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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 17, 2020



TV5 IS REALLY strengthening its programming not only with new local shows but also with acclaimed Koreanovelas. Local fans of Korean drama are now in for a double treat as two of Korea’s outstanding drama series will be seen on TV5 beginning Monday, September 21.

K-Dramas have touched the hearts of Filipinos because of its original and compelling plots coupled with hard-hitting social commentary on generational and class conflicts that have proven to be relatable to the Filipino audience. 

TV5’s newest addition to its program roster are “Reply 1988” and “Wok of Love”. Starring Lee Hyeri (Sung Deok Sun), Park Bo Gum (Choi Taek) , Ryu Joon Yeol (Kim Jung Hwan),  Go Kyung Pyo (Sung Sun Woo), and Lee Dong Hwi (Ryu Dong Ryong), “Reply 1988” is a cult favorite in Korea and in other countries where it is shown. 

Set in the year 1988, the series revolves around 5 childhood friends and their families living in the same neighborhood. This is definitely a throwback to the times when real friendships were forged without the convenience of technology.

Its final episode recorded an 18.8% nationwide audience share in Korea, making it the fourth highest rated drama in Korean cable television history, beating the ratings of Pinoy favorite KDramas such as Crash Landing on You and Itaewon Class. 

The show even emerged as the biggest winner in the tvN10 awards of 2016, bagging 8 out of 18 nominations including the Grand Prize (Daesang) Drama Award and Content Grand Excellence Award. Ryu Joon Yeol, who plays Kim Jung Hwa, was even awarded the Baeksang Arts Award for Best New Actor in TV in 2016.

Another drama series that will fuel your appetite and build excitement is “Wok of Love”. You can marvel in the sumptuous cuisine that it features in each episode, while the main characters engage themselves in light-hearted slice-of-life encounters and romantic interludes in the show’s most thrilling moments. 

The show features a stellar cast that includes Lee Jun Ho, member of K-pop boy group 2PM, Jang Hyuk, and Jung Ryeo-Won who will captivate audiences with their undeniable chemistry and exceptional performance.

Don’t miss the K-Drama wave with “Reply 1988” and “Wok of Love” starting this Monday, September 21, 2020! Both shows will air back-to-back Mondays thru Fridays, from 8:30 to 9:30 PM, only on TV5.