Ang Probinsyano (Lit: The Man from the Province or The Provincial Man / English: Brothers), officially FPJ's Ang Probinsyano, is a 2015 Philippine action drama television series based on the 1997 Fernando Poe Jr. film of the same title, courtesy of FPJ Productions. Directed by Malu Sevilla, Avel Sunpongco and Toto Natividad, it is topbilled by Coco Martin, together with an ensemble cast. The series premiered on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida evening block and worldwide on The Filipino Channel on September 28, 2015, replacing Nathaniel.
Series Overview Edit
Book 1 Edit
The story revolves around the journey of twins Ador and Cardo (both played by Coco Martin), who were separated from each other because of financial reasons, even as they followed the path of being police officers.
Ador is a prominent and respected CIDG police official in Manila with a loving family as his support. Cardo, on the other hand, loves the solitude of the mountains in the province of Botolan, Zambales as a SAF Trooper. Their lives take a sudden turn when Ador gets himself entangled in a syndicate after being betrayed by one of his own colleagues, resulting in his death. To conceal this fact, Cardo was ordered to take over Ador's life and finish the mission his brother left behind. He will also be forced to pretend to his brother's family and friends, and be reunited with his grandmother, whom he resented, for surmising she deserted him. Challenges later followed in life, and he promised to find the person who was behind his brother's death.
Cardo tackles various cases of people he meets along the way. However, he was later eventually framed up for illegal drug possession, and thus experiences life in prison. After escaping in a jailbreak and determined to clear his name, Cardo continues his goal in pursuing and ultimately obliterating the syndicate which is responsible for his framing. The organization continues to threaten his family and has many connections in society including the police and government. Unbeknownst to Cardo, the syndicate who framed him up was also the same syndicate responsible for the untimely death of his loved ones, including Ador.
Tomas Tuazon was later killed, and Don Emilio was jailed which avenged the death of Ador. Cardo had his innocence proven and Joaquin Tuazon was exposed for his crimes. Cardo later killed Joaquin after the later disrupted his wedding ceremony to his then fiancee.
Book 2 Edit
Although retiring from the police, Cardo later decides to turn to vigilantism as the country deals with the threat of a rebel group, known as the Pulang Araw.
Main Article: Characters
- Coco Martin as Police S/Insp. Dominador "Ador" B. de Leon and SPO2 Ricardo "Cardo" Dalisay
- Susan Roces as Flora "Lola Kap" S. Borja-de Leon
- Jaime Fábregas as Police Director (General) Delfin S. Borja
- Eddie Garcia as Don Emilio Syquia
- Pokwang as Amor
- John Prats as SPO3 Jerome Girona, Jr.
- Jhong Hilario as Homer/Alakdan
- Ronwaldo Martin as Roldan/Gagamba
- Mitch Valdes as Kapitana Gina Magtanggol
- John Arcilla as Director Renato Hipolito
- Angel Aquino as Brigadier General Diana Oligario
- Sid Lucero as Major Catindig
- Maja Salvador as SPO1 Glenda "Glen" F. Corpuz
- Bela Padilla as Carmen M. Guzman-de Leon/Tuazon
- Arjo Atayde as Police C/Insp. Joaquin S. Tuazon
- Albert Martinez as Tomas "Papa Tom" G. Tuazon
- Agot Isidro as Verna Syquia-Tuazon
- Yassi Pressman as Alyana Arevalo-Dalisay
- Joel Torre as Teodoro "Teddy" Arevalo
- Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino as Virginia "Virgie" Arevalo
- Malou Crisologo as Yolanda "Yolly" Capuyao-Santos
- Marvin Yap as Elmo Santos
- Long Mejia as Paco Alvarado
- McNeal "Awra" Briguela as Macario "Makmak" Samonte, Jr.
- James Sagarino as Paquito Alvarado
- Rhian Ramos as Dhang
- Shantel Ngujo as Ligaya
- John Medina as Police S/Insp. Avel "Billy" M. Guzman
- Lester Llansang as Police S/Insp. Mark Vargas
- Michael Joy Jornales as Police S/Insp. Francisco "Chikoy" Rivera
- Marc Solis as SPO1 Rigor Soriano
- Benj Manalo as Felipe "Pinggoy" Tanyag, Jr.
- PJ Endrinal as Wally
- Jeff Tam as Otep
- Dino Pastrano as Colonel Ernesto Capili
- Jun Hidalgo as Luis "Buwaya" Mangubat
- Gene Padilla as Pilo
- Pedro Caron Jr. as Nick
- Simon "Onyok" Ezekiel Pineda as Honorio "Onyok" Amaba
- Lei Andrei Navarro as Dominador "Junior" G. de Leon, Jr.
- Dennis Padilla as Edgar Guzman
- Ana Roces as Leonora "Nora" Montano-Guzman
- Brace Arquiza as Ryan Guzman
- McCoy de Leon as Juan Pablo "JP" Arevalo
- Elisse Joson as Lorraine Pedrosa
- Daisy Reyes as Belen Girona
- Kiray Celis as Mitch
- Joey Marquez as Nanding Corpuz
- Malou de Guzman as Lolit Fajardo-Corpuz
- Art Acuña as Police S/Supt. (Colonel) Roy Carreon
- Pepe Herrera as Benjamin "Benny" Dimaapi
- Beverly Salviejo as Cita "Yaya Cita" Roque
- Eda Nolan as Brenda Corpuz
- Ping Medina as Diego Sahagun
- Belle Mariano as Rachel S. Tuazon
- Marc Acueza as Police S/Insp. Dino Robles
- Rino Marco as Police S/Insp. Gregorio "Greg" Sebastian
- Mhyco Aquino as Lorenz Gabriel
- Lander Vera Perez as Alfred Borromeo
ABS-CBN president and CEO, Charo Santos-Concio, touted the creation of an action-drama series which particularly aims to give importance to the police force in an effort to help them "regain the love and respect of the people". Coco Martin, who would be later named as the series' lead actor, was involved in the production shoot for the series, who proposed that the production team create a television adaptation of Fernando Poe Jr. film Ang Probinsyano. Martin reasons that he and his grandmother enjoyed watching films of the action star while Martin grew up. The widow of Fernando Poe Jr., Susan Roces reportedly allowed the production team to adopt her late spouse's film.
The series directed by Malu Sevilla, Avel Sunpongco and Toto Natividad is not a remake of the 1997 film of the same name. It was made to be run for months to be more suitable for teleserye viewers.
The title of the original film was inspired from the term "pulis patola" which is occasionally used to tease newbie police officers. Since patola, or cucumber of the luffa genus, is usually grown in the provinces outside urban areas such as Manila, the title Ang Probinsyano was decided to be the title of the 1997 film, which would be later adapted in the 2015 television series.