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A Few Notes from Animated Adaptation of Filipino Comix TRESE on Netflix

Obssesed much ? Not really, just shamelessly plugging and totally hyped up, because , finally, we see an animated Filipino female hero that is shown on a hugely popular platform that is Netflix.

With that out of the way, let’s check out the cast of main characters.

Alexandra Trese ——–Shay Mitchell, plays as Emily Fields ,the teen lesbian in the TV series, Pretty Little Liars and a half-Filipina.

Anton Trese-, Santelmo————-Carlos Alazraqui, a veteran voice actor.

Captain Guerrero——Matthew Yang King, a veteran voice actor

Hank, Xa-MUL —————–JonJon Briones, who plays a Filipino psychiarist who runs the hospital in Ratched, and as Grand Chancellor Ariel in American Horror Story.

Mayor Sancho Santamaria ——— Lou Diamond Philips , starred in Young Guns, Stand and Deliver, as Richie Valens in La Bamba, The Prodigal Son, Longmire, The First Power, The Night Stalker, The 33 and many more. He is of Filipino descent.

Marco Guerrero—————- Darren Criss of TV show , Glee, and also starred as the Filipino serial killer Andrew Cunanan in The Assassination of Gianni Versace ( Cunanan was half Filipino as Darren Criss is ) and won Emmy’s Best Actor and Golden Globe and he also stars in Hollywood in which he plays as the director of The Good Earth ( 1938 movie where a white actress played a Chinese girl, which later won her an Oscar) but who wanted a Chinese _American to play the part, but he himself couldn’t say to anyone he was part -Filipino because he looked white, so he just went with the flow.

Half-Filipino Darren Criss Doesn't Identify As Asian-American & Twitter Has  Lots Of Opinions! | Darren criss, Celebrity news, Half filipino

Nuno, Bagyon Lectro——— Eric Bauza, a Filipino -Canadian and who is now the new voice of some Loony Tune Characters like Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Woody Woodpecker, Tweety, Speeedy Gonzales, , and title character in Netflix’s The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Marvin the Martian, Pepe Le Pew, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, Chairman Drek from Ratchet and Clank Video Game [OMG, I didn’t know this ! I played all the games from 1 to 4 ] and he’s the voice of tons more ! !

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Eric Bauza | Talking Voices (Part 2) - YouTube
Puss in Boots Interview with Voice Actor Eric Bauza

Miranda Trese ———— voiced by Nicole Scherzinger, a member of popular PussyCat Dolls, a girl group during the 90’s, and is Filipina , whose real name is Nicole Valiente.

Nicole Scherzinger – Bio, Husband or Boyfriend – Grigor Dimitrov, Net Worth  - Networth Height Salary

Bagyon Kulimlim———- voiced by Dante Basco, a Filipino, who played as Rufio in Hook, head of the Lost Boys, and Prince Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender and he is Jake Long in American Dragon: Jake Long.

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7 Filipino Voice Actors Behind Modern Cartoons and Anime

The Twins, Basilio and Crispin ———–Griffin Puatu , a professional voice actor, of Filipino descent

Griffin Puatu Picture

Maliksi, the car racer—————-Manny Jacinto, Filipino-Canadian actor who plays the “dumb” playboy in NBC series The Good Place.

Manny Jacinto of "The Good Place" on the Next Big Thing | DA MAN Magazine

Datu Talagbusao, Ibwa————– Steve Blum, veteran American voice actor.

Jay Oliva is the executive director of TRESE, also a Filipino-American, who is a storyboard artist, and film director of numerous Marvel and DC animated comics, such as The Dark Knight Returns, Parts 1 & 2, Flashpoint Paradox, Deadpool, Thor 3 , Justice League, Green Lantern, Legend of Korra, The Titans, and will be directing the animated version of Army of the Dead.

Maybe he is the reason why TRESE gives me that DC/Marvel vibes, rather than a typical Japanese anime. He says he’s enthusiastic to do this because it is part of his Filipino heritage.

Sorry that I’m shamelessly plugging the anime that depicts Filipino folklore ,mythology and urban legends. I’ve had enough of mecha robots , Zues, Dracula and Thor.

Problem is, Netflix does abandon even their own project if it doesn’t get enough audience. I want a Season 2. Philippine mythology offers so much more than are shown in this anime .

So, please watch on Netflix.

Next, I’m going to post an honest review and a few explanations. Six episodes are not enough to flush out the characters of Trese, both humans and supernaturals .

Just a few notes on Trese ( Netflix ), an animated adaptation of a popular comix series from the Philippines , PG18, horror/supernatural genre. This post is a long read , but please find time to read this, just 3 minutes long, promise.

I understand Netflix has to make TRESE PG18. It does show gore and violence , so, kids, don’t watch it _____but then , how can the creators not show gore______ it deals with aswangs , after all, ( shape shifter creatures ) whose favorite dish, unfortunately , are humans.

The title TRESE is the surname of Detective Alexandra Trese, who is the go – to detective of the police department when a murder that takes place looks suspiciously other worldly. ( She’s like FBI’s Fox Mulder or Constantine of DC animation ) She’s the bridge or the conduit between the humans and the supernatural world, the legacy she has inherited from her family. Alexandra’s last name , Trese, or 13, is also significant in Filipino folklore and superstitions. It is an unlucky number. There are , in fact, NO building structures in the Philippines that has a 13th flloor. After the 12th floor, it goes straight to 14th. 13th floors in the Philippines do not exist.

I’m sure non -Filipinos watching TRESE will get lost trying to figure out the what, why and how. I suggest viewers just take the events ” as is , where is.” Filipinos , on the other hand, can relate to all the events happening in the story. Take for instance the first scene______ the murder of a ghost on Balete Drive. There is a real Balete Drive in Metro-Manila that is known for White Lady hauntings since the ’50’s. The White Lady was a girl who was a hit and run victim. The event was true, but the hauntings, I don’t know. To this day, drivers ( especially cab drivers ) avoid this route , and if ever they need to drive here, they blow their horn as their ” tabi-tabi po ” version of an excuse to drive on the road.

Who's Scared of Balete Drive? -

The old Balete Drive used to have so many creepy -looking balete trees lining the road. Balete trees are known to be the homes of mysterious creatures. ( The tree figures prominantly in TRESE ) . Today, most of the balete trees on Balete Dr. have been cut down to keep the street well – lit at night. ( Don’t worry, Balete trees are now protected ) Some balete trees are still there, but most are inside the properties of people living there. By the way, Balete Drive is a street of rich, well to do families living in mansions with tall concrete fences.

Photo below is BALETE TREE.

Why is the Balete Tree so prevalent in Philippine stories? - Quora

In other words, just the first scene alone is chockfull of Filipino lore and superstitions.

There is one episode that deals with TIYANAKS. Although Filipino folklore has different versions of tiyanaks, there is one thing in common to all_____ tiyanaks look like babies, and can mimic them to lure humans whom they expect to save them from harm , then they turn into a monster and claw their way into their victims and eat them.

Supernatural Series: Tiyanak | BakitWhy

It’s been part of a folklore even during pre-colonial times, but Catholicism turned the regular , garden variety monster into souls of infants that died before being baptized , and in recent , modern folklore, tiyanaks have become fetuses that have been aborted and have returned from death to seek revenge on those who deprived them of life. Because abortion is a sensitive issue, the writers changed abortion in the comix into straightforward murder of the baby by its own mother in the anime.

There was a funny incident in my life when my older siblings became afraid of me for a time, LOL , and wouldn’t go near me, nor touch me . They had just watched a movie about a Tiyanak titled TIyanak, when they saw me in the crib, looking at the wall and pointing , laughing and smiling at something unseen ( My siblings were , I think, 8 and 9 years old ) They freaked out, and judged me, ha ha ha !

Oh My God, Anak Ni Janice! Uhm, That Would Be The Very Pretty Kaila Estrada  | AO: All Out

Photo below is the real child of actress Janice de Belen who was teased as Tiyanak when she was a baby , for a long time. LOL I can believe that.

Oh My God, Anak Ni Janice! Uhm, That Would Be The Very Pretty Kaila Estrada  | AO: All Out

My mother got teased also for having Capiz/Aklan as her home province, and unfotunately, also the home province of aswangs, LOL.

So, okay, if you’ve reached this part of my post, thank you so much for reading.

Bye for now. I hope I can post a real review of TRESE after this .