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The tattooed adventures of Joaquin Bordado

February 11, 2008 11:25am

After his explosive adventure in Asian Treasures (2007), first-rate action star Robin Padilla returns to GMA Telebabad to bring to life the incessant battle of good and evil in the adventures of a famous comic character with powerful tattoos – Joaquin Bordado.

Robin says the audience will definitely see something new from him, since Joaquin is completely different from his former character Elias in Asian Treasures.

“Malayo po! Ang character ni Elias, hinahanap pa lang niya ang pagkatao niya. Dito sa Joaquin Bordado, una pa lamang, kilala na ni Joaquin kung sino siya at ano siya. Siya ang gumagawa ng kanyang kapalaran. Kasi doon sa Asian Treasures, iba yun -- siya yung sumusunod sa dumarating. Happy-go-lucky si Elias; ito hindi. Character talaga. Mabigat."

Joaquin Bordado boasts of a powerhouse cast and an emotionally gripping storyline highlighted with death-defying and never before seen action scenes. Joining Robin in this breathtaking program are Mark Herras, Pen Medina, comedians Ariel and Maverick, Ryza Cenon, Iwa Moto, BJ Forbes, and Renz Valerio.

Robin’s leading lady is sought-after actress and recent international success Iza Calzado, whose last primetime show was Impostora with Sunshine Dizon.

Iza shares that she’s excited to work with Robin again after their short stint in the indie flick Blackout (2007). “Hopefully, Robin and I will deliver beyond expectations," she says, and adds that she’s looking forward to Joaquin Bordado’s great story which has a lot of heart.

Also included are the newest additions to the roster of Kapuso talents: Ralph Padilla as the best friend of Joaquin’s brother Jason (Mark Herras), and Kylie (Padilla) in her first ever special role as Erenea, the mighty warrior girl tattoo of Joaquin Bordado. Kylie is gifted with skills in various disciplines of martial arts and will be built up by GMA-7 to be the newest action princess. She is now a contract star of GMA Artist Center.

Making Joaquin’s life miserable are the villains who are both human and non-mortals headed by multi-awarded artist Eddie Garcia, Ian Veneracion, Rommel Padilla, John Regala, Mon Confiado, Rez Cortez, and Antonio Aquitania.

The story

Joaquin Bordado
, which was originally created by comics maverick Carlo J. Caparas in the late 70s, is about the adventures of Joaquin Apacible (Robin Padilla), a sales agent cum police asset-assassin whose life and death changes when he becomes the chosen heir of powerful tattoos.

When asked if this will be a telefantasya, Robin replies that even if it will have a lot of whimsical elements, viewers should treat it differently. “Mabigat po [ang] aral nito. Yan po ang aming binabantayan ni direk Mac [Alejandre]. Ayaw namin ng para lang makagawa ng fantasy. Gusto ko, storya."

Joaquin Bordado’s powerful tattoos originated from the land of the witches hundreds of years ago. An evil witch named Elixera wanted to seize all the powers of the good witches. To do so, she sought the help of witch goddess Ivanna who gave Elixera the Xelvarria, a magical chest that contains the most evil forces known to man. Elixerra uses the Xelvarria to send out all the beasts and evil warriors to kill the good witches and seize their powers.

Elixera was able to conquer all the good witches in the land except for one – Jilco (BJ Forbes), a powerful young boy who was able to summon all his tattoos to kill Elixera. But the young warlock fails to destroy the powerful chest of Xelvarria.

Decades later, a man named Joaquin Bordado discovers a secret that totally changes his life. A series of unfortunate events lead him behind bars and introduce him to Jilco (Pen Medina), the warlock who almost destroyed the Xelvarria years before. With the help of this mysterious new friend, Joaquin will be able to defy death and take on a new identity and mission.

“I think [people] should watch out for the tattoos coming alive – I’m really excited [for that]!" Iza enthuses. “Sana may ganoon din ako – magpapatato rin ako, pero parang scary!" As Sofia Apacible, Joaquin’s devoted wife, Iza imparts that her character will go through the test of accepting Joaquin’s fate and ultimately prove that her love is enough to hold on to what they have as a family.

Joaquin Bordado
will premiere on February 11, replacing the Zaido slot. With well-renowned directors Mac Alejandre and Argel Joseph at the helm together with the creative team headed by Suzette Doctolero, Joaquin Bordado boasts of a world-class production.

See the impressive costume design by Noel Flores, the state of the art set by Richard Somes, the remarkable production design by Roy Red, and the stunning visual effects by Larger Than Life. Furthermore, be swept away the breathtaking adventures Joaquin Bordado with its theme song titled “Wag Kang Matakot" performed by Shamrock. -
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