Turkish delight

We are an embracing culture that is why it’s no longer surprising that Pinoys are welcoming this delightful Turkish offering that’s hitting the small screen – Turkish drama. 

Bringing this foreign delight to our seven-thousand one hundred islands is ETC, touted as the Philippines’ number one free-to-air female entertainment network.

The channel heats up local programming with its newest primetime block called “ETCerye” — the channel’s first foray into the Tagalized foreign drama series with its initial salvo, the Turkish dizi, Everywhere I Go.

A scene from the ‘dizi’ series ‘Everywhere I Go’ featuring Turkish actors  Aybüke Pusat and Furkan Andiç.
A scene from the ‘dizi’ series ‘Everywhere I Go’ featuring Turkish actors  Aybüke Pusat and Furkan Andiç.
“The Turkish creative artists have a flair to how they tell their stories. I found myself glued to every episode of ‘Everywhere I Go.’ I quickly understood why Turkey is the world’s fastest-growing TV series exporter next to the US, and why dizi has a big following in the US, Bulkan countries, the Middle East, China, Korea, and Latin America,” says Solar Entertainment CEO Wilson Tieng. 

Dizi—as the sweeping epic dramas from Turkey are called—have been “invading” the world. They cover genres such as comedy and romance, to thriller and action. Audiences worldwide have been mesmerized by the engaging storylines, relatable themes of family and love, scenic locations (mostly shot in picturesque Istanbul), original soundtrack, and stunningly gorgeous cast. A recent article in UK’s The Guardian reported that about 150 Turkish dizi have been sold to 100 countries.

One of these is Everywhere I Go (Her Yerde Sen), a story about a serious businessman, Demir, and an ambitious female architect, Selin, who are surprised to know that they each own half of the same house.

The drama, in fact, is both a smash hit and an award-winning program in its home country. It was chosen as Golden Lens Awards’ Best Romantic TV Comedy, and the show’s lead actress Aybüke Pusat and lead actor Furkan Andiç were named as Golden Butterfly’ Best TV Couple.

Adding to this dizi’s appeal are the charming co-stars who play the supporting characters. From the company owner’s son who has an eye on Selin, and the lady client who is harboring feelings for Demir, to the funny and lovable co-workers, and the warring sisters who sell the house to Selin and Demir — they are just some who play important roles to increase the kilig and fun factor of Everywhere I Go.

Everywhere I Go had a three-episode premiere on ETC last Saturday. It now regularly airs Monday to Friday at 8:00 in the evening.

ETC is seen on SkyCable Ch.16, Cignal Ch. 21, CableLink Ch. 34, DTT Ch. 21 in Metro Manila, and in over 200 cable operators nationwide.

Topics: Turkish drama , ETC , ETCerye , Dizi , Everywhere I Go
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