Entertainment September 10, 2021
Metro Manila is under extended Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) and given the outdoor and social restrictions, we are compelled to settle back into the safety of our homes. This means we can take up our favorite quarantine pastimes such as baking, gardening, purveying delicious homemade food, and, of course, binge-watching.
The past year and a half proved that there is no better escape from the troubles of reality than diving into our couches and into the comforts of a new favorite TV show. If you’ve set your sights on catching up on the latest offerings of local and international TV, we have a list of must-see shows from every popular genre to enjoy this lockdown. So sit back and press play on these new picks:
Genre: Romance and Drama
Why you should watch it: Who doesn’t enjoy a good ol’ story of young love? Aside from the giddy, kilig feels, He’s Into Her has an empowered, strong-willed female lead that we can all root for.
He’s Into Her follows the story of Max, a teenage girl from Mindoro who has been left under the care of her wealthy, estranged father after the death of her mother and after illness has befallen her guardian grandmother. Now living in Metro Manila, she is an outcast; bullied and picked on by the popular kids in school and by that of the star basketball player, Deib. But even Deib is unable to outwit the charms of spunky Max and soon a romance blossoms proving that the line between love and hate is thin indeed.
He’s Into Her is slated to start production on Season 2 soon.
Watch it on: iWantTFC
Genre: Horror/ Thriller
Why you should watch it: It’s a nail-biting series that features the dark side of the web and how social media has changed our relationships. The show is made more relatable as everything takes place during lockdown.
If you enjoyed Black Mirror and movies such as Searching and Unfriended, Now Streaming may be to your liking. A timely anthology series that portrays the uncertainties of the Internet and how it can affect the lives and minds of people especially when they’re isolated due to community lockdown.
Watch it on: Cignal Play
Genre: Action/ Adventure
Why should watch it: The show has a bit of everything – teen romance, adventure, and mystery. The best part? Each episode transports you to North Carolina, satisfying your craving for the outdoors, the beach, and going on vacations.
Outer Banks is what you get if The Goonies kids all grew up but still had the same childish hunger for adventure. Already in its second season, Outer Banks is about young John B who enlists the help of his best friends to search for a legendary hidden treasure and, in turn, solve the mystery of his father’s death that may be linked to it.
Watch it on: Netflix
Why you should watch it: We can all use a good laugh that can help us forget the uncertainty of these trying times. What better way to get your dose of good vibes than with classic Pinoy comedy?
Admittedly, Lakas ng Tawa is more of a video podcast than a TV show but it is worth bingeing nonetheless. Host Alex Calleja together with Atong Redillas and Yuki Horikoshi tackle everyday topics and challenges and give them a light and funny spin. You’ll finish each episode feeling like you’ve just come home from a great hang out with friends with a belly aching from laughter.
Watch it on: iWantTFC
Why you should watch it: We’re used to the colorful videos and catchy songs, but what really happens behind the scenes of K-Pop? This documentary gives an insider look into the industry and what it takes to be a successful idol.
Whether you’re a fan of Korean entertainment culture or not, K-Pop Evolution is a great documentary series to catch up on. It gives its viewers a unique and interesting perspective on the elusive yet in-demand K-Pop industry and the history of how the genre has grown exponentially in the past two decades. Get a snippet of the hard work and high stakes that go into creating global superstars in this demanding industry.
Watch it on: YouTube
Why you should watch it: If you’re a fan of classic Pinoy teleseryes that tackle the lives of the rich, this one offers something similar but set in Seoul, South Korea. A peek into the lovely apartments and elite schools featured in the show is a bonus!
The Penthouse has gained a following in the Philippines because of its engaging storylines and characters you’d love to hate. Penthouse 3: War in Life brings viewers back to Hera Palace, the luxurious apartment complex where Seoul’s richest reside. Following the success of its first two seasons, Penthouse 3 will revolve around issues prevailing in society today such as bullying, discrimination, and the growing divide between the rich and poor.
Watch it on: Viu
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