Takipsilim: The Philippine Remake of Twilight

Update: The article over at ABSCBN has been removed. It is rumored this may be merely an elaborate hoax, but ABSCBN has not yet released a statement.

Omigod. The Philippines is coming out with its own version of . Yes, that Stephenie Meyer book which was made into a movie directed by Catherine Hardwicke and starring the meh Kristen Stewart and the rougishly handsome Robert Pattinson.

The Tagalog Twilight is called Takipsilim (I didn’t know that was the literal Tagalog translation for Twilight! To me it loosely translates to “under the cover of darkness”) and it stars Filipino actors Rayver Cruz and Shaina Magdayao.

Um. Couldn’t they find a handsomer looking actor, like, say Gerald Anderson?? Hehehehe.

Also… I wonder if they’re going to cut off Rayver’s lower half. In Philippine folklore, vampires are called aswang or mananggal and they usually have freakishly large batlike wings and they fly, but only their upper bodies fly. Yes, they leave their lower halves wherever. Like in their house maybe. Hahaha. And they can turn into bats.

In the Twilight book, the Filipino danag was mentioned. It’s actually a Visayan word for the Tagalog aswang or manananggal. The Philippines has a lot of languages and dialects, so…


Filipino fans of Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series will soon have another reason to celebrate after broadcasting giant ABS-CBN bagged the exclusive rights to make a local television series based on the vampire novels.

Initial reports said ABS-CBN paid $1 million with co-producer Ignite Media for the rights to the Twilight series. The new series, tentatively titled “Takipsilim”, will reunite the onscreen tandem of Rayver Cruz and Shaina Magdayao.

Taping for the series will start February of next year. Some parts of the series will be shot abroad and the other locations include , Bukidnon and Baguio. The series will be directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina. 

From Yehey:

Rayver Cruz will star as Edward Cullen and Shaina Magdayao as Isabella Swan in the local television version “Twilight.” The hit vampire novel has been bought by ABS-CBN has bought for more than US$1 million with Ignite Media as co producer. The taping is set to start next year by Feb. in Baguio, Tagaytay, Bukidnon with some parts to be shot abroad. To be directed by Cathy Garcia Molina, the TV adaptation will focus on Edward and Bella’s love story to be treated as drama, romance and fantasy. The unofficial cast includes Valeen Montenegro as Alice Cullen, Gabby Concepcion as Dr. Carlisle Cullen, Luis Manzano as Emmett Cullen, Al Tantay as Charlie Swan, Yayo Aguila as Renee Dwyer, Fred Payawan as Jacob Black, Carlos Agassi as James, Chin Chin Gutierrez as Esme Cullen, Karylle as Rosalie Hale, Joross Gamboa as Jasper Hale, Jessy Mendiola as Jessica Stanley, Empress Schuck as Angela Weber, Brad Murdoch as Laurent, Nikki Bacolod as Victoria and Aaron Villaflor as Mike Newton. Rayver and Shaina were former love team partner but the tandem did not work. It seems their tandem will click in “Twilight.”

Here‘s an ongoing discussion at Pinoy Exchange. Comments?

P.S. The image above is just a Photoshop work from a fan. It’s not the official cover.


  1. is this real??? ala naba talaga clang magandang maisip na gawing soap.. sus… puro nlng gaya2… tsk3…

  2. Hello!

    Sheesh! Filipinos making copies again.

    Why can’t they stop making copies and make original ones we can be proud of?

    Hope this series gets canceled!

    Anyway, Happy Holidays!

  3. I am so dismayed with this news…there’s no one who could do it better than RPatz and KStew! Saw the reactions of fellow Twilighters and New Moonies over at PEX, haha!

  4. Grabe, ang baduy naman nito. Bakit di na lang sila gumawa ng original na series? Sayang ang talent ng mga writers ng mga TV stations.

  5. it’s disgusting and i want to throw up… seriously… why do this??? this is a disrespect to twilight and to the fans. ugh! i am very, very mad.

  6. I don’t read the book., I haven’t watched the film., I’m not saying that the remake will be a disaster., I’m not kapuso neither kapamilya., I’m a PROUD FILIPINO.,

    I read all of your comments., and I agreed with all of you., I hated the remake in some ways., and I also liked it in the other way.,

    I know that Filipinos are very talented so I don’t have any doubts why the filming staff of the original twilight gave the rights to the filipinos., I believe in the capacity of the unofficial cast, because they won’t stay in this business (show business) if they don’t have the staying power, or the should I say the TALENT rather.,

    We can prove to the foreigners that we are talented enough to be as good as them., but not by getting their ideas., not by let’s say it, copying ideas., remaking., hello! We have talents! GREAT TALENTS! We can make better stories than that of twilight! So why remaking it? We can be better in our own and original ways.,

    One more thing., why are we comparing ourselves to foreigners? Each individual is unique, everyone has their standards of what is good or not., remember: as long as we did our best, as long as we didn’t hurt others, as long as we stay humble and faithful, WE ARE GOING TO BE THE BEST., we cannot please everybody.!

    It’s up to us if we will support something we like or we hate.,

    You had made a lot of great tv series. I agree on that. You have SKILLFUL writers, SKILLFUL directors, and TALENTED artists., prove us that you can be the best in a good way, in an original way, in the best way you can., USE your resources, your writers, your artists, your directors, I KNOW that THEY HAVE THE GUTS., use them, use their ideas, not the ideas of others.,

    You have your points., you’re right, but we have nothing to do with it, it’s their decision., but don’t worry, YOU HAVE YOUR JUDGMENT.,

    You have your points., you’re right, but you cannot blame the remake haters., after all, we have all our points,

    don’t mind the remake., focus in the REAL THING., on the REAL WORLD., don’t be angry to each other., because we are all FILIPINOS., ONE FOR ALL, AND ALL FOR ONE., FILIPINOS ARE SO GREAT., USE THE TALENTS.,


    “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and LEAVE A TRAIL.”

    – Ralph Waldo Emerson


  7. i believe abs cbn just issued a statement saying that this was a hoax. so stop being angry, everyone. :D

  8. i read the blog you posted in facebook, about sookie i mean. twilight doesn’t necessarily have to be a rip off, i guess, i mean, there are so many ideas in the world and you’d be surprised just how common your ideas are with everyone else’s.
    and speaking of plagiarism, isn’t dan brown also being sued by lots of people for the stuff he wrote in the da vinci code?

  9. what the fuck man??
    copies again!

    uhh…the boy is supposed to be OUT OF THIS WORLD BEAUTIFUL, dont rly see that here..the girl is pretty so that’s good.

    this movie better be freakin awesome, or else it’s just an embarrassment.