May bagong series si Liza Soberano na mapapanood sa YouTube sa pamamagitan ng Phh-TV. Ito ay ang ‘Liza In Korea,’ na may 15 episodes na nagsimula nang mag-pilot noong Miyerkules, September 13.
Tuwing Wednesday at 8:00 pm ang drop ng bawat episode na tumatagal ng 10 minutes. At doon, hindi lamang ang entertainment and culture side ng Korea ang ipapakita ni Liza kundi maging ang business side ng tanyag na bansa.
Sa first episode, nakipag-collab si Liza with top Korean content creator na si Won Jeong Man na ayon kay Liza ay paboritong TikToker ng kanyang nakababatang kapatid.
Sa second episode naman niya na mapapanood sa September 20, ipapakita naman niya mga kilalang amusement park sa Korea, ang Lotte World Adventure. Sa third episode, dadalhin naman ni Liza ang viewers sa dance floor kasama ang mga kilalang dance choreographers ng mga K-pop idols.
Given na, na ang Korea ang isa sa "in" ngayon pag dating sa global entertainment. Pero kung si Liza ang tatanungin, Korea sa kanya at napili niya itong i-highlight through a digital series?
“Well, I think, what makes Korea so special is the fact that despite reaching global success, we see Korean culture everywhere we go now in any country, honestly. We see Korean restaurants, we see Korean fan merch...We talk to somebody and we mention Korea, they already have like insights and they have the whole conversation about Korean entertainment or culture.
“And despite that, they're still very true to their culture. And I think, that’s amazing about them. They we’re able to share their culture to the world in a way that people can enjoy and relate to. I think, that’s very inspiring and what actually I aspire for Filipino culture, too," paliwanag niya.
“I think, Filipinos are known all around the world for being talented people. But I think, I want to showcase on a deeper level...more of understanding the culture, not just the talents.”
Marami raw siyang paborito pag dating sa Korea, pero number one pa rin sa listahan niya 'yung unang beses siyang makarating dito. Ito ay noong nag-shooting siya ng pelikula kasama si Enrique Gil.
“Probably, my first time in Korea is my most favorite,” sey niya. “When I got to shoot a movie before for My Ex and Whys. It’s a great experience because I got to see the collaboration between two production companies. One from Star Cinema and the other one from Korean production company. And that was my first experience working for an international production company.
"And another one, I actually travelled to Korea alone, back in 2019. It's my first time ever travelling by myself and that’s when I watched the BTS concert. So, I think, that one was also pretty memorable.
“I thought I can’t do it but I did.”
Ang pagiging mabilis daw mag-trabaho ng mga Korean production companies ang isa sa nadiskubre ni Liza at gusto niya rin sanang ma-adapt pag dating sa filming sa Pilipinas.
“I think, the thing that I got surprised most about Korean production companies is how fast they do things. They were ‘dali-dali’ culture. I think, I had an initial conversation, second week of March this year and we started filming first week of April. For me, hindi 'yon normal.
“Usually, when looking into doing a project, usually, it takes a month or two months to kind of plan and prepare for. But with them, they’re very, very fast paced. And when we started filming, everything was very quick and fast. But even if it was fast or feel like they’re in a hurry, it always felt that they’re in control of things and everything was planned for which I really appreciated."
When asked kung ano ang partikular na nais niyang ma-adapt ng Pilipinas in terms of production, hindi rin naman nakapagbigay ng konkretong sagot ang aktres dahil aware naman daw siyang ang naranasan niyang content creation production ay iba pa rin sa TV at movie production.
“I think, I’m actually not sure because the production is very different from the normal TV show or movie production. It’s more of a variety kind of format...but I would say that I just enjoyed how fun and free-flowing everything was. They did a thorough research on me and my fans and they took all of that into consideration when creating this project. And even if there’s a culture difference or language barrier, they tried their best to really understand the culture and cater to the fans. That’s something I really appreciated about them.
“I think, what was interesting about them is that they’re trying to capture a Filipino market through their culture, which is something that we’re not really doing yet because when we do contents, it’s mainly for the Filipinos and we’re not trying to gain fans outside the country. And it’s something that I aspire for the Philippines, I hope later on, with the type of contents that we’re creating, we’re trying to gain new fans of our culture from different country.”
Kilala si Liza sa larangan ng pag-arte. Kaya naman aminado siya na mas kinabahan daw siya sa paggawa ng Liza in Korea kesa sa mga proyektong uma-acting siya.
“I think, just because it’s with me being me and for the longest time, I feel that I’ve been very private for the past few years.
“I’m just scared that I’m exposing myself too much but it took me out of my comfort zone and they just wanted me to be me, to have good times. And my fans could see that. You know, just enjoy Korea with me.”
Nilinaw din ni Liza kung bakit sa halip na acting projects, tila ang pagiging content creator ang pinagkaka-abalahan niya ngayon. Aniya, may kinalaman daw dito ang nagaganap na actors' strike ngayon sa Hollywood. Aware naman ang publiko na may kinalaman ang kanyang Hollywood dream sa pagpapalit niya ng management kamakailan.
“Right now, I’m not sure if you guys are familiar, but there’s an actor’s strike going on in Hollywood. And so, a lot of my efforts over the past two years was really just trying to...having awareness for myself and Hollywood because that’s where I wanted to start pursuing a career at.
“But because of the strike, a lot of that we’re on hold and I’m legally not allowed to act because I’m part of the actor’s union strike (ang SAG-AFTRA strike of ang Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists strike).
"That’s why we’re a little more focused on contents because I know that my fans missed me and they missed watching me. That’s exactly the reason, why we ended producing Liza in Korea is because we wanted to give them a little something to watch in the meantime, and to be able to reconnect with them and have them see me.”
At sa tingin daw niya, ngayon lang talaga siya nakagawa ng ganitong klaseng content.
“People get to see me interacting with international people. They hear me talk about it in interviews that I’m going to Korea, Singapore, America but they’ve never actually seen it.
“This series is an opportunity for them to see and experience how I worked with people from different country.”
Sa ngayon, isa rin daw sa pinagkaka-abalan ni Liza ay ang itinatayong sariling production company.
“And all the things that are lined-up right now, I’m actually in the middle of putting up my own production company. I have two projects right now that I’m currently developing under that production company and I have co-producers in Korea and the States.
“And that’s why I kept coming back to Korea pretty often because my co-producer here in Korea is the one that mainly develops the script and everything. So, we have a lot of business meetings and I'm learning from my co-producers. And aside from that, I’m going to Fashion Week in Milan next week. And I have business that's starting in the next two months.”
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