August 13, 2017, marked the tenth year when GMA-7's Filipino adaptation of MariMar was first aired on primetime television.
Back then, people anticipated this remake since the Mexicanovela MariMar made a great impact on Filipinos when it first aired on RPN-9 in 1996.
Originally shown in 1994, MariMar was topbilled by Thalia and was considered a game-changer in primetime television. The popularity of the Mexicanovela prompted ABS-CBN to transfer Mara Clara to the primetime slot.
When the remake was announced by GMA in June 2007, Dingdong Dantes was already chosen to play the role of Sergio, Marimar's leading man.
It was first reported that Angel Locsin was supposed to take on the role of Marimar but she reportedly turned it down due to scheduling problems.
However, then-GMA Vice President for Entertainment Wilma Galvante said that even though Angel wasn't officially offered the project, she was highly considered to become the lead actress.
Angel's decision to turn down the role opened the doors for other Kapuso actresses to try their luck. It was said that Sunshine Dizon, Iza Calzado, and Jennylyn Mercado were invited to audition for the role.
Eventually, Marian Rivera became Marimar in the Philippine version.
In March 2008, an audition video leaked showing the actresses who auditioned as Marimar.
They were asked to wear two-piece outfits and do a Latina dance. They also delivered a few lines wherein they talked to Marimar's pet Fulgoso.
Did you know that an actress from ABS-CBN also tried to get the coveted part? Former GMA-7 star Nancy Castiglione had already transferred to ABS-CBN when she auditioned for the popular Thalia role.
Here are 15 actresses who tried their luck in bagging the role of Marimar way back in 2007:
Jennylyn has already did several supporting roles and bagged lead roles after winning Starstruck Season 1. Being a homegrown Kapuso actress, she became one of the actress asked to audition for the role of Marimar.
Karylle was also one of the hopefuls who auditioned for MariMar. Back then, her acting credentials were the shows Twin Hearts (2003) and Encantadia.
Rhian was known as the resident leading lady of Richard Gutierrez in his TV shows before she auditioned for MariMar. She did not get the role, but Rhian was given the lead role in the remake of Sharon Cuneta's movie My Only Love, where she was paired with Mark Herras.
Katrina was groomed as a kontrabida after finishing Starstruck Season 1. She was unable to get the role of Marimar, but through this TV series, she got her major break as a villain.
Katrina was tapped to play Angelika, the main rival of Marimar played by Marian Rivera
When PAULEEN LUNA transferred to GMA-7 in 2005, she was considered as one of the promising new talents of the Kapuso network.
When she did not get the role of Marimar, Pauleen was given more challenging roles in Kapuso seryes: as a kontrabida.
Cheska was known for playing kontrabida roles in teleseryes before she auditioned for the Marimar role. When she did not get the role, she focused on hosting the defunct lifestyle show Us Girls on Studio 23.
Bianca was being groomed as a kontrabida in GMA-7 when she auditioned for MariMar.
She did not get the lead role, but she was still included in the series as Natalia Montenegro.
When LJ REYES did not get the role of Marimar, she bagged antagonist roles in teleseryes.
Some of the shows she did were: Una Kang Naging Akin (2008), All My Life (2009), Time of My Life (2011) among others.
She was one of the Starstruck graduates who immediately landed lead roles in teleseryes.
Nadine wasn't able to get the coveted role, but she was still included in the series as Inocencia, the ally of Marimar when she became Bella Aldama.
When she returned to showbiz after her pregnancy, she was given supporting roles and eventually, a lead role in the afternoon series Sinasamba Kita in 2007.
During that time, she auditioned for the role of Marimar.
When CAMILLE PRATS transferred to GMA-7 in 2005, she transformed herself into a more daring actress and took on the lead role in the afternoon series Kung Mamahalin Mo Lang Ako.
This may also be the reason why she did not have any qualms about auditioning for Marimar, where she had to wear sexy clothes.
first became active in show business in 2001, when she did the series Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga and was included in the youth-oriented drama Kahit Kailan.
She was also tapped as a host of Starstruck Season 1.
Prior to MariMar, MARIAN RIVERA already topbilled three afternoon shows: Kung Mamahalin Mo Lang Ako (2005), Agawin Mo Man Ang Lahat (2006), and Pinakamamahal (2006). All of these were produced by TAPE Inc.