Appreciation: A Long Time Coming for Erich Gonzales

Erich Gonzales won the 2nd season of ABS-CBN’s Star Circle Quest in 2005. She waited and waited for her big break, watching as other, newer “stars” with considerably less talent come and swoop in to take the lead roles, relegating her to supporting bit parts; most of the time playing the token teen character in soaps.

Things started to look up when she was cast as Continue reading

Review: TV5’s Valiente – An Old-Fashioned Classic

The Philippines’ TV5 has been on a roll since finally ramping up its efforts to be a legitimate threat to the decade-long duopoly on Philippine television. Aside from successes in variety and reality with Wil Time Big Time and the addictive Face to Face, TV5 has also built a solid news organization. But it has also produced some excellent, original dramas. Though still ratings challenged, it says nothing of the quality of it series like Babaeng Hampaslupa, Glamorosa, The Sisters and Sa Ngalan Ng Ina.

Now, TV5 has another to add to its list with a remake of an epic 90s teleserye, Valiente. Perhaps harkening back to its roots, this 2012 version of Valiente feels like a Continue reading