NOYNOY AQUINO as Crisostomo Ibarra
Character study: Crisostomo Ibarra is the son of Don Rafael Ibarra, a man larger than life in the town of San Diego but who gets into trouble because he questions the Church's practices. So Padre Damaso makes his life miserable, and Don Rafael dies before Crisostomo can come home from Europe. Alas, the Crisostomo Ibarra-Maria Clara love story does not have a happy ending. Acting job: President Noynoy Aquino is the son of a man whose life was made miserable when he dared to question the Establishment. Chances are, he can relate to the character. However, he might have to undergo acting workshops or speech sessions to improve the way he delivers his lines. Moreover, it looks like the Noynoy Aquino-Shalani Soledad love story isn't going to have a happy ending.
SHALANI SOLEDAD as Maria Clara
Character study: Maria Clara is the sweetheart of CrisÃ³stomo Ibarra, the hero of Noli Me Tangere. She is the daughter of Pia Alba. Though she thinks that Don Santiago de los Santos or Capitan Tiago is her father, her real progenitor is actually Padre Damaso. Though Maria Clara is portrayed as a silent and passive character, one has to admire her tenacity when it came to finding out the truth about her mother being raped by the friar. Acting job: Just like Maria Clara, Shalani Soledad is an expert at saying it best by saying nothing at all. She also has a complicated relationship with her own father. As she candidly revealed in an interview with Kris Aquino, "Hiwalay kasi sila ng mommy ko. Since I was small, hiwalay na sila.There was really no relationship [with my father] but yes, I know him. Kasi magkaaway sila ngmommy ko."
MIKEY ARROYO as Padre Salvi
Character study: Padre Bernardo Salvi is the thin and sickly curate who secretly desires Maria Clara, the sneaky bastard who stays in the sidelines and then goes in for the kill when people are vulnerable. Acting job: Let's face it, Mikey Arroyo...