Philippine TV is starting to move away from tired plots.
Philippine shows are gaining popularity and momentum this year, as more and more Filipino viewers are supporting new releases. In fact, a lot of local programs are now receiving love and support not only from Filipinos but also from international viewers. But this did not come out of nowhere–our local TV studios have also put in the work and effort and are taking risks to explore new concepts and storylines that greatly veer away from the usual TV fodder of past years.
From historical reimagining to mystery-thrillers, Philippine Television has officially leveled up.
Don’t miss out on the shows that are putting our local television in a whole new light. Here’s a list of some of the newest Philippine TV series worth following:
Maria Clara at Ibarra
First aired in October last year, this historical reimagining follows the story of Klay (Barbie Forteza), a Gen Z nursing student who doesn’t like to study the works of Dr. Jose Rizal. Not having an interest in reading his novels, she just passed a plagiarized project to her professor. As a result, she is transported into Rizal’s books after reading ‘Noli Me Tangere,’ where she meets the book’s characters Maria Clara (Julie Anne San Jose) and Crisostomo Ibarra (Denis Trillo), and becomes a part of their story. This year, Klay is set to enter El Filibusterismo,
Many viewers compare this newest ABS-CBN x Dreamscape series to the famous K-drama series ‘Penthouse’ and K-movie ‘Parasite’. The story revolves around four house workers of a crazy rich family who were killed and who vanished without a trace. To get revenge, Alexa/Mila (Janine Gutierrez), along with three others, set out to enter and ruin the lives of the aristocratic family.
Another GMA drama to add to your list is the Widow’s Web. The story is about the mysterious death of Alexander Sagrado III, also known by many as AS3 (Ryan Eigenmann), which leads to the private investigation of a former hotel employee, Elaine Innocencio (Pauline Mendoza), who believes that her fiancé, Frank Querubin (EA Guzman), is not guilty of the crime. To prove his lover’s innocence, Elaine applies as an Assistant at the Sagrado Foundation, where she meets three suspicious women in Xander’s life: his wife, Jackie Antonio-Sagrado (Ashley Ortega), his older sister, Barbara Sagrado-Dee (Carmina Villarroel), and her business partner, Hillary Suarez (Vaness del Moral).
The Iron Heart
This is a story of love, crime, and injustice, and is a must-watch for fans of action and true crime. Apollo (Richard Gutierrez), an undercover agent, is willing to do whatever it takes to bring down Tatsulok, the high-profile syndicate that killed his great love, Cassandra (Maja Salvador).
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