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Meteor Garden Is Still Alive, Ten Years After

‘Meteor Garden’ returns to Philippine television next week as part of ABS-CBN’s tenth anniversary celebration of the Asianovela.

More than ten years ago,  ‘Meteor Garden’ became the launching pad that would later become the Asianovela genre, and even after the series ended, its popularity among teenage Filipinos remains strong. Which is why ABS-CBN and Jeepney TV will bring back the original Taiwanese drama starring F4 and actress Barbie Hsu to the small screen starting next week, as part of its 10th anniversary of bringing the Asianovela to Philippine television.

The groundbreaking Asianovela was first introduced in May 2003, and within a month, it became one of the most-watched programs on the Kapamilya network. ‘Meteor Garden’ was so popular that it helped influence teenagers to copy the hairstyles and the wardrobe donned by Jerry Yan, Vic Chou, Vanness Wu and Ken Chu, as well as Barbie Hsu. F4 albums were also distributed to great success, and at the peak of F4-mania, the group even visited the Philippines at one point.

The success of ‘Meteor Garden’ forced GMA to answer with their own series in ‘My MVP Valentine’, starring another boyband in 5566. Unfortunately, it failed to measure up to the popularity of ‘Meteor Garden’, and as a result, GMA was forced to go to South Korea to acquire other Asianovela titles. It did, however, re-air ‘Meteor Garden’ in 2007, as part of its short-lived ‘mangaserye’ hour. Despite that, ‘Meteor Garden’ continues to be an iconic brand to the Kapamilya network.

In the weeks leading up to its return, ‘Meteor Garden’ and F4 became one of the top trending topics in the social media website Twitter. This only proves that even after a decade, fanaticism for the Taiwanese series remains on a high. And as the series re-airs next week, expect ‘Meteor Garden’ to once again become one of the top-rated programs of the year, and in the process attract a new generation of fans.


11 thoughts on “Meteor Garden Is Still Alive, Ten Years After

      • In ABS-CBN, they pass the said show to the younger generation a glimpse and a lucid revival of F4 loyalists in the Philippines. In GMA, Doraemon, Mojacko, Inuyasha, Dragonball, Detective Conan was re-aired every morning due to loyalty demands to give the younger generation a glimpse of what their previous generations’ childhood were.

      • I get your point. In GMA’s case however, they have been repeatedly airing old anime for so many times since the late 90s. It seems that they can’t escape their childhood. And besides, there are plenty of new anime that are popular today.

        Meteor Garden is being re-aired for one special occasion: to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Asianovela in the Philippines. And that only comes once.

  1. gabby says:

    I was 5 or 6 y/o when i first watch Meteor Garden and i am so exciting for the re-airing of the remarkable asianovela.

  2. ramones1986 says:

    Before “Meteor Garden” took the country by storm, there are already Taiwanese dramas being aired on Philippine TV, mostly with a culinary portion (Fu Pei Mei, for example). The differencen is that “MG” dubbed to Tagalog, while the older Taiwanese dramas remained undubbed.

    • Reminds me of Honey Watch, Out & Wanted Perfect Husband aired every Saturday mornings (with Chinese subtitles na di tinakpan at tagalog-dubbed)

      I remember Mcdonald’s is the main sponsor of the asianovelas on 2 every Saturday.

      • ramones1986 says:

        Exactly. The other main difference between “Meteor Garden” and the older Taiwanese drama is that MG is more youth-oriented (that’s why it became one of the pioneers of Taiwanese idol drama), while the letter were mostly wuxia and family-oriented drama.

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