MANILA -- GMA Network opens 2013 with the much anticipated drama-fantasy series INDIO
The grand production features the Philippines’ most respected and bankable stars, topbilled by Bong Revilla, Jr. as Malaya/Simeon/Indio. The award winning actor marks his first primetime drama project via the network’s most expensive television drama to date.
“Malaki ang utang na loob ko sa GMA na ako ay binigyan ng ganito kalaking proyekto para i-alay sa ating mga taga-hanga,” said Revilla. “Pinagpaguran ng lahat ng mga tao sa harap at likod ng camera, para mabigyan kayo ng isang bago at napakagandang pagkakaibigan simula sa January 14. Ang Indio ay isang pagbubunyi sa pagiging marangal ng bawat Pilipino, isang pagkilala sa mga magagandang katangian natin bilang isang lahi mula pa noon hanggang ngayon.”
Though staged in pre-colonial setting, the value of Indio’s beautiful story traverses through generations, as its theme of earning dignity through selfless sacrifice for loved ones resonates strongly even for audiences of today.
In the series, the battle of goddess Ynaguiguilid against the colonizers continues as she also fights for the life of her son. Before Ynaguiguilid cast her last breath, she finally passed her supernatural powers to her son.
Witness the action-packed saga of warrior as Indio unfolds on Philippine television.
The Philippines’ brightest stars come together to make this series remarkable --the Sanreals: Jennylyn Mercado as Esperanza Sanreal; Jackie Lou Blanco as Victoria Sanreal; Ramon Christopher as Don Antonio Sanreal and Michael de Mesa as Juancho Sanreal.
Adding enchantment to the series are the gods and goddesses: Rhian Ramos as Dian Magayon, Sarah Lahbati as YnaGuiguilid, Sam Pinto as Lidagat, Rachelle Anne Go as Libulan, Ehra Madrigal as Lihangin, Ellen Adarna as Dalikmata, Paolo Paraiso as Adlaw, Will Devaughn as Barangaw, Steven Silva as Ribung Kilat, Kyle Jimenez as Santonillo, and Solenn Heussaff as Lalahon.
Spicing up Indio’s life are: Taga-Ilaya which is composed of Jomari Yliana as Tarong,; Agot Isidro as Linang,;Ronnie Lazaro as Waray Lupig, Sheena Halili as Mayang, Daria Ramirez as old Linang and Dante Rivero as old Tarong, with Taga-Ilawood’s Melissa Mendez as Alicia,; Vaness del Moral as Elena, Pekto as Pedro, John Feir as Juaning, Marco Alcaraz as Javier, Ping Medina as Diego, and Robert Arevalo as Cosme.
Portreying very special roles in the series are Maxene Magalona as Rosa, Bea Binene as the teen Rosa, Jillan Ward as the young Rosa, Alden Richards as Malaya/Simeon, Luis Alandy as Hangaway (Father of Malaya/Simeon), Bobby Andrews and Chinggoy Alonzo as Hernando, Lucho Ayala as the young Juancho, Carlos Morales as Mariano Sabastian, Princess Snell as the young Victoria Winwyn Marquez as Maria, Jon Achaval as Frayle Jacobe, and Mark Gil as Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.
With the production team’s dedication to its craft, together with the guidance of historians from the University of the Philippines, Dr. Vic Villan and Dr. Rolando Borrinaga, production designer Rodel Cruz, and musical scorer Von de Guzman, Indio will be primetime’s most valuable offering.
Indio, is created by the GMA Drama group, headed by Lilybeth G. Rasonable, officer-in-harge for Entertainment; Ma. Regina Magno, AVP for Drama; Camille Hermoso, program manager; and Meann Regala, executive producer.
From the creative engineering of Suzette Doctolero, with the supervision of Jake Tordesillas and Jun Lana and under the helm of director Dondon Santos, Indio debuted Jan. 14 on GMA’s stronger and bigger Telebabad block.
The executive plans in question were about the DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) and the expanded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Obama described DAPA as a measure to prevent families from being torn apart.
Dr. Anthony Ocampo, assistant sociology professor at Cal Poly Pomona, agrees. For him, undocumented immigration should be looked at as a human rights issue.
“The idea of someone’s mother, brother or daughter being plucked away from everything that they’ve known in American society is unjust,” said Ocampo. “It’s a violent thing to do. It’s going to be damaging not just for their families and communities but for this country as a whole because it totally goes against everything this country stands for – liberation, freedom, equality.”
Ocampo recently held a lecture at the university for his new book, The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race. Published this year, Latinos figures out how Spanish-Philippine history “collides with the demographic shifts of today to create both bonds and boundaries between themselves, Latinos, and other Asians.”
“We’re breaking the rules of race because people have very narrow ideas of what it means to be Asian, American and Latino,” he said. “Filipinos show that they have connections to all three, and people aren’t used to the idea that you can be more than one identity. Filipinos allow us to see how much versatility people have to identify with communities beyond just their own ethnic or racial community.”
Meanwhile, a 2015 study by New America Media found out that only one in four Filipinos eligible for DACA have applied; 15,000 are eligible but only 4,000 have applied.
In an interview with Balitang America, a DACA recipient said there’s a stigma in the Fil-Am community, citing that if it’s a “bad law,” people will treat others wrongly based on the law.
Deputy Consul General Jamie Ramon Ascalon encouraged eligible undocumented Pinoy immigrants to have faith in the program and use its free help with other organizations.
As for the stigma, Ocampo believes there are more undocumented Fil-Ams, UCs with undocumented student resource centers and leaders like Jose Antonio Vargas, being part of the movement to help fight for other undocumented immigrants.
“I think that in terms of numbers, the number of Filipino undocumented immigrants is not as large,” said Ocampo.“Because of that maybe there’s more of a fear for them to come out of the shadows because they might have a harder time finding people to connect to.”
Meanwhile, GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump continually talks about his immigration reform plans such as building a wall, ending birthright citizenship and bigger penalties for overstaying temporary visa holders.
For Ocampo, Trump’s rise has shown that undocumented immigrants no longer plan on staying in the shadows.
“One thing I’ve seen with the rise of Donald Trump is that I’ve also seen the resilience of the undocumented immigrant movement,” he said. “They’re unwilling to be afraid, and what’s amazing is they’ve built alliances with people who are not undocumented. I think the people that are against it are just ignorant about what undocumented immigrants are bringing to the table in terms of their contributions to society.”