Joaquin Bordado

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Joaquin Bordado
Created by Carlo J. Caparas
Based on Carlo J. Caparas' Joaquin Bordado
Developed by Suzette Doctolero
Directed by
Starring Robin Padilla
Theme music composer
  • Marc Tupaz
  • Sam Santos
Opening theme "Wag Kang Matakot" by Shamrock
Ending theme "Ikaw Lang" by Marc Tupaz and Maricris Garcia
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Tagalog
No. of episodes 108
Executive producer(s) Joseph Buncalan
Production location(s) Metro Manila, Philippines
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 30-45 minutes
Production company(s) GMA Entertainment TV
Original network GMA Network
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original release February 11 (2008-02-11) – July 11, 2008 (2008-07-11)
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Joaquin Bordado is a Philippine television drama action series broadcast by GMA Network. The series is based from a comic book serial by Carlo J. Caparas with the same title. Directed by Mac Alejandre and Argel Joseph, it stars Robin Padilla in the title role.[1] It premiered on February 11, 2008 on the network's Telebabad line up replacing Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan. The series concluded on July 11, 2008 with a total of 108 episodes. It was replaced by Codename: Asero in its timeslot.


Based on the comics series of novelist Carlo J. Caparas, Joaquin Bordado was published as a serial throughout the late 1970s to early '80s. In 1988 it was turned into a full-length film by its creator Caparas, with veteran actor and former senator, Ramon Revilla, Sr. in the title role.[2]

A special behind-the-scenes of the making of the television series Ang Mundo ni Joaquin Bordado[3] was aired on February 8, 2008, temporarily taking over the timeslot of Coffee Prince for that day.[4] It earned a 27% rating.


Joaquin Apacible is an assassin masquerading as a sales agent. A family man at heart, he wishes to settle down to live a quiet life with his wife Sofia and son Jimboy. His last mission for a covert operations group is to kill the head of an illegal arms dealing syndicate. Things don't turn out as planned, and Joaquin is sent to prison.

Joaquin knows that his old boss, General Russo, will do everything to kill him since he knows vital information about the secret group. While serving time in jail, he meets Jilco, a mysterious man whose body is littered with tattoos.

Unknown to Joaquin, one of his fellow inmates is actually an assassin sent by General Russo to kill him. But the hero of the story won't remain dead for long, as Jilco revives Joaquin and gives him all his powerful tattoos.

With his new powers, Joaquin gets a new lease in life and faces challenges as the chosen heir who will continue the battle between good and evil.[5]

Cast and characters[edit]

Iza Calzado portrays Sofia Apacible.

Main cast[edit]

The eldest of the Apacibles is an assassin for a secret service group. He masquerades as a traveling sales agent. But after he is betrayed by his cohorts, caught by the police and murdered by a jail mate, Joaquin's life begins to change—helped further along by him inheriting the magical tattoos of a Bordado.
Sofia is the loving wife of Joaquin who only wants for her family to be safe and happy. But when she begins to discover hidden facets in the life of her husband, Sofia must learn to become strong—for herself and for her son. She is later revealed to be the heiress of Xelvarria.
Head of a secret service group who has sworn to protect the country no matter the cost. But unbeknown to most people, the country needs more protection against him than from him. He is grandfather of Cecile and Kevin. Later, when the Pandora's Box-like artifact exploded, he acquired an "ability" and desired to retrieve the others.
The middle Apacible brother is a successful businessman, hiding quite a lot from his family. For starters, his business isn't very legal. He later acquired the strongest and most vile ability: to create something out of darkness.
The youngest of the Apacibles, a rebellious teen who has a problem with falling in love with the wrong girls. The death of his parents may have scarred him, but Jason uses it more as an excuse to get out of trouble than anything else.
Guardian of Xelvarria, a magical chest that contains beasts and other evil warriors whose only goal is to kill Bordados. One must destroy Cefiro first to destroy the chest.
  • Antonio Aquitania as Kevin
Cecile's brother, is a bully whose only purpose in life is to make Jason's life miserable. But there is something more sinister hiding behind Kevin's already rough persona. He later becomes Jason's ally.
Joaquin's son with Sofia. Though Jimboy is a nice kid, he always gets into trouble because of the nature of his father's work.
A dancer in a bar which Jason frequents. The youngest Apacible falls in love with her, but she only has eyes for one man: the eldest Apacible - Joaquin. She acquired the ability to create split images and clones of herself but was later killed by Russo.
General Russo's granddaughter and Kevin's sister, Cecile is a young woman whose life was upended by an accident that took away her sight. And while she is angry at the person who caused her blindness, she cannot help but still see the good in people, especially in André.
The only remaining Bordado from the olden times. He meets Joaquin in jail, where he decides that it is time to pick an heir for his magical tattoos.
General Russo's minion who will do his master's every bidding. But what the general doesn't know is that his right-hand man hides the ability to grant other people powers from the Xelvarria.
  • Maverick Relova and Ariel Villasanta[7] as Tom & Jerry
Joaquin's inmates who became friends. They become sidekicks to Joaquin later on.
  • Jun Hidalgo as Hugo
Joaquin's friend, inmate and initiate against Russo & Cefiro's bad influences, he later became Joaquin's butler.
One of magical tattoos of Joaquin, Erenea is a young warrior armed with swords and a bow who serves and gives advice to Joaquin.

Extended cast[edit]

Guest cast[edit]

  • Marky Cielo as teenage Joaquin
  • Raquel Motesa as Daniel's mother
  • Timothy Chan as young Joaquin
  • Nonie Buencamino as Mr. Apacible
  • Ella V. as Alcera
  • Anna Leah Javier as Vexus
  • Daiana Menezes as Ivarna
  • Jenny Miller as Queen Elixera
  • Leila Kuzma as Queen Agoria
  • Rez Cortez as Chief Mendoza
  • Tyron Perez as Mon
  • Bambi Pereira as Charisse
  • Cris Martinez as Jojo
  • Ayen laurel as Minerva
  • Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino as Joaquin's mother
  • Anton Bernardo as Domeng
  • Victor Aliwalas as Nelson
  • Joseph Izon as Olsen
  • Shiela Marie Rodriguez as Vicky
  • Shirley Fuentes as Celeste
  • Richard Quan as Ronaldo


The series marks the third time GMA adapted a Caparas creation. The previous ones, Bakekang and Kamandag, soared high in television ratings and had gained critical praise.

Actresses Jennylyn Mercado and Cristine Reyes were initially tapped to play important roles in the series. Due to Mercado's pregnancy, she had to be replaced by Ryza Cenon,[9] while Reyes had some problems with the production and was quickly replaced by Iwa Moto.[10]

Robin Padilla, the lead star, had to endure six hours of body make-up every day for his tattoos.[11] His tattoos includes a cherubim, rat, snake, kris, eagle, jaguar, dragon and a warrior girl.


10 crew members of the show were injured after their L-300 van (TSJ-518) from Subic to Metro Manila crashed along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Valenzuela exit on May 6, 2008. Rushed to the Orthopedic Hospital was Ronaldo Godoy; to the Karuhatan Hospital were Demetrio Macaraig, stuntman Danny Bragais, Abnel Severino, Alfredo Manzanares, Steve Esguerra, and Ronnie Santos; and to the Monte Clara Montefalco Hospital in Meycauayan were Alvin Tercena, Francisco Minarag, and Rogelio Elgacio.[12]

On March 7, 2008 Robin Padilla suffered minor fracture injuries while taping a motorcycle stunt at Subic Bay, Olongapo City.[13]


According to AGB Nielsen Philippines' Mega Manila household television ratings, the pilot episode of Joaquin Bordado earned a 36.6% rating.[14] While the final episode scored a 40.8% rating.[15]


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