WITH A SUCCESSFUL string of well-received family dramas, GMA Network once again unveils a new spectacle that is all set to make a very impressive debut on primetime, ‘Pamilya Roces.’
This blogger was among those who watched the first two episodes of the show at a special viewing on Friday, days before its official airing set on October 8, after ‘Onanay.’
To say ‘Pamilya Roces’ “a breath of fresh air” in terms of TV series the Filipino people loved in the past is an understatement. Basing only on its pilot episodes, the series’ lighter take on a conflicted family drama that involves second and even third family is what’s more likable about ‘Pamilya Roces.’
Synopsis: On the outside, Pamilya Roces is perfectly happy and whole. They have wealth, power, and they own the biggest jewelry empire in the country. But that is just an illusion, because the truth is that the patriarch has not just one, not two, but three families!
And when he unfortunately gets a heart attack, each of his families rush to his side. With this revelation, things get complicated. Suddenly, three women and five sisters find their lives outrageously and well, hilariously, intertwined.
The series showcases different perspectives of a family that viewers will find amusing, but more importantly, witness relatable scenes that will tug at their heartstrings and endear them to its characters all throughout.
The patriarch of the Roces clan is Rodolfo played by Roi Vinzon. He is rich, easily tempted, and the founder of Roces Group of Companies. Oh, and he is also the root cause of this entire family drama.
The Legal Family is headed by Miss Universe 1969 Ms Gloria Diaz as Natalia Austria-Roces, Rodolfo’s wife. She is beautiful, sophisticated and a former model who came from a well-off family. Natalia has a very supportive sister, Camilla Austria, played by Snooky Serna. Camilla is kind, down-to-earth and treats Rodolfo’s stepchildren well. Rodolfo has two beautiful daughters. His eldest is Crystal Rose Roces-Javellana, played by top Kapuso actress, Carla Abellana. She has always been independent and is being groomed to be the next CEO of their company. Her greatest fear is not living up to people’s expectations, especially of her father’s. Kapuso IT Girl, Gabbi Garcia plays Jade Roces, the younger daughter. Spoiled, and very self-absorbed, she is a famous social media influencer and her personality often clashes with her father.
Rodolfo’s Second Family is composed of Violet Balocboc, played by Elizabeth Oropesa, a former kontesera who became a backup dancer. She will later on use her daughter, Amber Balocboc, played by Sophie Albert to get a larger share of Rodolfo’s wealth. Amber Balocboc, was the result of her parents’ one night stand. She is the main contra vida in Crystal’s life both in power and in love.
Then there’s the third family that plays equally vital roles: Ana Roces as Lily Renacia, Rodolfo’s true love and the mother of Pearl and Amethyst; Shaira Diaz as Amethyst Roces. She is the youngest “sister” who is charming, smart, clingy and sweet to Rodolfo; and versatile actress Jasmine Curtis-Smith in her very first Kapuso role as Pearl Renacia. She is technically not a Roces, but she’s creative, clever, and not afraid to stand up for what is right, especially for her half-sister, Amethyst.
Joining the powerhouse ensemble are the men in the Roces Family: Rocco Nacino is Hugo Javellana, Crystal’s cariñosong husband who is currently one of the family company’s executives. He and Amber will have a secret affair; Andre Paras is Gareth Austria, Camilla’s adopted son. He is handsome, smart, and often avoids any sort of conflict with anyone. Eventually, he and Pearl will fall in love with each other.
Adding fun and excitement in the series are the allies of the Roces Family: Christian Bautista is Ralph Gomez, the Roces family’s trusted lawyer. He’s a good listener and confidante, especially to Crystal whom he secretly has feelings for; Mika Dela Cruz as Chanel Rosales, Jade’s best friend who is also an influencer oozing with confidence and loves being the center of attention; Manolo Pedrosa as Gil Figueroa, a budding photographer who pursues Jade but gets rejected.
Pamilya Roces is the primetime comeback of multi-awarded director Joel Lamangan. The show’s creative team is composed of creative director Roy Iglesias; creative consultant Agnes Uligan; headwriter and concept creator Denoy Navarro Punio; writers Renei Dimla, John Kenneth De Leon; and brainstormers Marlon Miguel, Evie Macapugay, Dantes Usman.
No family is ever perfect. In this case, it’s sisters versus sisters, mother versus mother, fighting for love and the family empire. But despite all the secrets, lies, and their many disagreements, in the end, all they have is one another. Because at the end of the day, family is still family.
Don’t miss the much-awaited premiere of Pamilya Roces, weeknights beginning October 8 after Onanay on GMA Telebabad.