MANILA, Philippines -- Coco Martin takes on the role of a superhero in the first official trailer released for the upcoming ABS-CBN fantasy series "Juan dela Cruz."
A week after the new Kapamilya series was unveiled, its first trailer was released Thursday via ABS-CBN's official YouTube page, offering a glimpse of the title character's (Martin) "superhero" abilities.
"Juan dela Cruz" is among the several new shows lined up for ABS-CBN's TV programming in the first quarter of 2013. It was formally launched at the ABS-CBN Thanksgiving Trade Party on December 5.
In the Kapamilya series, Martin, 31, portrays the latest in the lineage of the "Tagapagbantay." Equipped with a holy cross that can shift into different weapons -- a whip, a spear an arrow, and a sword -- Juan dela Cruz will battle the forces of evil.
The twist: He also bears "aswang" blood.
According to the extended trailer for "Juan" shown last week to advertisers, the new ABS-CBN soap is from the makers of the top-rating series "Walang Hanggan" and "May Bukas Pa."
Like the inspirational 2009 drama series, "Juan" also aims to impart values anchored on faith in God.
In the same extended trailer for "Juan," the character of Mylene Dizon, Amelia, lays out the means to combat the "aswang" blood of Martin's character. "Kailangan palakihin natin siya sa kabutihan, na may pagmamahal sa kapwa, at pananampalataya sa Diyos," she says.
Set for a release in the first quarter of 2013, "Juan dela Cruz" features an all-star cast including Erich Gonzales, Albert Martinez, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Joel Torre, Gina Pareno, Louise Abuel, Lotlot de Leon, Neil Coleta, Arron Villaflor, Jaime Fabregas and Izzy Canillo.