I started writing a blog post earlier this year that I still haven’t published to this day. It was about a Filipino teleserye called Forevermore and it was originally titled “Grand Gestures of Love.” Teleserye(s) are television series, television drama or “melodramatic serialized fiction.” My childhood in the Philippines was dotted with them — from Mexican telenovelas like Marimar and Taiwanese dramas like Meteor Garden, I grew up watching these shows with my entire family (usually after dinner).
I forget about these teleseryes until about a year ago, when I subscribed to The Filipino Channel online. My intent was to keep up with Filipino news coverage, and be informed of the political and social events in the country from thousands of miles away.
And then Forevermore happened.
I knew I was hooked after one episode. The drama, the conflict, the characters, the setting… all of it, all at once. Excitement and melancholy upon hearing the first few notes of the show’s opening credits. All the giddiness would come pouring out on the right scenes.
I was, to put it mildly, being hella extra. Continue reading