Boys' love (BL) stories have become increasingly popular for over the past decades now and have become a global phenomenon as well. The majority of these stories depict the romantic love of two male characters. It follows challenges like sexual orientation concerns, coming out to family members and friends, or past negative experiences.
Historically, this hit BL genre began in Japan, appearing in anime, manga, video games, textual and visual pieces created by fans. It became phenomenal in 2020, with the global popularity of the Thai series “2gether,” which heralded the BrightWin pair of Metawin "Win" Opas-iamkajorn and Vachirawit "Bright" Chiva-aree, triggering a deluge of similarly themed series.
Here in the Philippines, on television and in films--it is not new anymore. Its prominence was noticeable with some Kapamilya teleseryes.
In the 2018 drama Halik, the two best friends of the leads--Lino Bartolome (Jericho Rosales) and Jacky Montefalco-Corpuz (Yen Santos), were Atty. Ken Velasco (Hero Angeles) and Barry Sebastian (Christian Bables), respectively—two men attracted to each other who provide comic relief in the series.
In another hit drama series, Kadenang Ginto, Adrian Lindayag appeared as Neil Andrada, Romina's (Beauty Gonzalez) brother. He was also paired with Nikko Natividad (It’s Showtime Hashtags member) as Gino Bartolome, who is the brother of Adrian Alandy's character, Carlos Bartolome.
The five-month-run drama series, The Killer Bride, which starred Maja Salvador, Joshua Garcia, Janella Salvador, and Geoff Eigenmann, James Blanco played Mayor Juan Felipe dela Torre, who has a kept lover, Ivan Muñoz, portrayed by Angelo Patrimonio. Both figured in a video scandal in the story.
In the 2020 action drama series A Soldier’s Heart, the bromance between the characters of Jerome Ponce (Philip ‘Phil’ Panganiban, PA) and Yves Flores (Benjamin ‘Benjie’ Arguelles) was also born. A Soldier’s Heart also topbilled Gerald Anderson, Carlo Aquino, Vin Abrenica, Elmo Magalona, Nash Aguas, Sue Ramirez, and Sid Lucero.
The boys' love mania is here to stay and will continue to thrive even in TV or in movies. Check out these thrilling BL-inspired teleserye scenes in this yearender Paandar 2020 video.