In an industry where the action genre is dominated by men, there were three beautiful, crime-fighting and punch-throwing lady badasses who served as a game-changer in the ’70s. Anyone remember “Charlie’s Angels?”
In the Philippines, GMA comes up with a counterpart nearly half a century later: “Beautiful Justice.”
Starring Yasmien Kurdi, Gabbi Garcia, and Bea Binene, it’s expected to be a heart-stopping show about women who put their lives on the line to deliver justice and protect the society.
Alice’s (Yasmien) husband, together with Kitkat’s (Bea) brother, and Brie’s (Gabbi) boyfriend, Lance (Derrick Monasterio), are all Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents who died on a failed mission. Eventually, Alice will discover that their passing was not an accident, and that a powerful drug syndicate actually murdered their loved ones. Armed with special skills and with the help of Vin (Gil Cuerva), the three women will unite to track down the syndicate and seek justice for everything they lost.
In preparation for the series, they underwent Krav Maga (military self-defence and fighting system) and intense gun training sessions. Their co-star, Victor Neri (Tony Bautista, the Regional Director of PDEA on the show), is also one of the stunt trainers and plays an active role on the series.
In an interview, Yasmien said the series is a must-watch as it also tackles the current drug situation in the country. Note “Beautiful Justice” is sanctioned by the PDEA and the production team is working closely with its agents.
“Mali ang mag-droga,” she said emphatically. “But this series talks about the agents, how they sacrifice their lives for the Filipino people. It’s true this is a controversial topic but we’re also talking how far these women are willing to go in the name of justice.”
Bea said viewers could expect to see them throwing punches and kicks.
“That’s why we need to maintain our stamina,” she said. “Hindi naman pwede na aksyon na aksyon tapos malamya ka.”
The young actress also talked about wearing sexy clothes on the show which she is not used to do, away from the cameras.
“”But like I always say, if the role requires it, then I’ll have to do it. After all, that’s my job as actress.”
Bea said she, Yasmien and Gabbi have become her good friends in the course of shooting their scenes.
“I know Ate Yas — we’re both from ‘StarStruck’ — but it’s only now we’re working together on a series. Si Gabbi naman, first time din ata on a series but nagkakasama na kami before sa mga guestings,” Bea said. “It’s really nice to work them because we’re all in one tent, so we get to bond. We talk about stuff. It’s nice, everything goes smoothly.”
Completing the cast are Valeen Montenegro as Miranda Samonte, the sexy, fierce, and deadly leader of the Black Pentagon syndicate; and Bing Loyzaga as Charmaine Tan, the businesswoman and philanthropist who is also the head of the Black Pentagon drug syndicate known as “Ninang.”
“Beautiful Justice” starts airing today on GMA Telebabad.