Philippine film and television has this odd culture of imitating story lines from the US and applying it to the local setting. Let’s see what rip-offs we can recall: Tanghalan ng Kampeon with Star Search, Tabing Ilog with Dawson’s Creek, and Buttercup with Friends. The best rip-off ever was Anna Karenina.
For the literati, Anna Karenina is the book that cemented Leo Tolstoy’s career as a writer. For us normal people, Annakarenina is the Sunday soap opera popularized by GMA-7 where it is starred by the then “hot” teen triumvirate–Kim delos Santos who plays the role of Nina, Antoinette Taus (sister to Tom Taus aka Cedie) plays the role of Anna, and Sunshine Dizon (best known as Bakekang nowadays) plays Karen.
Of course, riding along with these girls’ rise to stardom are their male counterparts. For six or so years, we’ve seen the development of Antoinette-Dingdong, Sunshine-Polo, and Kim-Dino. If you have a sharp memory you’ll notice that Maui Taylor (pre-surgery) was in this too.
I continued to patronize the show until Love to Love came along. Har, har.
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