What’s it like to go viral? The cast of upcoming drama series “Viral Scandal” factored in their own experiences in tackling the show’s main subjects of “fake news” and “going viral.”
In a global media conference held on Tuesday, October 19, the cast and crew of “Viral Scandal” came together to officially reveal details about the series as they sported shirts imprinted with the bold statements “No to fake news” and “Hindi lahat ng viral ay totoo.” In line with these relevant issues, the actors candidly shared their own experiences of trending online for various reasons.
Jake Cuenca, who plays mayor Troy Ramones, looked back at the prank proposal video he made with girlfriend Kylie Verzosa, which most netizens thought was done in poor taste.
“May mga bagay na nami-misinterpret ng tao. May lesson din ako na natutunan dun… na hindi universal ang humor ng mga tao,” shared Jake.
Jameson Blake’s experience is in the same ballpark as Jake’s. The actor said he has learned his lesson following a tweet he posted about looking for a graphic designer in exchange for a shout out, which stirred disapproving reactions from netizens.
This wasn’t the case for Dimples Romana, who plays OFW mom Kakay Sicat, whose matching red dress-and-maleta in an episode of "Kadenang Ginto" has turned into an iconic meme.
Other than pranks and memes, one’s achievements can also make waves online, which is leading lady Charlie Dizon’s experience when she won Best Actress at the Metro Manila Film Festival 2020.
Charlie’s leading man Joshua Garcia would want to make a similar impression.
“Sa lahat ng nagva-viral na video ko, feeling ko ang pinakagusto ko is lahat ng mga viral na uma-acting ako kasi alam kong sa trabaho siya at alam kong nagustuhan ng mga tao. Masarap lang sa pakiramdam, nakakataba ng puso,” said Joshua.
When Joshua was asked what advice he would give to victims of viral scandals or fake news, he said he would urge them to be mindful of their surroundings.
“Ang hirap magtiwala ngayon, hindi mo alam kung sino ‘yung pwedeng sumasaksak sa ‘yo patalikod eh. So dapat mag-iingat tayo, alamin natin ‘yung tamang kaibigan. Nasa mundo tayo na puno ng judgment so hindi natin maiiwasan ‘yung ganun,” he explained.
Directed by Dado Lumibao and Froy Allan Leonardo, "Viral Scandal" follows the story of a young woman named Rica Sicat (Charlie) whose life takes a drastic turn when she becomes the center of a sex scandal.
The powerhouse cast also includes Miko Raval, Rommel Padilla, Maxene Magalona, Ria Atayde, Kaila Estrada, Markus Paterson, Vance Larena, Gian Magdangal, Louise Abuel, Aya Fernandez, Karina Bautista, and Aljon Mendoza.
The series will premiere on November 15 on the Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, iWantTFC, and A2Z Channel 11.
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