With everything going on, it can be easy to fall in a rut, and feel down in the dumps. Nowadays, everyone needs a little pick me up. That’s why Globe Studios just released a brand new series in its YouTube channel that will surely give you a good laugh.
Premiered last July 30, 2021, is “Ang Fraile,” (“The Friar”) a two-part comedy series that stars comebacking heartthrob John Lloyd Cruz with comedian Jun Sabayton and acclaimed “Oro, Plata, Mata,” actors Joel Torre, Cherie Gil and Ronnie Lazaro in a satirical comedy about Filipino life in the Spanish colonial era.
Sabayton plays the titular character of the ruthless friar in the rural town of San Edgardo. Torre and Gil stars as a rich mestizo couple who act as the town’s rulers. Ronnie Lazaro is the local soothsayer.
Cruz, who made his showbiz return recently, plays Pepito, the town’s ugliest inhabitant. He is the friar’s indio servant who starts to wonder and commit the blasphemous act of asking: does any of this make any sense?
Interestingly, this project took five years to come into fruition, and now, the world will get to see Ang Fraile. The series was the brainchild of producer Erwin Romulo and cult director RA Rivera.
“I’ve been a major fan of RAs for decades now, and Erwin has always been one of my favorite collaborators” quips Globe Studios head Quark Henares. “The combination of both talents is fully showcased here, with its stellar cast, period setting, irreverent humor and social commentary. We’ve done historical films before but I’ve honestly never seen one like ‘Ang Fraile’. The audience is going to have lots of fun!”
Through this comedy, director RA hopes that viewers will be entertained and also provoked. “Our history shows that we keep making the same mistakes. There’s no fun in flagellating ourselves for previous errors. You can’t undo the past,” says RA. “But I think that if you can afford to laugh at the past, you have learned your lesson.”