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‘Ang Probinsyano’: Predicted to Reign on ABS-CBN’s TV Primetime Bida Slots


Martin assumes dual roles as PO3 Ricardo ‘Cardo’ Dalisay and Police Sr. Inspector Dominador ‘Ador’ B. De Leon. Photograph courtesy of ABS-CBN.

Martin assumes dual roles as PO3 Ricardo ‘Cardo’ Dalisay and Police Sr. Inspector Dominador ‘Ador’ B. De Leon. Photograph courtesy of ABS-CBN.

Premiering tonight, September 28, the teleseries titled ‘Ang Probinsyano’ which is topbilled by Coco Martin, the recipient of Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award at the recently concluded 63rd FAMAS Awards is a potential top-rater replacing ‘Nathaniel’.

Martin will be assuming dual roles in the said series—as PO3 Ricardo ‘Cardo’ Dalisay and Police Sr. Inspector Dominador ‘Ador’ B. De Leon, which is also a remake of the 1977 Fernando Poe Jr. film of the same title. In this 2015 version, Coco is paired anew with Maja Salvador as PO3 Glenn Corpuz and Bela Padilla as Carmen De Leon, the wife of Cardo’s twin brother Ador, who was killed in a human trafficking bust and which brought back the long-lost twin brother Cardo to assume the identity of his dead police officer-brother in order to solve the said crime.

According to Martin, assuming the role of Carlo is much difficult as opposed to Ador’s. Both roles have been assumed by the late King of Philippine Action Films—Fernando Poe Jr.

“Si Ador, akong-ako kung gumalaw. Nguni’t ibang-iba si Cardo,” the box-office actor described his two contrasting characters.

In the cast, Albert Martinez, Agot Isidro, Arjo Atayde, Jaime Fabregas, Malou de Guzman, Joey Marquez, Dennis Padilla, Ana Roces, Marvin Yap, Malou Crisologo, Iza Calzado and Susan Roces are among the powerhouse cast members. The series is predicted to reign on TV Primetime Bida Slots and in Philippine television as well. The said series is in partnership with Dreamscape Entertainment Television and FPJ Productions; under the directions of Malu Sevilla and Avel Sunpongco.


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Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil: PETA’s Modern Take on Rizal’s Two Greatest Novels


Every Filipino is required to read Jose Rizal’s two greatest and controversial novels—‘Noli Me Tangera’ and ‘El Filibusterismo’ especially during high school, which perhaps this modern-day take of Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA) of the said classic literary piece[s] via—‘Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil’ is fitting for people to watch especially the younger generation to understand fully what Rizal was trying to convey back then.

At first, it was quite difficult to imagine how the playright Nicanor Tiongson would compress the two novels into a two-act play, but after watching it—he succeeded; leaving me with alarming thoughts about what every Filipino must be awaken from the system that has been controlling the nation ever since the Spanish reign in the country.

Ibarra as Mayor, Simon as a Rebel.

Lucho Ayala is seen in this scene waering a polo Barong as he assumed the role of Mayor Ibarra in 'Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil'.  Photograph courtesy of Erickson Dela Cruz.

Lucho Ayala is seen in this scene waering a polo Barong as he assumed the role of Mayor Ibarra in ‘Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil’. Photograph courtesy of Erickson Dela Cruz.

In this scene, Ayala is now the rebel named Kumander Simon. Photograph courtesy of Erickson Dela Cruz.

In this scene, Ayala is now the rebel named Kumander Simon. Photograph courtesy of Erickson Dela Cruz.

These two personas of the character that Rizal has created were the basis for the titles of the two-act play. The first act is titled—Si Mayor Ibarra and the second act is—Si Kumander Simon. Unlike the novels, Tiongson has transformed Ibarra and Simon into the usual characters that Filipinos are exposed to these days—the purist and idealist politician who later on became a rebel.

What makes the play endearing is that fact that the actor who portrayed the alter-egos of Rizal—Ibarra and Simon is Lucho Ayala. He effectively breathed into the two characters. With him onstage, he is one actor that you would still get hooked with as he embodies both the elitist and the socialist characters required in the play.

Lucho sustained the momentum of the said production as he shifted effortless from one character to the other.

Two Mainstream Performers join the Cast.

The Starstruck alumna, Kris Bernal, who has been appearing on films and television series after joining the Kapuso’s talent reality search on the boob tube in 2007, eight years ago. Her pretty face is easily qualifies to portray the ladylove of Ibarra, but became the wife of Salvi played by Jack Yabut.

Bernal’s acting skills is placed to a test as she essayed the character of Clarissa, the modernized version of Maria Clara, who represents the portrait of an ideal Filipina—graceful, beautiful and compassionate.

It is also interesting to see film, TV and stage actress—Liza Dino-Seguerra alternating with Kris. It would be interesting to see her take on Clarissa. Like Bernal, Dino-Seguerra was crowned Miss

Rerun Production is with a Totally Different Set Design

Though PETA decided to mount its version from its first production in 2008, it has a totally different set design by Gino Gonzales that combines pipes and improvised tree roots. It definitely complements well with the shows’ new home—the Springs Production Studios after it opened on a Thursday, September 10.

Perhaps the opening scene is one of the most-awaited scenes in the play, which sets the play’s milieu in the mountains of Sierra Madre where illegal logging is still very much rampant even up to these days.

Kris Bernal plays Ayala's love interest--Clarissa, the modern version of Maria Clara. Photograph by Erickson Dela Cruz.

Kris Bernal plays Ayala’s love interest–Clarissa, the modern version of Maria Clara. Photograph by Erickson Dela Cruz.

This telenovela-type of love story of Ibarra and Clarissa in ‘Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil’ is brilliantly highlighted by Tiongson and audiences will definitely identify the journey of the lovers.

The show runs until September 27. It is directed by film, TV and stage director Soxie Topacio. For tickets, purchase via TicketWorld or call (632) 8919999; or contact PETA at (632) 725 6244 or +639212255183, or visit www.petatheater.com.

Orlando Sol sings ‘My Faithful Husband’ Theme Song


MANILA, Philippines – One of the members of The Masculados, Orlando Sol is making a buzz via the song titled ‘Ingatan Mo and Salitang Mahal Kita’ which is the theme song of the currently running drama series on GMA-7 Kapuso network—‘My Faithful Husband’ which premiered on August 10 with Jennylyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo as lead stars.

Orlando Sol posed at Alona Tropical Beach Resort, Panglao Island, Bohol. Photograph courtesy of Jay Javier.

Orlando Sol posed at Alona Tropical Beach Resort, Panglao Island, Bohol. Photograph courtesy of Jay Javier.

The song was chosen to be the series’ theme song due to its message that reflects the unconditional love of Trillo’s character as Emman, the husband of Mel portrayed by Mercado. Jerwin Nicomedez composed and arranged the love song for Sol.

According to Nicomedez, he wrote the song last year and is based from his personal experience: “Ginawa ko yun sa isang taong mahal na mahal ko. Binigay ko lahat para sa taong yun, in return nakukuha pa din niya akong balewalain at saktan to the point na nakalimutan ko na lahat pati family ko para sa pagmamahal ko sa kanya; kahit alam kong niloloko niya ko nagbubulag- bulagan ako.”

Despite the blindness of his love toward the person he loved, it came to a point that he woke up one day and realized that the one person he loved couldn’t love him back.

Jerwin added, “Sa sobrang sakit mas pinili ko na lang lumayo pero sa paglayo ko hindi ibig sabihin nun na di ko na siya mahal. Lumayo ako para malaman kong hahanapin niya ko at umaasa na gaya sa last line ng awitin: ‘At kung ako ay babalik sa ‘yo sana ay tanggapin mo akong muli’.”


Orlando is elated for his song to be part of the hit telenovela that tackles on the faithfulness of a husband, which is rarely given the spotlight since drama shows on the boobtube normally place female as the central character. Besides, apart from the series, he believes that the song is relevant nowadays and would remind humans to refrain from saying the words ‘mahal kita’ without love at all and by mere lip-service only. For him, love is a decision that one should truly commit whole-heartedly and must not be abused in any way possible. He was also asked if he is considering of leaving the longest-running, sing-and-dance, all-male group he is part of.

“Direk Maryo J. my manager is allowing me to explore on other things as well as expand my territory by trying out to sing solo, but it doesn’t mean I am leaving my group.

“Productions56 is a home of premium actors and is also where one of the country’s finest actors like Yul Servo is managed. Who doesn’t want to follow Kuya Yul’s footsteps?” Sol excitedly shares his latest venture.

In July this year, Orlando was also part of the Virgin Labfest stage play titled ‘Huling-Huli’ which was about a middle-aged widow torn between keeping her principles and becoming like the women in her village who have no other means of supporting themselves but offering sexual favors to fishermen in exchange for the chance to buy the fish they caught and resell in the market. He was paired with theater veteran and award-winning actress—Angeline Kanapi. He recently shared the limelight with the one and only Superstar–Nora Aunor in a TV guesting via another hit series on Kapuso Network—‘Pari ‘Koy’.

On the other hand, the song that Sol performed the theme song is the series that reunites Mercado and Trillo after the last project they did together back in 2010, which was the TV remake of the 1990 Viva film of the same title.