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Waiting game at GMA-7; lucky Trese

Amid the doubts and issues concerning the voice acting of lead star Liza Soberano, the continuing patronage of the Filipino audience of Trese, the first Filipino graphic novel adapted into screen by Netflix, bids good tidings to Filipino artists and talents

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Should we be expecting more “transfers” now? Over the weekend, Pokwang signed with GMA Artist Center (GMAAC).

‘TRESE’ captures a huge patronage of Filipino audience.

The comedian has been guesting in a lot of shows on GMA-7 but she wasn’t signed yet with its talent arm. Now that she is, it is expected that she will headline some shows. Rumor has it that she’ll star in the prequel of Pepito Manaloto.

There’s a question that’s raring to be addressed though amid these news of network transfers: Will Johnny Manahan and Mariole Alberto dramatically change the way GMAAC is run and handles talent if the rumors of their possible involvement come true?

Manahan is the founder of ABS-CBN’s talent arm Star Magic. He was its chairman emeritus until his retirement in September last year. Alberto was its head until she retired around the same time as Manahan.

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POKWANG signs an exclusive contract with GMA Artist Center.

It’s no longer a question if these two can make stars. They had a hand in shaping the careers of today’s biggest names on TV and film, the likes of John Lloyd Cruz, Bea Alonzo, Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla and the list goes on.

If they go on board, will they be successful in honing many of GMA-7’s talents to today’s top stars? The more important question is, will their former wards over at ABS-CBN follow suit?
It seems like it’s a waiting game for many showbiz pundits, some of which are eager to have Bea Alonzo sign up with GMA since her most popular love team partner, John Lloyd Cruz, has already appeared on GMA-7.

John Lloyd, however, is signed with Maja Salvador’s fledgling talent management agency, Crown Artist Management.

Amid these transfer news, the best news will always be seeing artists freely working on any network that gives them projects they can sink their teeth into.

Is it a sign? Trese remains on top of Netflix Philippines’ most streamed show since its premiere on 11 June.

Amid the doubts and issues concerning the voice acting of lead star Liza Soberano, the continuing patronage of the Filipino audience of Trese, the first Filipino graphic novel adapted into screen by Netflix, bids good tidings to Filipino artists and talents.

There’s a market for their creativity and skills. Although Trese is created for screen by US-based animation director Jay Oliva and produced by Tanya Yuson and her BASE Entertainment, which is based in Jakarta and Singapore, the story and talent of Trese is undeniably, inherently Filipino.

It’s written by Budjette Tan and illustrated by KaJO Baldisimo with a story that most Filipinos grew up with — tales of the supernaturals lurking in the shadows and living among them.
Both Oliva and Yuson’s roots are Filipino although they’re based abroad.

It’s also reported to be trending in 19 other countries. With these good  news, they’re as good as a green light for a second season for the anime.

Many viewers were left hanging with only six episodes in its first season. The post-credit clip also made them look forward to another season.

Last weekends’ trending Netflix Philippines’ list also saw Antoinette Jadaone’s acclaimed film Fan Girl at the second spot, trailing behind Trese.

It swept last year’s virtual edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival awards with Antoinette Jadaone winning the Best Screenplay and Best Director prizes while her leads, Paulo Avelino and Charlie Dizon, took home the Best Actor and Best Actress awards, respectively.

These trending shows could be indicative of how Filipinos are opting to patronize shows that they can identify with. As long as the show or movie proves to be a good one, expect Filipinos to watch or stream it.

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