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‘Ang Probinsyano’ confirms return to TV

The Manila Times logo The Manila Times 6/4/2020 Christina Alpad, TMT
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Coco Martin and the rest of “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” are all set for a return on prime time. On Thursday night, TV Patrol reported that the long running series will air anew on June 13.

Since ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal is still pending in Congress, “Ang Probinsyano” will be temporarily available on TV Plus’ Cinemo, on Sky Cable, G Sat and other cable operator members of Philippine Cable Television Association.

With the National Capital Region and nearby areas now under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), the long-time action-drama series — both top-billed and directed by Martin — is resuming taping under strict compliance with health and safety guidelines.


Actress Lorna Tolentino, who plays First Lady Lily Ann Cortez-Hidalgo, earlier confirmed in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Mario Dumaual the production will proceed with a locked-in taping arrangement in a resort in Batangas.

Tolentino added they are scheduled to undergo rapid Covid-19 testing on June 14 before they begin taping the following day. The locked-in production will go on for a month, meaning no one among the cast and crew will return to their homes until taping is concluded.

“Para kaming nasa ‘Pinoy Big Brother,’ nakakulong sa bahay ni Cardo Dalisay. So dapat all the way sa mga siguradong negative [sa COVID-19], ‘di na pwede lumabas,” the 58-year-old told Dumaual.

The award-winning actress said they trust the safety regulations that will be strictly implemented during their “new normal” setup.

Besides the minimum health standards, the almost five-year-old series, will also see to it that there will be no more than 50 staffers, including the cast, in the production.

“Parang kami ang sampol o halimbawa sa balik-taping. Dapat walang mali sa procedures namin. Ang laki ng sakripisyo at sugal namin dito,” Tolentino finally noted.

The report further revealed that the show has another closed door set ready in Quezon City.

It can be recalled teleseryes, talk shows and live productions, including “Ang Probinsyano,” suspended shoots when the government placed Metro Manila under Enhanced Community Quarantine in mid-March.

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