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

June is looking like a monumental month for Pinoy Netflix subscribers.



Beyond incorporating Filipino films like Heneral LunaBuyBust and Dead Kids into their roster, the streaming platform made it known in late 2018 that their next big move is to produce a whopping 17 all-new original productions from all over Asia. We learned then that Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo’s Pinoy graphic novel Trese is one of them. And after the long wait, it’s finally premiering.


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 mythical creatures and monsters (mga aswang, engkanto at multo) live among humans.





As 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 in 2018. “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.)”


On June 11, witness illustrator Kajo Baldisimo’s work reimagined as creepy tales like At the Intersection of Balete and 13th Street and Patient 414 in Mandaluyong get what can only be a visually stunning Netflix adaptation.



The star-studded lineup of Filipino voice actors likewise hints at Trese’s promise. Putting together two different casts––to cover the English and Filipino languages respectively––Netflix has assembled quite the dream team with the following actors and roles:


English VersionFilipino Version

  • Shay Mitchell as Alexandra Trese
  • Griffin Puatu as The Kambal (Crispin and Basilio), Bantay
  • Matt Yang King as Captain Guerrero, Domin
  • Jon Jon Briones as Hank, Xa-Mul
  • Steve Blum as Datu Talagbusao, Ibwa
  • Carlos Alazraqui as Anton Trese, Santelmo
  • Manny Jacinto as Maliksi
  • Eric Bauza as Nuno the Snitch, Bagyon Lektro
  • Darren Criss as Marco
  • Nicole Scherzinger as Miranda Trese
  • Lou Diamond Phillips as Mayor Sancho Santamaria
  • Dante Basco as Bagyon Kulimlim
  • Rodney To as Aswang market guard, man in drag



  • Liza Soberano as Alexandra Trese
  • Simon dela Cruz as The Kambal (Crispin and Basilio)
  • Apollo Abraham as Captain Guerrero
  • Christopher Carlo Caling as Hank
  • Eugene Adalia as Anton Trese
  • Cheska Aguiluz as Miranda Trese
  • Christian Velarde as NunoBryan Encarnacion as Datu Talagbusao
  • Nica Rojo as Ramona
  • Jo Anne Orobia-Chua as Emissary
  • Jose Amado Santiago as Marco
  • Steve dela Cruz as Maliksi
  • Rene Tandoc as Mayor Santamaria
  • Steffi Graf Bontogon-Mola as Young, Teen Alexandra
  • RJ Celdran as Santelmo, Señor Armanaz
  • Elyrey Martin as Ibwa, Dominic
  • Steven Bontogon as Jobertg



Careful where you tread. TRESE arrives June 11 at 12 midnight (Philippine time). Watch it exclusively on Netflix, the streaming platform that allows Globe subscribers to binge on TV series, relive blockbuster movies and discover documentaries on the go. Subscription to Netflix is required. Get it today with Globe Postpaid.


Activate Netflix through their website and charge your subscription to your Globe Postpaid plan! You may also get a standalone subscription via GlobeOne.



Author Nicole Blanco Ramos

Art Matthew Fetalver

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