5.03.2014

Amaya (2011)


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.

Synopsis:
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.

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.
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).

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.

10 comments:

  1. Filipinos are definitely one of the worst for white worshipping.

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    1. I will always remember that Bela Padilla magazine cover fiasco when Disgrasian brought up the fact that almost half the women in that country bleach their skin.

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  2. Another to watch: http://thisisnotjapan.tumblr.com/post/84664968392/morethanprinceofcats-cestlaquelleestvivante
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1706620/

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    1. Argh format messed up since I can't seem to post from my comp only my phone. But the links should be fine :)

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  3. Hey love! (It's a Canadian term of endearment.) It's me, leigh204. I hope you remember me. For some reason, my sn on wordpress doesn't show up. I hope all is well with you. :)

    Anyway, I didn't know you watched Amaya. Everything you wrote is true. Colorism is huge in this series. I missed watching Amaya the first time it aired, but recently, I've begun watching a few episodes. And, yes, that Mikael Daez is mighty tasty. ^_^

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    1. Leigh!!!!! You are damn near impossible to get a hold of!

      Yes, we watch Amaya. And the things Mikael Daez has inspired....

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    2. Leigh...post the link again. Your comment deleted by accident (stupid phone).

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    3. No problemo, girl! Here's Passion's link. I just love him so much! There's so much raw talent there. He really deserves to be recognized. Thank you, love! I appreciate it. <3

      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu-TTFBIA1Pp9zDo3xiKoUw

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    4. Oh, my word...what a looker. What a voice.

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  4. Girl, he WRITES and PLAYS his own music! And, yes, he's pretty cute, imho. Not to mention that VOICE just melts your heart and touches your soul.

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