Epic-serye Indio premieres on GMA Kapuso primetime teleserye tonight with astonishing first episode and spectacular cinematic effects that can level with fantasy films on big screen.
A gigantic production with an all-star casting, Indio is a TV series of historical-fiction-epic-serye that speaks of heroism and folklore combined. Casting coup with the great talents of Mark Gil, Jomari Yllana, Agot isidro, Bobby Andrews, Ramon Christoper, Ronnie Lazaro, Solenn Heussaff, Ellen Adarna, Ehra Madrigal, Rachel Ann Go, Sam Pinto, Luis Alandy, Michael de Mesa, Jackielou Blanco, and a lot more shows how big is the production budget. Plus, the original music scoring gives more life that fits with the epic story. Indio is also a learning experience as the story brings the viewers to a history of rich cultural heritage of the archipelago where natives and goddesses live in harmony until it was colonized and seized by Spaniards who spread Christianity but at the same time kills every tribe who opposed their mission.
Indio’s first episode shows the journey of the local tribes being guided by Diwata Magayon, played by Rhian Ramos. The archipelago was in peace until Spaniards came and slew the people of the tribes they captured believing that the land is rich in gold minerals. In one of the tribes, a diwata (folklore goddess) who have fallen in love and chosen to marry a warrior tribesman lives with their newborn child, a demigod. The warrior was killed during a battle with the Spaniards. In return, the soldiers met a violent backlash from Ynaguiginid (goddess of war). Despite the diwata‘s power, she was overcome by her opponents and injured from battle. She was later saved when Diwata Magayon distracted the remaining Spaniards. In an effort to save her child, Ynaguiginid transferred all her supernatural powers to the child resulting to her own death. The child was later found and raised by adoptive parents, who named the child Malaya. Played by Vincent Magbanua as the young Malaya, will grow up in adulthood and played by Alden Richards. Malaya shall later be known as Simeon/Indio, played by Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. Indio’s love interest will be Rosa (Maxene Magalona) and Esperanza (Jennylyn Mercado).
It was enlightening as we watch the premiere telecast with words like bulawan, laon, diwata, banwa, bana, and such are spoken of giving authenticity to the story. Let’s watch to where this gigantic epic-serye will lead us to.
Ratings: ★★★★★ out of 5 stars.
Sarah Lahbati is almost nearing the peak of her career in her mother network and in our observation, her recent move to cut ties with GMA-7 is such a big loss for her own sake. She could have been another “Darna” in the making with her beauty, body and acting skills like what she have shown in her character as the feisty goddess, Ynaguiginid. We just wish her well in all her decisions.
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