After being prominently featured in the 34th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) last year, the Philippine episode in the HBO Asia Original series, ‘Food Lore’, received two additional feathers in its cap at the inaugural ContentAsia Awards held last August 28.
‘Food Lore: Island of Dreams’ multi-awarded director Erik Matti won Best Director of a Scripted TV Programme while the gastronomical series, ‘Food Lore’, won the Best Asian Drama for Regional/International Market category at the Awards.
‘Food Lore: Island of Dreams’ explores the life of the Nieves (Angeli Bayani), an ambitious and hardworking woman, who left her husband and children to work as a domestic helper in Metro Manila to provide them with a better life. Returning home for their annual fiesta, Nieves realizes that she may have grown estranged to her family due to unexpected changes in her life.
In an HBO Asia featurette, Matti explained that the ‘Food Lore: Island of Dreams’ episode is all about change, thinking beyond what one is used to doing and deciding whether to stay stagnant or move forward. The multi-awarded director is hopeful that this specific episode will inspire Filipinos to do more and not settle for less.
The said episode, which also touches on the diaspora of Filipino workers overseas, is written by Michiko Yamamoto.
The ContentAsia Awards recognizes the best content representing the best Asia has to offer in the local and international markets. ContentAsia aims to celebrate the best content for various audiences across the globe. The HBO Asia Original anthology was recognized for its unique weave of different stories for Asian and global markets.
‘Food Lore’ is an eight-episode hour-long series that explores human conditions with narratives inspired by Asian cuisines. Helmed by award-winning Singapore filmmaker Eric Khoo, ‘Food Lore’ gathers Asia’s best storytellers, including Erik Matti, to develop stories that reflect an emotional journey filled with passion, treasured memories and a little spice of Asia.
‘Food Lore’ can be streamed exclusively on HBO GO. HBO GO is available via SKYCable and Cignal or at https://www.hbogoasia.com/. Download the app from App Store or Play Store on your device and enjoy a 7-day free trial. HBO GO can now be accessed via Android TV, Apple TV, LG TV and Samsung Smart TV – and comes with AirPlay and Google Cast functionality.
The following WarnerMedia shows were also recognized by the ContentAsia Awards:
• Invisible Stories (HBO Asia) – Best Drama Series/Telefilm made for a Local Asian Market
• Monster Beach (Cartoon Network) – Best Animated Kids TV Programme
• Inventing Tomorrow: Tech in a time of Pandemic (CNN International) – Best COVID-19 Factual Feature
• Borneo is Burning (CNN International) – Best Current Affairs Programme