Honestly, it’s been a while since I got hooked on any Philippine primetime teleserye. In fact, I stopped watching them altogether because I find them very unrealistic and disturbing. Besides, most of the Philippine teleseryes start with wonderful plot and fast-paced storytelling which would eventually become dragging (especially when it rates) then ends with much disappointments. Although they are also offering fantaseryes (fantasy series) but that too didn’t interest me due to its undeveloped special effects (or perhaps lack of it).
Then I came across the trailer of Got to Believe. At first glance I was already intrigued with the plot even though I’m not really a fan of the two main leads. In spite of that, I eagerly waited for it to beginning. So on its first episode, I was kind of excited and skeptical at the same time. Excited because the show seems very promising especially with its full casts (referring to the veteran actors) and doubtful because it might just be another series that has too much publicity but without much content.
To my amazement, this series definitely looks and sounds different. I am impressed.
For starters, the way they are presenting the scenes is undeniable not your usual teleserye style. It is more or less like that of a movie with playfulness on the side. In fact, the first scene itself makes you wonder if that was the actual beginning of the show or you blinked your eyes then missed something. There was no intro, no flashbacks just a straight forward introduction of Manilyn’s character talking to a pig (that was hilarious and unexpected!) I was anticipating the raise of the super villain since that first telecast but after doing a few research I found out that they intent to make this as a Romantic Comedy thus there will never be a super villain (i hope they will stay true to their plans) … except for the school bullies of course
Secondly, they have perfectly chosen the right actors to play the role(s). Take for example Manilyn. I grew up watching her on TV and ever since she has always exuded cheerfulness in most of the characters she portrayed. So, playing Bechay Tampipi (a very bubbly character) is just right for her. With Benjie, he has always been considered as a comic so being Chito perfectly suits him. HOWEVER. What I didn’t expect from these two actors is how they wonderfully and convincingly portrayed a happy and sweet husband and wife and also as a loving parents to our Chichay. They ROCK!
Then there’s the Manansala couple. I always perceive Carmina as a funny, lively and confident person so it’s a little strange to watch her transformed into a very boring, controlling and insecure Julianna. Her being a control-freak and possessive is so effective it got into my nerve. Kudos to her! hehehe. On the other hand, who would have thought that Ian has a knack in comedy? I surely didn’t have the slightest inkling. Nonetheless, he projected his character very well (as both funny and serious Jaime) although at first I found it a little bit awkward watching him act as “bunny bear”. Anyhow, they have accurately characterized the life of a rich couple – successful in business but having troubles at home.
As for the main lead… hhmm… what can I say? CHEMISTRY. Yes, they have chemistry – lots and lots of chemistry – and due to that, they never fail to send out kilig vibes every night :-D. Although it’s really unusual to see Daniel act so timid and serious and boring especially with that monotonous voice of his but that’s what his character (Joaquin) calls for and he certainly delivers. I’m in awe. Indeed, he’s more than just a pretty face As for Kathryn, I simply adore her. I’ve watched a handful of her interviews and I’ve noticed that in real life, she seems shy and mild-mannered unlike Chichay who is so perky and vocal. However, with the way she handles her character, it’s very evident that comedy is second nature to her – a versatile actress in the making ;-). Over-all, the chemistry and the ability of these two young artists to personify their characters, I believe are the main reasons why people cannot resist tuning in to their show every night.
Another important detail I’ve also observed about the casting is that it is not only the main casts who carries the show but even the supporting actors greatly contributed to the excitement, laughter and success of this rom-com teleserye. I’ll make a quick rundown of my most favorite supporting casts. (1) Ethel – she has the best punch lines! (2) Nanoy & Whitey with Bubbles – beautiful exchange of dialogues (3) Tarantina – Tough but with a gentle heart… sometimes HA HA (4) Goma – His facial expressions alone are priceless! (5) Tatay Isko – Damn! He has the most difficult role yet it seems to come naturally to him. (6) Prof. H.I.V. – I can’t decide whether to be scared of her or to love her. She has the “Face of a winner” LOL. (7) Patricia and Dominic – Their naturalness leaves a lasting impression. Hope they’ll end up together… in the story *fingers crossed*. Last but certainly not the least (8) Editha – She is truly the person you love to hate. To sum it all up, I love all of these artists because they really own their characters and as a group they all click together – no inhibitions whatsoever.
Lastly, I’m impressed because G2B is more realistic than others. Some may say that it’s just another typical Filipino teleserye but I beg to disagree. The fact that the series didn’t begin with two kids being interchanged or that two rival families are plotting an endless revenge with each other only shows that right from the start it is not your ordinary story. Well, at some point there might be some resemblance but then again at least the problems they are tackling are issues that have a greater possibility to actually happen in real life. Like what? (1) Falling head over heels in love with someone whom you will eventually let go because it is the right thing to do (2) Loving someone who loves someone else (3) Realizing too late that the person you let go is the only person you want to be with (4) Young love and all other emotions that comes with it (5) Standing up for yourself, your friends and your family. These are just few of the many situations that G2B tried to explore which hit a little too close to home. And with that, I salute the scriptwriters for a well-written story (so far).
Personally, I love the concept of a rom-com teleserye because it is a good way to unwind after a very stressful day at the office. As a matter of fact, this is the only show that makes me look forward to Mondays and dread the coming of Fridays. Yes, that’s how hooked I am
Thanks: Video courtesy of mychosdotcom