Filipino's obsession with childhood sweethearts

Calgary, Alberta
March 20, 2013 1:05am CST
Majority of soap operas in the Philippines have this cliche plot, The main characters of the romantic story are friends since childhood. as in its the first week filler of the majority of every single soap operas in our country. People who are lovers since they were little kids. Back to reality, Majority of Married couple sin the Philippines met each other either in adulthood or teenhood. what is with out country obsession with childhood sweethearts?
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@SIMPLYD (83265)
• Philippines
20 Mar 13
So you noticed that too, Albert. It's cliche , but the producers of the teleserye seem to know that it's what keeps the viewers truly believe that they are indeed meant for each other. Thus, they will keep on watching until the two meets again in the future.
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• Calgary, Alberta
21 Mar 13
they need to stop this cliche. Maybe for a change instead of childhood sweethearts, the protagonist are childhood enemies. or better go to the realistic route that they meet as adults.
@SIMPLYD (83265)
• Philippines
22 Mar 13
Well, however it will be , one can't deny that Filipinos likes watching teleseryes specially at night. And i am one of them .
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@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
21 Mar 13
So I have noticed, too. And I guess, Filipinos are just hopeless romantics that giving another chance to a lost love is one of their favorite plots.
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• Calgary, Alberta
22 Mar 13
If our writers will only consider realistic relationships, you know 2 people of the same social standing, Met each other on their teenage years or adult hood,. I would be happy f they will do that.
@rsa101 (15574)
• Quezon City, Philippines
21 Mar 13
Oh well I guess there is this sweetness and cuteness in the relationship when it all started in early childhood. I think this is where things from early years that writers can concoct a good story angle and plot.
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• Calgary, Alberta
22 Mar 13
for a change, they should try childhood enemies.... that would be much more interesting and fresh.
• Philippines
21 Mar 13
I'm from Philippines also, you're right about what you observe in most soap theme here in Phils. But of course its different from real life, in the soap operas it was scripted compared to real life, but in some cases childhood sweethearts exist. Like one of our neighbor here, they been sweetheart since elementary days, and now they are together as a happy couple. Love is a very strange thing we can not predict it. In some operas the childhood sweethearts has the "hoity-toity (kilig)" factor. That is why they use that theme, and it gathers a lot of teenager viewers, which makes them on the top rating.
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• Calgary, Alberta
22 Mar 13
I remember when I was 5, there is this 4 year old girl who I play with and she always tell me I will be her husband when she grows up. well my famly leaves to aother town, so I never see her again.Last time I heard she is married already. Its nice that there are actually real life childhood sweethearts that did get married. though we cant deny the plot is overused.I wish they will make more of the realistic relationships, like people who met their love in College or in the office.
@jiiiiin (569)
• Philippines
20 Mar 13
I have watched movies and tv series with this love stories since I am young and until now. That gave me the idea that my playmate and childhood guy friend who I had a crush on can be turned into lovers someday. I am blaming the movies and tv series I have watched because they planted things like this in my head. LOL.
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• Calgary, Alberta
21 Mar 13
well anime makes me believe I can be a superhero or a space explorer when i grow up.... our script writers need to start being realistic with their stories.
@chiyosan (30206)
• Philippines
20 Mar 13
Hi captain! i think its been a while since i have seen you around. =) I think we Filipinos are just suckers for such a love story that is pure, and just innocent and true. We see that in childhood sweethearts, and we are believers of destiny and that meant when one is destined to be with their loved ones then no matter what happens (in the story) they will still end up together. =)
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• Calgary, Alberta
21 Mar 13
do you find it funny when the child actors that plays the "child roles" of the protagonist looks native and etnic then they will look eurasian when they grow up. Then they make a 32 year old guy and a 16 year old girl play the role of childhood sweethearts, so we are suppose to believe they were the same age,
@Mavic123456 (14475)
• Thailand
21 Mar 13
hahaha most Filipino soap operas evolves in love triangles. the plot never changed... argh! that's why Korean Novelas are hitting to some Filipinos' taste because there are varieties of stories. (I don't)
• Calgary, Alberta
21 Mar 13
Love triangles is also a Korean cliche too, but the most popular Korean cliche's are the 2 Koreans met abroad and fall in love and once they go back to Korea, all problems will implode.
@Mavic123456 (14475)
• Thailand
21 Mar 13
this I am not sure Captain. My eyes passed through my sister's tons of pirated KOREANovela dvdS and I noticed they are more fantasies wearing old Korean costumes. I seldom see them watching love stories that has Love triangle in the plot. Maybe 1 or two... Like stairway to heaven. and my .. something about the wife I forgot the title. mostly they were laughing while they are watching it that's why I will sit with them but difficult for me to see and read. at the same time.
• Calgary, Alberta
22 Mar 13
How come in most cinderella plots, the woman is always a maid, there are so many poor girls (or middle class girls as well) who would be good to use for a Cinderella plot. But then in most Cinderella plots, the woman is too pretty for her job. A pretty garbage collector, A pretty construction worker.....
@chiyosan (30206)
• Philippines
20 Mar 13
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@chiyosan (30206)
• Philippines
20 Mar 13
oh, so sorry i have posted my response to this discussion. =( apologies.
• Philippines
21 Mar 13
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• Philippines
22 Mar 13
Oh. thank you hereandthere thats very helpful to me..=)
@cherigucchi (4866)
• Philippines
21 Mar 13
Not a fan of Filipino teleserye or any other because I find the plots very predicting and boring to the point that you can easily tell what would happen next. I agree with you on that. That particular obsession might be because of not all of them end up together eventually so there is this flicker of what we call wondering about "what might have been.
• Calgary, Alberta
21 Mar 13
I have a feeling they only use this filler so child stars will have a job. The other cliche's of our country like "Cinderella plots" and "I am you missing mother" s a plot of other countries too. We know childhood sweethearts rarely happens as little boys and little girls hates each other.
@jemzchix (116)
• Philippines
21 Mar 13
Well, the producers of teleseryes in Philippines are portraying that destiny is something that still happens this days (according to them). It is actually true that all around the world, people are fond of the childhood sweethearts set-up. it's more touching, and more heart-warming as well. but in reality, most of the lovers met online, during teen to adult years. seldom are those that have been friend for their whole lives and end up staying together.. but i also wished that i could experience something like this. but i guess it won't be granted provided that my current boyfriend was someone from my High school years. ;)
• Calgary, Alberta
21 Mar 13
I know childhood sweethearts really exist but they should not be the plot of every premiering TV show,.,,also yes they give unrealistic assumptions to little kids watching. Now many kids will be hoping they were the missing child of a multimillionaire. its funny when the actor and actress are not the same age but they still make them portray childhood sweethearts.
@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
21 Mar 13
Childhood sweetheart obsession? Is there really such kind of obsession in Filipinos? But if there is maybe because having developed a special relationship since childhood made it hard for them to forget. The first is always hard to forget I should say.
• Calgary, Alberta
21 Mar 13
its more of an obsession of Filipino writers on TV. its so un-relatable since most people find their love on their teenage years or adulthood.