During a press conference held by ABS-CBN to formally introduce Dawn Zulueta as the newest cast member in the upcoming teleserye Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin, the actress expressed her gratitude to the network for choosing her to replace Maricel Soriano after the latter reportedly walked out of the set last January 14.

"'Nung pinitch nila yung istorya sa akin, nagandahan talaga ako, lalo na doon sa role ni Maria [Maricel]," Dawn was quoted as saying in an article on PEP.ph. "So, sabi ko, I’d like naman to be able to return it also to the network that has truly helped me (I was really impressed when they pitched the story to me, especially with Maricel's role. So I said, I'd also like to be able to return it also to the network that has truly helped me.)."

Dawn, who has been preparing for the role, also said that she is determined to make the Diamond Star proud of her performance.

"I really like the role and I really want to do the role because I want Maricel to be proud of me. She also prepared a lot sa role na ito para magampanan ito. Some things turned out unfortunately against her. But I sure hope na ang lahat ng pagri-research ko ngayon and pag-portray ko ngayon ng role na dapat sana’y para sa Diamond Star, I hope she will be proud of (She also prepared a lot to be able to portray this role. Some things turned out unfortunately against her. But I sure hope that she will be proud of my portrayal of the role that was initially meant for the Diamond Star.)."

She also shared that she did not find it difficult to act alongside Gerald Anderson, whom Maricel allegedly berated for being a bad actor before she left the set.

"I’m really looking forward to this because nung pinapanood ko si Gerald doing Budoy, talagang napabilib niya talaga ako," she added. "Sabi ko, sana magkaroon pa tayo ng chance na makatrabaho kita. Kasi ngayon, nakikita ko talaga kung ano pa ang kaya mong gawin (I'm really looking forward to this because I was really impressed when I watched Gerald doing Budoy. I told him, I hope I'll be able to get another chance to work with you. Because right now, I can see the things you're capable of doing.). So, I found that so exciting."

(Photo courtesy of PEP.ph)

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