Saviour Ramos scores first TV acting assignment

Jerry Donato - The Philippine Star
Saviour Ramos scores first TV acting assignment
Saviour is taking baby steps as he follows in the footsteps of his dad, but he will find soon his foothold in acting.
Photo from Saviour Ramos Instagram account

MANILA, Philippines — Saviour Ramos has shown that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. The son of Wendell Ramos is now part of the Sunday fantasy-romance mini-series Raya Sirena that also features Sparkle Sweethearts Sofia Pablo and Allen Ansay.

After being introduced as among GMA 7’s new talents in last year’s Signed for Stardom event and members of Sparkle’s Sparkada this month, Saviour is ready to swim his way to acting and stardom.

“Sa akin naman po wala namang problem (I don’t have a problem) if I’m acting with a partner or without,” said Saviour of starring in a drama as his dream project in a recent virtual press conference, “kahit ano pong ibigay sa akin ng Sparkle (whatever Sparkle grants me), whatever our big bosses give, I will take on it.” That’s why when the Ape character was offered to him, Saviour gave his yes to it right away. “Go agad and I said ‘Game’ when my handler told me about the role,” recalled he. Dad Wendell is very proud of his son’s latest showbiz career achievement, as reported in a GMA Entertainment website.

As everybody knows, his first-ever character to foray into TV series acting is the merman named Ape, who will possibly be a part of the brewing young love triangle in the TV series that  includes the teenage girl-turned-mermaid Raya and son of resort caretaker-turned-Raya’s close friend Gavin (played by Sofia and Allen, respectively). Ape and Gavin, Allen said, will get people think who, between the man and the merman, is the better match and guide for Raya. Ape and Gavin are Raya’s go-to persons every time she is under the sea or on land.

On her onscreen chemistry with Saviour, Sofia shared, “Parang meron naman kasi hindi naman kami pinaulit nang pinaulit (I think we have because we were not told to repeat our scenes over and over again), usually kapag wala, uulitin, kailangan may makita (sila), pero wala namang ganun, good take naman po palagi.” During the virtual group interview, the looks of Allen, Sofia and Saviour, as the way they appeared on the same screen, blended well.

As the Raya Sirena’s narrative starts to unfold, viewers will see how Saviour’s Ape will win Raya’s heart. Ape is among the new characters who will play key roles for the lead character’s new journey to self-discovery, as the information from the show’s website shared to pique one’s attention and imagination, and her further reflection on her mermaid transformation in Raya Sirena, a Regal Studio Presents episode.

Also part of the ensemble acting are Juan Carlos Galano, who portrays Bulan; Elias Point as Otep; and Reins Mika as Lua, while Ayeesha Cervantes, Jana Francine Taladro, Shecko Apostol and Gerald Pesigan play as Chriselle, Thea, Poknat and Buknoy, respectively. Veteran stars Shirley Fuentes and Mosang will be Tita Helga and Nay Matet.

“Actually, I want roles that challenge me and that are new to me,” said Saviour, whose swimming skills come handy with his role. “If ever I have a new role, if not a dramatic one, I want to do something that viewers haven’t seen yet (here). I’m ready to explore. What I have in mind now is, I think in the Philippines, we don’t have a Joker (as a character) yet. It’s something that I want to try, like playing a psychopath character.” At this early, Saviour has expressed his interest in deglamorizing himself for meaty characters. It speaks of the young star’s enthusiasm for something new and diverse.

Saviour, the son of Wendell Ramos, plays Ape, the merman guide and possible love interest of Raya (portrayed by Sofia Pablo) in the Sunday fantasy-romance mini-series, Raya Sirena on GMA 7. The young actor is up for roles that challenge and are new to him.

“Lagi ka lang maging gutom sa work (Always be excited for and inspired to work). Be good to people,” shared Saviour the pieces of advice his father has given him in guiding the former’s promising career. “Be good to the staff and everyone. If you have a role, study it ahead of time. Be focused, ‘wag mong hayaan ang sarili mong mapunta sa negativity, dun ka lang sa role mo (Don’t let yourself be swallowed by negativity and stick to your role). Kapag natatakot o kinakabahan ka, mag dasal lang (If you feel afraid or get nervous, you just take a moment to pray).” It’s safe to say that Saviour has applied all of this in acclimatizing himself to Raya Sirena’s lock-in taping and in portraying his character within the bounds set by the creatives.

When he, along with Sofia and Allen, met the press members for the Kapuso mini-series Zoom interview, Saviour was all smiles and on a taping break. He and fellow stars agreed that working on the Raya Sirena set is just like having a Summer vacation. They find time to relax and bond during their free time. After recharging their energy, they are off to resume work the next day.

For his part, Saviour finds wearing the silicon tail costume and swimming in that outfit challenging. “When it comes to swimming, since we know how, madali na yung pag-langoy and iniingatan lang namin yung mga jellyfish (it’s easy to swim, but we try to avoid the jellyfish),” said he. “Every time we swim, there (are people) who look after us in the water. Wala namang hassle every time we have that scene.”

Yes, the GMA talent is in his baby steps to follow in the footsteps of his dad, but Saviour will find soon his foothold in acting.

Watch Raya Sirena, the mini-series, presented by GMA Network and Regal Entertainment TV and directed by Crisanto Aquino, every Sunday at 3:05 on GMA.

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