Original “fantaserye” king Richar Gutierrez stages a comeback on primetime television in the newest, grandest and modernized version of the classic and iconic komiks series, “Ang Panday,” by ace writer-director Carlo J. Caparas starting February 29 from VIVA Communications, Inc. and TV5.

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Richard plays the revered character of the Pinoy superhero Falavio, a blacksmith who rose to fame via four blockbuster movies headlined by the late King of Philippine movies, Fernando Poe, Jr.

FPJ’s “Panday” emerged as top grosser in the 1980 Metro Manila Film Festival which was followed by three more highly successful instalments. Senators Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada, meanwhile had their own versions, “Dugo ng Panday” in 1993 and “Hiwaga ng Panday” in 1998, respectively.

Sen. Bong did two more “Panday” projuects, “Ang Panday” (2009) and “Ang Panday 2” (2011 Metro Manila Film Festival) from GMA Films. Other TV remakes followed suit in two different stations.

This year’s TV remake on the Kapatid network, however, will have multi-awarded director Mac Alejandre at the helm with the genius Direk Carlo himself, acting as creative consultant of the project.

VIVA and TV5’s “Ang Panday” will trace Flavio’s take from birth to his adventures as a blacksmith who hoes up against arch nemesis Lizardo and his evil cohorts with the use of his sword that has supernatural powers.

Direk Carlo says that in the modernized version, viewers will discover that Flavio is a foundling and that he has a brother, a sibling raised by bad elements while Flavio is taken care of a priest.

Joining Richard as chief nemesis Lizardo in the 2016 “Ang Panday” TV remake is none other than Christopher “Boyet” De Leon in a role originally portrayed on the big screen by late character actor Max Alvarado. Also in the cast is the new child wonder Alonzo Mulach together with MTV Pinoy VJ Sam Pinoy, Jasmine Curtis, Bangs Garcia, Emoy, Chicser’s Ranz Kyle, CJ Caparas, Ara Mina and many more.

Catch Richard Gutierrez’s fantaserye comeback in the modern-day retelling of the classic Carlo J. Caparas komik masterpiece, “Ang Panday,” starting February 29 only from VIVA and the Kapatid network, TV5.

‘MTV TOP 20 PILIPINAS’ Premieres on TV5

VIVA Communications, Inc. and TV5 are set to launch “MTV Top 20 Pilipinas,” a weekly two-hour show that would highlight the hottest Top 20 OPM songs in the land based on requests and radio airplay. Hosted by VJ Aryanna, the show will premiere on February 6 on TV5.

VJ Aryanna, a 5’6 beauty, is a student and blogger who likes art, baking, travel, cats, playing the guitar and the ukulele. She’s one of the 4 winners of the 2014 MTV VJ Hunt.

“MTV Top 20 Pilipinas” us one of the shows originally broadcast on MTV Pinoy. It promises to give top-notch musical entertainment and transform the viewing habits of young Filipinos.

Catch VJ Aryanna on “MTV Top 20 Pilipinas” every Saturday night on TV beginning February 6.

Newest Season of ‘Wattpad Presents’ Goes TV Movie

VIVA Communications, Inc. and TV5 are proud to present the newest season of its highly successful program “WATTPAD PRESENTS,” which has received a strong following among local TV viewers.

For the first five seasons, the show has featured a lot of heartwarming stories top-billed by this generation’s most promising and talented stars which the viewing public enjoyed watching week after week.

As it enters its newest season, “WATTPAD PRESENTS” levels up as it becomes an hour and a half long TV program, every Saturday night from 9:00PM – 10:30PM. The new and improved show promises to provide audience with quality weekend primetime viewing experience by featuring unique plots and fresh love teams that would surely tight up the small screen, starting with Simply Chummy’s “Avah Maldita.”

Written by Koko Joven, it stars the talented “Darling of the Dance Floor,” Ella Cruz as Avah.” Chen, an affluent half-Chinese lass whose bratty nature always makes her in charge of everything. But despite her charmed life, many are unaware of the personal battles she faces like her tormenting and ugly past, not to mention a bitter rivalry with her sibling and alienation from her parents.

Will she crumble completely to start anew? Joining Ella in this show are “Social Media Sweetheart,” Donnalyn Bartolome as her haughty sister Avy and Akihiro Blanco as Neo, the guy who stands between the rival sisters. “Avah Maldita” is set to air on February 6.

The next offering, JC Quin’s “Mysterious Guy at the Coffee Shop” has a heart-tickling story which involves an unlikely pair: a nerdish bookworm and a popular band vocalist who goes incognito. Written by Butch Concepcion, this “WATTPAD PRESENTS” episode features the tandem of VIVA Princess Yassi Pressman and talented newcomer Vin Abrenica. “Mysterious Guy at the Coffee Shop” will air on February 13.

There is also Amor Filia’s My Soul Mate is From Another Planet.” It’s about a boyish gal whose life will change as she meets and falls in love with an alien! Penned by Abu Lam Parayno, the episode stars Showbiz returnee Bianca King.

Another upcoming presentation is Crunchh’s “My Casanova Husband.” Written by Abi Lam Parayno, it is about a couple whose marriage was fixed by their respective fathers. Top-billed by uber sexy VIVA actress Meg Impreial.

The succeeding presentations are sure to make televisions and love fanatics glued to their seats as well: Mars Valena’s “Mr. Cold Heart Breaker,” Yilin04 (Bookware)’s “Weight for Love,” Jhing Bautista’s “The Filthy, Rich Bitch,” and Vampiremims (LIB)’s “Cupid’s Bedmate.”

Considering the line-up of stories, “WATTPAD PRESENTS” will surely melt the viewing hearts anew on its latest season! Catch the love fever every Saturday night only on TV5.

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