Palos (TV series)
Palos is a Philippine primetime action
Action genre
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 and drama
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 television series of ABS-CBN
ABS–CBN Corporation is a Philippine-based media conglomerate. It is the Philippines' largest media and entertainment conglomerate. The corporation was the merger of Alto Broadcasting System which at that time owned by James Lindenberg and Antonio Quirino, and the Chronicle Broadcasting Network ...

. The series debuted on January 28, 2008, as part of the network's Primetime Bida line-up.

The series is based on the classic Filipino comics and film character of the same name "Palos", which means "Eel
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" in Tagalog
Tagalog language
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. In the original comics, Palos was a professional thief who possessed acrobatic skills, and who was adept in the fighting arts.


Alyas Palos (Alias Eel) is a comic serial novel by Virgilio and Nestor Redondo, which was first serialized in Tagalog Klasiks in 1961. The title character was a thief and a kind-hearted felon with exceptional safe-cracking skills.

Film adaptation

In the 1960s, the graphic novel was adapted to the silver screen with upcoming star Bernard Bonnin in the title role. Alyas Palos made Bernard Bonnin a household name and it defined Bonnin’s showbiz career. Palos was serialized eight times with Bonnin being the only actor to have portrayed Palos. These movies include “Alyas Palos (Alias Eel)” (1962), “Palos Kontra Gagamba (Eel vs. Spider)” (1963), “Palos: Counterspy” (1966), “Palos Strikes Again” (1986), and “Alyas Palos II (Alias Eel II)” (1982).


The story begins when Giancarlo is orphaned at a young age when his mother, Grazella, is killed in a shooting incident in Macau
Macau , also spelled Macao , is, along with Hong Kong, one of the two special administrative regions of the People's Republic of China...

. He blames his mother's death on an agent known only as "Palos", and vows to do whatever it takes to avenge her death.

The young orphan is taken in by his mother's friend, Alessandro, who later helps him join a secret agency known as "Neptune". The young Giancarlo, driven by his thirst for revenge, trains hard and uses every opportunity to hone his skills. Eventually, he emerges as one of the top agents of Neptune, and feels he is ready to fulfill his life's mission: avenge his mother's murder.

But in his quest to find Palos, Giancarlo finds long-buried secrets... secrets about his mother's death, about Neptune, and about his own identity.

Cast and characters

  • Fabio Cassimir / Palos (Cesar Montano
    César Montano
    Cesar Manhilot, known by his screen name Cesar Montano, is a multi-awarded Filipino actor and film director.He started in show business as a stuntman. He played roles in numerous B movies...

    ) - the most skilled agent of Neptune Agency but was kidnapped by Alessandro Canavarro (Jomari Yllana) for many years. He returned at Neptune with the help of Agent Caranzo (Jake Cuenca).
  • Giancarlo Caranzo / New Palos (Jake Cuenca
    Jake Cuenca
    Juan Carlos "Jake" Leveriza Cuenca is a Spanish-Filipino actor and model. He started as a GMA talent center artist, and later transferred to ABS-CBN's talent center, Star Magic.-Early life:...

    ) - the new top agent of Neptune during Fabio's absence. He was the real son of Fabio Cassimir and Grazella Caranzo (Sunshine Cruz-Montano), but he grew angry to Fabio because he believe that Fabio was the killer of his mother. He and Enzo (Jay-R Siaboc) know the password to the controversial Microchip.
  • Neptune Director Alessandro Canavarro (Jomari Yllana
    Jomari Yllana
    Jomari Yllana is a Filipino actor, model, concert producer and promoter....

    ) - the head of Neptune Agency but he was fired by the president because of his crime for killing Gen. Vittorio Canavarro (Bernard Bonnin), his father.
  • Gen. Vittorio Canavarro (Bernard Bonnin
    Bernard Bonnin
    Bernard Bonnin was a Filipino actor.-Early life:He was born on September 8, 1939 to parents Juan S. Bonnin a pure Spaniard from Palma de Mallorca and his mother Lina Zayco a native of Negros in Himamaylan, Negros Occidental...

    ) - a retired general of the Philippine Army, the father of Alessandro Canavarro, and the founder of Neptune Agency. He adopts Fabio and he treats him like his real son that made Alessandro grow a huge hatred over him.
  • Pietro Avelino (Railey Valeroso) - rival of Agent Caranzo, Neptune's new agent.
  • Grazella R. Caranzo (Sunshine Cruz Montano) - the girlfriend of Fabio and the mother of Giancarlo, but she was killed during an attack in Macau
    Macau , also spelled Macao , is, along with Hong Kong, one of the two special administrative regions of the People's Republic of China...

    . She was the owner of the Microchip but was grabbed by Fabio because of his mission given by Gen. Vittorio.
  • Carmela Canavarro (Jodi Sta. Maria-Lacson) - the wife of Alessandro and mother of Franco (Timothy Lambert Chan).
  • Dr. Stella Guidotti (Carla Humphries
    Carla Humphries
    Carla Humphries is a commercial model and actress in the Philippines. In her acting roles, she is sometimes credited as Carla Humphries Loren or Carla Loren....

    ) - a doctor and the daughter of President Guidotti (Aquino).
  • Pamela Kiev (Julia Padilla) - the daughter of Ivan (Conan) and Arianna Kiev (del Valle). She got angry to Fabio for the killing of her parents, but reconclies when Fabio tells her he didn't kill her parents.
  • Aldo Mussolini (Ron Morales
    Ron Morales
    Haroun Ron Morales is a Filipino model, actor and performer. He currently appears on various ABS-CBN shows.-Filmography:...

    )- a Neptune agent
  • Anna (Roxanne Guinoo
    Roxanne Guinoo
    Roxanne Guinoo-Yap is a Filipina actress. She is currently under contract with ABS-CBN.-Career:In 2004, Guinoo joined the popular reality search Star Circle Teen Quest via ABS-CBN and made it to the Top 5 finalist or much known as the "Magic Circle of 5", along with co-questors Hero Angeles,...

    )- Giancarlo's ex-girlfriend who once disappeared, later they reconcile after meeting again
  • Enzo Picaso (Jay-R Siaboc
    Jay-R Siaboc
    Jay-R Siaboc , is a Filipino TV actor and singer. He started as a student of Pinoy Dream Academy and became a first runner-up next to the grand star dreamer Yeng Constantino....

    )- a Neptune agent, Giancarlo's best friend
  • Sylvia Nazi (Bangs Garcia
    Valerie Garcia
    Valerie "Bangs" Garcia is a Filipina actress in ABS-CBN's sitcom Let's Go and Gokada Go. The nickname "Bangs" came about because her bangs/fringe covered her face.-Career:...

    )- a Neptune agent, Giancarlo's ex-girlfriend
  • Paola Durante (Regine Angeles)- another Neptune agent
  • President Donatello Guidotti (Butz Aquino
    Agapito Aquino
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    ) - President of the Philippines
  • Antonino Morato (Ramon Christopher Gutierrez)
  • Marco Ferreli (Epi Quizon)
  • Arianna Kiev (Desiree Del Valle
    Desiree del Valle
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    ) - mother of Pamela (Barretto) and wife of Ivan (Conan) killed by unidentified armed men
  • Ivan Kiev (Michael Conan) - father of Pamela (Barretto) and husband of Ariana (Del Valle) killed by unidentified armed men when he give a microchip to Fabio.
  • Alfonsina Riviera ( Gloria Romero
    Gloria Romero (actress)
    Gloria Romero is a Filipino actress appearing in film and television. Her career spans 60 years and includes award winning performances in the films Tanging Yaman , Nagbabagang Luha and 1955's Dalagang Ilocana...

    ) - a grandmother of Giancarlo (Cuenca) and a mother of Grazela (Cruz-Montano)
  • Franco Canavarro (Timothy Lambert Chan) - son of Alessandro (Yllana) and Carmela (Sta. Maria-Lacson)
  • Dr. Samuel Chan (JB Magsaysay
    JB Magsaysay
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  • Kim Yung Joo (Mico Palanca
    Mico Palanca
    -Personal life:His older brother is actor Bernard Palanca and his maternal grandfather is actor Armando Goyena. He has some Chinese ancestry from his father's side.- Filmography :-External links:...

  • Watashi Kim (AJ Dee
    AJ Dee
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  • Ernesto Mario (Al Tantay
    Al Tantay
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  • Salvatore (Albert Martinez
    Albert Martínez
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  • Luciano (Bruce Quebral
    Bruce Quebral
    Bruce Angelo Quebral is a Filipino actor, commercial model, former reality show contestant who joined Pinoy Big Brother , and former varsity basketball player from Cainta, Rizal...

  • Nicolla (Wendy Valdez)
  • Luigi (Dennis Padilla)
  • Mario (Redford White
    Redford White
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  • Lady Simona (Riza Santos
    Riza Santos
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  • Young Giancarlo(Joshua Dionisio
    Joshua Dionisio
    Ralph Joshua Dela Cruz Dionisio, better known as Joshua Dionisio, is a Filipino child actor working in television.Born on December 14, 1994 in Quezon City, he has a younger brother, Jacob, his co-star on Super Inggo. Joshua Dionisio began his career as a commercial model at the age of 8. He was...

  • Viola the talking car (voice of Mariel Rodriguez
    Mariel Rodríguez
    Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla is a Filipino commercial model, endorser, TV host, former MTV VJ and actress. She first started as an MTV VJ. Currently, she co-hosts the noontime variety show Happy Yipee Yehey!...

  • Young General Vittorio Canavarro (Christian Vasquez
    Christian Vásquez
    Christian Vazquez is a Negros Occidentalese actor, model and a former housemate of ABS-CBN's Pinoy Big Brother: Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition. During his stint at Pinoy Big Brother, he was one of the comedian housemates. He graduated from high school at the University of St...

  • Young Fabio (John Manalo)
  • Giuseppe (Vandolph Quizon) - best friend and companion of Giancarlo
  • (Ricardo Cepeda)
  • (Lovely Rivero)
  • (Allan Paule)
  • (Ping Medina)
  • (Charles Christianson)
  • (Helga Krapf
    Helga Krapf
    -Personal life:She was born in Germany to a German father named Hans Krapf, a retired seaman and to a Filipina mother, Agnes Barcena. She has an older sister named Mary Rose. She was 10 years old when her father decided that they should leave Germany and live in the Philippines.-Career:Helga was a...

  • (Marlo Sanchez)
  • (Emilio Garcia)
  • (CJ Jaravata)
  • (Janelle So)
  • (Mike Magat)


  • Original score and sound design: Idonnah Lopez-Villarico and Rommel Villarico
  • Lighting directors: Elmer Despa, Alfred Hernando, Ferdie Marquez
  • Production designers: Malou Dugtong-de Guzman, Rodrigo Ricla
  • Contributing Writers: Ays De Guzman, Miguel Suaco, Jason Villamar, James Matias
  • Writer: Danica Mae Domingo
  • Headwriter: Galo T. Ador, Jr. (deceased)
  • Executive producer: Rocky B. Ubana
  • Creative manager: Rondel Lindayag
  • Production managers: Dayang Vilbar, Julie Anne R. Benitez
  • Executive producer in charge of production: Roldeo T. Endrinal
  • Directors: Toto S. Natividad, Erick C. Salud, and Trina N. Dayrit

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