'Galema' promises thrilling take on classic

Posted at 09/07/2013 1:58 AM | Updated as of 09/07/2013 10:04 PM
Derick Hubalde and Andi Eigenmann star as the title characters in ABS-CBN's re-telling of the Pinoy komiks classic 'Galema: Anak ni Zuma.'-- Photo: Handout

Andi Eigenmann-starrer gets September airdate

MANILA -- Past the new sheen and vibrant colors of "Galema: Anak ni Zuma" as a 2013 TV series, viewers will find that the qualities that endeared them to the original "komiks" that made waves in the '80s are all intact.

This was the assurance of director Wenn Deremas in describing the upcoming ABS-CBN fantaserye, which is set to debut this month.

"'Yung minahal ng tao, 'yung nagustuhan ng tao, 'yung sinubaybayan ng tao sa komiks ay nandidito. Hindi pwedeng hindi kayo magising sa mapapanood nila rito, sisiguraduhin ko 'yon. Aabangan niyo 'to," he said.

The new series starring Andi Eigenmann is based on the hit serialized Pinoy komiks tale by Jim Fernandez, which rose to popularity with the 1985 big-screen take starring Snooky Serna.

ABS-CBN's "Galema," as in the film, centers on the good-hearted young woman as she struggles to live with a curse she inherited from her father Zuma.

Born with a two-headed snake attached to her neck, Galema seeks to live a normal life, as well as the acceptance and love of the people surrounding her.

This isn't the first time Deramas is translating to television a well-loved Philippine comic book, as he helmed the hit adaptation of the Pablo Gomez creation "Kampanerang Kuba" in 2005.

Deramas also directed several episodes of the 2006 weekend anthology "Komiks," which is based on various serial classics centering on heroes and supernatural beings.

"Galema" follows several other ABS-CBN series inspired by Pinoy komiks, including another Fernandez work, "Kambal sa Uma"; Mars Ravelo's "Lastikman"; Carlo Caparas' "Panday," "Pieta" and "Dugong Buhay"; and Rod Santiago's "Agua Bendita."

Aired in 2010 on primetime, "Agua Bendita" also starred Eigenmann as the title characters.

After Agua

Speaking with ABS-CBN News at the sidelines of a recent pictorial for the cast of "Galema," the 23-year-old actress expressed excitement in portraying yet another komiks character.

Although frowned upon and feared because of her curse, Galema, according to Eigenmann, remains kind-hearted.
"Hindi siya galit. Pinalaki siya as a normal young lady ng mga mababait na tao. Mabuti ang kanyang loob, mabait siyang tao, she cares for people. Nagkataon lang na there are thing she just can't help because of who she is, na anak siya ni Zuma," she said.

Noting the popularity of the character as portrayed by Serna in the '80s film, Eigenmann was asked whether she approached portraying Galema differently.

Explaining she has already seen the film version, Eigenmann said, "I would avoid watching the original one kung remake man ang gagawin ko, just so mas may freedom ako to do what I want and hindi unintentionally magagaya ko 'yung napanood ko."

"Pero dito po kasi, una sa lahat, teleserye na 'to. Ang iba na ang panahon ngayon, marami nang bagong technology, iba na 'yung kinahihiligan ang nag-i-entertain sa mga tao, sa mga manonood. Kaya alam ko po na ibang-iba siya.

"Pero at the same time, 'yung idea, 'yung main point, nando'n parin. Iyong message, moral ng story, 'yun ang ime-maintain, pero marami nang pagbabago," she said.

The Kapamilya star went on to explain that "Galema," through the character's struggles as a supernatural being in the modern world, will focus on the value of recognizing an individual's worth beyond the physical form.

"Pinapakita niya na wala sa panlabas na anyo ang pagkatao ng isang tao. Hindi mo 'yun makikita sa kung ano ang itsura niya, kung nakakatakot man, o anuman. Hindi ibig sabihin na iyon narin 'yung nilalaman niya.

"Dapat bigyan natin ang lahat ng tao ng pagkakataon na makilala at hindi tayo mag-judge ng mga tao," she said.

Joining Eigenmann in "Galema: Anak ni Zuma" are Matteo Guidicelli, Meg Imperial, Sunshine Cruz, Sheryl Cruz, Carlos Morales, Divina Valencia, Lito Legaspi, and Derick Hubalde as Zuma.