TRESE Is Coming To Netflix: A Milestone for Pinoy Pop Culture

Alexandra Trese, Kambal, Captain Guerrero and the gang get the Netflix treatment

It’s looking like a milestone-filled November for the folks at Netflix; and they’re taking Pinoy viewers along with them for the ride.

Netflix Philippines kicked off the month with something monumental: incoporating Pinoy indies like Heneral Luna, BuyBust and Kita Kita into their library. Apart from introducing existing titles to the platform, however, they’ve got something else up their sleeves. Netflix is gearing up for a whopping 17 all-new original productions from countries all over Asia.

“Asia is home to the world’s great creative centers producing some of the most compelling films and series of today,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix. “The beauty of [the streaming platform] is that we can take never-seen before stories from South Korea, Thailand, Japan, India, Taiwan or elsewhere, and easily connect them to people all over Asia and the world.”

One of the stories that made the cut? Homegrown comic book Trese.

Written by advertising director-turned-comic man of the Philippines Budjette Tan, Trese recounts the eerie adventures of one Alexandra Trese AKA the resident supernatural crimes investigator. From one gut-wrenching case to another, she unearths, unlocks and grapples with the many mysteries hiding within the streets of Metro Manila, where Philippine mythical creatures and monsters live among humans.

As Alexandra Trese gears up to make her global debut on Netflix, the comic’s steadily growing following since its launch in 2005 is nothing short of stoked for all this to take shape. The creators, naturally, share the same sentiment.

“You know that feeling when you’ve won a pitch and after all the screaming and jumping and high-fiving and fist-bumping you go back to your desk and you realize the amount of work that needs to be done?” wrote Budjette Tan on the official Trese blog. “That’s how the past 48 hours have felt like. And on top of all of that, things have been more busy than usual at the office. (Makes me wonder if Santa’s elves are this busy as we come closer to the holiday season.)”

What an exciting prospect to be able to witness comic book illustrator Kajo Baldisimo’s work reimagined and for creepy tales like “At the Intersection of Balete and 13th Street” and “Patient 414 in Mandaluyong” to get what can only be a hands-down visually stunning Netflix adaptation.

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With an undisclosed release date, fans will have to stay tuned for more news and keep their eyes peeled for activity on http://www.netflix.com/trese. We know we will; you should, too!

Banner image via facebook.com/TreseComics/

Words Nicole Blanco Ramos

Art Alex Lara

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