Ken Chan on preparing for Pinoy zombie series

Published April 25, 2018, 7:18 AM

by Hannah Torregoza 

An epidemic has reached the Philippines – zombies are coming!

Ken Chan (
Ken Chan

GMA-7 breaks from the typical genres served in local teleseryes with “The Cure.” Although many Filipinos are fond of watching zombie-apocalypse TV shows as “The Walking Dead,” and movies like “The Maze Runner,” “Train To Busan,” “World War Z,” and “The Flu,” it’s the first time to be localized as material for boob tube consumption.

“The Cure” is about a virus infecting the whole town, and a pharmaceutical company claiming to doing research for the cure on cancer. But instead of coming up with a solution, the cancer virus became stronger and turns the patients into zombies. Will the group find an antidote to end the zombie infection? That’s something to watch out for.

Filipino-Chinese actor Ken Chan plays Doctor Josh Lazaro, the son of Jaclyn Jose who also plays a doctor. Their mother-son relationship on the is on the rocks because Ken’s character loves helping the poor, so unlike Jaclyn’s character.

In an interview, Ken admitted he was at first nervous working with the award-winning actress.

“Kinakabahan talaga ako dahil batikan na siya, pero pinapalakas niya yung loob ko. I’m really looking forward na makatrabaho siya every taping,” he said.

It’s his first time to playing a doctor so the actor has been preparing a lot for this.

“I have no idea sa medical terms and jargons that’s why I took time to research for it,” he said. “And the way doctors move, pinag-aaralan ko talaga.”

Since the teleserye requires a lot of action stunts, Ken prepared also by training in boxing. He certainly is thankful to GMA-7 for giving him the role.

“It’s a pleasure na kapag may bagog malaking show yung GMa naiisip nila akong isali; also the thought of working with the big stars,” the actor said.

By that he means Jennylyn Mercado, Tom Rodriguez, and Mark Herras.

Former loveteam Jennylyn and Mark are working together again but this time Jennylyn is paired with Tom Rodriguez. Also in the cast are Leanne Bautista and Arra San Agustin.

When Jennyln posted a sneak peek of “The Cure” on Instagram, lots of fans expressed excitement over the project. Netizens particularly admired the effects and prosthetics.

The network hopes for a warm welcome to the Filipino viewers and hope that they will stand by with them all throughout the show.

The full trailer was aired last March 26 on 24 Oras.

“The Cure” starts airing tonight on GMA Telebabad.