Together with Japanese company Toei Animation, GMA-7 proudly presents the first Pinoy metal hero series to be shown in its primetime block starting Monday, September 24. Viewers' imaginations will take flight when they watch the galactic outer space adventure Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan.
Based on the popular hero of the ‘80s, Zaido takes off from the story of Shaider, a born-warrior from outer space who defeats and thwarts the universal invasion of Le-ar, king of the Kuuma and bringer of endless suffering to all he conquers. Under the protection of the great Shaider, peace and security is restored to the galaxy.
Many years later, the special elite protectors of the entire universe called the Galactic Force receive information that Le-ar has returned to power. It will now be up to Shaider's descendants, in whom his skills and bravery live on, to defeat Le-ar once and for all. Thus, begins another chapter in this story of valor, and a new generation of "Pulis Pangkalawakan" will be introduced.
DESCENDANTS OF SHAIDER. Dennis Trillo topbills this new primetime blockbuster as Gallian, the first to become a Zaido, the highest rank of Pulis Pangkalawakan. Gallian lost his parents because of Le-ar's evil conquests. Subsequently, he is adopted by the Galactic Force, the special elite guardians of the galaxy.
In an interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last night, September 17, at the GMA-7 compound, Dennis pointed out that the original Shaider series is a good part of his childhood. "Napapanood ko 'yong Shaider nung maliit pa ko kaya it's really an honor to be chosen to portray it this time as a TV series."
He also expounded on the difficulties of portraying Gallian, a descendant of Shaider. "Masaya kahit na mahirap kasi very challenging 'yong role dahil action and we have to do fight scenes. Dusa lang 'yong costume kasi mainit and medyo mabigat din, pero worth it naman kasi bukod sa kailangan talaga, maganda naman ‘yong project."
Gallian transforms into the Blue Zaido, the head of the Pulis Pangkalawakan. He meets Alexis, who is portrayed by StarStruck Batch 3 Ultimate Sole Survivor Marky Cielo.
"Hindi ko talaga napanood yung Shaider nung pinapalabas pa s'ya dito dati. Pero nag-research ako sa YouTube and dun ko pinanood 'yong mga episodes," narrates Marky about his preparations for his role.
He also describes his work experience in Zaido. "Enjoy [ang Zaido] kasi action. Iba naman 'yong hirap sa pag-iyak kaysa sa action. Sa drama, exhausting s'ya emotionally. Sa action naman, exhausting s'ya physically."
Alexis grows up to be a policeman because of his traumatic experience of watching his father die right in front of his eyes. He vows to eradicate evil and in his quest for justice, he will become the Green Zaido.
Another Zaido in the making is Aljur Abrenica, who plays the character of Cervano. The rich boy attracts a lot of girls because he is a champion swimmer. When Gallian locates him, Cervano transforms into the Red Zaido.
Aljur declares that his role as a conceited, arrogant young man does not reflect him in any way. "Malayo sa character ko 'yong role ko dito sa Zaido. Hindi naman po ako mayabang and hindi din po ako babaero. May respeto po ako sa mga babae," stresses the StarStruck 3 Ultimate Hunk.
Like Dennis, Aljur has fond memories of watching Shaider as a young boy. "Nakapanood din ako ng Shaider dati kaya may idea naman na din po ako. Hindi nga po ako makapaniwala nung inoffer sa ‘kin yong role kasi napapanood ko lang dati and wala akong idea na magagampanan ko s'ya."
GALACTIC FORCE. The three Zaido will engage in intensive training under the leadership of Commander Zion (Ian de Leon), head of the Galactic Force. Also joining them in the Galactic Force Academy are Lyka (Karel Marquez), Commander Zion's daughter and assistant to Gallian; and Amy (Kris Bernal), a student who catches the attention of both Alexis and Cervano.
Raymart Santiago returns to the small screen by portraying Alvaro, Alexis's older brother who becomes an outlaw upon their father's death. Later in the story, he is mysteriously kidnapped by unidentified men. He is paired with Diana Zubiri, who plays Carmela. She is the girlfriend of Alvaro but will eventually fall in love with Gallian.
Tirso Cruz III plays Ramiro, the father figure in the life of Alexis. Lovi Poe is cast as Mona, a news writer who is Alexis's childhood friend and is secretly in love with him.
Playing a special role in this fantaserye is Lorna Tolentino. As Helen, the mother of Alexis, Alvaro, and Oggy, she protects a dark secret that would change the destiny of the Zaido.
The cunning and formidable villains are played by Jay Manalo as Drigo, Le-ar's field commander who leads the Kuuma in attacking the world; and Paolo Ballesteros as Ida, the grandson and adviser of Le-ar and high priest of the Kuuma. Ida is considered the most beautiful creature in the universe but his soul is rotting underneath his flawless appearance.
Making up the feisty Amazonas are LJ Reyes (Amasonang Lila), Iwa Moto (Amasonang Itim), Melissa Avelino (Amasonang Rosas), Arci Muñoz (Amasonang Puti), and Vaness del Moral (Amasonang Kahel).
Directed by Dominic Zapata, Zaido boasts a world-class production featuring the set designs of Rodel Cruz and the Creative Native studio, as well as stunning visual effects of Riot Inc.
Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan will rocket its way into television screens week nights starting Monday, September 24, on GMA-7's Telebabad.
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