play an important role in Onay’s life; Rochelle Pangilinan as Sally, Onay’s childhood friend who works at a beauty salon and is very supportive and endeared to Maila; Vaness Del Moral as Imelda, Lucas’ jealous and possessive wife; Enrico Cuenca as Oliver, a handsome school jock who will fall for Maila; and special guest Adrian Alandy as Elvin, the loving and responsible husband of Onay who fell in love with her because of her beautiful innate qualities.
The series is under the helm of actor/director Gina Alajar with the creative team composed of creative director Roy Iglesias, creative head Richard Cruz, creative consultant Suzette Doctolero, headwriter Luningning Ribay, writers Obet Villela, Geng delos Reyes and Tina Samson-Velasco and brainstormers Borj Danao and Brylle Tabora.