THE CONTROVERSIAL GMA Network offering ‘Alyas Robin Hood’ that stars Dingdong Dantes will start airing this Monday, September 19 on Telebabad after ‘Encantadia.’
The series became controversial after a local blog posted a fan-made poster of the series inspired from the US TV show ‘Arrow’ gaining mixed reactions from the Filipino viewing public and netizens. This has even gained more attention when ‘Arrow’ actor Stephen Amell posted the show’s trailer on his Facebook account with netizens reacting it’s a rip-off, off ‘Arrow.’ The network’s creative team however, reacted saying the show draws inspiration from Robin Hood, to which ‘Arrow’ was based as well.
‘Alyas Robin Hood’ is huge for the network’s supporters as it is Dantes’ comeback show on Primetime. Joining him as lead actresses are Andrea Torres and Miss World 2013 Megan Young.
“The series dramatically showcases an inspiring truth that in each one of us is a hero, able to be of service for the welfare of other people,” says GMA in a press statement.
A combination of action, drama, adventure and comedy, Alyas Robin Hood revolves around the life of Pepe de Jesus (Dingdong), a man who finds absolution in doing service to his community. Known to be a prodigal son-turned-bar passer-turned-urban poor advocate, Pepe was framed up for the murder of his own father and was put behind bars. Believed to be perished after a violent prison break, Pepe survives and searches for the real culprit on the devastating death of his father and at the same time he redeems his own name under an assumed identity, Alyas Robin Hood. With the help of a few people he trusts, Pepe as Alyas Robin Hood mediates to seize crimes from happening, thus helping the oppressed as he slowly finds out the truth about who his real enemies are.
“Maganda ‘yung feeling na nagiging part ka ng pag-solve ng isang problem sa lugar ninyo, tumutulong ka sa community. Pero ang mas mahalaga, siyempre, ay ‘yung paghahanap sa katotohanan. I think, isa ‘yun sa main na gustong ma-achieve ng character sa kuwento—malaman kung saan nagmula, sino ang may kagagawan ng lahat. Medyo komplikado,” Dantes said.
The actor also praised his co-actors in the series saying, “Ang gagaling ng mga kasama ko dito. Mula sa international best actors and actresses, talagang mga mahal ko sa industriya ang makakasama ko dito. Understatement ang excited. Sobrang inspired ako ngayon.”
Synopsis (GMA Network): In the beginning of Pepe’s journey, he will meet the love of his life, Sarri Acosta (Megan), a pediatrician who shares the same values with him in helping out the less fortunate. However, because of the murder allegation, Pepe is shunned in Sarri’s life.
Along the way, he also encounters Venus (Andrea), who tries to help him in his quest for justice and truth. Pepe, in return, will intuitively make her change her point of view when it comes to stealing and being selfish.
Also in the series are seasoned actress Cherie Gil as Maggie Balbuena, Dean’s mother who is a powerful PR practitioner who dreams of lording over the city by supporting the political aspirations of his son; award-winning actor Sid Lucero as Dean Balbuena, a corrupt politician who is responsible for the death of Pepe’s father and Pepe’s arch rival with Sarri; and 2016 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Ms. Jaclyn Jose as Judy de Jesus, Pepe’s understanding mother.
The show also features the special participation of multi-awarded actor Christopher De Leon as Jose de Jesus, Pepe’s father who from early on tried to teach his sons to avoid conflicts.
Playing equally vital roles in the series are Paolo Contis as Daniel Acosta, Sarri’s older brother and an honest and incorruptible police officer; Gary Estrada as Caloy, Pepe’s older brother; Dennis Padilla as Wilson Chan, a casino businessman who is also Maggie’s partner in her dream for his son’s political career; John Feir as Armando Estanislao, a businessman who deals in seemingly shady business but is actually legit and generous; Tanya Gomez as Adelita Mayuga, a corrupt barangay captain who is one of Wilson’s pawns in the city; Gio Alvarez as Jerico Sumilang, Pepe’s best friend; Lindsay de Vera as Lizzy de Jesus, Pepe’s niece and a daughter to Caloy and Judy; Dave Bornea as Julian Balbuena, Maggie’s second child and Dean’s half-brother and Caprice Cayetano as Jessica Sumilang, Jerico’s daughter. Completing the powerhouse cast are Rey “PJ” Abellana as Leandro, the father of Venus and Ces Quesada as Cha, the morally challenged vice mayor of the city.
Alyas Robin Hood is under the helm of director Dominic Zapata. He said that he is enthusiastic on how Alyas Robin Hood will leave a mark on Philippine TV. “For this show, we always push the story deeper. Kaya naman the team promises that we will create something that you will all be proud of. Something that will make a mark,” he shared.
‘Alyas Robin Hood’ airs Monday to Friday.