Myanmar opens to Filipino dramas

Myanmar has become the ultimate destination for Filipino dramas. The two biggest media groups of The Philippines, ABS-CBN and GMA have announced key deals and continue to enlarge their presence.

GMA Worldwide Inc. has licensed three top-rating drama series in different channels: the prime time series Heart and Soul (Kambal Karibal) is currently on Channel 7, the second free-to-air channel of Myanmar’s Forever Group Co., Ltd. It is a fantasy drama about two sisters whose bond is tested even in the afterlife. It features the tandem of Bianca Umali and Miguel Tanfelix who were also paired in primetime dramas Once Upon A Kiss and Sahaya. The series also launched actress Kyline Alcantara who later on headlined Written in the Stars.

Meanwhile, Happy Together (Inday Will Always Love You), GMA’s top-rating romantic comedy series is airing on Myanmar National TV Channel (MNTV), a free-to-air TV channel seen in most major cities in the country by an estimate of 25.3 million viewers. It stars Barbie Forteza (Meant To Be, Kara Mia) as a simple girl whose life becomes complicated when she becomes an instant millionaire.

Lastly, Angela (Haplos), one of GMA’s most successful 2018 daytime dramas is currently shown on MRTV Entertainment ME Channel, a free-to-air channel owned by state-run Myanmar Radio Television (MRTV). It stars Sanya Lopez (For Love or Money) and Thea Tolentino (The Half Sisters) as half-sisters who both possess superpowers: one can heal with her touch while the other causes pain.

Other GMA dramas that recently aired in Myanmar include the epic fantasy series Encantadia, romantic comedy My Sweet Heart, and revenge dramas The Stepdaughters and Contessa. The dramas are aired in the original Filipino language and subtitled in Burmese.

ABS-CBN International has secured another acquisition deal with Sky Net to air the female-focused action-drama about a solider whose life goal is to murder her own father, The General’s Daughter, which premiered in the Philippines in January and it has consistently gripped viewers and won in the ratings for its high-octane sequences, dramatic twists, and stellar cast led by Angel Locsin, the Philippines’ action drama queen.

Besides its ratings success, the series also tops Twitter trends as fans who religiously watch the show share their reactions on each episode online. The General’s Daughter is the second narrative buy of Sky Net International Drama Channel in Myanmar following Now and Forever, which it has premiered last August 4 and airs from Friday to Sunday at 7pm.

Other successful narrative buys from ABS-CBN this year also include The Blood Sisters in Kazakhstan, A Mother’s Guilt in Turkey, The Promise in the Dominican Republic, and Betrayal in Tanzania.