On the fourth chapter of Agimat: Ang mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla, titled Elias Paniki, its lead actor Jake Cuenca promises more realistic fight scenes.
"Makikita nyo po, totoo po siya," described Jake during the show's press conference held recently.
He added, "As in, kung nakikita nyong nagsasapakan doon, totoong sapak yun. Bale kung artista man ang kaaway or stuntman, ginagawa naming realistic. So, pagdating pa lang sa set, alam na ng lahat na masasaktan ka."
For the said fight scenes, Jake and his co-actors underwent different physical trainings such as Muay Thai, wrestling, and Jujitsu.
"Talagang pinaghandaan din namin ito, e. Kasi, first time din naming mag-action nina Xian [Lim], Kelly [Misa], Sam [Pinto], and Hermes [Bautista]. So, pinaghandaan namin ito at nakapag-train kami ng mga isang buwan o dalawang buwan. Yung nag-train sa amin and bantamweight ng URCC [Ultimate Reality Combat Championship], welterweight champion at saka pinweight champion. Ang mga nagte-train sa amin talagang fighters din."
Jake is not the only one who enjoyed these trainings, but his co-actors as well.
Sam Pinto, who plays the character of Elias's friend Amanda, said, "Before training, I don't do anything productive. Medyo kabado ang mag-train kasi I don't go to the gym or anything. After that, I found out na, 'Ay, ganun pala!'
Kelly Misa, who is also Jake's friend in this weekend series, also recalled, "I learned a lot talaga in this training, 'yong fighting stunts, how to punch, simple things like that. Sobrang girly ko kasi talaga, wala talaga akong kayang gawin doon."
Hermes Bautista, also took the role of Jake's friend, certainly enjoyed the training since he's into another type of physical training called parkour. He said, "Exciting po ang fight training namin. Tawanan lang kami at sobrang natututo. At saka naia-apply rin namin sa totoong buhay, self-defense din."
Xian Lim, who play the character of Gabriel, then assured the media that their group did their best to give the audience believable fight scenes. He related, "Doon sa mga fighting scenes na 'yon, ang naiiba sa amin is 'yong mismong kontak. Mararamdaman mo talaga kasi totoong-totoo, e."
Aside from the fight scenes, Jake also said that their group did a little change on Elias Paniki so that it would fit the preference of the show's primary audience, the kids.
He explained, "Medyo iba siya sa original, parang mas modern, e. It's definitely a remake. Napanood ko 'yong original, e. So, nag-adjust lang kami to make it more modern para mas mag-enjoy rin ang mga bagets kapag nanonood ngayon. Alam namin na karamihan ng nanonood sa amin ay mga bata. So, nag-adjust kami para ma-entertain 'yong mga bata."
Elias Paniki, which is a TV remake of a 1980s film, is about a folk healer named Elias. After being trained by a soldier named Victor, he is given the "bertud ng paniki." This amulet gives Elias extraordinary powers that he uses to fight off the mangkukulam [witch doctor] in their place.
Also joining Jake in his adventures as Elias Paniki are Cherry Pie Picache and Jojit Lorenzo.
Agimat: Ang mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla Presents Elias Paniki will be shown every Saturday starting March 29 on ABS-CBN.