Friday, September 15, 2017

Қоштасқым келмейді/MAGPAHANGGANG-WAKAS on 31Kanal Kazakhstan

Magpahanggang-Wakas might have been unceremoniously taken prematurely off the air in Indonesia but it has become the savior of ABS-CBN's puri in the light of the steady international resurgence of new GMA teleseryes from Africa to Asia to South America. This Arci Muñoz-Jericho Rosales starrer is the only 2017-produced ABS-CBN teleserye to be sold this year internationally. After its hasty disappearance from Indonesian small screens, it emerged thankfully in Africa (there is a deluge of other ABS-CBN teleseryes in Africa- in fact, Pinoy teleseryes are dominant there now-  but they are mostly reruns of older successful teleseryes like Pangako Sa Yo, Dolce Amore, Doble Kara, etc. GMA teleseryes being shown there, just like everywhere else,  are newer).

There must be a tidal wave of gasps of relief at ABS-CBN nowadays. The dominating GMA international profile must have kept them at edge through most of the year. I could imagine the gigantic whoops of joy. They were able to sell it to Kazakhstan too!

Lucky Kazakhs, they will still get to watch the formerly beautiful sexy face of Arci Muñoz. They might not recognize her the next time.

10 PM Kazakh time, Monday to Friday. 31Kanal. Dubbed in Kazakh, Subtitles in Russian.


Monday, September 11, 2017


The streak of GMA continues in Latin America. One of its not really pretty starlets  mysteriously won as the representative of the country for the Reina Hispanoamericana Beauty Pageant in Bolivia, but the streak of GMA teleseryes in the said continent is not a mystery at all. It's old reliable storytelling, & surprisingly GMA writers have been adept in concocting plots lately. Cautiva is one of the 3 teleseryes currently showing in Latin America. All from GMA.

My friends joke our Reina Hispanoamericana representative has some semblance to the Bolivian President Evo Morales in some angles, so she might just create more mysteries there. We might become the laughing stock yet in our first appearance in the said pageant. It's good,  GMA teleseryes are providing the distraction. Beautiful things too, like teleseryes, come from the Philippines.

Cautiva stars Derrick Monasterio & Bea Binene. It airs at 6:45 PM Tuesday, Ecuador time (7:45 AM Manila time, Wednesday).


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

UNA NUEVA OPORTUNIDAD/SECOND CHANCES opens today Panamericana TV in Peru

In a virtual monopoly of Pinoy teleseryes being shown in South America, the GMA teleserye Second Chances joins another GMA teleserye, Someone To Watch Over Me, on the Peruvian small screen. All the Pinoy teleseryes playing in South America come from the GMA production studios: Cautiva, the most successful Asian telenovela to be shown in Peru, will open next week in Ecuador.

Una nueva oportunidad (the Spanish version title)stars Jennilyn Mercado.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

CAUTIVA/HANGGANG MAKITA KANG MULI opens on September 11 at 6:45 PM OROMARTV Ecuador

There are two places in Latin America which I'm planning to visit but still haven't gotten around to fulfilling it. Quito in Ecuador & Valparaiso in Chile, mainly for their historical areas. But I've long started enjoying them through their cuisines. Ecuadorian & Chilean cuisine might not be familiar in Asia but I whip up my own versions, and that's often because there are no restos offering them here. I've long used avocado as a bread spread the Chilean way (palta) & instead of silogs, I often prepare bistec a lo pobre (a beef, fried egg, potato fries & onions ensemble, a dish Chile has in common with Peru), besides many of its humongous parriladas. But my favorites are the plaintain dishes of Ecuador. They come as dumplings, soup, empanadas, etc. I haven't tasted the originals but I so loved my versions (taken from the internet) that the few times I find time to cook, I cook them 50% of the time. 

Now, Cautiva will be shown in Ecuador. I can see they will be slurping Caldo de bolas de verde or Sango de verde while watching it because it will be shown at 6:45 PM, just in time for dinner. Starting September 11.

Cautiva stars Derrick Monasterio & Bea Binene.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

HERMANAS/THE HALF-SISTERS: Believe it or not, for International Release...

I never really bothered to check this when it was still being shown in the Philippines. But I was so surprised, and delighted after watching the trailer, to learn now that it had a brillant plot: two girls born at the same time but from two ova fertilized by different sperms. Very original, just like the feral child in Cautiva/Hanggang Makita Kang Muli. I'm now really impressed by the storytellers of GMA.

Of course, not having watched it, I have no way of knowing how they developed the plot narrative. But it lasted for two years so it must have pushed the right buttons to lure idle homebound masses in its afternoon slot. It's now being marketed for international release. As can be seen from the trailer, the mother of the main protagonists, the still beautiful Jean Garcia, hogged most of the clips, as if the salesmen were hesitant to highlight the two main stars. I myself have reservations why the two actresses were  even discovered. GMA has mostly displayed a fine taste in  its stable of stars but the presence of not quite a few saling pusa really puzzles me. Why even bother? The two main protagonists could have passed in a comedy, but with such a spectacular plot, this teleserye could soar higher with more star-quality stars. We  see here the limitation of stars meant for a supposed clueless masa in the more discriminating international arena. There, good plots are wasted by looks that people won't be bothered with. Just look at the kdramas that actually tenaceously cling from the bottom of rating charts in most parts of the world despite the fake hossanas of the Korean propaganda which can never obfuscate their physical limitations.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

VOLVERE POR TI/ONCE AGAIN: Will Somebody Buy It in Latin America?

Latin Media hit gold with Cautiva, the first Pinoy teleserye it sold in Latin America. Of the four teleseryes it tried to sell in the recent NATPE telenovela market in Miami Beach, USA (Hermanas/The Half Sisters, Volvere por ti/ Once Again, No me olvides/Someone To Watch Over Me and Cautiva/Hanggang Makita Kang Muli, the most in any of the country it was trying to market in said occasion), two have already been shown (No me olvides just opened in Peruvian 7 pm primetime while Cautiva went on to become the top-rating Asian telenovela earlier this year). Will the other two be finally sold?

Meanwhile, another Pinoy teleserye not included in the 4 but still marketed by Latin Media is set to open in Peru. It's Una nueva oportunidad (Second Chances) starring Jennilyn Mercado.

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Most Handsome Athlete in the 29th Southeast Asian Games is Pinoy Triathlon Gold Medalist Nikko Huelgas?

According to the Indonesian press, the most handsome athlete in the ongoing Asian Games is the Pinoy Triathlon Gold Medalist Nikko Huelgas.

 Now, we already know the Indonesians really have taste. From Pinoy dubmash amateurs which led to their discovery of Teejay Marquez who went on to do a movie & some sinetrons there, to the Kathniel loveteam (Daniel Padilla & Kathryn Bernardo) who reached the Number 5 slot in the Indonesian TV ratings chart with their international hit Pangako Sa Yo teleserye.

 And now, they sure have proved they have the eye for Pinoy sportsmen as well.

 The 26 year old Pinoy athlete won the Triathlon event in the 29th Asian Games being held in Kuala Lumpur. He also won the Gold Medal in the preceding Sea Games held in Singapore in 2015.

 The titles of the articles said it all:

 From Bolasport: Ganteng Maksimal inikah atlet paling tampan di Sea Games 2017 (Maximum Handsome, Here is the Most Handsome Athlete in the Sea Games 2017)

 From Rilis.Id: Gantengnya Nikko Huelgas Atlet Triatlon Filipina Bikin Wanita Meleleh (The Handsomeness of Pinoy Triathlon Athlete Nikko Huelgas makes women melt)

I found an old promotional video. He looks even better here than in the photos. 

A more recent one:

Thursday, August 24, 2017


The trailblazing of the highly-successful GMA telenovela Cautiva (Hanggang Makita Kang Muli) hasn't stopped. After becoming the most successful Asian telenovela in Peru, it is slated to be shown next in neighboring Ecuador. It will be broadcast by Oromar TV.

Cautiva stars the most popular (as it turned out) young loveteam of GMA, Derrick Monasterio & Bea Binene.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

NO ME OLVIDES/ SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME opens Tuesday on Peru's Panamericana TV at 7 PM Lima time (8 AM Wednesday Manila time)

You can now watch the Spanish version of the GMA hit series Someone To Watch Over Me at 8 AM Manila time starting Wednesday (7 PM Tuesday Lima time) at the Panamericana TV website.

No me olvides (Forget Me Not in English) stars Lovi Poe & Tom Rodriguez. It is the second GMA teleserye to be shown in South America, & it has a challenging task ahead of it- that is, to surpass the record of the first GMA teleserye to be shown there, Cautiva, which went on to become the highest rating Asian telenovela ever to be shown in Peru.

No me olvides is the first of two GMA teleseryes which will open shortly on the same station. The other one is  Una nueva oportunidad (Second Chances), starring Jennilyn Mercado.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

BIRDSHOT & SALVAGE: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Weekend Tales

I devoted the weekend in watching 2 films included in the ongoing Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. I based my choice on the supposed quality of the films. Last Saturday, I watched the first, Mikhail Red's Birdshot, because I remembered reading not too long ago that it received a best Picture award somewhere (it turned out to be the Best Film of the Asian Future competition of the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival). On Sunday, the second, because of the supposed reputation of its director, Sherad Anthony Sanchez, whose films I still have to see. I love experimental films, I endured Raya Martin's Autohystoria (& that's a mean feat to anybody's book) but though I liked Birdshot, I lost patience with the second one midway & left the 6 people who shared the cold cinema with me.

  Birdshot's quiet laconic pace bored me for a while but the surprising texture of a rural Philippine film noir gripped me eventually. Salvage had no hook whatsoever to make me glued to my seat. Frankly, it turned me off so much I decided it was not really worth waiting for the supposed "surprising" climax. I was simply not interested anymore.

 After my experience with Salvage, I don't know if I will still risk watching any of the other entries. I might eventually but I'm still sweet-talking myself.

 Birdshot- directed by Mikhail Red

Salvage- directed by Sherad Anthony Sanchez

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Africa, like Southeast Asia, was colonized by different Western powers, thus the people speak a hodge-podge of European languages. Not all parts speak English. In Western Africa, the French-speaking states, just like the English-speaking ones elsewhere in the continent, love the Pinoy teleseryes. The international hit Pangako Sa Yo has been dubbed into French for its run in French-speaking Africa.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


MyTV Africa
While GMA has dominated in the number of new teleseryes being bought, ABS-CBN actually has more teleseryes being shown in Africa. Its big hits last year are recirculated many times in different channels in many countries in Africa, confirming their popularity. In 2 channels alone of MyTV Africa (which serve the whole Subsaharan area), they figure prominently in the programs.

MyTV Series

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


The third GMA teleserye to be shown in South America after the rousing success early this year of the first,  Cautiva, which raked in the highest ratings ever for an Asian telenovela in that area. Opening next is the second one, No me olvides (Someone To Watch Over Me), followed muy pronto a little bit later by this Jennilyn Mercado starrer.


Monday, August 7, 2017

SA PILING NI NANAY/YSABEL showing on TV3 Malaysia

After Glamorosa of TV5, another GMA teleserye is showing on Malaysia's top free-to-air TV channel.

Ysabel stars Yasmien Kurdi-Soldevilla, Mark Herras.

Sunday, August 6, 2017


This time, it is the turn of ABS-CBN to jump with joy. Finally, it sold a new teleserye abroad after a relatively long-time deluge of new offerings from its local competitors, GMA & TV5!  

A close perusal of the list of new teleseryes sold in the teleserye international markets would reveal most of the new ones were almost monopolized by GMA since late last year (TV5 surprisingly maintained traction in Malaysia with titles like Glamorosa & Seduction). Last week, all the new teleseryes being shown in Africa, South America & Southeast Asia (except Burma) was a GMA teleserye. With the end of Memories of Love (Hiram na Alaala) in MyTV Africa, a ray of hope which would certainly melt ABS-CBN's heart finally dawned- it sold a new teleserye: Magpahanggang-Wakas (international title of I'LL NEVER SAY GOODBYE). It will be shown in most of Subsaharan Africa.

I'll Never Say Goodbye stars the sexy Arci Muñoz.

Friday, August 4, 2017


The first GMA teleserye to be shown in Peru, Cautiva/Hanggang Makita Kang Muli, became the most successful Asian telenovela to be shown in that part of the world.  It's now reportedly being negotiated to be shown soon in Ecuador, Bolivia & Uruguay. It's not a surprise that another GMA teleserye is being lined up to be shown by the same Peruvian channel which first showed Cautiva in the afternoon two months ago (surprisingly, they are currently reshowing it at a more primetime slot, at 7:00 PM, just a couple of months after the end of its first showing).

No me olvides/Someone to Watch Over Me stars Lovi Poe, Tom Rodriguez & Max Collins. The teleserye was a finalist in the New York Festivals World's Best TV & Films.

Thursday, August 3, 2017


The GMA teleserye HANGGANG MAKITA KANG MULI (retitled as CAUTIVA in its Spanish version) created a sort of history in Peru. It only ended its first run last month but it was so successful that it became the highest rating Asian telenovela ever in that Latin American country (besting all the other Pinoy teleseryes shown there including the Kathniel-led La Promesa/Pangako Sa yo, but not only that, it also outclassed all the Korean dramas, including the much-ballyhoed just-concluded Descendants of the Sun which was stuck in the bottom of the Peruvian ratings chart,  like all the other kdramas which became the traditional bottom-dwellers of the Peruvian ratings chart, below all the other telenovelas, since they started appearing in that country. In a way, Cautiva & its main stars, Derrick Monasterio & Bea Binene became the flag bearers of Asia in Latin America.

Cautiva is not finished making history. Tomorrow (April 15, Peru time), just a month  after its first run, it will return again on the Peruvian small screen. Not in its former 4:00 PM slot but at the main primetime hour of 7:00 PM. No more the usual afternoon graveyard for Asian telenovelas, it has already been promoted to the Peruvian big leagues.

Below is a Peruvian fan-made video for Derbea.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

NO WAY UNDER THE SHADOWS OF THE PINOYS: Upstaging the Fictitious Korean Wave in Peru... As always, Sabotage Galore?!

So, the hit Pinoy teleserye in Peru, Cautiva ended its run on Panamericana TV. It was able to maintain the record of all the previous teleseryes there- they all rated higher than the kdramas which have been hugging the bottom of the Peruvian ratings chart for nearly 15 years, tenaciously below all the other countries showing telenovela in Peru.  I posed the question in my last article: Would the Koreans, who for mysterious reasons were still being shown despite their long-standing bottom-hugging performance,  allow themselves to be under the shadows of the  resurgent Pinoys in the prime beachhead of the Korea Wave fiction in Latin America? I already documented here in this blog the many acts of sabotage done on Pinoy stars & films which inadvertently upstaged the fictitious Korean Wave along the way (Read starting from Sabotage #2 below the banner). Just as I suspected, they wouldn't allow themselves to be upstaged & thereby humiliated, be it in Peru or in the backwater Internet pirate sites . Events would consistently prove I was correct.

Very early in the journey of the Pinoy teleseryes in Peru, alleged "Kdrama fanatics" already trashed the arrival in Peru of the second teleserye, La Promesa, after the successful kdrama-busting run of the first, Puentes de amor- another mystery because both Pinoy & Korean novelas were  being shown on the same channel & at different times. More mysteries came: teleseryes from Abs-cbn disappeared (Puentes de amor & La Promesa all rated higher than the kdramas) & replaced by kdramas. Then Cautiva, which became the highest-rating novela at Panamericana TV to levels barely dreamed-of by the kdramas, ended today & will be replaced by another kdrama. Whatever mysterious reasons tied the Panamericana TV management to the unpopular kdramas were stronger than its ratings performance. The teleseryes, which brought unheard of ratings to the Panamericana afternoons, have disappeared from its screen.

Well, it's good to be vindicated. I was the guy who cried wolf, alone in accidentally  discovering two years ago the almost discrete sabotage done on a Pinoy teen film being shown in a pirate Asiatic film site (which turned out to be a propaganda site for the Korean Wave fiction). Given the unexpected resurgence of Pinoy stars & telenovelas in many countries,  I immediately suspected those desperate treacherous moves won't stop & bound to culminate into an open sabotage. The propaganda fiction of a Korea Wave doesn't allow any Asian to upstage the pretension (I actually think, delusion is the better word) of the Koreans.

I asked in a previous post: If they have proven to tenaciously cling no matter how unpopular they were just to continue with the motions of pretending there is a  Korea Wave in Peru, will they be willing to stay under the shadows of the now more popular Pinoys? We have the answer. Apparently they collected on their mysterious tie-up to the insiders at the Peruvian station & the lowest-rating telenovelas in Peru, the kdramas, will continue clinging in the bottom of their rating charts.

 Read the ff. to get a better grip on the topic:


 2. CALM BEFORE THE STORM?: CAUTIVA rages in Peru... But why somebody might not be happy?

Read more: 

 1. UTO-UTO SYNDROME: The Folly of Philippine TV


 3. KAPIT-TUKO KOREAN-STYLE: Anatomy of the Fake Fame & How To Cling Desperately (plus Tips on How To Mob an Unknown in an Airport)

4.   SABOTAGE OF PINOY TELESERYES IN PERU: Now we know why they are bitter & cruel (as if they weren't used to the lowest ratings. VERY "POPULAR KUNWARI" INDEED!!!)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Ok, we're back after a rather long hiatus. A quick look at what's happening in Africa and we have this. The Promise has been shown throughout Subsaharan Africa last year, but here we have the Ghanaians having second helpings from one of their prime networks.

Doing this blog made me learn many new things about international showbiz. One of them is that just because a series was shown didn't mean the market was asking for it. It was sobering to realize one can always "fake" the market.  It has always puzzled me why the Koreans have been showing for nearly 15 years in Peru when  they mostly hugged the bottom of the ratings charts, below the other telenovelas shown there which were mostly from Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Turkey & the Philippines. If "normal" shows were immediately axed for bad ratings, then there must be other extraneous reasons why one is impervious for the longest time to the normal course of things. As if we needed no ratings chart after all? (Well, the network wars are superfluous, after all?). Well, if these days "fake news" , "fake popularity", "fake etc." have become de rigueur, don't be surprised we can have fake everything...

What's good with The Promise is there's nothing fake why it's now showing again in Ghana. The series is popular in Africa.