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K-Drama and TV Violence


K-dramas or Asianovelas are mainly from Korea, Thailand and Taiwan. Some of them are cute, wholesome and fun to watch as I have observed in the past (occasionally) when my daughter and mother-in-law, with our housemaid, were watching them.

These foreign soaps are a challenge to our local producers. Their plots are not overdramatized unlike our telenovelas that are usually filled with extremes of all sorts, catering to the baser instincts of man, e.g. betrayal, hatred, bitterness, deceit, vileness, wickedness, immorality, materialism, revenge, murder, criminality, brutality, barbarism and the likes.

Let drama series be hygienic to the human soul while they try to titillate and captivate viewers. Dramas don’t have to be dramatic (unnecessarily), much less gruesomely violent, to be entertaining and win hearts. There was once a very violent long-running TV series that kept on repeating the dialogue, with actors holding guns, “tapusin na natin ito,” when they should have ended it a long time ago.

Violence in the country (in and outside of government) are savage programs related that magnify/exalt vileness. No wonder, we have several soulless Dirty Harry around, hugely popular like their idols in big screen. Do we dream of becoming the country whose movies and programs are fraught with too much needles violence/inhumanity, and (as a result) mass shootings, even of innocent children, have become a trend in their communities, not to mention racial attacks? Our local version is sanctioned killings or government terrorism.


Local TV stations seem to be dictated by viewership surveys and ROI (return on investment), overlooking their responsibility to the nation for the effects their programs spawn on people. It has become to them pure business. Hence, their talents are treated like cold commodities that they can dump at whim if they don’t sell anymore.

Sen. Jinggoy Estrada has a point in bringing up the idea/need of banning K-drama and Asianovela. They indeed render countless Filipino artists jobless. We are not lacking in able and superb actors, directors, scriptwriters, story tellers and cinematographers, yet we do great disservice to them and to our entertainment industry – by importing foreign “dramas” mostly and oddly being shown by a station with a “heart.” Don’t belittle your own.

Talk about Filipinos defeating Filipinos and we have it right here in our land. Pathetic, lahat na lang iniimport natin. We need patriotism even in our entertainment industry.

Progress comes easy from being original.

Kudos to “Maria Clara at Ibarra” by GMA7.

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