Remember this line, “It seems that the local televisions are taking a liking to the Red Ocean Family…”, year 2010, when local cable channel, Cinema One aired “Heaven’s Postman”? Take it to heart and keep it burning inside, because it just turned from real to REAL. If you haven’t checked your local channel Facebook pages yet, or checked the upcoming Koreanovelas to be aired on Philippine televisions, then here’s what’s in store for us this 2012.
After “Scent of a Woman”, which featured a special appearance of member Kim Junsu, ABS-CBN, one of the major television networks in the country, just officially confirmed the long-awaited airing of two Korean dramas featuring two other members, Park Yoochun and Kim Jaejoong.
On the 11th of January, ABS-CBN shared on its Facebook page a video compilation of the trailers of its upcoming Korean dramas for 2012, which included Park Yoochun’s acting debut drama, “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” (or Sungkyunkwan & Scandal) and Kim Jaejoong’s first Korean drama, “Protect the Boss”. The two members both played main roles for each drama, which established their careers as “idols turned actors or acting-dols”. Even before 2012 came, there were already talks of both dramas possibly airing in the Philippines, but was only confirmed earlier this week.
Filipino Cassies stormed ABS-CBN’s page, as well as Cassiopeia Philippines’ page, due to extreme excitement and delight. There were comments on the video the said network shared, such as, “I’m more excited [sic] on Sungkyunkwan Scandal and Protect the Boss!!! Yoochun and Jaejoong!!!!! Sana Kapamilyanovelas (Official) will bring JYJ here in the Philippines… ” and “Wag nyo [sic] pong palitan ang OST ng Sungkyunkwan Scandal and Protect the Boss po ha? Please po!”. While on CassPh page, there were comments such as, “at last” and “May Yoochun na, may Jaejoong pa!”
In the period drama, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Park Yoochun played Lee Seon Joon, the highly majestic and dignified scholar who falls in love with Kim Yeon Hee (Park Min Young’s character), who at first he thought to be male. He learns real life lessons about the society, while learning about himself as well. While in Protect the Boss, Kim Jaejoong played Cha Mu Won, destined to be rivals with cousin and lead character Cha Ji Heon (played by veteran actor Jisung). Mu Won is known to be the “Prince of the Financial World” due to his unparalleled skills in managing conglomerates, but later learns that there is more fun in life though having loved ones beside you than fighting for positions. The dramas made a huge wave in South Korea and reaped awards for both Yoochun and Jaejoong, as well as the directors and the drama itself, namely, “Newcomer Awards” for both members on their respective dramas, “Popularity Awards” for Yoochun and “Best New Director” for SKKS director, Kim Won Suk.
Other dramas included in the line-up are “City Hunter”, “Dream High”, “Can’t Lose”, “Sunny Happiness”, “Hayate the Combat Butler”, “Absolute Boyfriend”, “A Promise of 1000 Days”, “Glory Jane”, “Thorn Birds”, “Skip Beat”, “Sunshine Girl” and “Love Rain”.
As always, in behalf of all Cassiopeia in the Philippines, we would like to thank ABS-CBN for this wonderful 2012 present for the Red Ocean Family. We sincerely hope that future dramas featuring DBSK/JYJ members will also be taken consideration. We promise to fully support all dramas in response to these wonderful gifts we have received. More power to ABS-CBN and Hwaiting!