Amy de Guzman-Schlanger (left) with Director Rory B. Quintos.

It’s delightful to have a slice of home from a good story told well in a movie.

Last weekend, I got the chance to watch the blockbuster hit, “Crazy Beautiful You,” story by Rory B. Quintos.

I liked the movie and loved the story.

I had my nostalgia moment while watching it, and wondered how I could get a regular fix.

The answer is, teleserye.

If you’re a Filipino, you will know what a teleserye is.

For a Filipino living outside of the Philippines, it serves as a bridge that connects our two worlds, and how these shows complete us even for a moment, like food craving.

Good Filipino food is not available everywhere here in the U.S.

I’ve lived in Flagstaff, Arizona for 24 years and if I want a taste of my favorite Filipino dishes, I have to drive almost 150 miles to the Phoenix area just to satisfy my craving.

However, the craving to watch Philippine entertainment, like teleseryes, can be satisfied anytime, anywhere, thanks to the worldwide web.

Touching the lives of Filipinos everywhere on demand makes a big difference.


Rory B. Quintos with Steve Schlanger.

During my recent Manila trip last month, I had the opportunity to sit down with award-winning director, Rory B. Quintos, whose successful projects have become my favorites.

Teleseryes like “Princess & I” and “The Legal Wife,” satisfy my yearning for Filipino entertainment every night.

Watching unforgettable movies like “Anak,” “Kailangan Kita” and “Dubai,” some of Rory’s classic masterpieces, I consider my guiltless indulgence.

We started our discussion with this explanation, “Teleserye is television series that’s produced like film.”

Then she continues, “We shoot on location, cast film actors, and is the product of a creative team.”

Knowing that a project like this involves a team, I learned to appreciate the talents behind the creative process to produce a show.

I find it fascinating that they are able to reach a broad audience, and yet touch the lives personally of everyone that watch these shows.

It’s not just entertainment.

It’s a reflection of our way of life, from our homes in the Philippines to where we are today.

These shows come and go.

The stories can be dramatic or shallow.

I am constantly looking for something “meaty,” a story that can touch the heart.

Then, I came across what could be a gem.

It’s the upcoming series “Pangako Sa ‘Yo.”

Originally produced 15 years ago, a re-boot is in the works with a fresh take and a great team.

Rory is the director, just like in the original series.

I expect to see her signature cinematic expression, when she uses the grandeur of nature as a scenic back drop.

I look forward to watching the characters come to life and affect my emotions.

“This is a heart industry,” states Rory.

“The field of art comes from the heart, whether you’re a painter, musician, actor, director, you express emotions.”

Then she expressed her excitement in her new project, “I feel blessed in this lifetime to be able to do what I want and have fun every day in my job. I’ve been doing this for 30 years, and I am very grateful.”

Nakakahawa ang kanyang excitement, and I appreciate her adding color in my world.

Yes, it is definitely contagious that I cannot wait to see “Pangako Sa ‘Yo,” and watch the talents of Angelica Panganiban, Ian Veneracion, Jodi Sta. Maria, and the hottest loveteam of their generation Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla on prime time television, soon.

Thanks to technology.

I will be able to satisfy my Filipino entertainment craving, and have my nostalgic moments fixed anytime.

Now, that’s entertainment.


Rory B. Quintos (left), with Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, during a story conference last December.

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