The much-awaited first teleserye of Sen. Bong Revilla premieres tonight on GMA Telebabad Block. While expressing pride over this project, which is said to be the most expensive drama-fantasy in local TV history, the actor-senator however has announced that this will be his first and last teleserye.
''I am very proud of this project, na talagang ginastusan ng husto ng GMA-7, but this will be my first and last. Alam naman ninyo that I am a public servant and as such I have huge responsibilities to fulfill. This is not to consider that I am a family man too. So, as much as I love acting, this will be my last drama series.''
Senator Bong added, ''Malaki ang utang na loob ko sa GMA na ako ay binigyan ng ganito kalaking proyekto para i-alay sa ating mga taga-hanga. Pinagpaguran ng lahat ng mga tao sa harap at likod ng camera, para mabigyan kayo ng isang bago at napakagandang pagkakalibangan simula ngayong Jan. 14. Ang 'Indio' ay isang pagbubunyi sa pagiging marangal ng bawat Pilipino, isang pagkilala sa mga magagandang katangian natin bilang isang lahi mula pa noon hanggang ngayon.''
In the series, the battle of goddess Ynaguiguinid against the colonizers continues as she also fights for the life of her son. Before Ynaguiguinid drew her last breath, she finally passed her supernatural powers to her son.
Some of the brightest stars today come together in this series: Jennylyn Mercado as Esperanza Sanreal; Jackie Lou Blanco as Victoria Sanreal; Ramon Cristopher as Don Antonio Sanreal and Michael de Mesa as Juancho Sanreal.
Playing the gods and goddesses are Rhian Ramos, Sarah Lahbati; Sam Pinto; Rachelle Ann Go, Ehra Madrigal; Ellen Adarna; Paolo Paraiso; Will Devaughn; Steven Silva, Kyle Jimenez, Solenn Heussaff.
Spicing up Indio's life are: Taga-Ilaya, which is composed of Jomari Yllana, Agot Isidro; Ronnie Lazaro; Sheena Halili, Daria Ramirez and Dante Rivero, with Taga-Ilawod's Melissa Mendez, Vaness del Moral, Pekto; John Feir, Marco Alcaraz, Ping Medina, and Robert Arevalo.
Portraying very special roles are Maxene Magalona, Bea Binene, Jillian Ward, Alden Richard; Luis Alandy; Bobby Andrews and Chinggoy Alonzo, Lucho Ayala, Carlos Morales, Princess Snell, Winwyn Marquez, Jon Achaval and Mark Gil.
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'Ina, Kapatid, Anak Book 2' Starts Airing Today
If ''Ina, Kapatid, Anak'' has been a very successful primetime TV drama on ABS-CBN, it was because of the close teamwork of the cast and the production staff as well. Now, it's airing its Book 2 starting today, Jan. 14.
During the press conference launching Book 2, it was all fun and then it went awry with jokes and some seriousness.
Eddie Gutierrez, for one, said that he is still in a ''good luck'' streak in spite of a criticism from wife Annabelle Rama's enemy that he is now an ageing actor and with no project at all.
''But I am in this project, 'Ina, Kapatid, Anak,''' Eddie said. ''I am happy! It's the No. 1 show.''
Pilar Pilapil is all praises for the young actors and actresses in the drama series. ''I am happy working with them. They are excellent. It's seldom that you interact with so young actors yet so talented. They are very much aware of what they are doing. They underwent dramatic training or intensive acting workshop.''
Pilar added that during her early days in the movies, or even when she has grown enough to be considered as one of the most talented stars in the local movie industry, ''There was no acting workshop then. It's up for a talent to improvise, study the script well, and listen closely to the instructions of the director.''
She added, ''The young stars today are so well-rounded. They are able to emote. Mas magaling sila ngayon.''
Featured in the drama series are Kim Chiu as Celyn, Xian Lim as Liam, Enchong Dee as Ethan, Maja Salvador as Margaux, Ariel Rivera as Julio, Janice de Belen as Beatrice, and Cherry Pie Picache as Teresa.
Of the story, Janice said it is a sensitive one. ''It explores the various aspects of relationships.''
For its Jan. 14 premiere airing, the show has a significant revelation to make. And that's what makes the drama series even more riveting. The confrontation now becomes fiercer and expect more dramatic performances among the cast.
A new addition to the cast is Alex Medina, Best Actor in the recently-held One Originals Film Festival.
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Alabang Housewives Launch Show
Former ''The Amazing Race Philippines'' (TARP) contestants Pamella Spella and Vanessa Ishitani will prove their ''star power'' and comic skills via their very own reality show ''The Alabang Housewives,'' which premieres today on TV5.
Through their daily show aired at 10 a.m. (right before ''Face to Face''), the dynamic duo will get to rub elbows with some of the country's most prominent personalities as they embark on daily missions and tackle a variety of topics. The show will offer viewers a peek into Pamela and Vanessa's lives as they balance their roles as homemakers, mothers and celebrities.
Said Perci Intalan, TV5 FVP for Creative and Entertainment Production, ''Pamela and Vanessa represent a new breed of modern Filipinas - driven to succeed and committed to the well-being of their families like never before. We are optimistic that the housewives' misadventures will not only make our viewers smile but also inspire them to achieve their dreams.''
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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Jan. 14, go to Ma. Erlinda R. Sibal, Isaiah Colleen ''IC'' C. Mendoza, Dr. Medy Lagman and Helen M. Sampilo of New York, Pacita L. Manglapus, Shirley Ann Flores-Joseph, Edgardo Silverio, Alfina Bustamante, Joy Honrado, Jason G. Rizalon, Jason Abalos and Mikee Lee of Star Magic... Happy wedding anniversary to Jonathan and Carolyn Odogeniam and Junjet and Teresa Martinez (nee Gerilla)...