Dingdong Dantes, Dennis Trillo in a classic tale of sibling rivalry in ‘Cain at Abel’

Daniel and Miguel are long lost brothers. One day, without knowing that they are consanguine, they cross paths and it triggers an intense rage and feud between them. 

Daniel is Dingdong Dantes and Miguel is Dennis Trillo. The story is an action-family drama about two brothers, who grew up in two very different worlds. As children, they were separated by fate. Daniel was raised comfortably in the city by his father. Miguel, on the other hand, was taken by his mother who later changed his name to Elias. They relocated to a poor fishing village where they struggled to make ends meet.

Years later, Daniel and Miguel/Elias were drawn together by their mutual affections: the father who brought them apart, the mother they yearn for, and the woman they both love.

Dingdong Dantes and Dennis Trillo play brothers in 'Cain at Abel,' a big budget family drama premiering tonight on primetime. 
“It’s one of the biggest offering of GMA for a very long time. That in itself is already enticing. The series is not based on the Bible. Kaya naging takeoff ang Cain at Abel because it’s about sibling rivalry. They started out as the closest and best of friends when they’re young until fate separated them. They grow up in two different worlds only to meet again as adults,” Don Michael Perez, one of the directors of the series, told Manila Standard.

Perez further said that although sibling rivalry is a classic tale, what separates Cain at Abel from all other stories that tackle the same plot is the way it is presented.

“This kind of story only becomes different on the way you present it and the magnitude of the project, how intense the scenes are, and how committed the actors are to the scenes, and the plot twists and turns. There have been stories like this before but not realized on this scale,” he related.

In speaking of the actors, Perez only had good words to say about the series’ lead cast. He commended Dingdong and Dennis for their work ethics and professionalism.

“It’s not every day that you’d get to work with big stars like them. Surprising, it’s not difficult to work with two big stars in one show. They are involved in the creative process which makes this whole project a collaborative effort. Dingdong for instance is also a director so you can expect him giving some inputs which greatly help to improve the show. Life is easier with them around,” the director shared.

Expounding on the plot of the series, Perez revealed that although Cain at Abel hypes the tale of sibling rivalry, the entire series is still all about family and coming together. 

“One of them will sacrifice to save the other but I will not elaborate on that because when the story gets to that, it’s going to set the wheels in motion. That’s what people should look forward to—the circumstance they will encounter that will force a brother to make a selfless sacrifice to save his sibling,” he said.

From the trailer alone, Perez warned the audience that the series is going to be very bloody, but wanted to make it clear that Cain at Abel is not an action series; rather, it’s a drama series with lots of action. 

On the competition that the series is going to face on primetime, Perez humbly said that he’s aware of the dynamic landscape of primetime, but the series chooses to focus on delivering an interesting and relatable drama that people would be excited to see it every night.

“I wouldn’t be overconfident. It’s better that we are aware of the competition. There’s always this goal that we have to improve our material and give our audience a quality story because there’s a stiff competition,” Perez said. 

Playing vital roles in the lives Daniel and Miguel are Solenn Heussaff as Abigail, the bold, sophisticated, and adventurous lover of Daniel; and Sanya Lopez as Margaret, the principled, responsible, and inspiring girlfriend of Miguel/Elias. 

Also part of the powerhouse ensemble are Eddie Gutierrez, Chanda Romero, and Dina Bonnevie. Joining them are Ronnie Henares, Tommy Abuel, Bing Pimentel, Renz Fernandez, Ervic Vijandre, Marc Abaya, Carlo Gonzales, Boy 2 Quizon, Pauline Mendoza, Vince Vandorpe, Shyr Valdez, Leandro Baldemor, and Euwenn Aleta.

 Featuring in special guest roles are the following: Yasmien Kurdi as young Belen; Diana Zubiri as young Precy; Gio Alvarez as young Gener; Rafael Rosell as young Antonio; David Remo as young Daniel; Seth dela Cruz as young Miguel/Elias; and Ashley Cabrera as young Abigail.

The creative team of the TV series is composed of headwriter John Roque with writers Anna Aleta A. Nadela, John Paul J. Bedia, and Brylle Tabora; and brainstormers Rhoda Sulit-Marino and Patrick Louie Lim Ilagan.

Leading the team are creative director Roy Iglesias, senior creative consultant Suzette Doctolero, and creative head Dode Cruz. 

Created by the GMA Drama group, this original series is headed by the SVP for Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable, VP for Drama Redgie A. Magno, AVP for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy, Senior Program Manager Cathy Ochoa Perez, and Executive ProducerMichelle Borja.

Under the helm of esteemed directors  Perez and Mark Reyes, the compelling tale of love and brotherhood bound by selfless sacrifices in Cain at Abel, beginning tonight after 24 Oras on GMA Telebabad.

Topics: Dingdong Dantes , Dennis Trillo , Cain at Abel
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