GOSSIP GIRL: On BTS and BLACKPINK bingeing...and other shows


Since the majority of Metro Manila peeps are quarantined for at least five days due to the Omicron virus (Thank God! It’s a mild one), here are several shows I recommend on several streaming platforms while you are quarantined in your home. This will surely take your headache out naturally in the absence of an analgesic due to the dearth of drugstores.

VIU: My love for Korean entertainment from soap operas to comedies to BTS to BLACKPINK has made me subscribe to VIU Philippines because it streams everything Korean. Did I mention BTS? Should you be a BTS fan like me, download your VIU app and search for the show “Running Man’s” 300th episode last 2016. Since it was their 300th episode, the BTS members were their special guests, and they had to complete various missions relating to the number 300. For each mission that was completed, the members receive a puzzle piece. Each mission requires the BTS members to face a strong opponent. "Running Man" is a reality-variety show wherein each episode, every member must complete missions at various places to win the race. Each mission is action-packed and hilarious as each member tried to beat the other using wits and skills that include trust, knowledge, physical skills, and betrayals. Sometimes they work as a team, other times they betray each other throughout the race. Find out how BTS will perform their mission.


For BLACKPINK fans, search for the show "Men in A Mission (Knowing Brothers)" where they appeared last 2020. The show is a combination of a celebrity talk show with a sitcom concept in a school setting, where the cast members act as students with unique personalities.

The K-dramas are totally a binge-must like “Scarlet Heart Ryeo” and “Happiness” and some are even dubbed in Tagalog! Apart from the dramas here are my favorites: "Kingdom: Legendary War" - A survival show of different boy groups (ATEEZ, THE BOYZ, Stray Kids, iKON, BTOB and SF9) and "Street Woman Fighter," another survival show featuring various female dance groups. Their "Hey Mama" dance number became really viral after the release.

Netflix: For Netflix, I recommend two shows. The English one is top ten all over the world: "Emily in Paris 2." Netflix describes this comedy as, after landing her dream job in Paris, Chicago marketing exec Emily Cooper embraces her adventurous new life while juggling work, friends, and romance.” This chick flick will interest men as well who are into traveling and dining and humor. But the ladies will love this show not only for the fashion, food, and flair but more importantly for Lucas Bravo, the hunky leading man of Lily Collins, who is just drop-dead gorgeous!

Maja Salvador and Noel Comia Jr in 'Nina Nino'

The Philippine program I recommend is now the top 4 TV show on Netflix in the Philippines." Niña Niño" is described in Netflix as a story about “two siblings who flee their hometown and settle in a strange, remote place where they must choose between helping others or pursuing their own agendas.” Starring Maja Salvador and Noel Comia Jr with comedian Empoi, you will be hooked with their stories episode by episode, and binge-watching them just takes the fever away. No need for medicines that are out of stock anyway.

Janno Gibbs in 'Mang Jose'

Vivamax: In just 11 months, this new streaming app has reached more than one million subscribers and dominated the chart as the top-grossing entertainment app in google play Philippines. Vivamax is also available online at web.vivamax.net. Since I am a family-oriented woman, I strongly suggest "Mang Jose," a superhero comedy, starring Janno Gibbs and Jerald Naploes with Manilyn Reynes and Bing Loyzaga. Their current number one comedy movie in Vivamax is an Andrew E starrer together with Dennis Padilla and Janno Gibbs - "Sanggano, Sanggago at Sangwapo 2 (Aussie, Aussie, O Sige)." For the bingeing men, they will surely love this streaming app as it is filled with sexy movies of the Viva nymphs like AJ Raval and Kylie Verzosa. These ladies have made Vivamax the number 1 Filipino streaming app. Filipinos abroad can also watch Vivamax because it is available in the Middle East, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Brunei, Macau, Vietnam, Maldives, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and USA.