Codename: Asero, previously known as Asero, is a sci-fi.-thriller Philippine drama produced and broadcasted by GMA Network starring Richard Gutierrez and Heart Evangelista, based on an original conecpt by R.J. Nuevas.
The story tells of two warring secret agencies: The Advocate to protect the world, and the more sinister The Empire. The 120 episode series started airing on July 14, 2008
A young man named Grecko Abesamis who will do anything to protect his family. But unknown to his family, Grecko lives a double life as the talented Agent Phoenix of The Advocate. It is a secret agency whose mission is to get rid of lawbreakers in the world. The Advocate's number one opponent, on the other hand, is the secret agency called The Empire whose ultimate goal is to destroy The Advocate.
The story begins when The Advocate sends Agent Phoenix on a mission. During his mission, Grecko meets the lovely Emily San Juan in Dubai. During this quest, The Empire finds out Grecko's true identity as Agent Phoenix and comes up with a plan to retaliate.
The Empire kidnaps Grecko's sister and only agrees to release her if he can find and deliver an important software needed by the wicked The Empire agency. Grecko finally agrees and goes on the deadly mission. The mission proved to be lethal to this talented secret agent. He was barely breathing when a Japanese scientist tries to rescue him. Grecko undergoes a delicate procedure, an operation that will cause all of his memory to disappear.
Now, he is unable to remember his life as Grecko or his life as The Advocate's star agent. The Japanese scientist turned him into a powerful cyborg named Codename: Asero.
The series is the biggest and most expensive series of GMA Network, to date, with budget of Php 200 million; against Asian Treasures' 140 million, Rounin's 100 million and Kamandag's 150 million.
In the first two weeks of the series, it will showcase some scenic places in Dubai including the Al Ain desert, Jumeirah Beach, the Spice Souk, the Gold Souk, the Villa Rotana, the Qamardeen Hotel, and the Dubai Creek. Aside from the places, the program also features state-of-the-art props and grand set designs. The production team also uses high quality film and equipment to create a unique and distinct texture on screen.
The theme song, "Asero", was written and sung by Janno Gibbs, and arranged by Tats Faustino.
-Richard Gutierrez as Grecko Abesamis
-Heart Evangelista as Emily San Juan
-Richard Gomez as Ibsen Abesamis
-Janno Gibbs as Geron Aguilar/Rockstar
-Michael V. as Bodjie X
-Carmina Villaroel as Lady Q
-Ehra Madrigal as Dayze Tagimoro
-Chynna Ortaleza as Fran Guevarra
-Rhian Ramos as Claire Morales
-Paolo Contis as Dave Alejo
-Ramon Christopher as Gary Morales/Apollo
-Bobby Andrews as Jupiter
-Rainier Castillo as Nicky San Juan
-Marky Cielo as Agent Troy
-Caridad Sanchez as Lola Bertita
-Francine Prieto as Aureana
-Chariz Solomon as Gigi
-Bubbles Paraiso as Minnie Agustin
-Sheree as Malta
-Joanne Quintas as Gelyn Abesamis
-Elvis Gutierrez as Vladimir Ledesma
-Rocky Gutierrez as Felix Reyes/Mercury
-Shyr Valdez as Delia San Juan
-Ysa Villar as Peachy Abesamis
-Martin delos Santos as Tamtam