Do you know what’s better than one handsome leading man? Two handsome leading men falling in-love with each other! Like, for real! In my opinion, romance between two men just hit twice as much than the normal hetero-romance we usually see on screen. Who agrees with me? Haha.
BL series or Boys’ Love series made its way to the Philippines and we couldn’t be any happier! The unparalleled success of the Thai BL phenomenon: 2gether: the Series starting Win Metawin and Bright Vachirawit Chivaaree, the love of my life (yes, he’s my boyfriend even if he doesn’t know it) has opened up the Philippines’ market for more BL or queer-centered series this 2020.
And do believe me when I tell you that Filipino BL series stand on their own. Thai BL’s usually have simple plots. They’re light and easy with lots of cutesy scenes. Filipino BL’s are also a lot of fun, but they can be straight-forward, a bit intense, and also address certain issues in the LGBTQA+ community.
I was honestly surprised by the rawness of the scripts, the quality production and unique way of storytelling these Filipino BL series have presented. I can even say that they surpass most Filipino nightly telenovelas we used to watch on TV. Filipino BL’s also have a massive fanbase not only in our country, but all over the world.
This week I’m listing down all of the Filipino BL series you can watch online. Most of these shows are readily available on Youtube so there’s no stopping you from getting straight to watching. All series are hyperlinked so you can just click and watch! Here we go.
2020 Filipino BL Online Series Everybody Should Start Watching Already!
Live-stream gamer Cairo (Elijah Canlas) was suddenly challenged to an online game by a fan and secret admirer with a username of Angel2000, Gavreel (Kokoy De Santos). Set during the 2020 pandemic where the Philippines was under Enchanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), Gameboys conveys the narrative literally online. Through video calls, chat messages and social media apps, we’re able to watch Cairo and Gavreel’s story unfold and their love blossom despite the distance and restrictions of being lockdown inside their own homes.
Cast: Kokoy De Santos, Elijah Canlas, Adrianna So, Kyle Velino
Produced by: Idea First Company
This is the first Filipino BL that I’ve watched and I couldn’t be more proud of the Idea First Company for producing it. This series was filmed during the ECQ providing livelihood to the cast and crew who were all able to work from home. This level of creativity and innovation is something we’ve never seen anywhere else. Gameboys deserves the global recognition that it’s earned. I would truly recommend this series to anyone in a long distance relationship or those who met online or through dating apps. And, there’s even a season 2 to be excited for!
Pearl Next Door – GL or Girls’ Love Series
Right now, I’m currently watching Pearl Next Door, which is a Gameboys spin-off series featuring Gavreel’s best friend, Pearl (Adrianna So). Pearl Next Door is the Philippine’s first GL or Girls’ Love series featuring a bisexual character. It will have the same story-telling format as Gameboys, but through a vlogger’s perspective.
Cast: Adrianna So, Iana Bernardez, Rachel Coates, Cedrick Juan and Phillip Hernandez a.k.a. Davao Conyo
Produced by: Idea First Company
Like everybody, I worship and adore Pearl for always being supportive to both Cairo and Gavreel. This time, it is now Pearl’s turn to find love in the middle of the quarantine, as she’s torn between several love interests. The series is still on going, but I have to tell you that I’m loving every bit of it. I identify with Pearl’s over-the-top energy and her being such a hopeless romantic. It also surprised me that even as a gay guy, girls can still make me giddy or kilig. I have to say that the lesbians are on a whole other playing field, and I’m totally hooked and game for more. Will Pearl end up with any of the girls or maybe that one boy? We’d have to keep watching to find out!
This highly anticipated BL series written by Juan Miguel Severo (Filipino Actor and Spoken Word Artist) is rightfully the best BL series I’ve watched so far. The story revolves around Karl (Paolo Pangilinan), an architecture student and freelance writer with a heart for the movies. After a client runs away without paying, he is forced to take in a cocky stranger named Vlad (Ian Pangilinan) and pretend to be his boyfriend to cover the month’s rent.
Cast: Paolo Pangilinan, Ian Pangilinan, Adrienne Vergara, Yesh Bruce
Produced by: Globe Studios
I have so much love for Gaya Sa Pelikula that my heart hurts. As a Filipino gay man, I strongly identified with the dynamic between the two characters, the beautifully written story, and truthfully-brutal dialogue. The series also gives nods to a bunch of classic and beloved films and showcases several killer Original Pilipino Music (OPM) in its official soundtrack.
Honestly, I had a difficult time finishing every episode of Gaya sa Pelikula because I kept hitting pause. I hit pause when the scenes were too cute. I hit pause when the lines were too real. I hit pause when what I was seeing on screen brought up some memories of how it was like to love. There’s so many emotions wrapped up in each episode that it can almost be too much to handle. I’ve never felt as seen on screen as I had while watching the show. Everything hit too close to home and I could only feel thankful for a series like Gaya sa Pelikula to exist.
BL and GL Series are for Everyone!
BL and queer-centered series are not only for the girls, the gays and rest of the LGBTQ+ community. They’re for everyone. Yes, you can also have a crush on a gay character, even if you’re a hetero-sexual human being. Yes, you can cheer and support romance between two people of the same sex, even if you personally prefer the opposite sex. Supporting and appreciating queer media and advocacies doesn’t make you gay if you’re not gay. It makes you an Ally. Love is love, and it’s such a beautiful thing to be a part of it.
LGBTQA+ representation in media matters, regardless if it’s currently trending or not. People from different minority groups in our country need to be seen in TV. Our stories need to be heard so that people will see from our perspective, open their minds, understand, and be more sensitive to our needs. LGBTQA+ people are humans too who’s voices need to be heard now. We deserve equal rights, and having rights for the members of the LGBTQ+, doesn’t mean less rights for others. Click the link to sign the petition to support the passing of SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression) Equality Bill in the Philippines and tweet #YestoSOGIEBill.
Here’s More 2020 Filipino BL Series for you guys!
Those I’ve already mentioned are most of the BL’s or Queer-centered web-series that I’ve watched so far, but there’s a lot more available online. They’re all in my line-up of series to watch. I’ve listed them all down here as well so you could browse through them, and get a head start.
As the world becomes increasingly accepting of the many forms of romance, here comes a distinctive tale of love that is bound to sweep across the only Christian country in Asia. (Source: MyDramaList)
Cast: Henry Villanueva, Clifford Pusing
Produced by: VinCentiments
When Mico organizes an online quiz night with his barkada, he is surprised when the school’s popular basketball player, Xavier, joins in and insults them. Little does Mico know that this won’t be the last time he’ll be seeing Xavier. (Source: MyDramaList)
Cast: Tony Labrusca, JC Alcantara
Network: Black Sheep
Lockdown. Those who could, went home. All four housemates of Judah and Rocky did. To each other’s surprise, they who’ve never even had a real conversation were left behind. (Source: MyDramaList)
Cast: Kyo Quijano, Royce Cabrera
A young, determined culinary intern named Sky making his way into a multi-billion-dollar food company. Find out how he survives the challenges (in the kitchen and elsewhere) and wins the heart of his wicked boss Ace. (Source: Psycho-Milk)
Cast: Aki Torres, Miko Gallardo
The most important part in a relationship is not the hello or the goodbye but the In Between. This is about the boys’ love (BL) story of Taurus and Otep. (Source: MyDramaList)
Cast: Genesis Redido, Migs Villasis
Ongoing Filipino BL Series to stay tuned for
Love in the time of a pandemic. While it’s certainly not the best time to go out, meet someone and fall in love, Key and Chen find each other in the middle of the enhanced community quarantine and connect in ways that surprise them both. (Source: Takehiro Urao)
Cast: Ali King, Alec Kevin
It is about a man who wants to escape the reality of his life where he can rest from the hardships of the city and feel the simplicity of life and a man from the province who has a great responsibility to their tribe. (Source: Logang Odwin)
Cast: John Kennedy Nakar, Paul Cervantes
Two college dorm mates (Joey and Jimmy) tried to hide a baby inside the boys dormitory. While studying, they both decided to secretly take care of the baby, but also became secretly in love with each other. (Source: MyDramaList)
Cast: Drei Arias, Erwin Buenaventura
Benjamin is given an ultimatum to become financially self reliant or move to America to live with his family. He learns that his old neighbor and childhood friend, Jimson, is moving back home to spend Enhanced Quarantine with his family. (Source: MyDramaList)
Cast: Teejay Marquez, Jerome Ponce
Produced by: Regal Entertainment Inc.
Better Days tells the story of two childhood friends who use their talents as a vlogger and chef to revive the restaurant their parents built. (Source: MyDramaList)
Cast: Chester Chua, Benedix Ramos
A Pinoy boyband composed of Aiden, Danny, Jamie, and Rico who have one goal in mind – stardom! However, their journey won’t be easy as their personalities clash, and their personal vendettas get in the way. (Source: MyDramaList)
Cast: Arkin Del Rosario, Gus Villa
This follows the colorful story of two college students, Shake and Ken, and how they try to express themselves despite the society’s many expectations. (Source: MyDramaList)
Cast: Enzo Santiago, Darwin Yu
Produced by: AsterisK Digital Entertainment
This tells the story of Axel and Greg, two best friends with disparate beliefs, religions, personalities, and life stories, who fell in love with one another. (Source: Psycho-Milk)
Cast: Brian Cuballes, Aejhay Espinosa
That’s it! I hope that you guys enjoyed going through this BL series list and listening to me going on about how much I love them. Did you find a BL or Boys’ Love series you liked? Well, you can go ahead and start binging! They’re all online and they’re totally free so nothing is stopping you. Enjoy!
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