ABS-CBN will remake four epic movies of Ramon Revilla Sr.


Agimat: Ang MgaAlamat ni Ramon Revilla Sr., the upcoming action-adventure series of ABS-CBN, will feature the action star's grandson, Jolo Revilla (leftmost) as Pepeng Agimat. Other budding action stars are (L-R) Jake Cuenca as Elyas Paniki, GeraldAnderson as Tiagong Akyat, and Coco Martin as Tonyong Bayawak.



For two years, ABS-CBN has been negotiating with the Revillaclan to buy the rights to remake four epic "Agimat"movies—namely Hulihin si Tiagong Akyat (1973), Tonyong Bayawak (1979),Ang Mahiwagang Daigdig ni Elyas Paniki (1989), and PepengAgimat (1973).

This 2009, the project will finally be shown in televisionas the Kapamilya Network's upcoming primetime show called Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla Sr.

Andrea "Andeng" Bautista-Ynares, the sixth child offormer Ramon Revilla Sr., narrated the process how ABS-CBN acquired four of these epic films, "Actually, ang tagal nanito, e, two years in the making. SiDeo Endrinal [Business Unit Head], tumawag siya sa akin noon. 'Tapos sinabi ko sa daddy ko, pinaalam ko rinsa kuya ko [Senator Bong Revilla], pati sa mga kapatid ko.

"They all agreed naman at saka thankful naman sila saABS-CBN, kasi parang ito 'yong alamat, Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla Sr. ay patunay po na timeless poang mga pelikulang pinaghirapan ng tatay ko."

ABS-CBN's Creative Unit Head Rondel Lindayag said thatadapting the movies of the senior Revilla for the small screen is an honor for thenetwork. It also serves as their tributeto the legendary action star who contributed a lot to the Philippine cinema.

He explained, "'Yong Agimat po, una po, sa pang-araw-araw kasi, di ba, parangnaghahanap tayo ng variety. 'Tapos,nag-isip kami ng isang programa kung papaano natin [mapapalabas] ang isangmagandang kwento. Ang isang nakita ponamin doon, 'yong [kay] Ramon Revilla Sr. Kasi po, nire-replay po lahat ng pelikula niya sa Cinema One.

"Up to now, mapapatingin ka pa rin doon, mapapanood mo parin siya, at talagang kahit 'yong mga bata ngayon gusto pa ring panoorin. So, gayanga ng aming mga title, Ang mga Alamat, si Ramon Revilla Sr., ay isanglegend. I think it's proper na bigyansiya ng ganitong klase ng tribute.

During the press conference, Mr. Lindayag also explained whyRamon Revilla's popular "Agimat" movie, NardongPutik (1972) was not included in this upcoming action-adventure series ofABS-CBN.

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He said, "Kasi po 'yong Nardong Putik ay medyotrue-to-life. Medyo mahirap pongi-locate 'yong family ni Nardong Putik, 'yong iba po nasa America na. Ayaw naman po naming ipalabas siya nang hindinaman po namin nasisiguro na okay sa family na ilabas ulit ang kwento niya."

FOUR BUDDING ACTION STARS. The series will have Ramon Revilla Sr.'sgrandson, Jolo Revilla, playing the title role in PepengAgimat. This makes him the third generation of the Revillas to play this magical character.


Andeng admitted that it was a personalrequest to keep the tradition of the Revillas to star in their father's pastprojects. She recalled, 'Noong nag-uusapkami ni Deo, sabi ko, ‘Deo, siguro ang bida natin dapat sa Agimat ay si Jolo.' Sabi niya, ‘Oo naman.' Kasi, para hindi mahiwalay, parang threegenerations—si Dad, si Kuya Bong, then, si Jolo."

Soon, viewers will be able to see GeraldAnderson as Tiagong Akyat, Jake Cuenca as Elyas Paniki, and Coco Martin as Tonyong Bayawak. These three young stars of Tayong Dalawa are the personal favorites of the senior Revilla, according to Andeng.

"Last week, actually, sinabi ko nga sa daddy ko na maypresscon kami tonight. Then, sabi ko,‘Daddy, ano ang masasabi mo, ang magiging cast daw ng Alamat ni Ramong Revilla Sr. ay si Jake Cuenca, Coco Martin, atGerald Anderson?' He was very happynaman daw, kilala niya 'yong tatlo. ‘Anoang gusto mong sabihin ko sa presscon?' [Sagot niya], ‘Sabihin mo na lang, anak, na every night daw po aynanonood daw po siya ng Tayong Dalawa.'"

In preparation for their role, the three young male stars will soon visit Ramon Revilla Sr. to talk to himpersonally about the project. And they all agreed,"alamat talaga si Ramon Revilla Sr."

(Click HERE to view photos of the new action stars of Agimat.)


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