Actor Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. reprises his role as Major Gabriel Labrador in the highly-anticipated GMA fantasy drama series ‘Agimat ng Agila Season 2’ beginning Jan. 29.
This time, there's more action, more adventure, and more exciting scenes to look forward to in the top-rating program that showcases his adventures and misadventures as the bearer of the powers of an enchanted eagle who sets off on various missions to battle evil forces and protect the environment.
During a Zoom press conference with the entertainment press recently, Bong said he is pleased with the outcome of the new series.
“I am very thankful and very pleasantly surprised,” shared Bong. “Sobra sobra po ang pasasalamat ko sa lahat ng tumangkilik ng book 1 ng Agimat ng Agila. Siyempre alam naman natin ang ganda at husay ng produktong pinagsikapan natin para sa publiko, pero ganunpaman, sobrang nakakatuwa ang naging ratings natin at ang pagsubaybay ng mga manonood hanggang matapos.”
"Si Direk Rico (Gutierrez) talagang ginawa niya ang lahat ng magagawa niya. Sa lahat naman ng projects na ginagawa namin, we need to surpass the first one. Yun talaga ang inambisyon natin at ng GMA. Very supportive naman ang GMA at mas pinalaki ito. Mahirap magyabang pero makikita nyo naman sa mga performance ng mga kasama nating artista," Bong added.
Rico said: "Yung mga action scenes namin dito, talagang pinaghandaan namin. Pinaganda talaga namin ang mga action sequences. So definitely, mas maraming action scenes sa season 2."
Bong added that they’re all grateful to everyone who are anticipating the upcoming season, “Nakakataba ng puso marinig ang feedback ng mga manonood na sinasabi sa akin na sobrang ganda raw ng Agimat, at nabitin sila, at hinihintay na nila ang book 2.”
Following a successful first season last year, the story continues in a brand-new light with more twists and exciting characters.
Bong promises that they have intensely prepared for action-packed scenes that viewers loved from the first season, “Mas pinaghandaan ko physically itong book 2. Gusto kasi ng ating mga viewers ng mas maraming aksyon kaya ‘yan ang pinaghandaan at ginagawa namin. Makikita nila sa action scenes sina Betong at si Rabiya Mateo. Kung nagandahan na sila sa mga napanood nila sa book 1, hintayin nila itong book 2 and I’m sure hindi sila madi-disappoint.”
Also returning to the series is the stellar roster of cast headlined by special guest Elizabeth Oropesa as Nanay Berta, and Benjie Paras as Sergeant Wes Dimanahan together with new cast members Gardo Versoza as Zeus Limjoco, Betong Sumaya as Sergeant Art, Kim de Leon as Jumong, Lia Salvador as Sharmaine, Sandro Muhlach as Archie, Shermaine Santiago as Carol Llamanzares, and newest Kapuso and Miss Universe Philippines 2021 Rabiya Mateo as Agent Asha Raj.
Rabiya, who makes her acting debut in the series, said she is thankful for the opportunity to work on this big project.
"Salamat po talaga Senator and I'm very thankful to be part of 'Agimat Ng Aguila Season 2.' Grabe po talaga yung tiwala na binigay sa akin para sa role na ito kaya hindi ko ito sasayangin. This is a blessing at sana magtuloy-tuloy na sya. Pangarap ko rin maging Bond Girl," she said.
On Bong as her leading man, Rabiya said: "Sobrang bait po ni Senator. Hindi po siya nagsasawa na alalayan ako dahil aminin ko baguhan pa lang talaga ako sa acting. Maalaga po siya sa lahat kaya grateful po ako. Ang dami kong natutunan kay Senator Bong."
Bong believes Rabiya will go places in show business.
"Rabiya is a good actress at may chemistry din kami. I don't want her to compare (kay Sanya Lopez) pero siguro ang mga manonood na lang ang makapagsasabi niyan. At malayo rin ng mararating ni Rabiya. Malay mo maging action queen 'yan. Hindi pa 'yan nakapag workshop pero magaling na artista. In fact, kapag nakakalimutan ko ang mga line ko siya ang sumasalo. Very smart."
Sanya, who returns as Maya Lagman in the series, said she was thrilled about the action scenes. "Ang galing ng mga action scenes dito. Sa tutoo lang gusto ko sumabak sa mga action scenes dito pero hindi po ako nabigyan ng pagkakataon."
Agimat ng Agila is under the supervision of the GMA Entertainment Group headed by SVP for Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable, VP for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy, Senior Program Manager Ali Marie Nokom-Dedicatoria, and Executive Producers Joy Pili and Nieva Magpayo.
Based on the film concept by Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr., the series is a product of the visionary minds of GMA's award-winning creative team - Creative Director Aloy Adlawan; Creative Consultant Agnes Gagelonia-Uligan; Head Writer Jojo Tawasil Nones; Senior Writer John Roque; Writer Ays De Guzman and developed for television by Agnes Gagelonia-Uligan and Jojo Tawasil Nones. Joining them is Genaro Nerdie Cruz, script consultant of Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.
Be part of Major Gabriel’s one-of-a-kind journey in Agimat ng Agila Book 2 - under the helm of award-winning director Rico Gutierrez - starting Jan. 29, Saturdays at 7:15PM on GMA.