IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WAS ENCANTADIA
I was a Hobbit raised in a family of 6 who used to love Mexican telenovelas. My Tita Kokak–err–Norlyn’s the culprit. Thalia’s the real proponent of the Filipinos’ Mexican madness. Marimar killed Mula Sa Puso out of me. Channel 9 became the no. 1 station in the country. Then I repeated playing Andrew E’s “Humanap Ka ng Panget” song on my WMP11. Ugliness is beauty of Yo Soy Betty La Fea. Then eventually, I found myself studying Spanish instead of the Periodic Table of Elements.
But that was history.
I’m through with the bulging cleavages of the female cast of these telenovelas. I started to be disgusted to the excessive torrid kissing of the opposite sexes. Haciendas, horses, third parties, bastards are off too ‘pocket booky’. I’m not enticed by the typical sensuality of these Mexican series.
Then my mom bought Tikoy.
OH BABY BABY BABY… MY BABY BABY
I heartfully screamed “OMFG–I thought Filipinos are the only good-looking Asians in the world?”. F4’s the suspect. Yi Xun (Lavender) and Xu Xiao Tian (Shan Cai – Meteor Garden) kicked Kristine Hermosa out of her ‘promises’. I was also wrong to presume that 555 is only for canned sardines. Now there’s a boyband. Again, I found myself studying Chinese rather than the Philippine Constitution.
I though it’s history. But that was just the beginning.
All good quality Taiwanese dramas are Anime/comic book-based. If you watch any original dramas from their creative juices, you’ll be yawning big time. Acting is overrated. Stories are hyped. And oh, I only had glanced a significantly few good looking Taiwanese since time immemorial.
And then I cooked Kimchi.
F— I was so flabbergasted when I finally stumbled on Autumn Fairytale on GMA. Jesus Christ, our Lord— why are Koreans so f—liciously gorgeous? It turns out that the Japanese are the ugliest (only accessorized by their wealth, Anime fashion et al). Korean stories are tragic. Their actors are hunkies. Their actresses are goddesses. Their acting is Hollywood quality. Song Hye-Gyo is gorgeous. Song Hye-Gyo is gorgeous. Song Hye-Gyo is gorgeous. Did I say Song Hye-Gyo is gorgeous?