GMA-7 prides itself in bringing to primetime viewing the kingdom of winged creatures in Mulawin, the power of the original Philippine heroine in Darna, the enchanting world of diwatas in Encantadia, the tale fantasy and magic charms in Majika the realm of half-serpentine mortals in Kamandag and the supernatural domain of mythical beings and engkantos in Luna Mystika.
To celebrate its yearlong anniversary this 2010, the Kapuso Network opens the gates of a magical kingdom located in the clouds and introduces Filipino viewers to the The Last Prince.
Leading the grand ensemble of cast is the tandem of Aljur Abrenica and Kris Bernal as Prinsipe Almiro and Lara, respectively.
Adding star power to this big-budgeted program are cast members such as Eula Valdes as Adela, Carmina Villaroel as Reyna Lamara, Angelu de Leon as Mayang, Chanda Romero as Rosata, Emilio Garcia as Adorno, Benjie Paras as Rizayo, Bianca King as Bawana, Chynna Ortaleza as Lourdes, Paolo Ballesteros as Anexi, Karen delos Reyes as Minnie, Elvis Gutierrez as Guwarko, Bubbles Paraiso as Prinsesa Saraya, Joey Paras as Salim Salamin, Stef Prescott as Naveya, Francis Magundayao as Onuro, Rita Iringan as Gigi and Angeli Nicole Sanoy as Bambi.
Making the initial GMA Telebabad offering even grander is the presence of Geoff Eigenmann and Carla Abellana. They play the important characters of Prinsipe Javino, the rightful heir to the throne and Sonia, the veterinarian who will fall in love with Prinsipe Javino.
The Last Prince also marks the TV comeback of one of the most famous kontrabidas on Philippine television, Princess Punzalan, as she plays the coveted role of Alwana.
The Last Prince tells the fairy tale story of a kingdom in the clouds called Paladino. This magical realm is headed by the noble King Adorno and his beautiful wife Queen Lamara with their three children Prinsesa Saraya, Prinsipe Javino, and Prinsipe Almiro.
The peaceful and perfect life in Paladino is suddenly threatened when Prince Javino went missing. His disappearance is orchestrated by the most powerful and wicked black Diwani named Alwana. Diwanis are the powerful wizards in the kingdom.
Using her black magic and sorcery, Alwana pushes Prince Javino towards the magic mirror, transporting him to the earthly world. She wants him to fall in love with a mortal so she could claim the throne and take over Paladino.
But an unexpected tragedy shatters the mirror and Prince Javino is permanently trapped on earth. The entire kingdom is devastated by news that the Prince is dead. There is instant confusion and disarray in Paladino.
This incident changes the life of the mischievous Prince Almiro. King Adorno immediately declares him successor to the throne, the next king of Paladino.
But Prince Almiro is not yet ready to become a king. So the head Diwani Rizayo suggests he gets married. All the maidens in the kingdom were called so Prince Almiro could choose his lucky bride.
Once of those who came is Bawana, the daughter of Alwana. Because of her hideous face, Alwana uses her magic to make Bawana look beautiful. But Prince Almiro discovers their deception and he sends her away.
Bawana is enraged so she puts a curse on Prince Almiro. His face becomes distorted and only true love could break the curse.
So Prince Almiro, together with his three loyal allies Rosata, Onuro, Anexi, sets off to the mortal world to fulfill his mission. But Bawana gives him only three chances to find his woman.
By means of Bawana’s curse, they were trapped in a magical mansion and once inside, Prince Almiro’s warped face disappears but once outside, his cursed face is revealed.
On his third and final attempt, Prince Almiro meets Lara. Despite his horrible face, the kind-hearted and simple Lara falls in love with him.
Can Lara’s kiss finally break Bawana’s curse on Prince Almiro?
It turns out that Prince Javino is still alive and suffers from the new spell of Bawana. Can the two brothers destroy the evil Alwana and her daughter Bawana? Will Prince Almiro give up the throne for his love Lara? Will the peace and order return in the Kingdom of Paladino?
The Last Prince is megged by Mac Alejandre, seasoned headwriter Rj Nuevas, set designer Richard Somes, who won in the recently-concluded Metro Manila Film Festival 2009 as Best Festival Production Designer for Ang Panday and Roy Red as production designer. The fabulous costumes were made by fashion designer Jerome Ang, who represented the Philippines in various international fashion design competitions and Aries Lagat, the grand winner in Project Runway Philippines Season 1.
Enter the magical kingdom of Paladino through The Last Prince beginning Monday, January 11, right after Darna on GMA Telebabad.