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Bianca Umali Bags the Lead Role for an HBO Series as a Half-Human Heroine

This is the first time an HBO Asia series is shot entirely in the Philippines.
Bianca Umali Bags the Lead Role for an HBO Series as a Half-Human Heroine
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This is the first time an HBO Asia series is shot entirely in the Philippines.

Last November 29, HBO announced the renewal of the network’s dark action fantasy series, Halfworlds, with the filming for the eight-part third season commencing in the Philippines in January. It's set to premiere exclusively on HBO GO and HBO in 2020.

Internationally acclaimed filmaker Mikhail Red revealed that he will direct the HBO Originals miniseries, which will be about engkantos at war.

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This is the first time an HBO Asia series is shot entirely in the Philippines. It marks the longest running series for HBO Asia.

The third season of Halfworlds ventures from the neon streets of Bangkok to the gun-stricken streets of Manila, where blood-thirsty engkangtos live among humans. Alex, a half-human, half-engkangto, seeks to find the original source of the dwindling haven plant to heal all engkangtos of their hunger for human flesh amid the war between the engkangto tribes over the coveted plant and power.

HBO Asia’s senior vice President of Original Production, Jessica Kam, said, “As we expand the fictional world of Halfwords, we are very excited to continue transcending geographical boundaries to work with talents from the various countries in the region to produce our longest running Asian original series.”

Aside from a young Filipino director, two Filipino actors will also star in the show. Bianca Umali bagged the lead role, and she will star alongside Sam Concepcion, whose role details have yet to be announced. 

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Umali will play Alex, "a half-human and half-engkangto [who] seeks to find the original source of the dwindling haven plant to heal all engkangtos of their hunger for human flesh amidst the war between the engkangto tribes over the coveted plant and power," HBO's description reads

In fact, GMA Network recently posted a tweet showing Bianca Umali getting a head start on her role prep:

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Season 3 of Halfworlds is produced by HBO Asia in partnership with Cignal TV. The series will also see returning cast from the previous seasons.

“Cignal TV is honored and privileged to work with HBO Asia,” said Jane J. Basas, president and CEO of Cignal TV. “The literary development was thought provoking as it leveraged the strengths of the stories in Seasons 1 and 2. The whole creative and production team is excited to kick-off the principal photography,” Basas added.

*This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.phMinor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.

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