Korean Dramas have set the standard for most Filipinos. Aside from their great cinematography or CGIs, another thing they love about them are the good-looking artists and unique storyline. K-Dramas have been considered as an escape from reality for many but what if these dramas are permanently banned in Philippines?
Senator Jinggoy Estrada has clarified his previous proposal to outlaw Korean dramas in the philippines in order to promote local shows.
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The former actor addressed the media on Wednesday via CNN Philippines to clarify his stance in response to criticism from K-drama fans. He claimed that his only primary goal was to promote Filipino artists.
“I said that out of frustration, kasi nakikita ko na ang ating mga artista na napakagaling, world-class talent, hindi nabibigyan ng pagkakataon, ng trabaho lalo na nitong panahon ng pandemya,” Estrada said.
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He noted that there are many lessons to be drawn from the way the Korean government and corporate sector have invested extensively in the K-drama sector.
However, Estrada claimed that local viewers are choosing to support Korean telenovelas and performers in place of Filipino ones. He made the statement at the Senate hearing on the 2023 budget of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) on Tuesday.
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“Ang aking obserbasyon pag patuloy tayo nagpapalabas ng Korean telenovela, ang hinahangaan ng ating mga kababayan ay itong mga Koreano at nawawalan ng trabaho at kita ‘yung ating mga artistang Pilipino,” he said.
“Kaya minsan pumapasok sa aking isipan na i-ban na itong mga telenovela ng mga foreigner at dapat ang mga artista nating Pilipino, na talagang may angking galing sa pag-arte, ay ‘yun naman dapat ang ipalabas natin sa sariling bansa natin,” he added.
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FDCP Chairman Tirso Cruz III praised the council’s initiatives while acknowledging the need for balance in the promotion and preservation of local films. He stated that the creation and promotion of local films is one of the organization’s activities.
“Ang isa pong pangunahing programa namin ay talagang mag-focus sa paggawa ng mga local film muna dahil sabi namin ang unang-una importante ay ang maniwala ang kapwa Pilipino sa pelikulang Pilipino,” he said.
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Moreover, he mentioned that movie festivals as evidence for the Filipinos that homegrown movies can stand up to Hollywood productions.
Source: CNN Philippnes