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BL director Eduardo Roy talks about his new Dreamscape series ‘Oh, Mando!’

‘Oh, Mando!’ director Eduardo Roy shares his new film’s connection and significance to the LGBTQ community.

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Rhea Manila Santos

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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11/08/2020 10:40 AM
BL director Eduardo Roy talks about his new Dreamscape series ‘Oh, Mando!’
Photo Credit: @eduardoroyjr Instagram

With the release of the first episode of his new BL series Oh, Mando!, director Eduardo Roy said he created the show with audiences of all ages and orientation in mind.

“Siguro halos lahat ng tao makakanuod. Lalo na yung mga matanda na may matandang pag-uugali or pagtingin sa LGBTQ at sa mga ngayong kabataan na hindi pa ganun nila naiintindihan yung pagkakaiba ng bakla sa bisexual sa transsexual. Sana kung kakayanin, sana lahat makanuod at maintindihan kahit papano yung mensahe, hindi lang bukod sa kilig at tawanan, kundi yung mensaheng nakapaloob doon. Kasi actually yun naman ang importante sa Dreamscape, yung message and information sa mga manunuod,” he shared during the Oh, Mando! mediacon held last November 4. 

The Oh, Mando! writer and director revealed he got the idea for the title and lead character’s name from American singer Barry Manilow and his classic song “Mandy.” He shared they actually started working on the project even before the pandemic started, which technically makes it one of the first BL series to ever have been shot in the country even though many have already been released online.


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“Dahil nga hindi pa ganun ka sagsagan ng BL sa Pilipinas dahil at that time bago pa namin umpisahan ang Oh Mando!, parang nag-uumpisa pa lang din yung BL sa Thai, which is Twogether. So parang sa atin ang term pa lang is matatawag na instead na BL is a gay film eh. Dun pa lang siya nag-fa-fall sa category na yun. Kaya noon ay parang gusto kong magkaroon ng very sweet and hindi ganung kalaking issue yung pagiging iba or pagiging bakla or pagiging tomboy ng isang character sa lipunan,” he explained.

Even though shooting of their six-episode series was delayed because of the pandemic, direk Edong said he is looking forward to translating the stories of his friends onto the screen.

“Nag-base lang ako sa mga karanasan ng mga kaibigan at sa kuwento ng mga kaibigan kung paano ang una nilang paglantad bilang isang bakla at kung paano sila nahirapan at ano ang mga problema at ano ang mga consequences sa pag-out nila. So parang ginawa ko what if may ganitong character na trying to come out and then sa pag-come out niya, marami siyang maling decisions na nagawa. So dun nag-start yun. Very modern ang take ng Oh, Mando! and pinilit kong ipasok halos lahat ng representation ng hindi naman medyo pilit. Ayoko lang masabi pero halos lahat kumbaga merong representation ng LGBTQ,” he added.

Direk Edong also revealed that each character in his series is hopefully a representation of the LGBTQ community, although someone’s orientation is not what will drive the series.

“Dun sa mga character tulad ni Mando at Barry at yung mga iba pang characters na nag-re-represent ng iba’t ibang kulay ng bahaghari ng LGBT, hindi siya tinitingnan sa perspektibong luma. Tinignan siya sa isang perspektiba na napapanahon at perspektibang walang paghuhusga. Kaya hindi siya naging kahon sa normal na mga gay film. Hindi naging issue ang kanilang gender bagamat yung issue ay ang mga maling desisyon at tamang desisyon at kung ano ang nagpapasaya at nagpapalungkot dun sa character. At yun ang mahalaga, hindi namin tinitingnan kung sino ang taong makakasiping niya tuwing gabi kundi kung ano ang kaya at hindi niya kayang gawin. Ano ang depekto at mga kalakasan ng mga taong iyon,” he shared.

Watch the original Dreamscape Entertainment and Found films BL series Oh, Mando! with a new episode coming out every Thursday at 9 pm on iWant TFC. Oh, Mando! stars Kokoy de Santos, Alex Diaz, and Barbie Imperial, and is directed by Eduardo Roy.