Meteor Garden- The most loved Asianovela in the Philippines

June 07, 2011

Meteor Garden
Meteor Garden was first aired here in the Philippines way back in 2003. The show starred Jerry Yan as Dao Ming Si, Vic Zhou as Hua Ze Lei, Ken Zhou as Xi Men., Vaness Wu as Mei Zuo, and Barbie Xu herself, as Shan Cai. This Taiwanese telenovela took Philippines by storm when it was shown in Abs-Cbn in 2003. And if I’m not mistaken, it was the second Asianovela that was shown here in the country next to Amazing Twins. Since it was a different story, and the fact that it came from Asia, a lot of Filipinos were actually became curious of what this show had to offer especially to the younger generation. And not to mention, people of all ages got hooked to it. It was really a phenomenon and so far, this is the most favorite and most loved Asianovela of most Filipinos. As a matter of fact, one of its episodes got a 63.8 % ratings and it was listed as one of the TV shows that got the highest ratings of all time on Philippine Television.

Furthermore, a lot of teenagers during that time, including myself just couldn’t get enough of the characters of the Asianovela, most especially the main characters, Shan Cai and Dao Ming Si since you can’t help but to fall in love with these two main characters. I remember back then, since at times, I couldn’t watch some of its episodes for the reason that I’m too busy with school, I didn’t want to go out every Sunday mornings for the reason that I didn’t want to miss out  the replays of  Meteor Garden during the weekends. I got glued and fixated on the boob tube during those times since I’m waiting for trivias about them. I was so surprised that Barbie Xu if my memory serves me right was already 24 when she shot the said Asianovela, since she looked so young in the said show.

I can’t deny the fact that there were exaggerated or unrealistic scenes in the show, nevertheless, I still love Meteor Garden.

In Addition, due to their popularity, Barbie Xu along with her sister Dee Xu and F4, namely Jerry Yan, Vic Zhou, Ken Zhou , and Vaness Wu were invited to perform here in the Philippines at that time. Moreover, F4’s hairstyles, Shan Cai’s long, straight and shiny black hairstyle and even the way she dressed up instantly became a trend here in the Philippines. They really had such a huge impact on Filipino viewers.

Hence, Meteor Garden was such a huge success not just in the country but in different Asian countries as well. I don’t know if there are still Asianovelas in the future that will conquer our TV screens once more and be as successful as this show. And will be supported by Filipino viewers as well, just the way they had supported Meteor Garden back then.

By the way, if you want to hear one of its soundtracks, I have embedded the video of Ni Yao De Ai below, feel free to check it out.

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