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  • The Creators Of Trese Taught Us A Thing Or Two About Raising Young Creatives

    We got to talk to them in an exclusive interview.
    by Ana Gonzales .
The Creators Of Trese Taught Us A Thing Or Two About Raising Young Creatives
PHOTO BY courtesy of Netflix
  • The Netflix Original Anime adaptation of the Philippine graphic novel Trese went viral a few weeks ago after they launched their unique promotional campaigns. You can still catch it on the streaming giant if you haven't seen it yet.

    Watching it a few weeks after its launch, after all the hype has died down, you'll realize there's more to it than simply being a series about well-known Philippine mythical creatures.

    We got a rare chance to talk to Budjette Tan, KaJO Baldisimo, Jay Oliva, and Tanya Yuson, the creators behind the hit series. Their insights about their creative process will make you appreciate the series more—and perhaps, one day, introduce it to your children.

    Empowering your little girls will go a long way

    "One thing I like about Alexandra is that she actually just shows up and doesn't have to explain herself," executive producer Tanya Yuson said. "She gets the job done without having to justify anything."

    It's the world we currently want to build, as Tanya points out. Where women don't need to explain themselves if they ever work jobs in industries dominated by men. "The people around her in her inner circle, also recognize that," she said.

    PHOTO BY courtesy of Netflix

    "She's bossing, without [being asked] why she's bossing if she's a woman—there's no question about that."

    Encouraging your little girls to dream their dreams without limiting them to 'jobs made for women' can go a long way. Allowing them to understand at an early age that their gender should not have anything to do with the choices they make in their careers will help widen their paths.

    Although we're still a long way away from eliminating gender stereotypes, raising children who know that their mindset and their skills are more important than the roles assigned to them by society because of their gender, will help them reach their maximum potential.

    Who knows, maybe one day, they can also be like Tanya.

    Imagination is key

    Budjette Tan, one of the graphic novel creators, once shared that he grew up in a house full of spirits. Parents know this well, as sometimes kids just come up with random stories about people they've seen in the house although no one is there.

    The horror Netflix Original Anime series is based on the Philippine graphic novel created by Budjette Tan and KaJO Baldisimo.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Netflix
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    Although it sounds scary and can sometimes be a cause for alarm, it can also be an opportunity. Perhaps your child can grow up to be a wonderful storyteller, especially since he or she has a very active imagination.

    Nurturing traits like these can open up a lot of doors for your little one.

    Who knows, they can aslo be the next Budjette.

    Don't stop telling stories

    Remember how, back in the days, parents would use aswang, tikbalang, and manananggal to scare misbehaving children? Budjette had the same experience. And although it was scary for him as a little boy, it was how he got introduced to Pinoy mythical creatures—the same way most of us learned.

    Frequent and consistent storytelling can help your children will not only help your kids grow up with a good imagination. It's also a unique way to help them develop an understanding, respect, and appreciation for different cultures.

    They will learn to love, not only the unique local kwentong bayan that we have, but also other stories and lore from other lands.

    Don't worry about the emergence of the Internet and social media. As Budjette and the team behind Trese points out, these stories will endure. "The great thing about a Pinoy pop culture, they're telling these stories on YouTube and TikTok—the story continues. It will probably take a new form," he said.

    Dreams do come true

    When we asked KaJO how he feels now that he can see his creations on the screen, he said he's very happy, even if sometimes it feels weird. "Up to this point, I didn't really believe that dreams come true," he said. "Dream CAN come true this way, this big," he added.

    The horror Netflix Original Anime series is based on the Philippine graphic novel created by Budjette Tan and KaJO Baldisimo.
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Netflix

    So if your children love telling stories, if they spend so much time drawing on your walls, or sharing their dreams, and creating characters in their heads, think twice before shooting it down. They may one day become the creators of the next biggest Netflix series.


    Trese is a Netflix Original Anime series based on the Philippine graphic novel created by Budjette Tan and KaJO Baldisimo. Created for screen by Jay Oliva (Wonder Woman, The Legend of Korra), Trese is voiced by Shay Mitchell (YOU, Pretty Little Liars) in the English language version and Liza Soberano (My Ex and Whys, Alone/Together) in the Filipino language version.

    Have you seen Trese yet? Let us know what you think in the comment section. You can also talk about it with parents like you in our Facebook group, the Smart Parenting Village.

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