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Raconteur is another word for story-teller. In Jueteng (a Filipino number game of chance), 11 is a number for soul. So literally, The Raconteur 11 means The Storyteller's Soul.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

WALANG HANGGAN: Reactions & Expectations

One in the A-list of my vast interests is dramas. But if it’s not Korean I’m rarely hooked. I can’t even remember when was the time I’ve been absorbed in a Filipino drama. My reason is: ‘common, nothing interesting, it’s the same old stuffs’.

Most of the time, I’ll just watch a week premier then I’ll lost interest so I’ll have a good sleep and just wait for the last week finale. Yes, that’s me. But this time it’s different, I’m enjoying WalangHanggan.

It’s not a perfect show, in fact it have a lot of technicalities. I have to admit after two weeks premier I have lost my appetite on the show. The pace is too slow especially during the first two weeks of Coco Martin & Julia Montes’ appearance in the show. My high expectations really drop and feel so afraid that the show will be a dead duck. But then the sudden twists of faith when Daniel’s too pitiful character died, Catarina married Nathan, and Dawn re-appear, resuscitate the show. It’s not that I accept it easily; I’m one of those who said WTF! is that, when Catarina did INDEED marry Nathan. But now, I realize that it’s the conservative me, who acted naive that time.
Perhaps the writer wants to convey that it’s already the 21st century; annulment is possible especially if Nathan’s character is showing mental incapacity. And it’s not wrong to showcase adultery if Daniel comes back coz he’s the lead and the one Catarina really love, duh?! So just GET IT and ACCEPT IT that this show is about experiment.

·         Experiment 1 : Richard & Dawn (coming back) tandem (Check)
          Experiment 2 : Coco-Julia (new) tandem ( Check )
·         Experiment 3: Twisted story ( )---still under experiment

Well, I can say the result of this experiment is up to the viewers. If we based it to ratings, a lot of them liked how the story is playing, but I am one who DOESN’T (sorry). Where’s the story going? It’s stuck and there’s no more room for improvement. Not unless they’re considering another lead actress (hahaha). But never mind the logic; you’ll just get a headache. 

But what keeps me addicted? It’s Coco (laughs). 

Seriously yeah its Coco’s great acting skills along with the other great actor and actress involved with the show. I choose to never mind the story; I’m just enjoying the execution of every scene especially when the protagonists show their antagonistic sides. It feels soooo satisfying. (Yes, Emilia and Daniel Guidoti I’m looking at you two). 

Aside from the caliber stars I so love the cinematography of this show. The music, great! And the production value, no question, the finest. These are enough for me to be glued on screen for half an hour every night.

But is it really too late for the story to be better? Let’s see how the writer will continue the experiment. Meanwhile, hmmm I’m seeing Richard Yap (aka Papa Chen) and Dawn tandem an added experiment. If this develops I’ll be cemented already on screen! (Oops, that’s the exaggerated me!) 


  1. It is now the number one show on its time slot. It has a good story that why most Filipinos are loving it.

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  2. Yeah there is no doubt that it’s no.1 (period) BUT it’s yet another frustration for me cause they’ve been extending it so much. I cannot agree with you that it has the best story, c’mon the story has a lot of flaws (which contradicts to my principles) and in which to expect a happy ending, MANY HAS TO DIE or become CRAZY (I don’t like that coz I watch TV for relaxation and not for STRESS). I won’t be surprise if at the week finale; there’ll be kidnappings and killings (STRESS). At first I criticize the show of its slow pacing but it is now that I realize that this is a melodrama, a genre that delves on emotions where acting is important and where the casts manage to do so well. That’s maybe the reason why people love it. So please I want people to stop saying that the story keeps getting better and better, that gives me goose bumps. I’d rather want to hear that they are acting well.

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