Ricky Davao (MNS Photo)

Ricky Davao (MNS Photo)

TV director Ricky Davao faces new challenges on “Adarna,” his first fantaserye project that stars Kylie Padilla, Geoff Eigenmann, Mikael Daez and Benjamin Alves which premiered Monday on GMA-7′s primetime block.

Ricky would have wanted to rest first coming from the successful run of the heavy drama series “Mga Basang Sisiw.” But the “Adarna” project was offered and he couldn’t resist it. The task of “modernizing” the classic “Ibong Adarna” made him to accept it.

Na-challenge ako in a way. Sabi ko nga I wanted to rest meaning sana yung rest work din kasi nga gusto mo to strike while the iron is still hot. As actor naman sana. Mas lighter kasi if you’re an actor hindi katulad if you’re the director na you’re first on the set, first to arrive, last to go. You’re in control of everything,” he explained.

Aside from “Mga Basang Sisiw,” Ricky has done the GMA-7 soap operas “Forever,” “Coffee Prince,” “Makapiling Kang Muli,” “Kokak,” “Sisid” and “Grazilda.” Mostly dramas, he admitted that a fantaserye is a welcome challenge in terms of creativity..

Drama-based pa rin kami. This is still the story of a young girl searching for her mother. Pero ang backdrop ay fantaserye. Mga bird people sila who belongs to the Adarna tribe and yung Adarna ay isang mythical bird based doon sa kwento,” he described.

But is a fantaserye based in drama effective?

“Of course. Yung fantaserye palamuti na lang. It’s still the story ang hahabulin mo, ang characters nila ang kakapitan mo. Mahirap, in the sense na this the first time I’m handling one and it’s medyo heavy on effects. Meron naman tayong mga experts pero I still oversee it and may mga inputs pa rin ako. Pero siyempre it will depend on what the effects group can deliver lalo na ditto, time is gold,” replied Ricky.

Despite the taxing requirements of “Adarna,” Ricky revealed that he and the whole cast are excited. They all want to see the results of their hard work and he hopes the series translates well in terms of ratings.

What made his job easier is the cast, most of whom he is familiar with their works and capacity.

As their director I feel very lucky to be working with young actors of today dahil lahat po sila napakaseryoso sa kanilang craft at makikita po natin ang mga yan sa kanilang performances dito. I’m very confident and proud of them and thenmaterial of this show of course. At gusto kong magpasalamat sa GMA Network for entrusting me this project,” he expressed.

Also in the the cast are Michelle Madrigal, Ryza Cenon, Saab Magalona, Arkin Magalona, Chynna Ortaleza, Jean Garcia, Jestoni Alarcon, Maureen Larazzabal, and Dante Rivero.

“Adarna” follows the life of Ada (Kylie Padilla) who is prophesized to be the most powerful healer in Pugad Sanghaya. As she discovers the path towards fulfilling her fate, she meets three men – celebrity basketball player Migo (Geoff Eigenmann), street-smart kanto boy Bok (Benjamin Alves), and fearless warrior Falco (Mikael Daez). (MNS)