ABS-CBN’s top primetime teleserye “Ang Probinsyano” is now being touted as one of the longest-running TV soap operas today. Based on the film starring the late Fernando Poe Jr. the teleserye with Coco Martin has seen the lead character go from police officer to fugitive to rebel to vigilante in his 6-season quest for justice against organized crime, corrupt police, terrorists and national dictatorships. Fans even half-seriously predict the network extending the show to last until at least 2048. Its longevity has also proven a great platform for Filipino actors to return to the spotlight, like Michael De Mesa who has “graduated” from supporting cast to behind the scenes too.
ABS-CBN News tells that Michael De Mesa has been especially privileged to be given the chance to steer the March 28 episode of “Ang Probinsyano” from the director’s chair. Having originally come on board the production in 2016 as a guest star, De Mesa’s role has since been extended to the point that he has recurring appearances up to the latest story arc of season 6. Now, he actually gets to direct an episode himself, especially with the running storyline having reached a critical point.
On his official Instagram page, De Mesa expressed how honored he was to be put by ABS-CBN to direct the latest episode of “Ang Probinsyano” airing Thursday night. His follow-up also seems to indicate that the network may have elected to assign him several future episodes as well. If that is the case, De Mesa will be joining the pool of 11 other directors who have overseen the direction of the popular, award-winning and well-cited action teleserye. This includes the star Coco Martin himself, who is credited on-screen by his birth name of Rodel Nacianceno. Other names include Enzo Williams, filmmaker for the 2014 historical film “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo.”
On-screen, Michael De Mesa plays “Manager” Ramil Taduran, a criminal figure who befriended Cardo while he was framed for corruption by the Tuazon crime family, and eventually follows him to form the vigilante group Vendetta.
At present, the story arc of “Ang Probinsyano” sees Ricardo Dalisay (Coco Martin) and his fellow vigilantes of Vendetta being forced to accelerate their plans to overthrow Philippine President and criminal underworld patron Lucas Cabrera (Edu Manzano). This is following the death of Presidential son Brandon (Mark Anthony Fernandez) at Vendetta’s hands, which has spurred Lucas to expand his manhunt of Cardo to include his family, friends and acquaintances regardless of innocent bystanders and collateral damage.
Recently, the Vendetta have finally put down the ambitious hired terrorist Homer “Alakdan” (Jhong Hilario), and are moving on to strike at Lucas himself during the state funeral for Brandon. Lucas however has prepared a trap during the event with a militarily-equipped private army. “Ang Probinsyano” airs weekday nights following “TV Patrol” on ABS-CBN.
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