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Ysabel Ortega has been cast as Jamie Robinson in Voltes V: Legacy for the GMA Network in the Philippines. This is now announced by GMA via their news program 24 Oras (English: 24 Hours). On January 21, I scooped that Ysabel Ortega had landed the role; it is now official.
Voltes V: Legacy is the Filipino live-action version of the classic Japanese anime.
Directed by Mark A. Reyes, the show has the potential of being the Philippines’ first serious science-fiction TV series, a show that can rival its foreign counterparts.
Licensed from Toei Company, Voltes V: Legacy seems to be aiming for a larger, international market.
Although it only existed for a year, the original Japanese cartoon became a indelible childhood icon and political symbol in the Philippines. Airing in Japan from June 4, 1977 to March 25, 1978, Voltes V landed with a bang in the Philippines in the late ’70s. By 1979, though, President Marcos ripped the show from the local airwaves, claiming it was excessively violent.
Ysabel Ortega Officially Cast in Voltes V: Legacy
The abrupt removal of Voltes V planted seeds of anger in the youth; as they grew up, they realized Marcos may have banned the series because of its themes of revolution. Consequently, the last five episodes of the show were not aired.
After Marcos was ousted from the country in 1986 from the spirit of rebellion that he feared, Voltes V returned to Philippine TV.
Ysabel Ortega is a rising star in the Philippines.
Merely a year after leaving competing Philippine channel ABS-CBN for the GMA Network, Ysabel Ortega is about to become a beloved childhood icon to Generation X Pinoys.
The daughter of Filipino action-movie icon Lito Lapid, Ysabel Ortega appeared in various television dramas such as On the Wings of Love and Born for You for ABS-CBN. Voltes V, on the other hand, is something entirely different: a weekly science-fiction TV show with giant robots and warring aliens.
In my original report, I revealed that Ysabel Ortega will undergo martial-arts training for the series including using a katana, nunchucks, a bō staff, and additional sai weaponry.
Fans on social media have already posted numerous images displaying the resemblance between Ysabel Ortega and Robinson.