Kapuso actress Chynna Ortaleza took to Twitter to express her thoughts on two girls kissing on screen.
Firstly, Chynna lauded Kapuso Network’s advancement in expressing love between the same sex on television.
Then, she recalled how monitored and frowned upon GMA Network’s previous LGBTQIA+ teleseryes, My Husband’s Lover, and The Rich Man’s Daughter, were.
Finally, she thanked the GMA 7 for allowing an onscreen kiss between two women.
The advancement. 👌🏻 I remember struggling with the idea that expressions of love between the same sex on television was frowned upon & monitored ever so closely during the time of MHL & TRMD.
Pwede na po ngayon? Maraming salamat kung ganun. https://t.co/EoyzRIjajJ
— Chynna Ortaleza (@ChynsOrtaleza) October 21, 2020
The scene Chynna was referring to is from the 4th installment of the weekly drama anthology I Can See You: Truly, Madly, Deadly. The Kapuso teleserye shocked fans with their pilot episode, wherein Jennylyn Mercado and Rhian Ramos’ characters kissed onscreen.
GMA Network has been pioneering a shift in LGBTQIA+ representation with its groundbreaking teleseryes.
Firstly, when the Kapuso network released the teleserye My Husband’s Lover. Although it ended less satisfactory as per some critics, My Husband’s Lover broke stereotypes when it gave a nuanced and honest portrayal of gay characters on television. It received so much recognition that the UK-based LGBTQIA website Gay Star News featured it on one of their articles in 2013.
Then, GMA Network took on its second LGBTQIA+ teleserye in 2015 with The Rich Man’s Daughter. It included actress Rhian and Chynna in the cast. The showrunners of the teleserye pioneered a genuine depiction of a loving relationship between lesbian couples despite its conservative take on its scenes and soap-opera-based plot on its storyline.