The internet and the popularity of social media have made it possible for anyone to tell their story to a global audience.
However, the medium has become fraught with misinformation, trolling, and even content that incites violence and creates division between people.
Instead of bringing together individuals from different backgrounds by spreading messages of positivity, it has become an echo chamber of sorts, feeding our biases in a continuous feedback loop.
However, the issue lies not in the medium, but in the content. For Heaven’s Best Production House, the internet is one of the most effective mediums to bring uplifting stories straight to the people who need it. Thus, the birth of “Real Heroes,” an online show that aims to tell real stories of real Filipinos with lessons.
The brainchild of Hero Bautista and Robbie Pangilinan, “Real Heroes” highlight good moral values.
It is is the first directorial venture for Bautista.
The first episode, “Lumpia” (starring Will Devaughn and Peach Mascarinas) tells the story of a battered wife who finds freedom selling lumpia.
“Kapitbahay” (starring Christopher “Slykane” Dantes and Elishah Pangilinan) is all about selflessness and how it could prove rewarding in the end.
“Earthly” (featuring Rochelle Kok and Jethro Ramirez) takes on a more somber tone. It is about a dying man left by his young paramour. “Earthly” is a sobering reminder of what is truly important, in this life and in the next.
Unlike most independent web-based series, “Real Heroes” has the advantage of being backed by a professional production house and this is seen in the quality of the videos.
Shots are crisp and properly color-graded, making it easy to view.
And while there are some technical sound issues, if the first 3 uploaded episodes are any indication, “Real Heroes” can become the spiritual successor of well-loved defunct TV shows “Hiraya Manawari” and “Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang.”
“Real Heroes” can be watched for free on Youtube via the realheroesYT channel. Links to the episodes are also posted at the Kuya Hero (@KuyaHero1008) and Real Heroes Facebook pages.