Piolo Pascual (MNS photo)

Piolo Pascual (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Although he has done a number of television shows in the past, Piolo Pascual said he is still very excited about his upcoming family soap, “Hawak Kamay.”

Pascual said the new ABS-CBN series will focus more on the family as compared to the past projects he’s done.

“First of all, I’m working with four kids, these are child superstars. I’m also working with Iza. It’s different because it’s a family thing. Usually love triangle or love story pero ito, it’s more on the family side. Filipinos are very family-oriented so I believe na makaka-relate ang maraming pamilya. Para sa mga Pilipino talaga ito,” he said.

Asked if he feels pressured for it to do well in the ratings game, Pascual quickly said, “Hindi naman mawawala ang pressure. You have to live with it.”

“I’m just thankful and I guess, what I have to focus on is the fact that I’m given work to do and it’s a blessing. I’m just giving my best and take things one day at a time,” he added.

In “Hawak Kamay,” Pascual plays the role of Gin, a frustrated singer who is left by his girlfriend (Nikki Gil) for a job on a ship.

With little purpose in life, Gin is forced into responsibility when his sister (Jennifer Sevilla) and her husband (Lander Vera Perez) die in a car crash, leaving their three adopted kids (Xyriel Manabat, Zaijan Jaranilla, Yesha Camile) without parents.

Gin gets the help of Bianca (Iza Calzado), a lawyer who arranged the adoption, in transitioning him into a responsible guardian of the children.

He also meets a girl under Bianca’s care (Andrea Brillantes), who develops a friendship with the three foster siblings.

Gin falters in his new role and gives up at one point. Eventually, however, he becomes fond of the kids and even accompanies them in a vacation.

Hawak Kamay” will mark the third major project of Pascual and Calzado together, after the films “Milan” (2004) and “Starting Over Again” (2014).

The primetime series will also be a reunion for Pascual and Jaranilla, who both top-billed the action-fantasy series “Noah” in 2010. (MNS)