Meteor Garden and Marimar
The F4 Aftermath in the Philippine Television
After the successful broadcast of the Taiwanese version of the TV adaptation of the anime comic series “Hana Yori Dango (Manga)”,entitled “Meteor Garden” introduced and broadcast originally by ABS-CBN Channel 2 last 2003 on the Philippine television, it change the way how Pilipinos look and view imported Taiwanese, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean TV shows being shown prior to the success of “Meteor Garden” on Philippine Television because back then, they were neglected and have poor TV viewership and are shown not on the Two Philippine TV giant networks but only on Philippine channels that has poor commercial sponsorship like channel 9 and channel 13;Just like the Latin American shows “Marimar” which was originally started and come into popularity on Channel 9.
But luckily, Latin American shows becomes a hit then on Philippine television though they are shown on Channel 9 and channel 13 like the “Marimar”, which the two giant networks copied because of their success. Actually, GMA channel 7 have steal the rights of “Marimar” from channel 9 to do a Pilipino version of it that will replicate the profits which channel 9 have gained from it back then.
Now, because of the “Meteor Garden’s phenomenal success on the Philippine television almost all Philippine TV channels have two or more either Taiwanese or Korean TV shows on their primetime or late time TV programming slots, dubbed into Tagalog language. Moreover, most young Pilipino women today even flirt and going gaga to some Taiwanese and Korean heartthrobs.
What an impact it has been to the Philippine Television and to Pilipino moral values wherein GMA Channel 7 become envious that it steal its right from ABS-CBN Channel 2 to re-broadcast it on their TV network, just like it steals the rights of “Marimar” from Channel 9.However, thank the good God because GMA channel 7 was never able to steal the rights to do a Pilipino version of it but only ABS-CBN Channel 2 who originally broadcast it on Philippine television, unlike the “Marimar”.