'Indio' starred by Bong Revilla Jr., rates high in its first episode.
‘Indio’ starred by Bong Revilla Jr., rates high in its first episode.

The GMA’s newest epic serye, INDIO, starred by Senator Bong Revilla kicked-off its pilot episode last January 14 with superb high ratings.

Based on the Mega Manila overnight ratings gathered by the more widely recognized TV ratings supplier, Nielsen TV Audience Measurement, INDIO marked a household rating of 29.3% and ruled over its counterpart program Princess and I which only garnered 23.1%.

INDIO’s first episode also became a trending topic in the Philippines in the micro-blogging site Twitter with the hashtag #IndioGMA.

Indio is a 2013 historical-drama (Philippine history) of GMA network. It is the second of its like to air in Philippine TV after Amaya under the same network, co-produced by Imus Productions.

Aside from the senator, the show features an ensemble cast such as Rhian Ramos, Jennylyn Mercado, Maxene Magalona, Bobby Andrews and Michael de Mesa.Directed by Dondon Santos, the drama will air on January 14, 2013 replacing Aso ni San Roque on GMA telebabad block and on January 15, 2013 on GMA Pinoy TV.

The series was developed in early 2012 by writer Suzette Doctolero, who also created fantaseryes like Encantadia, Etheria and the first historical fiction in the Philippines, Amaya.

Incumbent senator, Bong Revilla Jr. was chosen as the lead cast. During an interview with Revilla on a Saturday talk show Startalk, he revealed that he was very excited to do the series.

According to him, the best word to describe the series is “telemovie”, a television series in a movie-like approach. This will be his first television series after always being a host and a comedian.

In March 2012, it was revealed that Jennylyn Mercado and Rhian Ramos will be his love interests. In August 2012, Maxene Magalona was added for the series, wherein her role was initially offered to Sunshine Cruz.

On the same month, the story conference was held in with the presence of the casts including veteran actresses. Dondon Santos, the director of the series Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla left his former network ABS-CBN, and signed a contract with GMA network.

Soon after, it was announced that he will be the director of the said series making it his first project for the network. The show is under the supervision of Dr. Vic Villan of University of the Philippines – Diliman, history consultant for “Amaya” and Dr. Rolando Borrinaga.

Filming

The show began filming on November 2012. According to The Philippine Star, by looking at the costumes, set and location used, the series has a big production value. GMA network also refer to the series as their most expensive drama and the biggest production ever in local television history.