Why is there no Filipino in hospital series?
By Aoi Hana
October 7, 2007 8:50am CST
I've read this in a newspaper. And I'm wondering the same thing. We know that a lot of our "kababayan(s)" are abroad working as nurses, and some doctors. Then why is it that there's none, no representation whatsoever of them in any of the series situated in a hospital? Please tell me your views on this.
8 Oct 07
Well maybe the reason for that is... the number of Filipino nurses working in US hospitals are still small compared to the number of non Filipino nurses...and most of these nurses are in small towns or cities that are not featured in T.V. series... Hospital drama are usually in New York or Chicago I think... We also can not rule out the fact that there is still bias in terms of the people portrayed in hospital drama series...
8 Oct 07
I can think of four reasons: The first is the expenses. Filming one in a hospital with rental fee, using all the tools and equipments, all the props, the patients, the operation, the blood and gore will surely entail high fees will discourage any aspiring producer. Look at the shows filmed in other places like Asian Treasure and I love New York, three-fourths (or more) of the series have to happen in the Philippines, in Metro Manila to be precise. They can't maintain the operation cost. The second is the researches. Doing a film about a highly specialized and scientific field will call for medical expertise and a very creative and resourceful pond of writers. It will also need massive consultation with medical professionals as well as lawyers for all the legal researchers on the matter. I'm afraid our directors and writers haven't reached that level of intellectual filming capacity yet. The third have something to do with the actors. I can't imagine actors and actresses who can pull off a level of acting that is natural in the medical profession. Most actors and actresses would just spoil it all, making things too dramatic or too bland. They were trained that way, to try acting larger than life that it failed to reflect real life. And compared to really seasoned actors, this generations' thespians are poor on the job. And they are the only one who can be put on such a show, because they are the ones that sell. Finally, and most importantly, a show that is a portrayal of real life will not be popular with the masses. To depict reality is to showcast the ugly side along with the good. And with the trend in the medical profession now, we know which side is heavier. Filipinos will not like it. Things are already hard in real life without their pasttimes adding up to it. What people crave now are escapisms - fantasy, romance, and comedy. A series of heavy drama and whose subject matter they are not familiar with will not be popular among them.