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Julia Barretto Stars In "Mira Bella"

Julia Barretto will soon be seen starring in ABS-CBN's new teleserye "Mira Bella" after the station scrapped its original project for the young actress.

Barretto was supposed so star in the remake of "Cofradia" but the Kapamilya network decided to forego with that teleserye following concerns from the public that it might raise discriminatory issues against dark-skinned people.

It will also supposedly teach the wrong values to the young people who is targeted to be its viewers because the show might make them think that only fair-skinned people are beautiful.

"Mira Bella" is set to launch Barretto, the face of ABS-CBN's Star Magic 2013, to stardom. In "Mira Bella," Barretto has to overcome a certain curse and prove her worth to the people around her.

Aside from the young actress, Kiko Estrada and Diego Loyzaga will also be joining her in the teleserye. They will play Barretto's love interests. Loyzaga was the actress' partner in "Wansapanataym Presents Petrang Paminta."

Loyzaga is the son of award-winning actor Cesar Montano and Teresa Loyzaga. He was first seen in the remake of "Mara Clara" with Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes. Estrada, on the other hand, is the son of Gary Estrada and Cheska Diaz. He is currently part of "Annaliza."

The three came from showbiz clans, but still hope to prove their won mettle in the field of acting.

"Mira Bella" also stars Gloria Diaz, Mylene Dizon, John Lapus, James Blanco and Pokwang. It will be directed by Erick Salud of "Aryana" and "May Isang Pangarap" and Jerome Pobocan of "Mara Clara" and "May Bukas Pa."

There is no word yet on when "Mira Bella" will air, but sources said ABS-CBN is gearing it to be part of its programs soon.

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