ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) continues to train the spotlight on Filipino culture and heritage with the launch of the documentary series Local Legends on Sept. 22.
Produced by the ABS-CBN News Docucentral, Local Legend aims to promote a deeper sense of pride in our country’s heritage by showcasing Filipino craftsmanship and artistry in music, food, and textiles. Each episode, which airs on ANC and ANC HD at 8:30 p.m., features a Filipino product and the master craftsmen who continue to make them to this day to preserve a tradition that has been passed on to many generations.
ABS-CBN News head and ANC Managing Director Ging Reyes said through the program, ANC hopes Filipinos would have a newfound appreciation for the “living legends” in our cultural communities.
“In Local Legends, the star is the product. Behind each piece is a story of someone who mastered their craft, their struggles, their inspiration, how they differentiate their product about the West, and their efforts to sustain their craft in a globalized market with more modern competitive means of mass production. The skills and knowledge of these living treasures must be passed down to future generations, if their craft is to be preserved,” she said.
In the pilot episode “Bandurria,” the program brought viewers to San Antonio, Guagua, Pampanga, where guitar-making has been around for more than a century. The second episode set in Ifugao features rice wine-maker Win-di Paliha, who hopes to preserve the traditional way of making wine amid the modernization of his people’s lifestyle.
The 13-episode docuseries will also go to Masbate, Kalinga, and other points in the Philippines to meet the masters in making traditional Filipino products like rhum, karne norte, the jeepney, among many others.
Behind Local Legends, which celebrates the passion and uncovers the struggles of Filipino master craftsmen in this age of globalization, are the makers of Mukha, ANC’s award-winning documentary program that has won a Silver Dolphin at the 7th Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards and was a finalist in the 2017 New York Festival Awards for International TV Programs and Films.
Local Legends airs on ANC and ANC HD every Friday, 8:30 p.m..