An Initial Reaction to TRESE (13) + the voices and people behind the show

There’s much of hype about the original Netflix show TRESE.  The show was released by Netflix on the midnight of June 11,2021, very great timing for Philippines mythology stories to be released.  If you haven’t heard about the comics ,it’s okay, here’s your chance to get acquainted with this award-winning Philippine graphic novel, TRESE.

I just finished watching the pilot episode,.oh yes, it’s a series and I must say I am already impressed, except for the dry voice of Alexandria Trese in the original Filipino dub of the show. I don’t know for the rest of the other languages available but it is available in English dub, Japanese dub etc with subtitles as well.

Anyway, I like how they put all together a very interesting pilot episode introducing way lot of Filipino mythical characters/creatures like Nuno sa Punso, Aswang, Santelmo, White Lady, Lakan etc etc. Yes a lot for a pilot episode.

It may be too fast for those who are not acquainted with such Filipino mythical creatures to follow but it is a good pilot to capture a viewers attention as they get to know Philippine monsters , including the Mayor !!!!

This is a great way to celebrate Philippine Independence Day which is this June 12.

Anyway, I am looking forward to see the rest of the show. It’s about 30 minutes per episode.


Voices behind Trese

– Netflix today released the official trailer for Trese, the highly anticipated Netflix Original Anime series based on the Philippine graphic novel created by Budjette Tan and KaJO Baldisimo, premiering on Netflix June 11, 2021. Netflix also revealed the English language and Filipino language voice cast of Trese. Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story), Jon Jon Briones (Ratched), Nicole Scherzinger (Moana), Manny Jacinto (The Good Place), Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba) and Dante Basco (Avatar: The Last Airbender) join Shay Mitchell (YOU, Pretty Little Liars), previously announced as the voice of Alexandra Trese in the English language version.

Filipino actress Liza Soberano (My Ex and Whys, Alone/Together) will voice Alexandra Trese in the Filipino language version of the series, and will be joined by local professional voice talents Simon dela Cruz (as Crispin and Basilio), Apollo Abraham (Captain Guerrero), Christopher Carlo Caling (Hank), Christian Velarde (Nuno), and Eugene Adalia (Anton Trese). Well-respected Filipino Language Voice Artist Director Rudolf Baldonado will direct the local voice talents.

English language voice cast:

  • Shay Mitchell – Alexandra Trese

  • Griffin Puatu – The Kambal (Crispin and Basilio), Bantay

  • Matt Yang King – Captain Guerrero, Dominic

  • Jon Jon Briones – Hank, Xa-Mul

  • Steve Blum – Datu Talagbusao, Ibwa

  • Carlos Alazraqui – Anton Trese, Santelmo

  • Manny Jacinto – Maliksi

  • Eric Bauza – Nuno the Snitch, Bagyon Lektro

  • Darren Criss – Marco

  • Nicole Scherzinger – Miranda Trese

  • Lou Diamond Phillips – Mayor Sancho Santamaria

  • Dante Basco – Bagyon Kulimlim

  • Rodney To – Aswang market guard, Man in drag

  1. Filipino language voice cast:
  • Liza Soberano – Alexandra Trese

  • Simon dela Cruz – The Kambal (Crispin and Basilio)

  • Apollo Abraham – Captain Guerrero

  • Christopher Carlo Caling – Hank

  • Eugene Adalia – Anton Trese

  • Cheska Aguiluz – Miranda Trese

  • Christian Velarde – Nuno

  • Bryan Encarnacion – Datu Talagbusao

  • Nica Rojo – Ramona

  • Jo Anne Orobia-Chua – Emissary

  • Jose Amado Santiago – Marco

  • Steve dela Cruz – Maliksi

  • Rene Tandoc – Mayor Santamaria

  • Steffi Graf Bontogon-Mola – Young, Teen Alexandra

  • RJ Celdran – Santelmo, Señor Armanaz

  • Elyrey Martin – Ibwa, Dominic

  • Steven Bontogon – Jobert

Set in a Manila where the mythical creatures of Philippine folklore live in hiding amongst humans, Alexandra Trese finds herself going head to head with a criminal underworld comprised of malevolent supernatural beings.

Director and Showrunner: Jay Oliva (Justice League Dark, The Legend of Korra)

Executive Producers: Jay Oliva; Shanty Harmayn and Tanya Yuson at BASE Entertainment, a studio based in Jakarta and Singapore

Written by: Tanya Yuson, Zig Marasigan, Mihk Vergara

Series Directors: David Hartman (Transformers: Prime), Mel Zwyer (Star Wars Rebels), Tim Divar (Young Justice)

Production Designer and Art Director: Jojo Aguilar (Tron Uprising)

Character Design: Will Nichols (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Editor: Christopher Lozinski (Batman: The Killing Joke)

English language casting and voice direction: Wes Gleason

Filipino language casting and voice direction: Rudolf Baldonado

Composers: Kevin Kiner, Sean Kiner, Dean Kiner (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Original song: “PAAGI” by UDD, with lyrics by Armi Millare and Paul Yap

Format: 6 episodes, releasing all at once

Filipino band UDD, formerly known as Up Dharma Down, composed the official soundtrack for Trese, titled “PAAGI,” with lyrics by Armi Millare and Paul Yap.

Trese will premiere on June 11, 2021, only on Netflix (


About Netflix:

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About Lex+Otis:

Lex+Otis (L+O) maximizes current and next-generation techniques to develop and produce cutting edge animation for television, film, video games, virtual reality, mobile and more. Led by Founder and CEO Jay Oliva, the burgeoning boutique studio boasts an impressive roster of established and emerging production talent focused on creating unique, immersive stories to inspire, educate and entertain across multiple platforms. L+O’s roster of clients/partners features Netflix, CMON, Wild Card, SideShow Collectibles and The Stone Quarry.

The studio currently has three Netflix Anime Originals in production: Trese, a Filipino mythology-based supernatural series; Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, a futuristic zombie thriller that serves as an animated prequel to Zack Snyder’s upcoming live-action feature film; and a yet-to-be-named adult animation series based in Norse mythology with Zack Snyder and Jay Oliva serving as executive producers. The studio is also in production on the star-studded Ark: The Animated Series, as well as several yet-to-be-announced series. In addition, L+O is presently in development on more than two dozen original concepts, toplined by an animated dark fantasy series based on Sideshow’s popular Court of the Dead franchise. For more information, please visit


About Base Entertainment:

BASE ENTERTAINMENT is a Studio with outposts in Singapore and Indonesia. Founded by partners, Aoura Lovenson Chandra, Shanty Harmayn, Ben Soebiakto and Tanya Yuson, BASE is focused on working with top creative talent to bring forward stories from Asia to the world.

BASE’s slate of projects includes film as well as series for various platforms. Most recently, Joko Anwar’s film IMPETIGORE from Indonesia, which had its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and took home the top prize at the Film Festival Indonesia,  GURU-GURU GOKIL which is a Netflix Film and the omnibus QUARANTINE TALES which was shot during the pandemic. TRESE, based on the Award-winning Philippine graphic novel is its first Netflix Original Anime series.