MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Get ready to volt in as GMA Network proudly presents the most epic primetime series to land on Philippine TV via Voltes V: Legacy.
After four years in the making, the first-ever live-action adaptation of the phenomenal Japanese ‘70s anime Voltes V finally makes its highly-anticipated premiere on GMA Telebabad this May 08.
The country’s biggest series this 2023 is headlined by no less than five of Sparkle’s sought-after artists: Kapuso Ultimate Heartthrob Miguel Tanfelix as Steve Armstrong, Ysabel Ortega as Jamie Robinson, Matt Lozano as Big Bert Armstrong, Radson Flores as Mark Gordon, and Raphael Landicho as Little Jon Armstrong.
Voltes V: Legacy follows the story of three brothers – Steve, Big Bert, and Little Jon and their friends Jamie and Mark – as they fight together the evil Boazanian forces who plan to invade Earth and launch their beast fighters all over the world.
Miguel highlighted why the spin-off will be special not only to the OG fans, but also to the new generation, “Gusto naming ma-experience ng Gen Z ang naramdaman noon ng mga magulang nila nung kabataan nila. ‘Yung feeling na uuwi ka galing school tapos mahu-hook ka sa kuwento ng magkakaibigan at pamilya. Gusto naming ipa-feel sa kanila ‘yung tuwa, lungkot, excitement, takot at lahat ng emosyon.”
Moreover, Ysabel boasted about the world-class standard of their show, “We’re all fans of Hollywood movies na high quality ang graphics, and Voltes V: Legacy is like that. Except for the fact that it’s made entirely in the Philippines. It’s something to be proud of and curious about. At the same time, it’s a story of our age and kung ano ang mga pinagdadaanan nila in everyday life.”
Matt, on the other hand, recounted the early days of their taping and how their friendship eventually evolved, “This is my first lead role kaya grabe ang kaba ko nung una. Pero sobrang masaya ako kasi nandiyan ‘yung co-actors ko at si Direk Mark Reyes para mag-guide. Minsan naiisip ko parang magkakapatid na talaga kami, parang totoong pamilya at ‘yun ang best part ng show.”
Radson also admitted that he was pressured to star in this huge project, “Proud po talaga ako nung nakuha ko ang role ni Mark Gordon. Bilang newbie actor, mahirap makakuha ng project and mahirap siyang i-sustain. So may halo ring luck and hardwork na nakuha ko ang role. Kaya kahit anong mangyari, lagi kong ipagmamalaki na naging part ako ng project na ito.”
Meanwhile, Raphael shared how much he can relate to his character as Little Jon, “Marami po kaming similarities like pagiging bibo, makulit, mahilig sa gadgets at higit po sa lahat, ‘yung pagiging mapagmahal sa magulang. Kailangan po itong panoorin ng kabataan dahil tungkol ito sa importance ng family. It will also teach everyone to be brave, strong, independent, matured, and kind.”
Voltes V: Legacy is touted to be the Network’s most expensive and biggest TV production to date. That’s why acclaimed director Mark Reyes emphasized that the series is an epitome of Pinoy pride, “Close to 1,000 people ang nagtulungan para malikha itong buong series in a span of 3 to 4 years. It was a long, complex, pandemic-stricken challenge for everyone involved, but I can proudly say that the whole team succeeded with a 100% Pinoy-made production that will entertain audiences not only locally, but also globally.”
The latest primetime masterpiece of GMA Entertainment Group boasts of a casting coup with the special participation of Kapuso Drama King Dennis Trillo as Ned Armstrong, the father of the three Armstrong brothers; Max Collins as Rozalia, a humanoid alien and the first wife of Ned; and Carla Abellana as Mary Ann Armstrong, Ned’s wife from planet Earth who will help him in creating Voltes V.
Joining the ensemble cast are Gabby Eigenmann as Commander Robinson, the father of Jamie and the co-designer of Voltes V; and Albert Martinez as Dr. Smith, a colleague of Dr. Armstrong who will assist in the development of Voltes V.
Set to breathe life into the characters of the main antagonists are Martin del Rosario as Zardoz, the Prince of the Boazanian Empire who wishes to conquer Earth; Liezel Lopez as Zandra, the unrequited lover of Zardoz; Epy Quizon as Zuhl, the scientist who will invent the Anti-Super Electromagnetic Device to destroy Voltes V; Carlo Gonzales as Draco, the three-horned general sent to Earth with Zardoz and Zandra.
Adding thrill to the series are the other Boazanian forces: Chanda Romero as Contessa; Christian Vasquez as Emperor Zambojil; Ryan Eigenmann as Barron Zander; Dion Ignacio as Obgen; Carlos Siguion-Reyna as Emperor; Bibeth Orteza as Fadsa; Juan Rodrigo as Baden; Mike Lloren as General Watson; Jamie Wilson as Garth; Brent Valdez as Magus; Nico Antonio as Oslak; Khaine Dela Cruz as young Zardoz.
Completing the powerhouse cast are the members of Camp Big Falcon: Neil Ryan Sese as Dr. Hook, Elle Villanueva as Eva; Crystal Paras as Judy; Jamir Zabarte as Tomas; Kyle Ocampo as Amira; Migs Villasis as Apable; Kimson Tan as Tadao; Sophia Senoron as Ally; Julia Pascual as Anna; Dave Duque as PJ; Joaquin Manansala as Sergeant Major Edwards; Angela Alarcon as Chief Kelly; Marx Topacio as Master Chief; Kokoy de Santos as Harvey Perez; Sharmaine Arnaiz as Luisa; Jon Lucas as R.S. Ignacio; Marinella Sheen Del Pilar as Dr. Alonzo; JR Calinoc as EDF soldier; Seth dela Cruz as young Steve; Steven Canja as young Big Bert.
Meanwhile, Asia’s Limitless Star Julie Anne San Jose was tapped to sing the official Japanese theme song of Voltes V: Legacy.
The live-action series is produced by GMA Network in partnership with Toei Company and Telesuccess Productions.
Acclaimed local animators from GMA’s Post Video Graphics and Audio team and Riot handled the program’s heavy CGI and other visual effects.
Voltes V: Legacy is produced by the award-winning GMA Entertainment Group headed by Senior Vice President Lilybeth G. Rasonable; Vice President for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy; Assistant Vice President for Drama Helen Rose Sese; and Executive Producer Darling Pulido-Torres.
The highly-talented creative team behind this world-class live-action adaptation is composed of Creative Director Aloy Adlawan; Content Development Consultant Ricky Lee; Senior Creative Consultant RJ Nuevas; Creative Consultant Denoy Navarro-Punio; Head Writer Suzette Doctolero; and Writers/Brainstormers Liberty Trinidad-Villaroman, Jake Somera, and Loi Argel Nova.
Join the five heroes and their machines in Voltes V: Legacy weeknights at 8:00 p.m. on GMA Telebabad and at 9:40 p.m. on GTV.
Viewers abroad can also catch the program via GMA Pinoy TV.