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Lizquen's Make It With You (Television Series 2020) - Filipino and Croatian Cast

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Precy enjoys helping others learn to speak and appreciate the Filipino language. She also speaks Ilocano.

'Make It With You' is an ABS-CBN television series starring Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil.

'Make It With You' is an ABS-CBN television series starring Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil.

Make It With You - Newest Kapamilya Series of the Year 2020

ABS-CBN started the year with a new tv series titled Make It With You with Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil as the leading stars. The on-screen and real life sweetheart flew to Croatia for the said Kapamilya tv series September of 2019. It was also August of last year when the couple mentioned they were working on a new project.

Make It With You teaser which was released on YouTube 21st of September stirred excitement amongst LizQuen fans as they will see the couple again on screen after their last Kapamilya drama fantasy series Bagani ended August of 2018.

Make It With You started its pilot episode 13th of January right after Coco Martin's Ang Probinsyano.

Directors, Writer and Cast

Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina and Richard Arellano, this most awaited Kapamilya series is written by Mark Angos and is produced by Star Creatives.

Since the setting is in Croatia, a lot of Croatian stars are included in the series as well as seen on the teaser. Other Filipino stars are below and hopefully I could add more including most of the foreign stars.

Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano

The 27 year old actor will play the character of 'Gabo' or Gabriel, an Overseas Filipino Worker or OFW in Croatia who is in search of his purpose in life. Having a lot of similarities with his father (portrayed by Ian Veneracion) creates conflict between the two.

Liza, the Filipino-American actress said this romance-comedy series is one of her most difficult characters to portray. She will give character to 'Billy' short for Belinda, a diligent and independent young woman who's flirty yet smart. Aside from her regular work, Billy goes to dates hoping to find her match but it's more of a side hustle than finding the perfect one. The 'raketera' or side hustler Belinda or Billy lives in Croatia and speaks the country's language fluently.

On their ASAP appearance last January 5, Liza said it was an amazing experience filming in Croatia.

"I played Billy Dimaguiba," Liza said on their presscon with the rest of the cast. "Billy is, she's very strong-willed, confident, family oriented and she has this dream of becoming a famous pastry chef."

On and off-screen couple Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano. Enrique portrays Gabriel Villarica or Gabo and Liza portrays Billy.

On and off-screen couple Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano. Enrique portrays Gabriel Villarica or Gabo and Liza portrays Billy.

Pokwang

The actress, comedian and tv host known by her stage name 'Pokwang' is one of the main cast giving character to Jessica, sister of Toni played by Ian Veneracion and aunt to Gabo.

"I'm Ken's, Gabo's tita," said Pokwang. "And believe it or not, he's my brother," she added pointing to the actor who's sitting next to her and the crowd burst out laughing.

Pokwang as Jessica, sister of Enrico.

Pokwang as Jessica, sister of Enrico.

Pokwang or Marrieta Subong as her real name also appeared on the long running tv series FPJ: Ang Probinsyano. This project with LizQuen will be her comeback after her character as Amor Nieves on the said action drama television series.

Vangie Labalan

The veteran actress who also used to produced radio and tv commercials will give life to Lola Iling, the perky wife of Lolo Aga, Billy's grandmother.

The actress whose birth name is Maria Cristina Labalan also made another appearance on the currently airing Kapamilya tv series Pamilya Ko as nanny to Loida Magtulis, actress Irma Adlawan.

Veteran actress Vangie Labalan as Lola Iling.

Veteran actress Vangie Labalan as Lola Iling.

Fumiya Sankai

The 24 year old Japanese Pinoy Big Brother 8 housemate and YouTube vlogger Fumiya Sankai is sure to add some character in this series. Seeing him on the trailer already excites his fans. Fumiya will portray Yuta, a Japanese with a bubbly personality. Not only that this will be his first tv series appearance but this is Fumiya's first time in Croatia.

YouTuber and PBB 8 housemate Fumiya Sankai (on the right) as Yuta.

YouTuber and PBB 8 housemate Fumiya Sankai (on the right) as Yuta.

Eduardo Pickett Gutierrez

The veteran actor who is professionally known as Eddie Gutierrez took the role of being Billy's family. He will give character to Lolo Aga, the father of Toni (Herbert Bautista) a loving and groovy grandfather to Billy.

"I am Lolo Aga, I am Liza's grandfather and I portray a groovy old man with a little bit of Elvis-like character so I'm sure you all will enjoy it," said the actor on their press conference Thursday, January 9.

The veteran actor Eddie Gutierrez with wife Anabelle Rama. He will portray Lolo Aga, Billy's grandfather.

The veteran actor Eddie Gutierrez with wife Anabelle Rama. He will portray Lolo Aga, Billy's grandfather.

Herbert Bautista

The 51 year old actor and former politician will be seen again on ABS-CBN tv series after Ikaw Lamang on the said network year 2014.

Herbert Bautista also known as Bistek, is one of the stars on Make It With You. He will portray the role of Toni, a sweet and caring father to Billy, son of Lolo Aga and Lola Iling and a second generation bakeshop owner.

On their press conference which was also live on Star Creatives Facebook page, Bistek jokingly said he was an adopted son of Lolo Aga on the series. That we will soon find out on the premiere date.

Bistek as Toni Dimaguiba.

Bistek as Toni Dimaguiba.

Katya Santos

The actress and model Katya Santos portrays Helen Catapang. Based on watching the teaser and with the post of Star Creatives on their Instagram for the holiday season, Katya who's portraying the character of Helen is either a family or a really good friend of Billy (Liza Soberano).

Together with the cast, Katya introduced her role as Billy's family and guardian in Croatia. The actress said she is the ate or an older sister/guardian/bff to Belinda or Billy.

The actress together with Fumiya Sankai. Katya is Helen, a family member to Billy while in Croatia.

The actress together with Fumiya Sankai. Katya is Helen, a family member to Billy while in Croatia.

Ian Veneracion

The 44 year old actor-singer will be seen again on the limelight after A Love To Last ended year 2017 with actress Bea Alonzo. The actor will portray as Enrico Villarica, father to Gabo played by Enrique Gil.

The actor said, he and Gabo has so much similarities as father and son which is also the reason why often it results in a clash.

The character of Enrico Cruz will be played by actor Ian Veneracion.

The character of Enrico Cruz will be played by actor Ian Veneracion.

Katarina Rodriguez

The Filipino-American actress described her role as a fashionable and nice person, somewhat a picture-perfect girlfriend. She is playing the role as Gabo's girlfriend, and made her appearance on the second week of Make it With You as Rio Isla.

Katarina Rodriguez is also a model and an athlete. She joined America's Next Top Model winning third place of season 2 last 2014 and won the crown of Miss World Philippines 2018.

Rio Isla, Gabo's girlfriend, is 2018 Miss World Philippines Katarina Rodriguez.

Rio Isla, Gabo's girlfriend, is 2018 Miss World Philippines Katarina Rodriguez.

Kalil Ramos

Kalil Ramos, known as "Sputnik" in the series appeared on the second week. The 24 year old actor and singer portrays as a young lawyer and childhood friend of Belinda Dimaguiba or Billy.

Sputnik is the 24 year old actor and singer Kalil Ramos.

Sputnik is the 24 year old actor and singer Kalil Ramos.

Jeremiah Lisbo

The new young actor who became a Star Magic Circle talent last year said he will portray a rich nerd role in the series when asked on their press conference few days before the premiere date.

Jeremiah Jordan Romano Lisbo appeared on a Mc. Donald's commercial with Siobhan Moylan. He also shared on an interview with YouTuber Runner Rocky last June that the on and off-screen couple are currently working on a new series which was later announced by Star Creative month of September.

Jeremiah Lisbo (on the left) wearing fuschia colored sweatshirt.

Jeremiah Lisbo (on the left) wearing fuschia colored sweatshirt.

Anthony Jennings

The charming Star Magic 2019 artist said that he will portray the role of Ramboy, a family friend on the side of Billy.

"I am Ramboy here. I'm a family friend of Liza," Jeremiah said about his role on the series.

Apart from doing television commercials, Jeremiah also appeared on the romantic drama film Hello, Love, Goodbye starring Kathryn Bernado and Alden Richards which was released last year.

Daniela Stranner

The 17 year old Filipino-German Star Magic artist will portray Cheska.

"I'm Cheska here. I work for a baker who competes with Liza's bakery," the young actress said when they were asked about their roles. "Then, I think I will be close to Liza once she becomes a sister-like figure to me."

The young actress portrays Cheska, an employee from Tinapay Corner, the next door bakery and competitor of Billy's panaderia or bakeshop.

The young actress portrays Cheska, an employee from Tinapay Corner, the next door bakery and competitor of Billy's panaderia or bakeshop.

Maro Drobnic

One of the Croatian actor that LizQuen worked with in Croatia. The 33 year old actor gave character to Desmond Crakehall on Game of Thrones Season 3 and is now one of the foreign faces on the teaser. The actor posted on his Instagram account Last December that the show is soon to premiere, originally written in Croatian which he translated in English.

Maro was Billy's second date, Vitto. The date who gave Billy (Liza Soberano) the red coral necklace made in a shape of a leaf.

Maro Drobnic with actress Liza Soberano as shown on 'Make It With You' teaser.

Maro Drobnic with actress Liza Soberano as shown on 'Make It With You' teaser.

Zorana Kacic Catipovic

Zorana is one of the Croatian stars the viewers will see probably on every episode of the series shot in Croatia as she portrays Victoria, wife to Lepi, the Croatian couple and homeowner where Gabo ended up staying with Billy, Helen and Yuta.

Aside from her acting career as Victoria on Make it With You, Zorana is also into theatre and is a popular theatre actress with over 30 plays. In Mira Gavran's Parallel Worlds, she portrayed as Anna and is just one of her many remarkable theatrical roles. With a diploma from an acting academy and Split, she already appeared in various movies and television series as well.

Zorana as Victoria, wife of Lepi where Billy stays with Helen, Yuta and Gabo.

Zorana as Victoria, wife of Lepi where Billy stays with Helen, Yuta and Gabo.

Barbara Bakota

Barbara charmed the Filipino audience when she appeared on the second episode portraying Antonia, the daughter of the ambassador who offered Billy 3,000 euros just to have a date with Gabo.

Barbara as Antonia on 'Make it With You.'

Barbara as Antonia on 'Make it With You.'

Leo Nakic

The Croatian actor-comedian appeared on the premiere of the tv series as one of Billy's date. Leo was Billy's third date, the poet who dropped off Billy where she lives.

Billy's poet date on the series.

Billy's poet date on the series.

Ivan Nakic

The Croatian actor made his first appearance begging for food from the vendors on the pilot episode. If that doesn't ring a bell, Ivan portrays the homeless man in orange who collects emtpy bottles. He made an appearance too on the third day of the pilot week.

Ivan portrays the homeless guy who collects empty bottles on 'Make it With You.'

Ivan portrays the homeless guy who collects empty bottles on 'Make it With You.'

Jasa Vukovic

Jasa portrays Sergei on Make it With You, the owner of the matchmaking service in Croatia. He is a Croatian actor who already appeared on few other foreign productions. He even took part on Mama Mia.

JasaVukovic as Sergei, the owner of Sergei's Matchmaking Services.

JasaVukovic as Sergei, the owner of Sergei's Matchmaking Services.

Nikola Torlak

Another Croatian actor that Filipino viewers of the series became so familiar with is Nikola. Nikola is a theatre actor but we know him as Lepi or Leppy, husband of Victoria and the homeowner where Billy stays in Croatia with Helen and Yuta.

The Croatian actor who portrays Lepi, husband of Victoria.

The Croatian actor who portrays Lepi, husband of Victoria.

Josip Dorigatti

The actor and model appeared as Billy's date on the pilot episode, the first date to be exact. Josip Dorigatti took the role of Luca, the fussy and health buff date of Billy. The date who gave Billy the pricey VIP tickets of the best football match in town.

Josip Dorigatti as Luca, Billy's first date.

Josip Dorigatti as Luca, Billy's first date.

Marina Fernandez

The Croatian actress made an appearance on the second episode as Gabo and Billy's dance instructor. Aside from her acting career, Marina is also a model and a popular singer not only in Croatia but in Portugal as well where she lived for 10 years. The actress and singer also has a band where she sings jazz.

Marina Fernandez as Gabo and Billy's dance instructor.

Marina Fernandez as Gabo and Billy's dance instructor.

Krunoslav Jelovac

The Croatian actor made his appearance on the fifth episode of the series requesting Gabo to make that one phone call. He portrayed as Antonia's father, the ambassador.

Krunoslav Jelovac also took part in numerous productions for the past eight years including the Game of Thrones. He also played a role on other films such as Dig, Cold War, Mamma Mia, and Here We Go Again. He also appeared on Bliss last year as well as on the 7th season of the television series Strike Back.

Krunoslav Jelovac played the role of being Antonia's father, the ambassador.

Krunoslav Jelovac played the role of being Antonia's father, the ambassador.

Mladen Smoljo

Mladen Smoljo played the role as the grumpy and unhappy customer where Gabo works. He was served a sandwich by Gabo with a mayonnaise on the third day of the pilot week and that angered him.

The actor has been extremely active in the industry for the last 10 years specially when it comes to foreign films shot in Croatia. He made many appearances not only on national television series and films but on a lot of foreign films as well including the Game of Thrones and The Race. He also played a role on Mamma Mia2, Strike Back and the British television series McMafia. He also participated on the Italian film Se Ti Abbraccio Non Aver Paura.

Mladen Smoljo portrayed as an unhappy customer served by Gabo.

Mladen Smoljo portrayed as an unhappy customer served by Gabo.

Location And Why In Croatia?

Most of the scenes in Make It With You were taken in the romantic city of Dubrovnik, Croatia. One scene in particular shown in the trailer is St. John's Fortress, Fort of St. Ivan as it is known amongst the locals is now housing modern attractions. Another scene in the teaser shows the 292 meters long main street of the town called Street Stradun, also called Placa.

Enrique Gil or Gabo also walked the Old Town's entrance as he follows Billy wearing blue sandals. The large polygonal Onofrio Fountain built in 1438 was shown as well on the pilot episode.

On their live stream, Director Cathy said that they chose Croatia as the country is less populated by Filipinos and they also considered that it is far from the Philippines. They need that for the story, she added.

Comments

precy anza (author) from USA on January 28, 2020:

@Thelma Alberts

Thank you po. :) Still adding especially the foreign cast for our fellow Filipinos to get to know them too. I like and am enjoying the television series too and hoping for more shots from foreign countries.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on January 27, 2020:

Very interesting hub. I have started to watch this tv series and I find it good. Thanks for introducing the actors and actresses in this telenovela.

precy anza (author) from USA on January 27, 2020:

@Krunoslav Jelovac

And all the best to you and the crew sir. I will surely add him as well. I really appreciate the info and having another actor included here.

Krunoslav Jelovac from Croatia on January 27, 2020:

Dear Precy Anza, we forget one actor from the Croatian crew, the oldest member of CroatianCreativeCasting Mr Mladen Smoljo who plays the role of an offended and hateful old man yelling at Gabo for a mayonnaise sandwich in a restaurant ... He has been extremely active for the last ten years especially when it comes to foreign productions in Croatia. He has participated in almost all domestic and foreign TV and film productions in Croatia ... Game of Thrones, The Race, Dig, McMafia, Cold War, Mamma Mia2, Se Ti Abbraccio Non Aver Paura, Strike Back ... and Make it With You.

Best regards in my name and all Croatian crew!

Krunoslav Jelovac from Croatia on January 26, 2020:

Dear Precy Anza, we forget one actor from the Croatian crew, the oldest member of CroatianCreativeCasting Mr Mladen Smoljo who plays the role of an offended and hateful old man yelling at Gabo for a mayonnaise sandwich in a restaurant ... He has been extremely active for the last ten years especially when it comes to foreign productions in Croatia. He has participated in almost all domestic and foreign TV and film productions in Croatia ... Game of Thrones, The Race, Dig, McMafia, Cold War, Mamma Mia2, Se Ti Abbraccio Non Aver Paura, Strike Back ... and Make it With You.

Best regards in my name and all Croatian crew!

Krunoslav Jelovac from Croatia on January 25, 2020:

Dear Preci Anza best regards from me and CroatianCreativeCasting crew...

precy anza (author) from USA on January 25, 2020:

@Krunoslav Jelovac

Thrilled to read you commented on my article. I haven't updated this yet but I will be in a while. Thank you for the additional information sir. :)

Krunoslav Jelovac from Croatia on January 25, 2020:

Croatian actor Krunoslav Jelovac is presented with the role of ambassador in the fifth episode of Make It With You, Antonia's father. He has had roles in numerous productions for the past eight years, starting with Game of Thrones, Dig, Cold War, Mamma Mia Here We Go Again, last year in, DarcTower, Strike Back and Bliss ...

Krunoslav Jelovac from Croatia on January 25, 2020:

Croatian actor Krunoslav Jelovac with the role of ambassador in the fifth episode of Make it With You, father of Antonia. He has had roles in numerous productions for the past eight years, starting with Game of Thrones, Dig, Cold War, Mamma Mia Here We Go Again, last year in, DarcTower, Strike Back and Bliss ...