Voltes V Legacy, the latest Filipino television series, has set a new standard for local productions with its stunning use of computer-generated imagery (CGI). The show, which had a limited run in theaters and gave moviegoers a glimpse of this much-awaited series, has left audiences captivated and in awe, raising the bar for what can be achieved in Filipino television.
The show’s use of CGI has enabled it to create breathtaking and dynamic action sequences, which have helped to immerse viewers in the story and elevate the overall quality of the show. As a result, Voltes V Legacy has become a benchmark for future Filipino productions, inspiring others to push the boundaries and aim for new heights of excellence.
The country’s biggest and probably the most expensive series is headlined by Miguel Tanfelix as Steve Armstrong, Ysabel Ortega as Jamie Robinson, Radson Flores as Mark Gordon, Raphael Landicho as Little Jon Armstrong, and Matt Lozano as Big Bert Armstrong.
Seeing them on the big screen during the series “cinematic experience,” it’s easy to conclude that their performances show authenticity and emotional depth, allowing audiences to fully immerse themselves in the story and connect with the characters.
Miguel’s portrayal of Steve Armstrong captures the character’s bravery and determination, while Ysabel’s Jamie Robinson is a perfect blend of intelligence and vulnerability. Radson brings a strong and loyal presence to his role as Mark Gordon, and Raphael’s Little Jon Armstrong is both charming and mischievous. Matt’s Big Bert Armstrong is tough and dependable, making him an integral part of the team.
Together, these actors have created a dynamic and cohesive ensemble that pivotal to the success of the show. Their individual performances are strong and well-suited to their respective characters. And their chemistry as a group adds an extra layer of depth to the characters’ relationships, making them more believable and compelling.
The making of ‘Legacy’
GMA’s Assistant Vice President for Drama Helen Rose S. Sese highlighted how the show began its production at the height of the pandemic in 2020.
“We started shooting at the beginning of the pandemic, we were all locked in. Imagine the threat of COVID-19 at that time and the expenses of the network with all of us being locked in. Added to that were the strict protocols that needed to be followed,” Sese started.
The executive also revealed that the team had to make significant adjustments such as with the character of Little Jon.
“We were together for three years. Little Jon (Raphael) was still small then. We had his costume made three times, and that was one of the big challenges the production went through because we couldn’t shoot with a minor at that time. We had to finish all the sequences without him. There were even meetings on whether Little Jon would be replaced, but no. We stood our ground. We had hope that COVID-19 would subside, and thank God, we were able to finish this project,” shared Sese.
Moreover, the GMA executive reminisced about the personal sacrifices of the production team just to put up a grand and phenomenal series like Voltes V: Legacy. But in the end, Sese reiterated that everything has paid off.
“We sacrificed a lot of our time. The times we would have spent with our families, we didn’t have them. But I’m not complaining because this is such a legacy project and I’m really proud that it went to us because we will carry it forever. Credits to the team behind me who never gave up on all the challenges.”
The live-action series is produced by GMA Network in partnership with Toei Company, Ltd. and Telesuccess Productions Inc.
Acclaimed local animators from GMA’s Post Video Graphics and Audio team and Riot Inc. handled the program’s heavy CGI and other visual effects.
Starting tonight, viewers can finally join the five heroes and their machines in the highly-anticipated Voltes V: Legacy – under the helm of director Mark Reyes. It airs weeknights at 8:00 on GMA Telebabad and at 9:40 on GTV.