Primetime King Dingdong Dantes and versatile actress Rhian Ramos return to primetime as they star on GMA 7’s new offering, Genesis, which premieres tonight.
Genesis is an action-drama serye that goes full scale in an apocalyptic, politically charged setting. It prides with a plot that is unabashed, unapologetic melodrama – in the grand tradition of Laurice Guillen, Lorna Tolentino, Robert Arevalo, and Jackie Lou Blanco, some of the stars in this serye.
Dingdong portrays the role of Isaak Salvacion, a morally upright officer whose career and romance (with his great love Raquel Hernandez, portrayed by Rhian Ramos) become disrupted by treacherous circumstances. Then he rises anew to become a trusted ally of Philippine President Sandra Trinidad (portrayed by Lorna Tolentino) tasked with a crucial mission, “Operation: Genesis.”
In 2007, a series of catastrophic events happened during the Panagbengga Festival. The festive occasion becomes a catastrophe as earthquakes and landslides follow after fragments of an asteroid hit the area.
Isaak is quick to protect the vice president and his daughter Sandra who is with him in the occasion. He is also quick in bringing Sandra to the presidential chopper. Unbeknownst to Isaak, President Ramona ordered the helicopter to immediately pull out leaving the Vice President in peril.
Isaak tries to save the vice president from falling in a pit caused by the earthquake but it was too late and Edgardo dies. Isaak is devastated as he feels dishonored for failing to save the vice president.
Meanwhile, at his hometown, he finds out that his parents died too and it was only Raquel who survived. As days go by, Isaak continues to mourn the death of the people dear to him. Raquel tries to convince Isaak to leave his job, start all over again in their hometown, get married and live a quiet life.
Sandra, on the other hand, has no idea on what President Ramona did and she doesn’t question Isaak’s loyalty to his father especially Isaak saved her life. Sandra and Isaak are both unaware of Ramona’s plot to kill the Vice President. Before everyone finds out about what she did and how she abandoned the vice president during the disaster, she puts the blame on Isaak over the death of the vice president. Thus, he was sentenced to life imprisonment and he was even proclaimed dead by Ramona.
As Raquel thought Isaak is dead, she is pushed to marry Paolo who promises her a better life for her and the baby she’s carrying. Meanwhile, Isaak serves his time in jail, growing more cynical with each passing day.
Seven years later, Sandra is a strong candidate for the presidency and eventually, became the president of the country. After her inauguration, Sandra is called into an emergency caucus and discovers that the world is about to end and realizes that what happened 7 years ago in Baguio has something to do on the imminent destruction. However, the world government has been preparing for this all along through “Operation: Genesis.” It is like a modern-day Noah’s Ark wherein there are pre-selected people from all countries who will be saved in order to preserve the human race; and to be selected, one must be in perfect health condition.
Sandra knows exactly who to give the mission to. She discovers that Isaak is still alive, and immediately gives Isaak the presidential pardon because she believes that he is the only person who can be relied on and be trusted on this mission. In return, he will be given the chance to find Raquel and bring her along. He starts his journey in searching for these selected people.
In his search, he will once again cross path with Raquel who is now married to Paolo. Isaak will also meet Raquel’s 7-year old daughter, Osie who will teach him how to live life once again and hope despite the impending global catastrophe. And later on, he finds out that Osie is his daughter.
All throughout his journey, Isaak will meet different people from different parts of the country. And in trying to offer them a choice by saving them and by providing hope for others; he will come to realize that in the midst of destruction, love is the greatest salvation. And when chaos strikes, love will be their greatest strength.
Will Operation: Genesis be successful? Will Isaak be able to find all the people who are part of the list? Will he be able to save himself, Raquel and their daughter Osie not only from the impending apocalypse but from Paolo who will do everything to keep Raquel away from Isaak?
As the President who has compassion for her people, can Sandra be able to save as many people as possible? Can she even save her own family amidst Ramona’s plans of bringing her down?
Under the helm of superb directors Bb. Joyce Bernal and Mark Reyes, Genesis premieres on October 14 on GMA Telebabad.
Watch the trailer here: