It's the weekend and I'm feeling lazy (supposed to be braiding my hair). Who's up for an historical drama? If Netflix isn't streaming it, and DramaFever ain't got it, chances are...Viki's your girl.
Amaya is a Philippine historical fiction and period drama created and developed by Suzette Doctolero, with Marian Rivera in the title-role. Directed by Mac Alejandre, it premiered on May 30 on GMA Network and on June 1, 2011 on GMA Pinoy TV. This show is set in the time period prior to the Spanish occupation of the Philippines.This is a great dramatization of pre-colonial life in the Philippines; viewers will learn a lot about the indigenous religion*, customs, social structures, and utterly fabulous clothing from that era. And for those of you who like your men from the Southeast, there's more shirtless, tattooed, sun-kissed eye candy than you'll be able to handle (Mikael Daez...I see you).
The story is set in Central Visayas in the 1500s, during the time of Rajah Mangubat's reign. He was not only known as a good warrior, but also as an undefeated one. ...In one of Rajah Mangubat's expeditions, he met a village priestess or babaylan who prophesized that he would be killed by a woman with a twin snake someday.
Something to note: there is rampant (and notably pre-colonial) colorism in this drama. The lead, "Amaya", is portrayed by model/actress Marian Rivera, a Filipina/white mixie. Characters go on and on (and on) about her "beautiful white skin". She's pretty much the lightest-skinned member of the cast, while caramel-skinned bombshell Rochelle Pangilinan is cast as one of her villainous opposites (the actresses have got this whole friendly rivalry thing going).
Anyhoo, without further ado....
*The Philippine Goddess of Death is a sword-wielding, water-walking, rock star-looking bad-ass; pay close attention to her.