Kamandag

Kamandag (International title: Venom) is a Philippine television drama fantasy series broadcast by GMA Network. The series is based from the graphic novel of Carlo J. Caparas. Directed by Mark A. Reyes and Topel Lee, it stars Richard Gutierrez in the title role. It premiered on November 19, 2007 on the network's Telebabad line up. The series concluded on April 25, 2008 with a total of 113 episodes. It was replaced by Dyesebel in its timeslot.

Kamandag
Also known asVenom
Genre
Based onCarlo J. Caparas' Kamandag
Written by
  • RJ Nuevas
  • Suzette Doctolero
  • Jules Katanyag
  • Tina Velasco
Directed by
StarringRichard Gutierrez
Theme music composerEric Torralba
Opening theme"Kamandag" by First Circle
Country of originPhilippines
Original language(s)Tagalog
No. of episodes113 + 1 special
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Carol Reyes
  • Angie Castrence
Production location(s)Philippines
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time30-45 minutes
Production company(s)GMA Entertainment TV
Release
Original networkGMA Network
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseNovember 19, 2007 (2007-11-19) 
April 25, 2008 (2008-04-25)

Pre-production

Casting

The first Philippine drama of Eula Valdez under the GMA Network wing after ABS-CBN's failure to offer her a follow up project after Maria Flordeluna.[1]

This is also a comeback for veteran actor Johnny Delgado, who moved to the rival network for a some time. And also for young actress Maxene Magalona who took a break from acting after turning down the role of Alwina in the hit series Mulawin, which eventually made Angel Locsin a big star, to focus on her studies in 2004. Senator Bong Revilla, Jr. was offered the role of Haring Saban, a Snake King, but couldn't take it because of his busy schedule with politics and his sci-fi film Resiklo. The role then went to Gardo Versoza.

Training

For his preparation for the series, lead actor Richard Gutierrez trained under UFC star Brandon Vera to master the arts of Muay Thai and Brazilian Jujitsu.[2]

The majority of the cast plays half-human and half-animal they all had to undergo acting workshops at University of the East to achieve an animal portrayal.[3]

Cast and characters

Richard Gutierrez portrays Vergel.
Eula Valdez portrays Alicia.
Ariel Rivera portrays Abdon Serrano.
Main cast
Supporting cast

Ratings

According to AGB Nielsen Philippines' Mega Manila household television ratings, the pilot episode of Kamandag earned a 42.7% rating.[9] While the final episode scored a 38.1% rating.[10] The series had its highest rating on February 26, 2008 and March 7, 2008 with a 43.6% rating.[11][12] The special, Ang Bagsik ni Kamandag garnered a 29.0% rating.[13]

References

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