It was only a matter of time before we made our own BL (boys love) series, and on June 24, audiences will be treated to “Hello Stranger
”, which promises to share a message of love, hope, and—most importantly—kilig, at a time when we need it most.
From the same production company that gave us “Alone/Together” and “Isa Pa with Feelings”, our very own BL series stars Tony Labrusca
and JC Alcantara
as two boys who find a unique kind of intimacy in the age of Zoom calls.
At its core is a powerful message, timely for this month’s Pride celebrations.
“Love is love,” said JC. “Marami kayong matututunan sa series na ‘to,” he added, hinting that “Hello Stranger” is about acceptance, and likens the series to a lighthearted romantic comedy that everyone will relate to.
Tony repeats the same “love is love" mantra and reiterates how we’re “blessed to live in a time when we’re all free to love whomever we want.”
He hopes those who watch the series can leave with positivity, that it provides joy in these trying times. “We’re taking such a huge step forward into being more positive and accepting towards the LGBTQIA+ community, which is a huge part of our culture here in the Philippines.”
Despite it being a BL love story, everyone will find something in “Hello Stranger” they can identify with.
“We really wanted to tell a story na lahat tayo siguro na-experience din ‘yung pakiramdam,” said director Petersen Vargas, adding that the show aims to provide a little surge of joy in these trying times.
“Ang hope pa rin natin is makatagpo ng konting ligaya at konting pag-ibig,” he explained. “It’s a love story. As simple as that.”
As for the kids who might chance upon their series but are not fully comfortable with their sexuality, the cast has this to say:
“I want to encourage Filipinos to have a kinder and more understanding heart,” said Tony. “A huge part of why people are so insecure not just to reveal their sexuality but be who they are is because of the environment we create for people who are struggling with their identity.”
“Walang masama sa pagiging bisexual or gay or kung anuman ang gender preference mo—as long as wala kang tinatapakan na tao, nagpapasaya ka ng tao, at nagmamahal ka ng totoo,” said JC.
“Hello Stranger” premieres on Black Sheep’s Facebook page and YouTube channel this Wednesday, June 24. Alongside Tony and JC, it stars Gillian Vincencio, Vivoree, Patrick Quiroz, and Miguel Almendras.
Check out the teaser here:
More BL kilig moments here: