October 2, 2022

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STILL, first Pinoy original musical narrative series launched by Viu

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STILL is the first Viu Original musical created by award winner Pat Valera, with a powerhouse cast, and a production backed by the brightest in the Philippines’ theater and music industries

On Thursday, (November 18, 2021), Viu, PCCW’s leading pan-regional OTT video streaming service, proudly launches STILL, its first original musical narrative series featuring a powerhouse cast of Filipino artists from the country’s music, film and theater scene.

“Talented creators behind STILL”

STILL was created by Palanca-awardee Pat Valera, who is known for award-winning shows Dekada ‘70 the Musical and Mula Sa Buwan.

Theater industry greats Giancarlo Abrahan and Nicco Manalo co-created the series with Valera.

On the director’s chair is Treb Monteras II of the internationally-acclaimed rap musical Respeto.

Multi-awarded screenwriter, director, producer and editor Monster Jimenez produced the series.

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“STILL backed by Viu-Philippines”

Ms. Arianne Kader-Cu, Country Head of Viu Philippines, said, “We are extremely honored and thrilled to be working with such a talented team that has produced a musical we hope impresses the world over.”

“The story itself is relevant and we believe that STILL will resonate with all of us who have gone through this pandemic,” Ms. Arianne said.

“We can’t wait for our Viu-ers to have access to STILL and get to know and love the characters, be hooked on the storyline, and sing their hearts out to the beautiful original soundtrack featured in the program,” she said.

“8-Episode series of powerful songs with talented cast”

The eight-episode series follow the story of talented upcoming artists participating in Daloy Himig, a music camp that abruptly ends when the pandemic hits.

With quarantine protocols placed around the country, the campers are left stuck in Balay, with only their music and each other to keep them company.

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Leading the campers are estranged best friends Laura, always the relentless dreamer who fights for herself, for the people she loves and for the limelight (played by Julie Anne San Jose, Asia’s limitless star), and Sab, the voiceless writer who wants to follow her dreams but can’t (played by Gab Pangilinan, Philippine theater princess).

The two instantly become friends with veteran camper Iggy (Mike Shimamoto), always ‘the happy pill’ Tugs (Abe Autea) and tired-but-still-a-fighter Leigh (Lance Reblando).

Along with their mentors Nikolas (Christian Bautista, Asia’s romantic balladeer) and Annette (Bituin Escalante, veteran stage and concert singer), the campers’ lives and stories intertwine through powerful and poignant music.

Through song and stage, they hope and rage to prove to the world that they still have a voice – that they still matter.