BL Series Carries Message of Love, Acceptance and Inclusivity
Kenneth Mheil Mangaya- Ay | June 26, 2020
Romance stories between same-sex individuals have been making waves in Filipino pop-culture consciousness especially on the digital platform. Boys Love (BL) dramas have become a major hit in every Pinoys heart. For instance, Thailand's BL series has courted a considerable following in the Philippines. “BL series captured the hearts of Pinoys because it has brought a new face to a typical series that we’ve had watched over so many years. Plus, the stories of Thai BL series have a different creative approach compared to other series while still depicting realism,” shared Kim Palma, a certified BL series fan.
In fact, the top trending Thai BL series has landed on Philippine TV through the Kapamilya Channel. In “2gether,” Thai actors Bright Vachirawit and Win Metawin portray Sarawat and Tine, schoolmates whose pretend romance becomes real. The series’ strong social media presence, even in the Philippines, is credited for the growing popularity of Thailand’s boy love genre locally.
In a sensitive and conservative country, Filipinos, known to be an understanding and compassionate people, are now opening their hearts to this brave genre. In fact, Pinoy BL series are now watched, loved and followed on the digital platform:
Sakristan (Director: Darryl Yap)
In the BL series, Zachary Vigo (Clifford Pusing), a student-athlete is punished by the school board to become an altar server in order to correct him from his mischiefs. Christian Cordero (John Henry Villanueva), a model student who excels in a number of school activities and the leader of the altar servers will be tasked to guide Zach towards the right path. The online series will make us question our notion of sacrifice, faith, and the limitless power of the heart.
Gameboys (Director: Ivan Andrew Payawal)
A story about live game streamer, Cairo (Elijah Canlas), and the gamer and fan, Gavreel (Kokoy De Santos), who both become acquainted after competing on an online game wherein the unknown gamer Angel2000 (Gav) wins over the popular gamer Cai. They start out as online game competitors, but will their relationship eventually blossom into a friendship or perhaps something more?
Hello Stranger (Director: Petersen Vargas)
Hello Stranger tackles the love and relationship between two Filipino college boys. During the lockdown, a nerdy college student, Mico (JC Alcantara), is forced to be partners with the star basketball player, Xavier (Tony Labrusca), for a school project. From being the worst of enemies, the two boys form an unlikely bond that goes beyond friendship. Told through conversations on Zoom, Facebook chats, and Instagram stories, the series explores the relationships that are being rebuilt during a time like this.
I will go down with this ship... someone #XavMi! ???????????? Meet Xavier (Tony Labrusca) and Mico (JC Alcantara) in Hello Stranger, directed by Petersen Vargas and also starring Gillian Vicencio, Vivoree Esclito, Patrick Quiroz and Miguel Almendras. Coming to you this June 24 on the Black Sheep Facebook page and Youtube channel! ???? Keep your eyes peeled for more updates ???? #HelloStrangerOnJune24
Our hearts deserve to feel the magic brought by these light and kilig series while also highlighting and promoting acceptance and inclusivity. Go, feel the kilig, and spread the love! #Pride