Admittedly, our perception of love — how to love, who to love, when to love — has been influenced by all sorts of stories and tropes we see on the big screen and read in novels. In a landscape dominated by straight leads, Globe Studios releases a powerful love story to show the queer community that their own aspirational love stories are also meant to be told.
Globe Studios is back with their first ever narrative digital series that is surely going to bring all the “kilig” and laughter in a refreshingly unique way with “Gaya sa Pelikula” (“Like in the Movies”). The series is a love letter for and from the community in how it freely presents queer love, all its feelings, and all its possibilities that can lead to a most-deserved happy ending. Without exoticizing queer love, the story is presented in the most normal way possible. For the LGBTQIA+ community, “Gaya sa Pelikula” proudly banners – “It’s time to take back our story.”
Written and created by Juan Miguel Severo and directed by JP Habac, the romantic comedy series tells us about Karl, a 19-year-old introverted architecture student in the middle of an identity crisis and Vlad, a schoolmate on the run from his own family. As their lives become entwined by fate, they become housemates over the semestral break where Karl and Vlad come to learn more about each other and about themselves than they could have ever imagined.
“Gaya sa Pelikula” is an eight-part series of 20-minute episodes that is a prequel to the unproduced teleplays on Wattpad by Severro. It will premiere on Globe Studios’ official YouTube channel starting on September 25 with up and coming actors Paolo Pangilinan and Ian Pangilinan taking on the lead roles of Karl and Vlad, respectively.
“Gaya sa Pelikula” was also chosen to be part of YouTube’s Super Stream content line-up. Super Stream is an effort of YouTube to enable Filipino viewers to access partners’ content such as movies, TV shows and more for free for a limited time.
In collaboration with YouTube, the series’ official trailer came out earlier this month. New episodes drop every Friday at 8 p.m., from September 25 to November 13 on Globe Studios on YouTube.