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My New Favorite Show: LaLola!

Not ONE show since the “awesome in the beginning, but all out horrible in the end” Marimar struck me as charming… until now, all thanks to GMA’s new remake of Lalola, starring Rhian Ramos and JC de Vera.

Having looked at the Argentinian trailer on YouTube and after having watched the first two weeks of the Philippine version, this show is a keeper for me.

I think what makes me tune in every 3.30PM PST is Keempee De Leon’s “Gary” and Rhian Ramos’s portrayal of a man stuck in a woman’s body — they are just hilarious together. The third that keeps me tuned is, of course, JC de Vera, and his crush on Lola (or Lalo heh) — it’s very refreshing that, though it is unfortunate he’s not teamed up with Ysamien Kurdi, at least we’re given a chance to see him with someone different. *Change can be good.

Probably the only thing that annoys me is the whole “witch clan” thing the story has going on in the woods with all that dodged up dust flying everywhere into people’s mouths, noses, and skin. It makes the show seem like a telefantaserye which has become a real drag considering both ABS-CBN and GMA have at least one show that is in the fantasy genre. Just stop it already! It would have been fine if Ada took revenge on Lalo the normal way: hire a 21st century witch and skip all the graphics effects.

However, I can overlook that since the pros definitely outweigh the cons. All in all, I hope this show won’t disappoint!

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FTLY: Episode 19, ALL PARTS Subbed!

Before I sleep…

Episode 19: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Episode 20: PREVIEW

Once again, these ultra fast subs are brought to you by JAYCEE. Be sure to leave Jaycee your thanks! 😀

ATTN: I thought I had a week free before the next session of college classes begins, but unfortunately, it takes place after it. So, that means my “Farewell” entry for Lobo is still unfinished.

However, now that Lobo is done, I’m wondering what upcoming teleseryes Angel Locsin will star in, other than that movie with Piolo. In other tidbit news, I feel that, just from the previews, GMA’s lineup definitely beats ABS-CBN’s right now. My Girl is probably the only one keeping the Kapamilya boat afloat.

Goodnight! 😀

– Paula

Edit It’s only Monday and Episode 19 plus Episode 20 Preview has ALL BEEN SUBBED!! Thank you Jaycee! 😀

Korean Drama Still Invading PH: Regine Velasquez as Kim Sam-Soon

Here is the commercial for GMA’s upcoming remake of My Name is Kim Sam-Soon featuring Asia’s Songbird, Regine Velasquez, as the leading lady. This will be the second Korean drama that the Philippines will have remade.

Unlike Korea’s My Girl, I actually did have the opportunity to watch MNKSS, but I will still try to give an honest opinion that (hopefully*) does not make comparisons to the original.

ABS-CBN 2 & GMA 7 Getting Hitched?

Here I was searching YouTube for some videos about the Philippines because I was feeling pretty nostalgic at the moment, and this video came up:

… and the YouTuber linked to this Multiply blogger, who found the article on PinoyExchange (which he hasn’t provided a link to the original post/thread).

I really find this hard to believe and it sure does sound really really fishy. Come on, after all these years of competing with each other, the two networks suddenly decide to monopolize the entertainment industry by becoming one? (Hm.. that’s actually a pretty good reason why…)

Note: However, since I have not seen any news reports on Google or TFC and GMAPinoyTV pertaining to the situation, this is probably either a hype or someone just made this article up. So don’t start placing bets or anything.

Anyway, if the two networks did decide to get hitched and become Philippine Broadcasting Network or “PBN” (lol), this would be my list of positives:

  • The Kapuso and Kapamilya can finally stop ragging on each other because they’ll be in-laws now. 🙂
  • I don’t have to pay for TFC and GMAPinoyTV.
  • All Filipino dramas will have the clean and clear picture quality that GMA has.
  • At the same time, shows will have quality plot, thanks to ABS-CBN writers (I’m basing this on Lobo).
  • GMA talents will finally learn how to dance correctly. (lol Don’t hate me!)
  • Because TFC is available in more countries than PinoyTV, having one network would benefit GMA talents since they’ll finally be known in these countries too. I have to say, there’s a handful of GMA talents that aren’t being recognized at all because of the raging popularity of Marian Rivera, Ding-Dong Dantes, Richard Gutierrez, and now the addition of Heart Evangelista.
  • ABS-CBN and GMA celebrities can now collaborate with each other without the media and the people frowning over it.

Now for the cons:

  • Both talents from both networks will have to fight aggressively for roles in different dramas. Hell, that’s why they leave their networks and go to the other — so they can have a chance to work, which I totally accept and respect. However, there will be even more competition that it is now if the two networks do merge.
  • We’ll probably be all called The Kapusomilya. Ugh. Enough said.

There’s more to mention, but I don’t want to give in to the hype too much. I just wanted to share this so I can read your opinions.

So, what do YOU think about the “merge”?

‘Dyesebel’ Finally Airs Outside Philippines

Dyesebel

GMAPinoyTV has finally, after two weeks, premiered Dyesbel tonight. Now that I’ve watched the whole episode, I can finally write down my thoughts.

Based on what I watched tonight, in my opinion, I don’t understand how the show received such a high rating (in Mega Manila) during its premiere in the Philippines. The story begins with a mermaid who, having mysteriously drowned, develops selective amnesia and marries the very rich man that saved her from the water. Life doesn’t become easier since, of course, the rich man’s mother is totally against him falling in love and marrying a poor girl (oh, how original). Also, the story can’t be complete without the rich woman his mother did want him to marry: the woman that will most likely cause all the problems within the show.

Yay… I just can’t get enough of rich people treating poor people like dirt. THAT PLOT HAS NEVER BEEN DONE. I love it!

Okay, okay. Putting all sarcasm aside now…

Let me first start off by asking: Why the hell is Jean Garcia (as Lucia) the young mermaid Wendell Ramos (as Tino) marries? Ew Ew Ew. Mind you, I love Jean Garcia as an actress and I love to hate the villainous characters she plays, but what I don’t love is seeing her, at her age, kiss a man that could very much well look like her son! That wedding kiss made me cringe with disgust to no end. And you know what, she’s done this before with Polo Ravales (watch at your own discretion)! Ugh. GMA could have had other actresses play the part: Nadine Ramos, Katrina Halili, Iza Calzado… Now that I’ve pondered on it, I think Iza would have been a wonderful choice, but I’m guessing Joaquin Bordado would probably prohibit her from playing the part.

Coming to an earlier thought, I just didn’t buy how Lucia, the mermaid, just drowns in WATER. I’m hoping that as the episodes keep coming, that mystery will (hopefully!) be answered. My best guess is that the mermaids’ Queen knocked her out or something.

Then there’s the time when Lucia, after being pushed around by Tino’s mother, heads to sea to let all her emotions out and a giant CGI octopus attacks her and her boat. Tino quickly rescues her and as they head home, he tells her not to tell anyone or people may think she was crazy. Tino, I don’t think you’ve noticed that the octopus’ arms spanned close to a whole 1-storey building and considering that there would be fishermen nearby (since they are in a fishing-for-profit community), they would have seen AND heard the beast too. Hell, if the fishermen can see a small ass mermaid’s head popping out of the water during Tino and Lucia’s shoreline wedding, they can see a giant octopus.

Another little tidbit that I found unbelievable and really annoying was that when Lucia was giving birth to Dyesebel, the baby came out with a mermaid’s tale and once the very professional and very educated midwife sees this, she plops the baby onto the birthing table and screams her ass off as she exits. Yeah, I don’t think doctors, nurses, or any other hospital employee would scream in fright and disgust at every deformed person they see. If so, hospitals would just be nonexistent. Hell, that’s why there are doctors and nurses — they’re there to treat, help, and cure people with diseases, wounds, deformities, and other health cases.

Ugh. I simply can’t go on anymore… these little tidbits, when written and directed carelessly, can make a series look real dumb. I’m just being honest.

So my question of the night is: If you have watched Dyesebel‘s first episode, did you enjoy it? And if so, why?

Remember, the question has nothing to do with Marian Rivera, GMA or Dyesebel loyalty, and is far from it — it’s about how the writers conducted the first episode in relation to my thoughts in this post. Now, I’d like to read yours!

Water Cooler Talk #1 | Dyesebel

Hi everyone! I decided to create a series of Water Cooler posts so that I wouldn’t have to write whole posts about each little thought I have.

Dyesebel

Here in America, our shows on GMA is behind a week to the Philippines’ broadcast, so Dyesebel hasn’t been aired yet. Curious, I searched for uploaded videos of the new show starring Ding-Dong Dantes and Marian Rivera and luckily, I found them. 🙂 First and foremost, I have nothing against these two all. I think Marian is great and Ding-Dong — I’ve loved him since the Antoinette Taus days! However, because I was so disappointed with Marimar, I don’t know if I’d like watching Dyesebel. I have an awful feeling that the show will just be like the former. The writers will just put Dyesebel through so many hardships and then I’ll be getting a headache… yeah, I don’t want to go through that again. So I’m considering on putting Dyesebel on a trial week and see how it goes.

However for the first episode, I couldn’t even sit watching it. One forum member stated that the graphics and effects matched that of the movies (I’m guessing effects from American or other foreign movies?). The first thought that came to my head was, “Excuse me? Did we watch the same episode here?” Seriously, I thought I was watching Finding Nemo! No offense to the graphics designers and animators, but this wasn’t supposed to be a cartoon. I’m sorry Dyesebel fans, I just don’t see the hype in it all, but I’ll give it a try nonetheless.

edit: I thought I was the only one thinking the same way… guess not.

Lobo

While writing my page on Lobo, I just realized how far this story has gone. I can’t believe that it’s been so long since Lyka and Noah (hah I wrote Piolo and erased it) led normal lives.

Also, there’s a few people starting to sub Lobo which I think is fantastic. Maybe I should join the band wagon? lol Actually, I’ve subbed before — I subbed a few Marimar parts of their Christmas episode, but it was soooooo time consuming! Seriously, it’s a long process and I don’t know how subbing teams for Taiwan, Japanese, and Korean dramas do it!

As for Lobo, nothing much to say really. Lyka finally gets a hold of the rock that will save them all and faints due to the sheer pain of the rock’s flames. And Lady Elle also goes into the cave to see if Lyka is all right. I’m mostly excited for tomorrow’s episode. 🙂

I need your help!

Does anyone know where I can get pictures of Lobo or Dyesebel that I can use for layouts or screencaps, or such?

Marimar Ends, Lobo Still Strong, Me Still Enjoying Trip

So I’m here in wonderful Philippines and have been watching both Lobo and Marimar (the latter, not so much) since I came a week and a half ago. Marimar ended this Friday and I was too tired to even watch the ending. hehe

I have oh so much to say, but so little internet cafe time. 🙂 Jericho Rosales is singing in the background as I type. BTW, I’m at SM Mall of Asia. BE SURE TO GO TO THE SEASIDE! Beautiful atmosphere and sunset, I tell you!

I hope to type up my thoughts about the Philippines and the teleseryes when I get back. I have too much to say about Marimar, and I still have to get up to date with the show. As for Lobo, the teleserye keeps getting better. BTW, I MISS MY TFC! Here, in the Philippines, the commercials are longer and the actual show only runs for four minutes until another commercial break comes back. UGH.

So until then, happy drama viewing everyone!

P.S. – I haven’t even been watching my TKA! BTW, Taiwan’s Hana Kimi will soon air on ABS-CBN and will be dubbed in Tagalog. Laters!