Asian Treasures is an action-adventure Philippine drama aired and produced by GMA Network starred by Angel Locsin and Robin Padilla, and was directed by Eric Quizon. It aired from January 15, 2007 to June 29, 2007.
This show is all about Asian History.
It was the first Philippine drama shot in multiple countries such as Mongolia, Thailand and China. Its pilot episode, which garnered a 41.8% rating (Mega Manila), aired on January 15, 2007. It is one of the most expensive TV series ever produced in the Philippine television costing more than 140 million pesos.
There were plenty of speculations on which show Robin Padilla will have a come back on. He specifically wanted an action-pack series to be able to use his fighting techniques. It was later revealed that his come will be one of GMA Network's biggest project to date.
The management chose Philippine icon Angel Locsin as Padilla's leading lady, and Eric Quizon as the director. The filming production began in October 2006 for an early 2007 release because the series was filmed in different countries, thus filming many scenes abroad as possible.
Alfred Vargas was initially given the role of Hector. Due to Muli, which was shot in Malaysia for a month, he couldn't join the cast. Mark Herras and Dennis Trillo were also considered for the role of Hector. The role eventually went to Marvin Agustin.
Joey de Leon was also offered a significant role in the series. However he had to beg off due to health reasons. It was reported in tabloids that the role offered to Joey was that of Professor Wakan. Veteran actor Eddie Garcia eventually bagged the role.
Cesar Montano and Sunshine Cruz made cameo appearances in the series' pilot episode.
The series gained much popularity even before the pilot episode was telecast. This was because of the popularity of its two leads, Robin Padilla and Angel Locsin. It garnered a high 41.8% rating on its pilot episode.
Originally scheduled for a 100 episode series to be inevitably replaced by Impostora, an additional 20 episodes were made because of its high ratings. As a result, Impostora replaced Super Twins instead. And with its rising popularity, GMA Network has decided to release a DVD series for the series in volumes, through GMA Records.
Philippine pop band Cueshé recorded the theme song for the series. Composed by GMA Network's very own music scorer Tata Betita, the song is entitled "Walang Yamang Mas Hihigit Sa 'Yo" and is included in two (2) albums: the repackaged version of their album Back to Me and Mga Awit Kapuso (GMA TV Themes Volume 3).
The story is about the hunt for the ten anting-anting (or powerful amulets) that serve as keys to the Asian Treasure. The Asian Treasure referred to is the treasure collected from all over Asia left by the ten Bornean Datus in the island of Panay. The treasures were locked in a cave and can only be opened through the ten anting-anting. The powers of the anting-anting made divisions among the datus; Datu Puti founded the KKK (Kapatirang Kumakalinga sa Kayamanan), while Sultan Makatunaw founded the SUDAMA (Sugo ni Datu Makatunaw). The two groups battled for the possession of all ten anting-anting and ownership the treasure. But as time passed, the amulets were lost and the SUDAMA won the struggle.
It is up for KKK members Gabriela Agoncillo (Angel Locsin) and Elias Pinaglabanan (Robin Padilla) to find the amulets and reclaim them for the KKK. But, challenges met them like Gabriellas discovery that Hector, her ex-boyfriend turned enemy, was her childhood friend Diego. Gabriella also discovered that Ingrid was her childhood archrival. Prof. Wakan (Eddie Garcia) allowed Hector and Ingrid, who were also KKK members, to join Gabriella and Elias in their adventures.
Their quest took them to Thailand and China. They battled the SUDAMA and their leader, Victor (Paolo Contis) for the amulets to be used for their group's aims.
SUDAMA (SUgo ni DAtu MAkatunaw) is the rival group of KKK (Kapatirang Kumakalinga sa Kayamanan) in the quest for the anting-anting and the Asian Treasures.
In an episode of Asian Treasures, Lola Miranda (Caridad Sanchez) told something about the origin of the SUDAMA. It was said that Datu Makatunaw had a child named Kiyahata, who later died in a battle; Kiyahatas soul never rested upon its death. Until his last breath, Makatunaw promised that he will take revenge on the death of his child. Like Kiyahata, Makatunaws soul never rested he still holds his promise of revenge for Kiyahata. He believed that by taking the possession of the amulets, his promise would come true.
The ten anting-anting wield powers and were once possessed by one of the ten Bornean Datus. An epic called, Maragtas became the base of the legend without medallions. The amulets are as follows:Datu Sumakwel – summoning and manipulating dark entities
Datu Libay – healing
Datu Bangkaya – levitation
Datu Balensuela – enhanced speed
Datu Paduhinogan – weather control
Datu Paiburong – animal shapeshifting and manipulation
Datu Dumangsol – invisibility
Datu Dumangsil – enhanced strength
Datu Dumalogdog – pyrokinesis
Datu Puti – powers of all nine anting-anting; this particular anting-anting also has the power to grant wishes through the help of Datu Puti himself, as he will appear like a genie to whoever possesses the amulet.
The team of the "Kapatiran" (KKK) used Don Julian Agoncillos (Sulaiman)—grandfather of Gabriela and a KKK member—diary to locate the ten amulets. It consists of codes and/or drawings that needs to be deciphered in order to pinpoint its location. Gabriela believed that by finding all the amulets, she would see her grandfather again.Datu Sumakwel – Nap Rokos skeleton at a mining tunnel in Baguio.
Datu Libay – in a thickly forested area between the Bataan-Corregidor borders, a hidden community of the Bandila (Bayan ng mga Bandila). They are also called the Bandila ng Bayaning Banal (Flags of the Sacred Hero). Most of their men looked like Jose Rizal. Frequently attacked by the SUDAMA.
Datu Bangkaya – hidden in the scepter of the Queen of Southeast Asia.
Datu Balensuela – in the south side of Manila City Halls Clock Tower.
Datu Paduhinogan – in the Muay Thai Institute of Thailand owned by Pio Roman Dalisay (Gomburza), a KKK member.
Datu Paiburong – jewelry auction of the former wife of the Sultan of Brunei .
Datu Dumangsol – in the hands of the SUDAMA
Datu Dumalogdog – in the hands of the SUDAMA.
Datu Dumangsil – Surigao del Norte, rest house of the Elias family, in a hole of a tree.
Datu Puti – a railroad somewhere in the squatters area of Manila when an eagle dropped it at the start of the story and was the location shooting of Elias movie Pancho Pistolero.
The Susi (The Key) is a KKK member who comes from the bloodline of Datu Puti that can use the power of anting-anting to unlock the Asian Treasures. The SUDAMA believed that the Susi was a girl/lady (Gabriela). Later, it was revealed the true identity of the Susi (Elias).
Elias father came from the bloodline of Datu Puti. But he left to find the Asian Treasures to make sure it is still safe. When Elias's father left, his wife Amalia was pregnant. She managed to escape from the SUDAMA attacks and sought help from the KKK. She gave birth to a baby girl. The SUDAMA came and heard of the baby—that the Susi was a girl. The KKK took the baby away from danger. While the other members of KKK were fighting the SUDAMA, Julian and Ulysses came to help Amalia and were surprised to see that she borne another baby, a baby boy. The KKK managed to save the twin Susi but the baby girl died due to a weak heart while the baby boy stayed alive. Since the SUDAMA didn't know of the other Susi (the baby boy), Julian and Ulysses made the SUDAMA believe that the Susi was really a girl to protect the true identity of the Susi. When Elvira gave birth to a baby girl, that baby was brought to Julian and Ulysses to act as a fake Susi.
The time came to train the both child in the school of Gomburza and after the training, they erased their memories. The boy (the real Susi) was placed under the care of Miranda and they named him Elias. Julian and Ulysses took care of girl and she became the fake Susi, Gabriela.
Elias and Gabriela finally find the Asian treasures in Luneta Park. Pogi finds a coin-like item while he is in Luneta with Elias and Gabriela. Pogi gave this coin thing to Elias. Elias found out that it was again a treasure map.Robin Padilla as Elias Pinaglabanan/Susi/Diego
Angel Locsin as Gabriela Agoncillo/Emma/Abigail Mediran
Marvin Agustin as Hector Madrigal
Diana Zubiri as Ingrid Vargas/Urduja
Eddie Garcia as Prof. Wakan U. Matadtu/Supremo/Datu Makatunaw
Ronaldo Valdez as Ulysses Agoncillo/Plaridel
Caridad Sanchez as Miranda/Melchora
Jaime Fabregas as Pio Roman Dalisay/Gomburza
Joonee Gamboa as Don Julian Agoncillo/Sulaiman
Rommel Padilla as Leo
June Hidalgo as Daniel
Gio Alvarez as Cedric Samonte
Marky Cielo as Mateo Madrigal
Glaiza de Castro as Clara Pinaglabanan
Margaret Wilson as Via
Ella V. as Lady Grace
Mark P. Wayne as Sexi Boy
Francis Magundayao as Pogi
Gina Alajar as Elvira/Gabriella's mother
Paolo Contis as Victor
Bembol Roco as Marcus Vergara
Gardo Versoza as Socrates
Sandy Andolong as Araceli
July Hidalgo as X's Group Terrorist
Rita Iringan as Charlene
Mon Confiado as X/Xander
Jerome Calica as Y/Yagon
Katarina Perez as Pia
Megan Young as Anna
Rea Nakpil as Z
Gail Lardizabal as Savanah Vergara
Cesar Montano as Pancho Pistolero
Sunshine Cruz as Esmeralda
JM Reyes as Young Diego
Ella Guevara as Young Gabriela
Writers: Des Garbes-Severino and Anna Aleta-Nadela
Head Writer: Don Michael Perez
Creative Consultants: Annette Gozon-Abrogar
Executive Producers: Angie Castrence and Edlyn Tallada-Abuel
Production Manager: Ma. Regina Acuna Magno
Executive-in-charge of Production: Wilma Galvante
Art Director: Leo Abaya
Assistant Directors: Joel Lamangan, Gina Alajar and Mac Alejandre
Directed by: Eric Quizon
All of the main characters are transferred to ABS-CBN.
Coincidentally, Locsin and Padilla later became part of the ABS-CBN sitcom, Toda Max and judges on talent show, Pilipinas Got Talent.
21st PMPC Star Wards for Television
Nominated—PMPC Star Awards for Television for Best Drama Actress: Angel Locsin