Filipino audiences have a strange and maybe unhealthy fascination with infidelity. The prevalence of soap operas and feature films featuring husbands and wives traipsing about with other men and women… and men and their continued commercial success in the Philippines is material for a long Media Studies dissertation.
Teleserye after teleserye after movie after teleserye, the same story over and over (with sometimes, even the same actors); like many Filipino stories, the cheating spouse has become overused and played out.
But also like other familiar Filipino soap opera tropes, a series or film can come along to try something different and take a fresh approach.
GMA’s Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real surprisingly did that. Continue reading