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July 18, 2014

Piolo Pascual returns to tv drama with family soap “Hawak Kamay”

ABS-CBN’s newest drama series “Hawak Kamay,” will redefine the Filipino family starting on Monday (July 21). 

The kick-off of the series also marks acclaimed actor Piolo Pascual’s much-anticipated return to television drama following the success of his movie “Starting Over Again” earlier in the year. Piolo will be taking on “Hawak Kamay” along with three of the country’s most powerful child stars, Zaijan Jaranilla, Andrea Brillantes, and Xyriel Manabat. The series will also introduce Grand i-Shiner Yesha Camile, who was under the mentorship of Piolo during her stint in the Promil Pre-School i-Shine Talent Camp.

Although he has done a number of television shows in the past, Piolo Pascual said he is still very excited about his upcoming family soap, “Hawak Kamay.”

Pascual said the new ABS-CBN series will focus more on the family as compared to the past projects he’s done.

“First of all, I’m working with four kids, these are child superstars. I’m also working with Iza. It’s different because it’s a family thing. Usually love triangle or love story pero ito, it’s more on the family side. Filipinos are very family-oriented so I believe na makaka-relate ang maraming pamilya. Para sa mga Pilipino talaga ito,” Pascual said.

Asked if he feels pressured for it to do well in the ratings game, Pascual quickly said, “Hindi naman mawawala ang pressure. You have to live with it.”

“I’m just thankful and I guess, what I have to focus on is the fact that I’m given work to do and it’s a blessing. I’m just giving my best and take things one day at a time,” he added.

“Hawak Kamay” will also star Piolo’s “Starting Over Again” co-star Iza Calzado, who will be joined by singer-actress Nikki Gil and “Banana Split: Extra Scoop” and “Banana Nite” mainstay Ryan Bang. The show will also feature Victor Neri, who makes a comeback through “Hawak Kamay,” with “She’s Dating the Gangster” cast member Sofia Andres, and former Pinoy Big Brother housemate Axel Torres.

This cast will be behind the story of Gin (Piolo Pascual), a failed musician who becomes the guardian of the three orphans that his dearly departed sister adopted: Emong (Zaijan Jaranilla), Dara (Xyriel Manabat), and Ningning (Yesha Camile). 

Tough attorney Bianca (Iza Calzado) and her sister Lorrie (Andrea Brillantes) witness how the reluctant and unprepared Gin ends up as a potential father figure to these three kids. 

Gin falters in his new role and gives up at one point. Eventually, however, he becomes fond of the kids and even accompanies them in a vacation.

As they encounter different trials, Gin gains sight of the more important things in life, and little by little, they all realize what exactly makes a family.

“Hawak Kamay” will mark the third major project of Pascual and Calzado together, after the films “Milan” (2004) and “Starting Over Again” (2014).

The primetime series will also be a reunion for Pascual and Jaranilla, who both top-billed the action-fantasy series “Noah” in 2010.

The cast of “Hawak Kamay” will be making things exciting at Fairview Terraces, the day before the show launches. Join Piolo, Iza, Zaijan, Xyriel, Andrea, and Yesha as they put on a mall show for fans on Sunday (July 20) at 4:00pm.

Catch the story of “Hawak Kamay” as it begins to unfold on Monday (July 21) after “TV Patrol” on ABS-CBN. For updates, visit “Hawak Kamay’s” official website (, like "Hawak Kamay" on Facebook (, and follow @HawakkamayTV on Twitter and Instagram.

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