Philippine television station GMA Channel 7 has begun showing the country’s first animation anthology series, ‘Alamat,’ highlighted as a children-oriented show, made by Filipinos, for Filipinos.
The series features some of the country’s beloved myths and legends such as Ang Langgam at Tipaklong (The Ant and the Grasshopper), Ang Mahiwagang Singsing (The Enchanted Ring), Alamat ng Bayabas (The Legend of the Guava Fruit) and Mariang Sinukuan, among others.
According to the show’s Program Manager, JJ Jimeno, the concept behind Alamat was fueled by previous shows of the station that had prominent Filipino indigenous and cultural flavor.
Jimeno emphasized the drive to tell an all-Filipino story, thus, the animation series.
The voice talents behind the show are from the station’s famous artists. Giving voice to the characters are artists Glaiza de Castro, Kylie Padilla, Gabby Eigenmann, Louise delos Reyes, Betong Sumaya, Pekto, John Feir, Bea Binene, Jeric Gonzales, Pen Medina, Roi Vinzon, Love Anover, Maey Bautista, and Tonipet Gaba.
All the animation, dubbing and post-production are all done by the TV station’s own facilities, highlighting the prowess of the Filipino in animation.
Jeffrey Imutan, the show’s animation director, revealed that many western cartoons and even Japanese anime had aspects of animation productions done in the Philippines. Imutan aims to show the world that the Philippines is now capable of producing its own animated shows.