GMA-7 brings to life the action-filled Carlo J. Caparas's
series titled Totoy Bato. Beginning February 23, the unforgettable story of a
Pinoy boxer punches his way on the Kapuso Network's primetime Telebabad block.
After a successful and breathtaking journey in Joaquin
Bordado, a New York Festival finalist for the Action/Adventure category,
action superstar Robin Padilla is back on the primetime block to depict the
remarkable life of a boxing champ called Totoy Bato.
Totoy Bato promises to win audiences over with its
gripping storyline combined with cutting-edge action sequences and a powerhouse
cast ensemble. Joining Robin in Totoy Bato are Asia's Songbird Regine
Velasquez, multi-awarded actor Eddie Garcia and boxing champ Manny Pacquiao.
Regine is reunited with Robin after being paired together in
the 2006 film Till I Met You. She will be portraying the role of Anna,
Totoy Bato's love interest and inspiration in all his struggles. Meanwhile,
multi-awarded actor Eddie Garcia, who worked last year with Robin in Joaquin
Bordado, will play the strict but caring coach of Totoy Bato as Coach
Totoy Bato also stars Pambansang Kamao Manny "Pacman"
Pacquiao, on his first-ever drama program on the Philippine television as
Totoy's close friend and trainer.
Also featuring in the program are veteran actors Ian
Veneracion as Miguel, the wealthy foe of Totoy in Anna's attention; Caridad
Sanchez as Concha, the religious grandmother of Miguel, Joonee Gamboa as Mauro,
Totoy's kind-hearted uncle; Ronnie Lazaro as Podong, the ex-convict and abusive
father of Totoy; Rommel Padilla as Manuel, Miguel's brother and a syndicate
leader; and Deborah Sun as Matilda, Anna's materialistic and selfish mother.
Completing the cast are Ehra Madrigal as Trixie, a guest
relations officer who will fall in love with Totoy; Jolo Revilla as Andong,
Totoy's friend in the city; LJ Reyes as Gilette, Anna's cousin; Tuesday Vargas
as Connie, Anna's assistant; Mon Confiado as Turko, a former military man who
will be Totoy's worst opponent in the ring; Sweet Ramos as Cecilia, Totoy's one
and only daughter; Ralph Padilla as Steve, Totoy's assistant in Manila; Ara
Mina in a special participation as Elena, Totoy's wife and introducing Queenie
Padilla as Heather, the daughter of the haciendero that will grab Totoy's land.
Joko Diaz, Daniel Fernando, Charlie Davao, Camille Pratts,
Carlo Aquino, Jun Hidalgo, July Hidalgo, Ella Guevara, Carlo Lacaña, Menggie
Cobarrubias, and Boy Alano are also part of the program.
Totoy Bato was originally created for comics by
Komiks King Carlo J. Caparas. In 1977, it became a blockbuster movie starring
no less than the King of Philippine Movies, the late Fernando Poe Jr.
SYNOPSIS. Totoy Bato's television version is
directed by Mac Alejandre and Don Michael Perez. The story begins with the
dreams of best friends Totoy and Anna. Anna dreams to be a popular and
successful singer someday. Her friend Totoy, on the other hand, only dreams of
being with his father. After his mother died and his father sent to prison,
Totoy was left under the care of his loving uncle.
In a matter of time, Totoy's wish comes true when his father
comes home after serving his sentence. However, problem arises when Podong
turns out to be an abusive and cruel dad. Totoy's only comfort is Anna, his
best friend and true love.
Anna, who promised never to leave his side, breaks her
promise when her materialistic mother Matilda decides to live with her
beerhouse client in Manila. Anna leaves Totoy with a promise that she will come
back for him.
Years pass and Totoy becomes a farmer and a family man. He
is happily living with his wife Elena and their daughter Cecilia in Baryo
Gapas. His fervent dream is to have a bountiful harvest to make ends meet and
if possible send his daughter to college. Meanwhile, Anna is now a famous
singer in the country.
The quiet life of Totoy will be disturbed when a land
grabber appears and kills his loving wife Elena. Madness and revenge engulfs
Totoy and he promises to fight the manipulative haciendero no matter what. When
the battle for the land title has won, Totoy decides to leave Baryo Gapas and
start a new life in Manila. Here he will meet people that will change his life
for good as he faces more fights—this time in the boxing arena where he will
be known as Totoy Bato.
Feel Totoy Bato's inspiring story with its theme song titled
"Ako'y Sayo" composed by Ogie Alcasid with music re-arranged by Bobby Velasco
and performed by Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez.
Be a ringside witness as the bigger and bolder fights
of Totoy Bato
unfold beginning Monday, February 23
, on GMA
to view photos of Totoy Bato