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Basketball-themed PH-made anime premieres Sunday

By Dugout Philippines

MANILA--The highly anticipated first Filipino anime series “Barangay 143,” finally premieres on Philippine television this coming Oct. 21, 10 a.m., on GMA.

Topbilled by Kapuso stars Julie Anne San Jose, Migo Adecer, Ruru Madrid, and Kelley Day with veteran actors John Arcilla, Edu Manzano, Lorna Tolentino, and Cherie Gil, “Barangay 143” is set in the street of Tondo, Manila and talks about family, friendship, love, hardships, and a topic most Filipinos love—basketball.

"Our labor of love - Barangay 143 is finally going to be on TV in the Philippines. It's been exciting to work with some of the best talent the world of animation has to offer and I am looking forward to our fruits of our hard work being on GMA,” said Jackeline Chua, managing director of Synergy88 Entertainment Media Inc.

"Barangay 143 is everything that I've seen and experienced of the Philippines so far. It's people who readily share their love, millions who go about life with a smile, and above all, basketball, the pulse of this country. I think people not just here but worldwide, would love this show,” said Jyotirmoy Saha, CEO of August Media Holdings.

Follow the story of Bren Park (Migo), a young and rising basketball star in Korea who turns his back to everything that is important to him after a major event changes his life forever. The search for answers leads Bren to Manila where he goes to live with his former nanny Tita Baby (Lorna), in the gritty neighborhood of Barangay 143.

It is here that he unexpectedly finds a whole new family, who teach him how to live and love once again. Coach B (John), the coach of Barangay 143’s Puzakals basketball team is quick to spot his talent and is determined to bring him back to basketball; while Vicky (Julie), the team manager and the coach’s daughter; and Wax (Ruru), the star player of a rival basketball team, are not quite in favor. Meanwhile, Bren’s strings from Korea are still attached to him and his once girlfriend, Jinri (Kelley), hopes to rekindle their relationship once again.

In his quest for truth, what mysteries will Bren uncover? Who will be his allies and who will be his rivals? Will he find his way back into basketball again or will love find him first? Can he win the game and emerge victorious in his own league in life?

Also joining in the star-studded, all-Filipino voice cast are Alice Dixson, Teresa Loyzaga, Raver Eda, Pen Medina, Benjie Paras, Archie Alemania, Ping Medina, Jerald Napoles, Roadfil Macasero, Kimpoy Feliciano, and the Kramer family consist of Cheska, Doug, Kendra, and Scarlet.

“Barangay 143” is a co-production of Synergy88 Entertainment Media Inc. (Philippines) together with August Media Holdings (Singapore), TV Asahi (Japan), and ASI Animation Studio. Don’t miss the premiere this coming Oct. 21, 10 a.m., on GMA.

Extend your viewing experience online with “Barangay 143’s” online show streaming live on Facebook and YouTube premiering the same day at 9:30 a.m.

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