Viu launches first Pinoy original musical series ‘Still’

Published November 18, 2021, 11:05 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

Leading pan-regional OTT video streaming service Viu has launched its first original musical narrative series “Still” which features Filipino artists from the music, film and theater scenes.

“Still” was created by Palanca-awardee Pat Valera whose shows include “Dekada ‘70 the Musical” and “Mula Sa Buwan.” Giancarlo Abrahan and Nicco Manalo co-created the series with Valera.

The cast of the Viu original musical series ‘Still’ (Viu)

The musical is directed by Treb Monteras II of the rap musical “Respeto.” Multi-awarded screenwriter, director, producer and editor Monster Jimenez produced the series.

“We are extremely honored and thrilled to be working with such a talented team that has produced a musical we hope impresses the world over. The story itself is relevant and we believe that ‘Still’ will resonate with all of us who have gone through this pandemic. We can’t wait for our Viu-ers to have access to ‘Still’ and get to know and love the characters, be hooked on the storyline, and sing their hearts out to the beautiful original soundtrack featured in the program,” said Arianne Kader-Cu, country head of Viu Philippines.

The eight-episode series follows the story of talented upcoming artists participating in Daloy Himig, a music camp that abruptly ends when the pandemic hits. With quarantine protocols placed around the country, the campers are left stuck in Balay with only their music and each other to keep them company.

Leading the campers are estranged best friends Laura (played by Julie Anne San Jose), who is always the relentless dreamer who fights for herself, for the people she loves and for the limelight, and Sab (Gab Pangilinan), the voiceless writer who wants to follow her dreams but can’t.

The two immediately become friends with veteran camper Iggy (Mike Shimamoto), always ‘the happy pill’ Tugs (Abe Autea) and tired-but-still-a-fighter Leigh (Lance Reblando).

Along with their mentors Nikolas (Christian Bautista) and Annette (Bituin Escalante), the campers’ lives and stories intertwine through powerful and poignant music. Through song and stage, they hope and rage to prove to the world that they still have a voice – that they still matter.

“Still” is available on Ticket2Me. New episodes will be added every week and can be viewed multiple times within a 32-hour window.

For a special rate of P599, Viu-ers can avail of an Exclusive Viu Package (a free six-month Viu Premium subscription plus a free digital “Still” chord book) with early access per ‘Still” episode. Meanwhile, Viu subscribers can start streaming “Still” STILL on their devices on Nov. 26.

Filipinos can also listen to the show’s 13 original songs performed by the country’s best talents via Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and Tidal.

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