(From left) Robin Padilla, Bea Alonzo and Diether Ocampo topbill ABS-CBN's actionserye Guns and Roses, which will air its pilot episode on June 6. Photo: Noel Orsal

Starting June 6, Robin Padilla will showcase his acting skills anew for ABS-CBN's upcoming primetime series, Guns and Roses. He acts opposite Bea Alonzo and Diether Ocampo in this show directed by Trina Dayrit and Rechie del Carmen. This actionserye is said to replace Mara Clara.


How does Robin feel about doing a teleserye again with ABS-CBN?

"Ang tagal nga, e. Si Bea [Alonzo], ang tagal kasi bago ako in-approve, e. Tatlong taon na kong kumakatok sa pintuan ng ABS-CBN at sa pag-uusap nga namin ni Ms. Malou Santos, lagi kong ngang sinasabi, sana makabalik na ko at si Bea ang hinihingi ko.

"Ngayon natuloy na at masaya ko dahil nakasama ko hindi lang ang Reyna kundi ang Hari ng ABS-CBN, si Diether Ocampo.

"Masayang-masaya ako at nandito ulit ako sa Kapamilya at sana hindi sila magsawa na bigyan ako ng ganitong kagandang proyekto."

Some people have observed that Robin is always beside his leading lady Bea.

"May katotohanan na lagi akong nakangiti, totoo yun," admits Robin. "Lagi akong nakangiti dahil pagdating ko ng set, ako si Abel. Si Abel, ang kanyang pagmamahal kay Reign ay abot-langit."

Robin describes his character, Abel, as someone "na may matinding pagmamahal as puso ngunit meron ding matinding paghihiganti."

KISSING SCENES WITH ROBIN. When the lead stars were asked to recall their kissing scenes, Robin himself admitted, "Nag-request ako;" Bea said that she couldn't remember anymore.

Direk Retchie revealed, "Isang take sa bawat anggulo pero feeling ko pelikula ang ginagawa namin kaya ang daming anggulo."

Direk Trina interjected, "Puwera pa yun sa mga requests nila na Take 2, Take 3. Hindi ko na sasabihin kung sino ang nag-request pero mga walong anggulo times take 3, so mga 24."


Robin said he did not feel any awkwardness while shooting these scenes. "Sa akin po, wala. Isang karangalan yun. Hindi kinakailang ng lalaki yun. Aba, pinapagpasalamat yun!"

For her part, Bea explained, "Nung binabasa ko sa script, nung iniisip ko pa lang kung paano n'yo gagawin, siyempre kinakabahan ka...dumadagundong ang heartbeat ko. Pero nung ginagawa na namin ang eksena, parang hindi na naman, kasi hindi mo na maiisip pag nasa loob ka ng eksena. Parang madadala ka na sa eksena."

 Did Robin really request for additional kissing scenes? Robin quipped, "Oo, minsan kasi kulang ang emosyon ni Bea."

The actress said with a laugh, "Sana, sinabi mo na lang."

The action star took it back his remark: "Biro lang, Ma'am [referring to Bea]."


ISABEL RIVAS' COMEBACK. This teleserye will also mark the return of Ms. Isabel Rivas to the small screen as the mother of Reign (Bea).

She told the members of the media during the press on: "Happy ako...kasi hindi ako kontrabida. For a long time in my career, kontrabida ako. I'm very proud kasi fan ako ni Bea, nanood ako ng movies niya, sila ni Lorna [in Sa 'Yo Lamang].

"Sabi ko, 'talagang magaling itong bata 'to.' Now, anak ko na siya at starstruck talaga ako nung first taping day. Hindi talaga ako naka-arte, naka-tingin lang ako sa kanya. Eventually, you just learn to love and accept her because she's so beautiful."

She also recalled the time when she and Robin worked together. "I worked with Robin when he was younger. Dati, mamasan niya ako, ngayon naman, mother-in-law na niya ako, kumbaga.

"After so long, five years yata akong hindi nagtrabaho and ito yung pagbabalik ko. Happy ako na hindi naman masyadong mabigat yung role at hindi na kontrabida. Binigyan ako ng ABS-CBN ng pagkakataon na makita naman ang ibang part sa akin na puwede kong gawin."

Bea Alonzo was very flattered by the praise given to her by Ms. Isabel.

"Every scene namin ni Tita Isabel, nararamdaman ko na parang nanay ko siya kasi sobrang kumportable namin sa isa't isa. Feeling ko, kaya nagwo-work ang mga scenes namin. Kasi yung mga scenes namin, yun yung comic relief sa buhay ko dito as Reign. Nae-excite ako pag nakakabasa ako sa script ng magagandang eksena with her. She's very, very professional and she's really nice to work with."

Aside from Robin, Bea and Diether, Guns and Roses stars Ejay Falcon, Empress, Pinky Amador, Nanding Josef, Mark Gil, Liza Lorena, Gladys Reyes, Ketchup Eusebio, Ina Feleo, Justin de Leon, Makisig Morales and Pen Medina.

 
SYNOPSIS. Is love enough to heal wounds? This is the basic premise of ABS-CBN's upcoming teleserye Guns and Roses.

It tells the story of a man named Abel Marasigan (Robin Padilla) whose past, from back when he was 10 years old, is riddled with pain and anger. Fueled by his desire for revenge, he leaves his family to kill the people behind the death of his father.

As the story continues, he crosses paths with Reign Santana (Bea Alonzo), a woman who had just lost her fiancée in a seemingly incidental shooting. Both lonely hearts intertwine as their stories of broken family and estranged hearts draw them closer together.

However, one man stands between them: agent of law Marcus Aguilar (Diether Ocampo) who is the one responsible for Reign's case. Eventually, he falls in love with Reign even though Abel and Reign fight for their love no matter how complicated their situation may be.

The show dares to asks viewers: "What choices do we have to make sa ngalan ng pag-ibig? Sometimes the choices are easy, sometimes they're not. But sometimes it can destroy us.