Banking on nostalgia is one of the surefire ways to get people to care about a project. Whether or not that’s a good or a bad thing is debatable (*cough* Lion King *cough), but no one could deny their ability to lure the pvblic to their seats.
Now, a beloved 90’s show is set to do the same and we’re hoping that it turns out decent. ‘Tabing Ilog’, a teen drama which once starred John Lloyd Cruz, Paula Peralejo, Jodi Sta. Maria and more will now be remade as a musical.
Your favorite show, now a barkada musical. Coming soon.#TabingIlogMusical#TabingIlog2020
The musical was previously teased on Instagram with posters which read ‘Kamusta ang barkada’, ‘kita kits sa tambayan’, and ‘kailan tayo magkikita’ along with the hashtag #TabingIlog2020. It’s one that tugs at the heartstrings of Tabing Ilog’s now mature audience, who once followed the coming-of-age storylines back in 1999-2003.
It’ll be interesting to see how the revival adapts to the current times, considering much has changed since the show last aired 17 years ago. For one, does anyone actually hang out at rivers nowadays? Do any decent ones even exist? Is Tabing Ilog 2020 secretly a commentary on the effects of pollution and climate change?
Guess we’ll just have to wait to find out.