Saying Goodbye, Hello, Heart, and Lyric and Beat are the first local originals of iQiyi in Southeast Asia. These titles are the products of the global streaming service multi-title content deal with ABS-CBN.
Saying Goodbye, premiering on Dec. 4, is a young adult series that stars Andrea Brillantes and Seth Fedelin. They take on the roles of Elise and Ricky whose paths fatefully cross at an old record store fighting over the same album of their beloved artist. Soon enough, their first meeting turns into an enduring friendship, all the more strengthened by their love for life and adventure.
“I play the role of Elise, a med student in Saying Goodbye. The series is about Elise and Ricky who have been best friends for seven years and as Elise, she helps out Ricky to achieve his dreams,” Brillante said of her character and the series during a virtual junket held Tuesday.
“We just really feel a lot of pressure since this will be seen by a wider audience. We’re trying to push ourselves beyond our limits to make the fans happy from the Philippines and internationally,” she added.
Meanwhile, K-drama fans should watch out for Hello, Heart that will debut on Dec. 15, 8:00 p.m. It’s the Filipino’s rendition on cohabitation theme YouTube’s phenomenal star Gigi De Lana alongside Gerald Anderson.
Hello, Heart is a romantic comedy that follows Heart, a beautiful, perky and hardworking woman but is very unlucky in life. Her life starts to turn around upon meeting Saul, an emotionless, business-as-usual guy who hires her to pretend to be his wife to please his grandmother with dementia. Saul, being doubtful of Heart at first, decides to watch her every move until he finds himself falling for her. A series of unexpected events happen between the two who continue to pretend to be a couple in the presence of Saul’s grandmother while trying to dodge the romantic feelings that have developed between them.
De Lana sings the series’ official theme song, “Bakit Nga Ba Mahal Kita,” originally sung by Roselle Nava.
Also revealed in the press junket is the teaser trailer of Lyric and Beat coming soon in 2022. This romantic musical series starring Andrea Brillantes, Seth Fedelin, Darren Espanto and AC Bonifacio is set at the backdrop of Philippine National Conservatory of Music where the best and misfit students are pitted against each other on who will finally represent the school for the most-awaited prestigious National Music Competition.
The series will also star Nyoy Volante, Agot Isidro, Joanna Ampil, Sheena Belarmino, Jeremy Glinoga, and Angela Ken.
With the partnership, iQiyi and ABS-CBN fortify their commitments in bringing high-quality, relatable, and inspiring Philippine content with universal themes while championing the Filipino talents and stories onto the global stage. Coupled with ABS-CBN’s unrivaled creative capability on content production and with its seasoned pool of talents, the exclusive partnership enhances iQiyi’s extensive and growing library of Asian content from Japan, South Korea, Greater China, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia available across 191 territories.