Ever since her first major role as Mira in 2016's fantasy/adventure TV series Encantadia, Kate Valdez has continually risen among the ranks of the Philippines' most promising young talents. The heavy drama Onanay in 2018 unveiled Valdez as an acting powerhouse; her ability to stand against iconic veterans such as Nora Aunor and Cherie Gil cast a spotlight on the soulful fire brimming beneath her exotic, mesmerizing beauty.
Premiering on the GMA Network tomorrow in the U.S., Anak Ni Waray vs. Anak Biday (English: Child of Waray vs. Child of Biday) has Valdez returning to serialized television in her most anticipated project thus far. A reimagining of the 1984 movie of the same name, Anak Ni Waray vs. Anak Biday finds Valdez again the company of Hall of Fame juggernauts, '80s cinematic figures Snooky Serna (who appeared in the original film) and Dina Bonnevie, who are caught in a decades-long family feud after being in love with the same man. When their children, played by Valdez and Barbie Forteza, become BFFs, the cultural and personal animosity between the moms stretches to another generation.
The buzz continues to build around Valdez as fans are unyielding in their campaign to have Marvel Studios consider casting her as the Filipina superhero Wave in the MCU. With Anak Ni Waray vs. Anak Biday, Valdez is given more opportunities to showcase her sharply tuned acting skills. Global recognition begins at home, and Valdez will be a bright, unstoppable force.