I’m “jologs” and I’m not ashamed of it!
An acquaintance, whom I met through Tesha last year, called me up at 7:30 AM! He asked if I’d like to come over to Hyewha to hang around the taping of a teleserye. I just said “sure” but I haven’t decided if I’d go over there or not. However, the jologs in me won so I immediately took a shower and bought breakfast. I wasn’t expecting my boys to get up early since they slept really late last night. (And yep, when I came back home at lunch time they were still asleep!)
The teleserye is called “Only You”, an adaptation of the Korean drama with the same title starring Eugene Kim. Honestly, I didn’t see that drama so I don’t have an idea of what it is about. Anyway, the Filipino version stars Angel Locsin, Sam Milby and Diether Ocampo. It is being directed by Rory Quintos, well-known for the Vilma Santos-starrer “Anak” and who also directed Angel in the recently shown “Land Down Under/Love Me Again.”
This isn’t my first time to visit a set. Almost a decade ago, I often frequented the set of “TGIS” (Thank God It’s Sabado) while I was attending an MBA program. I’d remember that during that time, I’d be in school the whole day from 8 o’clock in the morning till 5 in the afternoon and I’d still have some energy to visit the set just so I could see my gay and gay wanna-be friends.
Anyway, there weren’t a lot of “uzis” yet when I arrive at the set. It was at the Hyewha Rotary branch of Lotteria. I just took the village bus #03 in front of our apartment and transferred to village bus #8 to get there. It wasn’t far at all as it only took me 15 minutes to get there.
They were shooting a scene where Angel Locsin was in a phone booth and Sam Milby being chased by two Filipinos. Sam went inside the phone booth with Angel and kissed her. Angel was surprised and tried to beat Sam. They had several retakes before “direk” was satisfied.
It was around 11AM when the Filipino church-goers and Pinoy food shoppers really started arriving. By that time, I was chatting with the production designer (PD) and the masseur . The PD said that they’ll be staying in Korea until the 12th. On Monday morning, they will tape at Seoul Station and then they’ll transfer to a province later. Next week, they will visit Namiseom and shoot some scenes there.
The set was visited by policemen in cars twice! It was all because of the crowd. When they were shooting in front of Starbucks, the crowd swelled almost occupying a third of the road. Several Korean pedestrians would stop and inquire what’s going on. I left just before lunch.