Love in the Time of the Teleserye

At the core of all the adventures (or misadventures) of a teleserye, the Philippine soap opera, there is but one important element that is often undervalued, simply because many people have been conditioned (perhaps by class consciousness or education) to dismiss it for its tawdry performance and lack of sophistication: love, romance. But romance is… Read More Love in the Time of the Teleserye

An odyssey to the indigenous in Janus Silang

Here’s one that finally recovers the myths and legends of Filipino folklore—Edgar Calabia Samar’s Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon (Adarna House, 2014), the first in a series of young adult novels featuring a teenage online gamer from a fictional town called Balanga.  The character is caught in a quagmire of mysterious deaths eventually… Read More An odyssey to the indigenous in Janus Silang

My Soap Opera has a Name: Originality and the Teleserye

Delivered at the University of the Philippines Writers Club Lecture Series, Recto Hall, Faculty Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman, February 18, 2015.   It may sound curious, our configuration of two keywords—originality and teleserye—but reading them together proves to exemplify what Lucilla Hosillos once called the Filipino Literary Achievement. Despite the dissatisfaction of many for… Read More My Soap Opera has a Name: Originality and the Teleserye