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Pang laban sa K-drama! Tinambac Councilor Jonas Soltes praises GMA show Maria Clara at Ibarra

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Tinambac Councilor Jonas Soltes is impressed with the GMA show “Maria Clara at Ibarra” and said it could go head to head with Korean shows.

In a Facebook post, Soltes said the Senators who say that nobody is watching Philippine shows because of Korean shows may have not seen the hit TV series from GMA.

He said “Maria Clara at Ibarra” has attracted a lot of viewers, and it proves that Filipinos will watch local shows as long as producers invest in it, financially and creatively.

The producers were able to reimagine Noli Me Tangere into a masterpiece, he said.

He also credited the actors of the show for their performance.

The show brought back his faith in local TV, he added.

The last time he watched a show with a high level of interest was when ABS-CBN’s “Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay” was on air, he noted.

He would love it if “Maria Clara at Ibarra” would be aired on Netflix as it could give Korean shows a run for their money, he said.

“Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Robinhood Padilla believe that nobody is watching Philippine productions because of the undue competition with Korean shows.

Perhaps our two Senators are not yet aware that “Maria Clara at Ibarra” is slaying it these days. What with a million views for every episode on YouTube to cap a high viewership on free TV in the time of Netflix.

MCAI proves that Filipinos will watch local shows for as long as the producers invest in it, financially and creatively.

Noli Me Tangere has been a boring subject in high school and college for many of us, but the producers of MCAI have reimagined successfully the Rizal masterpiece into a top-rating homegrown series.

Of course, credits should be given also to the actors who have been providing viewers with tour de force performances. Thanks to excellent casting, the show’s characters are brought to life convincingly. Dennis Trillo as Crisisostomo Ibarra shines for instance. For the first time, a gentleman becomes a primetime TV hero.

Juancho Triviño as the creepy Padre Salvi is spot on. Tirso Cruz III as Padre Damaso—expectedly for a veteran actor like Pip—can actually incite a revolution.

The heartbreaking plight of brothers Basilio and Crispin and their mother Sisa is brilliant in its sad and tragic reimagination.

The last time I watched a local TV series with extreme interest was when ABS-CBN’s “Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay” was on air. MCAI brought back my faith in local TV.

Here’s hoping it would be released also on Netflix. It could give every Korean production in the streaming app a run for its money,” Soltes posted.

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