Wednesday, March 22, 2017


It's good that teleserye has managed to stay resurgent in many parts of the world. The interesting thing is that the competition tango between the two biggest Pinoy broadcasting companies, GMA & ABS-CBN,  continues with its incessant whirls & sways. The rivalry has de-facto gone beyond the Philippine shores. Africa & Latin America have been  locked in by new GMA releases but ABS-CBN has been making fastbreak moves within Asia after being initially nudged by its rival, which traditionally was stronger in nearer shores.

In short, Pinoy teleserye is alive. Its interesting stories & good-looking stars continuing to delight the world...

Another GMA teleserye has been marketed to the Spanish-speaking world.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Teleserye Beyond Philippine Shores: DOLCE AMORE in MYANMAR

I guess this blog was successful in its mission. To highlight the upsurge of Pinoy showbiz outside the Philippines, with its young loveteams as spearhead. There is now a wider realization that not only are Pinoy young stars with their Latin-Asian looks, but Pinoy teleseryes in general, are making their mark in many parts of the world. That Pinoy teleserye in particular is one of the top telenovela products in the world, competing with the top heavyweights like the Mexican, Turkish & Indian in the major markets. The top Pinoy loveteams Kathniel, JaDine & LizQuen are no longer just adulated in the Philippines but in many countries beyond Philippine shores.

  Prior to this blog, everything was just anecdotal, and as so often happened with anecdotes, they just fluttered for a few moments before being immediately relegated to oblivion. I needed to keep a more organized record of what was then developing gingerly beyond our shores. Everything started when I accidentally noted the response to Pinoy young stars in the pirate sites. Being multi-lingual, I immediately decoded a new reality just developing, a genuine fan base born not out of a propaganda smoke machine or government intervention. I guess the innate inferiority complex of the Pinoy as a result of an  almost endemic economic & political  incompetence never even tickled  anybody to suspect of this possibility. But the reality was there & I just had to transition my blog from a prank to a celebration. We had the ingredients in the first place: an impressive cultural history which unfortunately never found enough confidence to assert itself, & natural multi-racial good looks which win over the disparate racial prejudice of various groups.

 I would like to think I helped in focusing everybody's attention and adjust to the new reality. I was the only one writing of what was happening on the teleseryes in Peru & everybody just invaded the Peruvian pages. Clearly, there is now a new confidence. Pinoy showbiz should no longer be the provincial entity relegated to the lower classes. It should strut according to its new status and relevance.

In Myanmar, the Pinoy loveteams are hot. The latest teleserye of the LizQuen loveteam of Enrique Gil & Liza Soberano is showing there after the successful run of their first teleserye Forevermore.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

HẸN ƯỚC TÌNH YÊU/PANGAKO SA YO finally shown on Vietnam TodayTV

Outside the Philippines, the top Pinoy young loveteam, Kathniel of Daniel Padilla & Kathryn Bernardo, is probably biggest in Vietnam. It's a big wonder then why their early 2016 hit Pangako Sa Yo arrived there later than in most countries. After travelling the world, from Central Asia to Africa to Latin America, it is finally being shown in the rest of Southeast Asia- after Myanmar,  it just recently  reached the top 5 in the ratings charts of Indonesia. Now finally, Vietnam. I can just imagine the excitement in the vast Kathniel fan infrastructure in our neighbor.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

BRIDGES OF LOVE returns on Indonesian small screens after all

ABS-CBN must be jumping with joy. Bridges of Love, which was one of the 3 ABS-CBN teleseryes which were pulled out after just a few days of telecast, is returning to the screen after all. Fingers crossed, the other two, Magpahanggang Wakas & Forevermore will return shortly too.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


I have to admit, I watched every now & then the transmission of Cautiva/ Hanggang Makita Kang Muli from the Panamericana website. But it is really too early, 5:30 am, so it was mainly a haphazard effort. Though it gave me great satisfaction to learn each time that my Spanish was not at all rusty, I could understand it fully. Watching teleseryes being shown in various languages has been a boon: I can easily learn languages, & I could refresh them by watching  dubbed soaps, be it in Spanish, like in Peru, or reading the Russian subtitles, like in Kazakhstan (being bilingual, telenovelas there are dubbed in Kazakh but subtitled in Russian).

Cautiva was the surprise hit teleserye in Peru, besting the Philipine hit La Promesa/ Pangako Sa Yo and outclassing the kdramas which for 15 years were consistent in being stuck at the bottom of the Peruvian  ratings charts, below all the telenovelas from Peru, Brazil, Colombia & the Philippines. It was obvious they loved there the theme song of this teleserye, they used it a lot to signal the breaks. Me too. Lucky us, we have here the lyric video.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Сүйгенім бол/ BE MY LADY soon on 31Kanal Kazakhstan

ABS-CBN might have been kicked out of Peru to be replaced by perennially low-rating kdramas while the GMA teleserye Cautiva/Hanggang Makita Kang Muli shot up in the Peruvian charts, but at least, it still had Kazakhstan. Since Forevermore became a hit in that country 2 years ago, teleseryes remained permanent telenovela fare.

This is cute. I could almost taste ABS-CBN sighing with relief. It nearly got kicked out into oblivion as Africa chose more GMA teleseryes & Indonesia pulled out after a few days of showing most of the ABS-CBN teleseryes it recently bought. ABS-CBN should show gratitude to the Kazakhs & reward them some free teleseryes. At least, that would guarantee it will always be shown there. Miracles are true, btw...

 It should take a cue from the Koreans, they may languish in the bottom of the charts for nearly 15 years in a particular country but they still get to be shown because of miracles behind the scene.


This is one of the biggest teleserye hits in many parts of the world lately. My post on its showing in Kenya was the most accessed from Africa. It is also the performance of Carla Abellana in this GMA drama which made her garner the Most Popular Foreign Artist award in Vietnam early this year.

Now, My Destiny is being marketed as Mi Destino in the Spanish-speaking world. Will it be as well-received like in many countries of the world?

Thursday, March 9, 2017

รักวุ่นวาย...หัวใจติดปีก/ ON THE WINGS OF LOVE showing on TV3 Thailand

Better late than never. So, more and more countries are showing On The Wings of Love, the first teleserye of the JaDine loveteam of James Reid & Nadine Lustre. From Indonesia, then Startimes in Africa to now, Thailand. At a rickety time in the JaDine history, after a couple of dismal boxoffice duds &  disappointing ratings of their second teleserye, this comes as a reassuring breeze.

But not only to the team. To their station, ABS-CBN, as well. It has been dislodged from some of the screens where its teleseryes were the traditional fare from Peru to Africa- fortunately, it has managed to salvage airtime in the last minute by mining new territories from Myanmar to Indonesia, now Thailand (though it has been an embarrassing journey so far in Indonesia as 3 of the latest 4 ABS-CBN teleseryes were pulled out after a few days). 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Pinoy teleserye definitely had flashes of progressive liberalism. One of the best examples is the ready tackling of otherwise sensitive issues in less forward societies. Like sexual minorities. A GMA teleserye, My Husband's Lover is being marketed in the Spanish-speaking world as El secreto de mi esposo. The Latin countries, like the Philippines, were steeped in macho culture, but they were relatively as easy to accept the drift of the times.

Will this teleserye be accepted there as it was accepted in the Philippines?

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


The ABS-CBN teleserye La Promesa/ Pangako Sa Yo has disappeared from the Latin American small screens without the hoped-for homestretch spurt in the ratings,  but the GMA Cautiva/Hanggang Makita Kang Muli surprised everybody by shooting up the rating charts. ABS-CBN teleseryes have been cut one after the other in Indonesia (3 of the 4 recent releases were pulled out after a few days, including Bridges of Love, Forevermore & Magpahanggang Wakas) and they are upstaged in a big way in Africa by the rival Pinoy station, GMA. Beautiful Strangers just started in Kenya, now it is being shown in most Subsaharan countries via My TV Africa.

Teleserye has a deep bench. When one station falters, another quickly fills up the slack and keeps up the pace.

Monday, March 6, 2017


Following the successful run of My Faithful Husband, another GMA teleserye starring Lovi Poe & Heart Evangelista is being shown on KTN Kenya. GMA seems to have locked the 6 pm primetime slot for good?

Sunday, March 5, 2017

ALDUB THEME SONG is Number 1 in iTunes: TADHANA by Denise Barbacena

So how is the first Aldub teleserye faring? As expected, the two rating agencies are proclaiming their respective champions. Almost as expected, the familiar Twitter deluge was there, almost a signature Aldub phenomenon.

And, well, the theme song is the top song at iTunes too. Nice song & singer.

Will this be the teleserye that will introduce Aldub to a wider audience in foreign shores, like how teleseryes have made stars of many young Pinoy loveteams in many parts of the world?


So MNCTV Indonesia is showing another Pinoy teleserye, the 2013 Kathniel teleserye Got 2 Believe, given a new Bahasa title for the Indonesia run. The first Kathniel teleserye in Indonesia, Pangako Sa Yo/Janjiku, reached the Number 5 position in the Indonesian TV Ratings chart, but the other teleseryes imported into Indonesia didn't fare as well, with 3 of the latest 4 ABS-CBN teleserye imports, all big Philipine hits in the Kantar chart, having been pulled out almost immediately.

 There's a little suspense here therefore- with the way MNCTV has been hacking Pinoy teleseryes after a few days, it's a bit curious how this one will fare out.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

2017 New York Festivals World’s Best TV and Films Finalist: "SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME" is the lone Asian Finalist

I have to admit local Pinoy showbiz has somewhat bored me lately. When it should be flying high because it has apparently entered the dawning of a new Golden Age, it has turned somewhat icky instead. When it reached its Golden Age in the 1970's to 80's, it allowed itself to be priced out of its mass market with the externally-machinated ruse of introduction of multiplexes (Bollywood maintained its status as the biggest film industry in the world by maintaining its low popular prices while the second biggest in the world at that time, the Filipino film industry, priced out the masses and nosedived into gloom, contented like an innocent fool with the fostered fake news of competition & piracy). It has lately started being the top Asian telenovela draw in many parts of the world but the sad Pinoy story rears its head again. Soft power is power, & Pinoy showbiz soft power was never allowed to blossom fully. Why? There will always be Pinoys, who, for varying wicked reasons, will spoil the show for somebody else's soft power. Inferiority complex, mendicancy & cluelessness, it was never a pretty sight.

But the tides continue to roll. Pinoys are a cultural power, no matter how low their self-regard. At least.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

GOT 2 BELIEVE showing on March 6 @ MNCTV Indonesia: Kathniel returns to Indonesia

It's hard to fathom the parameters from which MNCTV in Indonesia is juggling its programs. Baffling programming, to say the least. Showing an international hit like Bridges of Love for a few days then pulling it out suddenly. Giving a near midnight time slot to a youth teleserye Forevermore when most of its target audience would have to sleep for their classes the next day. Why not accord them the proper treatment and give them time to simmer some more, there was a precedent after all...

For most of its run, Pangako Sa Yo/ Janjiku just simmered in the lower rungs of the Indonesian ratings chart but boiled over & shot to the top in the end. Kathryn Bernardo & Daniel Padilla are now returning to the Indonesian small screen with their 2013 hit.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


NOTE: We initially published this post on February 14 with a title "CAUTIVA/HANGGANG MAKITA KANG MULI opens on Peru's Panamericana TV". At first, I resisted the urge to focus on the ratings performance of the two teleseryes being shown in Peru (Cautiva/Hanggang Makita Kang Muli & La Promesa/Pangako Sa Yo) because I didn't want to turn the whole thing into a de facto Pinoy network wars abroad. But on second thought, I decided it best to highlight them because the teleserye is at a point where it is really being noticed as one of the main nodes of the diversified Asian telenovela products. People there really are not aware of the network war brouhahas in the Philippines. They are mostly interested in the product itself, and I thought focusing on how they respond to each teleserye will give us a feedback on what ticks there.

To a Pinoy, the news that an afternoon Kapuso teleserye starring lesser known actors trounching a primetime Kapamilya blockbuster starring the country's top young loveteam  in the ratings in another country is surprising. It's important to emphasize they are not shown against each other but right after the other.

I reposted this because it has a nice comment section on how sensible Pinoy teleserye fans are monitoring the Peruvian reaction to teleseryes. You can watch the teleseryes from 5:30-7:30 AM Manila time at the Panamericana website. They are shown one after the other from 4:30-6:30 PM Peruvian time.

February 14, PERU time (February 15 in the PHILIPPINES): this new teleserye opens on Peru's Panamericana TV.

This ushers in a new period of teleserye history in Latin America, where two teleseryes will be shown one after the other for the first time from 4:30- 6:30 PM. Cautiva from 4:30-5:30 while La Promesa is heating up from 5:30-6:30 PM.

UTO-UTO SYNDROME: The Folly of Philippine TV

Our TV ratings in the Philippines is comedic in a big way. We have two big multinational rating agencies proclaiming completely different results. On one side, we have AGB Nielsen used by GMA, TV5, CNN Philippines, Net 25, etc while Kantar has Abs-Cbn on the other side. I often laughed at the schizophrenic reporting I read on some sites. One post now could be declaring that Abs-Cbn shows were leading, according to Kantar, while the next post would proclaim GMA dominating, according to Nielsen. The weird situation satisfies the caprice & need of everybody- but still, one wonders, what is the true picture?

Even while I was championing the Big 3 young loveteams of Abs-Cbn, I was always baffled by the station being watched in Manila: be it in a dentist office, a canteen, a government office, etc., it was always turned on on GMA. I mentioned before, even my mother's TV was stuck on GMA. I myself don't watch TV very much, I am mostly connected to the web. Well, except local news.

I mostly thought low of GMA because of how it allows itself to be made inferior by Korean shows (I actually like  GMANEWS TV, mostly it had no political agenda like it should be, but I was often disgusted by the ShopTV & Korean shows that clutter what could be the country's finest news  TV; it could be the most credible news station around, with interesting travel & food shows, without the unrelated clutter).

Lately, in my early evening runs, running 7 kilometers through 2 subdivisions, I was struck by the sound of TV along the way. Again, GMA. I turn around in a public market where I drink buko & eat some fruits for electrolytes, rest awhile & I would see a TV turned on. Encantadia. Alyas Robin Hood. I lambasted GMA before in previous posts because of its unnecessary subservience to Korean delusions, but if you have noticed, I couldn't help lately but feature more & more GMA stars. Its popularity gnawed at me. But somehow, there was a disconnect between the popularity of its shows and the relatively lackluster radiance of its stars. To be sure, the station has great-looking stars but somehow, their visibility in people's screens were not translated into a more radiant stardom. Instead of cluttering its screen with the Korean shows, it could have copied the propaganda methods of the Koreans instead, and presto, it could have had bigger stars because they were easier to sell with their superior looks compared to the plain-looking Koreans.

Encantadia & Alyas Robin Hood are a watershed for GMA. It is resurgent & apparently the ripples have unnerved the competition. Abs-Cbn's strategy has always been to clear its competitor's swamp: recruit its stars, now it has been reduced to competing for the superfluous Korean shows. Which had low ratings mostly so you wonder why they even figure now in the game; they might just be resurrected because they suddenly became the bone of contention so would have to be publicized heavily to become viable.

I expected more from Abs-Cbn because it was supposed to be bigger. I could cut GMA more slack because it was supposed to be weaker. But both forgot they were big powers in many areas of the world because of the teleserye.

For all the low self-regard of the Filipinos in their home grounds, they figure high in  international waters. The teleserye is one of the biggest telenovela products in the world, competing in many areas of the world...& wonder of wonders, it is bigger than the Korean drama series in all the areas where they meet head on. How could they have been fighting over a product whose claim to ratings just came from propaganda in the local arena? Now they just might be forced to participate in the propaganda so they can sell their folly. And in the process make bigger their competition.

They forgot they are helping sell their competition which has been sabotaging them as they tried to make headway into the world (read Tales of SABOTAGE at the sidebar). Will it stop sabotaging them considering it doesn't have their looks (despite their propaganda that they are the most beautiful Asian "according to Asian themselves", the looks are the biggest reason why the Koreans were the perennial bottom-dwellers in the Peruvian & other non-Mongoloid charts for a decade now)  and their successes despite the lack of a propaganda machine?

Pinoys lack appreciation of their strengths. It appears we are still at the easily impressionable hillbilly stage, and seeing our biggest broadcast stations acting like uto-utos from the boondocks is really baffling...


Actually, I was not aware of this particular 2015 list.  Nobody bothered to take it seriously because it was so ridiculous. It was a day when the meaning of Beauty became synonymous with Comedy. Pity, nobody lingered to savor the joke. More out of revulsion? I only got to know it yesterday. The undermining of resurgent Pinoy teen stars are still ongoing like I described in the Scandals series though it evolved into subtler undermining tricks after it was first exposed in this blog: in a forum where some Pinay teen actresses were being lauded, this list was suddenly uploaded, clearly intended to undermine. As expected, the list turned into a laughingstock instead. Apparently, the list is still constantly recycled in the propaganda network of the villains: they most likely treated it as a propaganda coup, though it was practically useless because only a few bother with them anymore anyway. They don't have to admit it but they have simply become washed-up years ago. The only noise remaining comes from their propaganda outlets. For a special purpose?

The list of supposedly "most beautiful people" were dominated by ordinary-looking South Koreans so that promptly destroyed its credibility. There was no hassle because there were no subscribers or readers who would withdraw their membership for pure revulsion (For one, when I use lists in this blog,  I use only accountable ones from magazines or subscription websites where ridiculous lists can mean withdrawal of  subscriptions or membership altogether). It was a website like any website, but apparently it was handy for psy-op operations like this one. Needless to say, it failed to deliver .

I decided to write about this now because it appears the villains have upped the level of  their delusion. Inadvertently, the new developments suggested a bigger conspiracy which would need updating our understanding of this issue. The hallmarks of a tired playbook were there: say some truths but speak more lies that could be confused with the truths. Show some really beautiful faces and insert simple faces that must be confused as beautiful too. The gimmick has become hackneyed: the list was simply ignored (though even true beauties Kathryn Bernardo & Liza Soberano were used as supporting cast to give credibility to the charade).

In the usual conversations about beauty among friends where beautiful people is the favorite topic, Koreans still don't figure at all though their propaganda machine is rampant here. The list was actually hilarious: the houseboy-looking rocker was supposedly one among the "Top 10 most handsome in the world" though I couldn't find any among my female & gay friends who doesn't think he's ugly. Gigantic leap indeed from being ugly to the Top 10 Most Handsome in the world, that's hard to beat! The "most beautiful girl of the world" was just as ridiculous: she was not ugly but definitely looked out of place among the really beautiful ones in the list (and none among them were her countrywomen).
 The problem is that the more credible lists might be degraded by ridiculous lists such as this. Of course, we know this pseudo-affirmative gimmick has been done so many times before by pretentious campaigns that people are now jaded. Many, like me, laughed when they actually saw it. So did all my friends.

My college professor friend thinks the South Koreans are being used. The question is for what purpose?  I first thought that this was a simple pro-Mongoloid campaign but my  friend had a different take: This looks like a pro-Mongoloid campaign on the outside but the fact that the promotions done were lopsidedly in favor of the South Koreans over the Chinese & Japanese (who incidentally have far bigger markets & relatively more interesting culture & people) revealed  another story. Throwing some crumbs to the Chinese & Japanese  was just done to recruit them to a Mongoloid campaign which actually has its ultimate aim in their own denigration, especially to the Chinese, the main target. For example, China & Japan were given 4 slots each in this Top 100 list but 8 were given to the South Koreans. More critically,  they were made irrelevant in the international  promotion infrastructures given to the Koreans. For one, the Koreans were even allowed to use the illegal pirate sites for promotions  and we know who actually control these sites. The Korean promotion is to give them a headstart as the trendy & beautiful Mongoloid face of Asia, undercutting the ascendancy of the soft power potential of the resurgent Chinese, the feared cutural hegemon of the near future. An unorthodox  geopolitico-cultural war?

What do I think? Frankly, I couldn't care less. People have long seen through these tired social engineering  gimmicks. My only concern is that now that their perennially unrequited desire to be the most beautiful Asian is undercut by the popularity of the Cute Pinoys who became resurgent despite the lack of a propaganda machine, what will that make of the Cute Pinoys? More sabotage?