For the first time ever in Philippine TV, a soap opera that tackles issues HIV positive and AIDS infected people will be shown on national TV via TV5’s latest primetime offering, “Positive”, which will premier tonight at 9:00pm.
Starring Martin Escudero, Positive aims to enlighten audiences with facts about HIV and AIDS and to herald the first ever HIV-themed drama series on Philippine television that will showcase real-life stories of people living with HIV and AIDS.
The story is about 26 year old Carlo Santillan (played by Martin Escudero), an Operations Manager at NGage, a Business Process Outsourcing company. He has been with the company for the last six years, and worked his way up from the bottom rung of the call center ladder.
He has cleaned up his act, for the most part— no more drugs, occasional alcohol, non-serious girlfriends here and there until he runs into his high school crush, Janis.
Eventually they get married and now they are expecting their first child. A perfect ending to a story of change and redemption, until Carlo gets diagnosed with HIV.
Played by Helga Krapf, the thee months pregnant Janis observes a sudden change in her husband Carlo’s behavior, leading her to suspect that he’s hiding a secret from her.
Also included in the cast are Felix Roco as Peejay, Malak So Shdifat as Miles, Bing Loyzaga as Mommy Esther, Bianca Manalo as Anne, Ruffa Mae Quinto as Maricris, and Alwyn Uytingco as Jeffy.
Here’s the primer of the TV5’s Positive:
Everything Carlo has ever cherished – a successful career, a beautiful wife, and a baby on the way – is about to be taken away from him when he gets a life-altering news: he has HIV. Fueled by anger and fear, he will retrace his promiscuous past to figure out who had infected him. Starting this October, Positive dares to look into one of the most relevant yet silenced issues we face today.