There has been many criticisms online regarding the poor quality of Filipino teleseryes’ visual effects.
Some quarters have expressed their disappointment over the visual effects of GMA Network‘s Victor Magtanggol. They questioned why it didn’t live up to the promised standards.
Director Boy Bardagol shared what he learned upon meeting a visual effects maker who explained why the Philippine teleseryes’ vfx doesn’t usually match those in Hollywood movies.
He said that they can do it, however they were advised to just produce what they were paid for. And it’s apparently a measly sum.
For all the flak that Viktor Magtanggol is getting from netizens, here’s the sad true fact about our visual effects team in the Philippines at kung bakit “hindi na tayo pumantay-pantay sa standards ng Hollywood”. A few months ago, I met an awarded and a very good visual effects maker in the Philippines whose portfolio will leave you drooling. Sabi niya, “Kaya naman natin, Direk ‘yung ginagawa ng Hollywood. May pinagawa nga sa akin na effects, hindi mo mahahalata na visual effects sa linis ng pagkakagawa. Pati ‘yung sword na pinagawa sa akin, pinagbutihan ko talaga at realistic na realistic yung dating, pati ‘yung apoy akala mo talaga apoy. Pero sabi ng superior namin, huwag daw gandahan. Huwag ipakita na kaya natin ‘yung ginagawa sa Hollywood. Kailangan daw ‘yung kung ano lang ‘yung presyo na ibinabayad
He said that this is to safeguard themselves from networks who might take advantage of them if they turn in polished work for a cheap price.
Kailangan daw ‘yung kung ano lang ‘yung presyo na ibinabayad sa amin ng mga networks, ‘yun lang daw ang worth na ipakita namin na visual effects at huwag daw tindihan. Kasi kapag nakita daw ng mga kapitalista na kaya na nating pumantay sa Hollywood sa kakarampot na ibinabayad nila sa amin, aabusuhin na daw kami at laging magrerequest na pantayan na namin ‘yung Hollywood standards sa presyong di-makatarungan.
The editor compared it to the situation in Hollywood wherein production houses really invest on editing and effects, but in the Philippines, a single person can do it but they will still pay him less than his deserved salary.
E sa Hollywood, bawat galaw ng effects, maraming tao ang gumagawa at binabayaran nila ng sobra-sobra. Dito sa Pilipinas, kaya lahat gawin ‘yun ng isang tao at isang machine lang pero babayaran nila ng barat. Hindi nga kami bayad sa overtime namin e! Kaya may tama din ‘yung superior namin na huwag ipakita sa mga kliyente na kaya naming gawin ‘yung effects at pumantay sa Hollywood. Hanggat hindi nababago ang sistema ng bayaran at hindi nababayaran ng tama ang talento ng mga artists sa Pilipinas, hindi rin maayos ang mga makikita nilang mga effects sa aming mga visual artists. Ang ganda ng effects na manggagaling sa amin ay ibabagay namin sa kung magkano ang budget na ibibigay nila sa amin.”
As a result, people shouldn’t question why shows such as Victor Magtanggol and Bagani‘s special effects look inferior. “Product = value”.
HOOQ – the largest Video on Demand service in Southeast Asia – now carries the latest hit Filipino movies and TV shows you can watch anytime, anywhere. Catch Alden Richards as Victor Magtanggol, a regular guy who becomes a superhero. Victor Magtanggol is a primetime fantasy series airing Monday to Friday on GMA Network and new episodes are uploaded exclusively on HOOQ within 24 hours of broadcast.
Also available for streaming are GMA Network hits like Contessa, Inday will Always Love You, Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka and iWitness documentaries.
Other TV shows available for streaming on HOOQ are The Best of Gandang Gabi Vice, Dolce Amore starting on September 13, La Luna Sangre on October 11 and Discovering Routes on October 18, all from ABS-CBN.
HOOQ has the largest and strongest catalogue of Filipino content on any video-on-demand service from top local studios in the Philippines like ABS-CBN and GMA Network and exclusive movies 90 days after theatrical release.
Early this year, it debuted Kita Kita, the number one performing indie film in the Philippines which has broken all box office records by grossing over USD6.5 million. Last month, the 2015 hit TV series On The Wings Of Love starring Nadine Lustre and James Reid also premiered on HOOQ.
For September and October, you can also catch Pinoy blockbuster movies exclusively on HOOQ such as Sid & Aya: Not a Love Story on September 21 and Cry No Fear on October 4. Other new Filipino titles include My 2 Mommies, My Amnesia Love, So Connected on September 6 and Squad Goals on September 13.
Jeff Remigio, Director of Content and Programming at HOOQ Philippines, said, “HOOQ is proud to carry thousands of Filipino movies and TV shows spanning decades of local entertainment. We have the movies and TV shows you grew up with, those you want to watch again and those you might not have gotten a chance to see.”
Maine Mendoza contradicted the rumors that she and love team partner Alden Richards are just using each other so that AlDub fans will still support their individual projects.
AlDub became a phenomenon in 2015 after they started interacting with each other in Eat Bulaga’s ‘Kalye Serye’ segment.
The issue of “using each other” was brought to Maine’s attention after Twitter user @PaaNgMaichard warned Maine’s fans to stop calling Alden a ‘user’ as both of them still have solo projects to promote in the near future.
Mga mulat wag nyong tawaging user si Alden. Tandaan nyo may movie at lipstick pa si Meng.
Kasi kapag si Meng naman ang dumikit kay Alden, keri nyo bang tawagin sya ng mga BN na user?
Babalik din sa inyo yang mga sinasabi nyo eh
Maine took notice of the tweet and replied that she’s not forcing anyone to support her projects.
Sorry may nag tag lang sa akin, pero…. movie and lipstick? Support o hindi, nasa sa inyo naman yun, wala naman pong pilitan kung ayaw.
Alden and Maine continue to be co-hosts in the noontime show, however, both also have their own projects.
Alden is currently starring in GMA 7’s Victor Magtanggol with love interests Janine Gutierrez at Andrea Torres while Maine is part of the cast of the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival entry Jack Em Popoy: The PulisCredibles with Coco Martin and Vic Sotto.
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GMA’s newest primetime series, Victor Magtanggol, has received mixed feedback ever since it first aired on July 30. There were praises, but there were also who were less impressed, but for an Alden die-hard fan, is thankful for her idol to have done the project since it helped her mother from grieving over her husband’s passing.
Other netizens also joined the discussion when it comes to ratings and trends between the show and its rival, Ang Probinsyano.
This Netizen, who turned-out to be Richards’s fan, tweeted about how her mom is happy again as they watch Victor Magtanggol.
Anna’s father died in July because of cancer and other complications. She observed how her mother began to smile again and ‘somehow’ happy while watching the series.
Dear @aldenrichards02 aka Victor Magtanggol;
I just want to say thank you for making my Mom happy, again. My father died last July lang at hindi madali for my mom to. Parang 3/4 ng mundo nya ang nawasak nung nawala si Papa. Sometimes nakikita ko sya na
umiiyak, nakatulala, nag iisip ng malalim. Pero nung nagsimula ang VM at napapanuod ka nya every night, nakita ko ulit sya na masaya. Yung genuine happiness ba. Right now, I am so happy seeing her smile na parang ewan pag nakikita ka nya sa tv.
Just her luck, Alden saw her heartwarming tweets and decided to reply “Wala pong anuman.”
That small gesture of replying to the tweet, couldn’t help the fan burst in joy and gratitude.
In a private message, Anna shared that she has been a fan of Alden ever since she first saw him on TV and her mom has been a fan since the Aldub phenomenon.
“Since then, naging fan na nya ko. Though hindi talaga ko nakakapunta sa mga mall shows nya kasi I am living in a province so mahirap maging full time fangirl. I think 5years na rin. My mom naman is also his fan simula nung Aldub phenom.”
She also added how much Alden meant to them and how he helped them grieve over the loss of a loved one.
“Alden is like our happy pill. Lalo na for my Mom. So nung nagkaron ng Victor Magtanggol we’re very happy na mapapanuod na namin sya regularly on tv. Minsan kasi wala sya sa Eat Bulaga eh. So seeing him on tv every night nakakatulong talaga lalo na for my mom na mag move forward.”
Anna ended her message with a touching message to her idol and the team of Victor Magtanggo.
“To Alden, we love you for being who/what you are. Yung kindness mo, ung passion mo, yung drive mo to fulfill your goals, and yung totality mo as a person. Continue to be an inspiration, do what makes you happy, and be who you want to be. Hindi yung gusto ng iba for you, pero yung gusto ng Diyos at gusto mo para sa sarili mo. As long as you’re not hurting anyone, go lang.
“To VM team, thank you for giving us a show na de kalidad talaga. Thank you for all your hardwork and dedication para mabigyan kami ng ganung klaseng entertainment. Good health to everyone, and more more success pa sa lahat.”
In a tweet, Anna said that sometimes the ratings aren’t the most important thing but the happiness and inspiration the show brings to other people.
Alden Richards‘ Aldub partner, Maine Mendoza herself tweeted her support to the actor wishing the actor the best of luck and happiness; however, a number of Mendoza’s fans decided o show their support to Victor Magtanggol‘s rival, FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano‘s hashtag #FPJAPTensyon instead.
Though Maine showed her support to her love team’s show pilot, some fans still opted to post tweets on the rival show.
It was Victor Magtanggol‘s much-awaited premier on Monday, and the episode’s hashtag #VictorMagtanggolAngSimula (though didn’t gain full support from Maine’s fans, still it reached the top spot of the Philippine trends that night.
One of the reasons for this is Maine and Coco Martin, along with Vic Sotto has an upcoming entry to this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival.
A fan tweeted that she decided to support Coco’s hashtag because he’ll be working with Maine soon and to also thank Coco’s fans from tweeting for the star the day before.
Supporting Coco’s HT dahil makakatrabaho siya ni Maine and to thank some of Coco’s fans as well for tweeting for Maine yesterday. #FPJAPTensyon
Other Netizens proceeded to throw shades on Alden and his show while expressing their support for Ang Probinsyano.
This guy definitely deserve our support ,he walk the talk,he said he wants to work with Maine,he did something about it,unlike the others guy,he avoided to work with Maine,now,he begged her to tweet his uninteresting ts #FPJAPTensyon
My support goes to #FPJAPTensyon . Coco Martin is maine’s new partner for the movie, and I’m against glorifying other ek-ek gods. Only One True God for us.
Twitter user @mizzygirl even tweeted out full details of Ang Probinsyano as support.
#FPJAPTensyon let’s go for Coco Martin @cocomartin_ph the real deal. Watch his Ang Pribinsyano from Monday to Friday after TV Partson Channel 2 ABS-CBN. Watch also his forthcoming movie with Vic Sotto & Maine Mendoza @mainedcm Jack Em Popoy – The Pulis Credibles MMFF entry.
As a sign of gratitude to Coco Martin’s fans who helped trend Maine’s HT for Daig, I’ll tweet using Coco Martin’s HT.
I am truly excited for Coco and Maine tandem.
I am sure that Coco will really take care of our girl.
A Maine supporter also expressed her excitement regarding the upcoming movie.
Yun magkasama na silang tatlo, especially Maine, malakjing pasabog na yan! Woooooh!!! #FPJAPTensyon
Netizens and Coco Martin fans are surprised and thankful about the unexpected help they got from fans of Maine.
#FPJAPTensyon WOW MAINE FANS ARE HELPING FPJAP TO TREND TONIGHT
OMG Thank you Maine fans for supporting Kapamilya. #justlove
Not only the Coco fans, but this one supporter of Maine also got surprised about the turn of events.
Wow! Maine fans supporting Coco! #FPJAPTensyon
Jak Em Popoy The Pulis Credibles will be in cinemas starting December 25.
#VictorMagtanggolAngSimula has trended on Twitter when its pilot episode of GMA Network’s new primetime series starring Alden Richards. The Kapuso show went abuzz since the network has revealed the teasers of the said action-fantasy show.
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The hashtags for the first and second episodes reached the top of Twitter Philippine trends, however, it seems like Victor Magtanggol has failed to beat the strong ratings of its rival FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.
According to the Kantar Media, the national rating of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano is at 42.4% and Victor Magtanggol is at 20%. While the Nationwide Urban Television Audience Measurement (NUTAM) has also revealed its ratings with 14.7% for Ang Probinsyano, and 12.4 for Victor Magtanggol.
This means that Ang Probinsyano is still on the top of the game when it comes to the urban and rural ratings in the country.
Noel Ferrer stated that Victor Magtanggol is currently feeling a lot of pressure since it’s sandwiched between two winning GMA Network shows. It showed, however, that the result is not too bad as they still managed to snatch a portion of Ang Probinsyano‘s viewership.
Ratings aside, the Victor Magtanggol star Alden Richards is thankful for all the support the show has received from the viewers and his fans alike.
The creator of the poster of Victor Magtanggol defended his edit by a public post on his Facebook account.
Paulo Naparan addressed all the Netizens’ allegations toward the Kapuso network. People have pointed out the similarities of the Victor Magtanggol poster and Marvel’s Thor.
Naparan, however, dismissed the rumors of it being official official. He wrote, “Okay mga dude. Let’s clear things up. THIS IS A FANMADE Poster only. I know medyo hawig yung Mapapanood palang nating Victor Magtanggol and yung Kilala na nating Thor sa mga movies ng marvel, kaya I decided na gawan ng poster ang victor magtanggol na atleast for my taste e lelebel sa mga poster ng mga past movie ng marvel”
After editing the poster, he decided to post it on Facebook group called the Pinoy Graphic Artist wherein people can share their graphic designs to other artists. He added that he was surprised by the sudden spread of the said poster in different social media platforms.
Naparan added that he did not create the poster to be bashed but to show support to the series.
“Then night after kung saan saan ko na sya nakikita, and also napagmumulan na ng hate and kabi kabilang bash yung show because of this. Di ko alam, I created this to support Victor Magtanggol hindi po para ibash or kung ano man. Sorry.”
Netizens have expressed their concern regarding the originality of the Victor Magtanggol poster as soon as it began to spread like wildfire on the social media sites.
saw this on FB (credit to the poster) and i can’t help but to feel sad if it is true that #VictorMagtanggol is a copycat of Thor. Di pa ba sapat ang Green Arrow ni Alyas RobinHood? I love Alden. I am a fan and here’s to hoping na maganda ang outcome ng VM
Tingin ko naman maganda yung poster ng Victor Magtanggol. Maaring ginaya nga pero lahat naman ginagaya diba pwede ba kasuhan ang Marvel ng Norse Gods?
The comparison with Marvel‘s Thor and GMA Network‘s Victor Magtanggol has been the talk-of-the-town since the first teaser came out.
Memes and posts spread like wildfire on social media that Victor Magtanggol‘s star Alden Richards is aware of. Netizens feasted on the issue as Esquire Philippines published an opinion piece that enumerates the said similarities of the two superheroes.
In an interview wirh PEP.ph, Richards commented about the comparison and observations. He said that he with those who are waiting for the show to finally premiere tomorrow, July 30.
“Mas nandoon ako sa anggulo na hintayin niyo lang, teaser pa lang po ‘yan.
“We have so much more to show you, guys.”
Despite mixed reactions from the Netizens, Richards is still hopeful and optimistic about his upcoming show.
“Mas marami naman yung naka-appreciate. Mas marami yung nag-aabang sa pagbabalik ko po sa prime-time and feeling ko po ito na yun.
“I could say this is one of my biggest breaks in my showbiz career.”
The Kapuso star admitted that he is pressured since it is one of GMA Network’s big-budgeted shows this year.
“Medyo may kaba tapos yun nga, malaki yung budget so parang mas lalong nagkaroon ng pressure on my end and hindi lang sa akin, with the creatives and the team as well.
“But siguro, nawawala yun kapag sinimulan mo nang i-enjoy yung mga ginagawa mo and we don’t take anything too seriously. Siguro yung shoot minsan, medyo.”
Alden expressed his gratitude to all those who supported the show in order to improve the quality of Victor Magtanggol.
On June 30, Esquire Philippines published an article at their website titled Alden Richards is Definitely Not Thor in His Next TV Series.
The article points out the similarities between GMA Network’s Victor Magtanggol, who is played by Alden Richards, and Marvel’s Thor, who is played by Chris Hemsworth.
They also advised Alden to “maybe pick better projects next time—projects like Alaala.”
On the other hand, GMA Network’s executive Annette Gozon-Valdes posted a comment on the article on Facebook saying that it lacks research and should’ve waited for the show to air to find out what it’s about.
Your article lacks research. Even before Thor was a comic book character…he already existed in mythology. Thor is a Norse God…part of Norse mythology. They belong to the public domain. Dont you even wonder why so many movies and shows have been made in the past with Thor in it? Because anybody can make it without violating copyright laws for as long as their factual basis is the original mythology. Maybe you should have waited for the show to launch so you would understand what the show is about. Yes, the show has allusions to the Norse mythology, but Alden’s character is not Thor. However, the hammer he has IS the hammer of Norse mythology called the Mjolnir. How he is able to get it is part of what will be revealed in the show Victor Magtanggol.
On a message sent to entertainment website Pep.ph, Esquire Philippines editor-in-chief Kristine Fonacier declared that they stand by their opinions that are stated on the article.
She also said that yes, they do know that Thor is from the Norse pantheon, but it still does not make it original.
“Of course, we’re aware that Thor is a god from the Norse pantheon, and of course the character belongs to the public domain. That fact makes it legal to rip off the character, but it does not make it original. Ms. Gozon is right—many movies and other works of art have been based on Thor. Maybe the truly original move would’ve been to find a character in mythology that hasn’t been so deeply associated with such a big pop culture phenomenon as Marvel’s Thor.
If people see the similarities between their character and the Thor of the MCU, then that’s the risk they run for basing it off the same source material.”
Fonacier also said that to see if Victor Magtanggol is a fresher take on the character, they wait and see what the whole show is all about.
Despite the amount of negative feedback from netizens about the similarity of Victor Magtanggol to Marvel’s Thor, GMA executive Joey Abacan remains optimistic about the show’s outcome.
In a Facebook post of GMA Films’ president Annette Gozon, Joey commented that their previous series, Alyas Robin Hood (starring Dingdong Dantes), also received the same criticisms but it turned out to be a strong show.
“sana successful din ang Victor – ganyang ganyan ang nangyari sa Alyas”
In fact, Alyas Robin Hood’s publicity reached the Hollywood as Arrow star Stephen Amell shared the trailer on his official Facebook page with the flush-faced emoji. When a fan asked the actor about what he thought of the show, he replied “I mean, I have no idea what it is and frankly, I don’t care – at all. But boy, oh boy does it look familiar.”
Although neither Marvel or the cast of Thor has yet to react to Victor Magtanggol, the scenario seemed familiar to the executives.
In spite of the negative feedback, Alyas Robin Hood became ABS-CBN’s Ang Probinsyano’s biggest competitor out of all the shows that had the same timeslot as the series. As a result, they are hoping for the same positive outcome with Victor Magtanggol.
In Annette’s original post, she also slammed the article written by Esquire Magazine regarding Alden Richard’s role in the upcoming show.
“Your article lacks research. Even before Thor was a comic book character…he already existed in mythology. Thor is a Norse God…part of Norse mythology. They belong to the public domain. Dont you even wonder why so many movies and shows have been made in the past with Thor in it? Because anybody can make it without violating copyright laws for as long as their factual basis is the original mythology. Maybe you should have waited for the show to launch so you would understand what the show is about. Yes, the show has allusions to the Norse mythology, but Alden’s character is not Thor. However, the hammer he has IS the hammer of Norse mythology called the Mjolnir. How he is able to get it is part of what will be revealed in the show Victor Magtanggol.”