The Philippines Making an Impact on Geek Culture With Trese. Updated 02/10/2021
Taito Okiura made an announcement at the Netflix: See What’s Next Asia 2018 event in Singapore on November 8. The announcement was that Trese, the award-winning and bestselling Filipino comic book series created by writer Budjette Tan and artist Kajo Baldisimo, is going to be a Netflix Original Anime Series.
A Quick Synopsis:
Trese is set in Manila and chronicles the adventures of Alexandra Trese, a detective who goes to head with supernatural beings from Philippine folklore.
According to ABS/CBN NEWS:
Jay Oliva, who worked in US blockbusters such as “Wonder Woman” and “The Legend of Korra,” is the series’ executive producer. It is to be produced by Shanty Harmayn and Tanya Yuson at BASE Entertainment, a studio based in Jakarta and Singapore.
Trese brings new life to the supernatural genre, elevating traditional legends throughout the Philippines that have passed down across countless generations. The imaginings of Tan are the secret to opening and universalizing the gates to these little-known stories, while the mind-blowing art of Baldisimo is something to behold, a superstar artist, waiting to be discovered.
The series stars occult detective Alexandra Trese, who, while wielding the powers of the Mandirigmang-Babaylan (warrior-shaman) and armed with a set of antiques, including a magical dagger called The Sinag, tackles a number of supernatural manifestations. Alexandra is followed by Basilio and Crispen, her bloodthirsty twin bodyguards, also known as the Kambal. The descendants of the god of war of Bukidnon, Talagbusao, the Kambal are loyal to her, specialized in melee battle, and are armed with weapons to their teeth.
With an upcoming Netflix series based on the comics, the link will continue. Veteran Hollywood and Filipino producer Tanya Yuson and BASE Entertainment’s Indonesian producer Shanty Harmayn work to get stories into production from the Philippines and Indonesia. For years, they brought Trese as a live-action production at film festivals, but nothing materialized until 2018, when Netflix revealed that it was making original anime series. As one of them, Trese was selected. The development was joined by Filipino director/executive producer/showrunner Jay Oliva (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) and a writers’ room with Filipino screenwriters was packed.