A NEW icon for women empowerment is coming to mainstream television.
From the producer of astounding movies “BuyBust” and “Maria”, “Bella Bandida”, an action-drama series loosely based on the comic book by National Artist Francisco V. Coching, is set to premiere on TV5 on November 25, 2020.
A great actress of her generation, Ryza Cenon portrays the role of Annabelle “Bella” Suarez, a medical doctor who aims to help improve the welfare of the people of Santiago, her hometown. Her boyfriend, town councilor Brick Ortaleza (Josef Elizalde), also intends to change the corrupt political system as he is being groomed to be the next mayor. At present, the town of Santiago is under the governance of Timothy Gregory Ortaleza, a.k.a “Mayor Tigro” (Efren Reyes, Jr.). When Bella finds out that he is authorizing a mining operation, she bravely confronts him about it. Mayor Tigro rapes and even wants her dead, but Bella is saved by a rebel named Chris (AJ Muhlach). But more than that, a higher power gives her a second life. May’ari, the goddess of moon and night, endows her with super powers. Bella Bandida is born.
“Bella Bandida” is Ryza’s first title role. In the last four years, Ryza has portrayed strong characters such as Georgia Ferrer on “Ika-6 na Utos” (GMA-7), Aubrey Hidalgo on “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano”, and Jessie de Leon-del Fierro on “The General’s Daughter” (ABS-CBN).
Meanwhile, Ara Mina takes on an important role in Bella’s life and the town of Santiago. Director Raffy Francisco, after enjoying a tremendous success in creative TV commercials and music videos, does his “first foray into long-form narratives”. Co-directing with him is Temi Abad, a prolific writer and creative consultant. Follow the story of “Bella Bandida” and see why she is not a girl to be messed with.