How Piolo Pascual and Lovi Poe ‘Filipinized’ K-drama series ‘Flower of Evil’

Scene from “Flower of Evil”

Piolo Pascual and Lovi Poe, stars of the local adaptation of the South Korean series “Flower of Evil,” see nothing wrong with remaking old concepts as opposed to creating original ones.

“I completely understand why some people say we should focus on creating our own stuff, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong or I don’t think it’s bad to acknowledge other people’s works, especially if it’s something this beautiful,” Lovi told Inquirer Entertainment in a recent media junket.

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“A lot of countries are doing it, and so have we, for many years now. Of course, you always want to do something original, but the bottom line here is that if we would be able to give the old concept a new and different take, then I think it’s still worth doing,” added Piolo, who swore that the series will be appreciated even by non-KDrama fans.

“We Filipinized it, so it’s not KDrama at all. It’s made in such a way that even people who prefer stuff other than KDrama will fall in love with the show,” he insisted.

About our culture

Piolo explained that even the storytelling is “very Pinoy, including the sensibility. We don’t want it to be merely a copy of the original. Even the dynamics with our daughter is visibly different from the Korean version. Filipinos are very touchy. You will see that in our family, especially between my character Jacob and Lovi’s Iris. We’re very physical,” he pointed out. “Even Iris’ relationship with her coworkers at the headquarters is different. You will understand what I’m saying–how these things tell so much about our culture—once you see the show.”

Lovi agreed by saying: “Filipinos are very friendly, but as coworkers they can also be very competitive with each other. This really happens here. Also, what we wore in the series is based on what we see locally. We made Iris wear a lot of coral, beige and pink—that’s the color palette for her—while Jacob was most often in black.”

Food was also an important element, reported Piolo. “You will see us serving a lot of Pinoy dishes. I was surprised to have witnessed Lovi eating dinuguan,” he recalled. “Not just any dinuguan, but one with gata (coconut milk),” interjected Lovi.