ASIANOVELAS have been popular with the Filipino audience ever since Taiwan’s Meteor Garden hit the airwaves back in 2002. Since then, a steady stream of shows from Taiwan, Korea, and Japan soon found its way to Philippines shores and started a new craze in local programming, quickly adding a few more slots in the telenovela fan’s list of favorites. In just a few years, the Asianovela invasion successfully built a countrywide fan base.
“Asianovelas” are drama shows produced in Asian countries and, of course, the Philippines. The term is a spin-off from “Telenovela,” which refers to the Spanish soap operas, like Marimar that first entered the country.
How do Asianovelas differ from the Telenovelas that we have grown to love?
Asianovelas offer unique, straight-to-the-point, engaging storylines. We Filipinos can comfortably relate with Asianovelas for their traditional ways of story telling. Real-life situations are interpreted and delivered so gracefully, all we have to do is sit back and enjoy the story’s unfolding.
The Asian stars with their chinky eyes and smooth complexion look foreign yet feel familiar. After all, especially in urban areas, we often see or interact with Chinese, Korean, and Japanese nationals. The actresses’ pulchritude and the hunky yet lean frame of the handsome leading men in Asianovelas exude freshness. No sweaty-looking actors and over-sexy actresses, no long complicated plots.
TOP TEN ASIANOVELAS:
1. Meteor Garden
2. Jewel in the Palace
3. Lovers in Paris
4. Stairway to Heaven
5. Full House
6. Princess Hours
7. Endless Love: Autumn in my Heart
8. Endless Love: Winter Sonata
9. My name is Kim Sam Soon
Asianovelas will always have a place in Phillimpine TV because of their unique storytelling appeal. These dramas remain faithful to the story from start to finish, without ever dragging. They explore all kinds of emotion, never exaggerating and often...