Meet the boys behind UR_Tadhana

Photos by Ina Jacobe

It’s 2017 and we’ve come a long way in terms of representing the LGBT youth in pop culture. Movies like 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten and Baka Bukas have opened the conversation to a wider audience. But while independent forms of media are making an effort to support this change, there are still some issues with representation in the mainstream media. And Fifth Salomon, ex-Pinoy Big Brother housemate, believes that there is still room for improvement. “Parang kulang yung gay-themed TV series ngayon,” he says. “Lagi na lang coming out story, at hindi sya nagfo-focus sa femme discrimination. Ginagawa paring laughing matter yung pagiging feminine.”

From left: Opi Eusebio, Brigs Aricheta and Marcus Ais comprise the beautiful boy cast of Blued.

Parang kulang yung gay-themed TV series ngayon,” Solomon says. “Lagi na lang coming out story, at hindi sya nagfo-focus sa femme discrimination. Ginagawa paring laughing matter yung pagiging feminine.”

Blued, one of the largest gay social networking apps, signed him up to write a new web series called UR_Tadhana. It’s perfect, given the app’s unique user experience. Think: Facebook but with less annoying (judgemental?) friends and family members.

UR_Tadhana tells the coming out story of Yosef, a Blued makeup vlogger (played by Brigs Aricheta), and his struggles after being bullied by Rex (played by Marcus Asis) for being femme. Everything changes when he meets Justine (played by Opi Eusebio) in an acting class, and an unexpected romance ensues.

What’s great about the web series is that the story hits very close to home. Despite the large community Blued has — like, 27 million users large — UR_Tadhana was written for the Filipino viewers. Think about it: how many friends have you seen who are being bullied online for expressing themselves? Way. Too. Many. “Hindi lang na-e-enclose to certain labels ang pagiging bading. Iba iba ang tao,” says Briggs. And for Yosef and many others, they see Blued as a safe space for this.

If anything, the team behind UR_Tadhana wants awareness. “We want that especially for teens. Hindi lang for gay people, para narin sa straight people na they shouldn’t judge,” says Opi. We all know we still need more of it.

Check out UR_Tadhana’s Facebook page for more information. Like Blued on Facebook for updates.  

Shot on location at Pineapple Lab
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