Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Adolfo Alix Jr. BL Series Happenstance Premieres on Christmas Day

Director Adolfo Alix Jr. first BL series, Happenstance, will premiere on December 25th on the streaming platform GagaOOLala. Kiko Ipapo and Jovani Manansala star as Wade and Jose Manuel, two people who magically meet although they are living in different periods - one in 1974, one in 2020. Jose Manuel is grounded after his military father (Alan Paule) learned of his relationship with Luis (Shu Calleja), an activist. Wade, on the other hand, is recovering from a recent break up with Eric (Saviour Ramos) and while on vacation is caught up in the quarantine because of the CoVid 19 pandemic. After the super moon, an opportunity opens for these two heartbroken souls to connect across time and find love once again.

True Love Happens Once in a Lifetime

Last week, the series’ official trailer was released on GagaOOLala’s official YouTube channel, revealing a BL series with a different flair featuring cinematic visuals and a complex storyline mixing fantastical and historical elements. The logline for the series, ‘true love happens once in a lifetime’, highlights the main theme of true love and its power to overcome any obstacles, even time. “What is going to be interesting is to see the audience reaction on how the two characters will interact and meet given their limitations,” teased director Adolfo.

He also explained that “asides from being a love story, the series will also deal with the issues relevant to both time periods and the comparison between the restrictions in the 70s and the quarantine in 2020.” He had recently revealed that the inspiration for Happenstance came from a local story covered in the news about a house owner finding love letters from the 70s during a house renovation and who tried to track down the sender almost five decades later.

Besides the four main actors Kiko Ipapo, Jovani Manansala, Shu Calleja and Saviour Ramos, the rest of the cast is composed of some of the best actors in Pinoy cinema including Bembol Roco, Rosanna Roces, Alan Paule, Erlinda Villalobos, Angeli Bayanim Ken Anderson, Miggy Campbell, Stephanie Sol. All episodes were written by Jerry B. GrĂ¡cio and directed by Adolfo Alix Jr.
The series will consist of 9 episodes to be released weekly starting from December 25th, exclusively on the LGBTQ+ streaming platform GagaOOLala. GagaOOLala Announces GCash and KTX.ph Collaborations for New Pricing Options and Content Distribution.

In order for the series to reach a wider audience across the Philippines, GagaOOLala has also announced a new partnership with the popular app GCash. During this Christmas and New Year’s festivities, the streaming platform is offering more affordable plans for users subscribing via the Pay TV section on the GCash app. The new plans are:
• 3 days for 49 PHP • 7 days for 109 PHP • 14 days for 159 PHP

In addition, director Adolfo’s previous original series for GagaOOLala, Unlocked, will also premiere this December 30th on the TVOD platform KTX. The anthology series following different stories of LGBTQ+ people during the enhanced community quarantine in Manila broke all viewing records on GagaOOLala becoming the most watched series in the platform in all its history.
Happenstance official trailer: https://youtu.be/Wr1PRU25AE0
Official theme song composed and performed by Mikoy Morales “Atin Lang”: https://youtu.be/zsU9Um53TPQ
Full cast:
Kiko Ipapo
Jovani Manansala
Rosanna Roces Alan Paule
Erlinda Villalobos
Angeli Bayani Saviour Ramos
Miggy Campbell
Shu Calleja Bembol Roco Stephanie Sol
Instagram: @gagaoolala.official
Twitter: @gagaoolala

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