Suzette Doctolero

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Suzette Doctolero
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Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Alma mater Polytechnic University of the Philippines[1]
Occupation screenwriter
Years active 1988–present
Employer GMA Network
Television Encantadia
Amaya
Indio

Suzette Doctolero is a Filipino born 1968 screenwriter for film and television. She is best known for being the creator of Encantadia in 2005 and the succeeding related television series including the Encantadia 2016 reboot.[2][3][4] She is mostly credited as screenwriter, series creator and creative consultant for GMA Network.[5] Her other works include Amaya,[6] Indio[1][7][8] and My Husband's Lover.[9] She also wrote the story for the film Let the Love Begin[10] and became the creative consultant for the television series Alyas Robin Hood[11] and Destined to be Yours.[12][13]

Biography[edit]

Doctolero was raised in Calabanga, Camarines Sur and she is the granddaughter of Buenviges Narvadez, a Filipino comedienne and actress in the 1930s.[1] She studied high school at José Rizal College (which later became José Rizal University) and went to college at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) on different courses.[1] She first took an accounting course, then clinical psychology and lastly bachelor of arts in Filipino.[1] When she was in PUP, she joined theater groups Dulaang Kalayaan and Dulaang Bonificacio where she portrayed Gregoria de Jesus in one of the plays.[1]

At age of 19 in 1988, Doctolero's adviser, Angie Ferro, hired her as production assistant for Balintataw TV.[1] After her stint at Balintataw TV, she tried to write romantic novels and with the help of Lualhati Bautista, her work entitled Ako si Alex, Babae (I'm Alex, a Woman) was published by Anvil Publishing.[5] In the 1990s, Doctolero ventured in selling her works to different publishers, head writers, editors and producers.[1] She also contributed to the story writing of Viva Television shows.[1]

In the later part of her career, Doctolero became a screenwriter for television series of GMA Network.[5][14] She is one of the writers of Kirara, Ano Ang Kulay ng Pag-ibig? and Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga.[14] Encantadia is her very first project as head writer and her first work in the telefantasya genre, which she created for GMA Network.[3][14][2] Her other credited works for GMA Network include Amaya,[6] Indio[1] and My Husband's Lover.[9] She also wrote the script for some of the episodes of Daisy Siete, which was produced by Focus Entertainment and shown also in GMA Network.[15][16] She also wrote scripts for the television adaptation of Lupin, Joaquin Bordado, Totoy Bato, Gagambino and Panday Kids but most of these series did not get high ratings, thus, she no longer do adaptations.[14] For her film credits, she wrote the screenplay for Let the Love Begin[17] and Bahay Kubo: A Pinoy Mano Po!.[18]

In 2016, Doctolero became the creative consultant for GMA Network's Alyas Robin Hood,[19] which tells the story about Jose Paulo "Pepe" de Jesus who is a lawyer being accused of killing her father and then he faked his death to become the vigilante with a bow and arrow.[20] Many netizens pointed out that Alyas Robin Hood has some similarities with Arrow by The CW.[19][21] Stephen Amell who portrays the title character Oliver Queen/Green Arrow in Arrow also commented about Alyas Robin Hood through a Facebook post.[22] Doctolero defended the show and she said that Alyas Robin Hood is based on the legend of Robin Hood, an English folklore, and not based on Arrow.[19] She also further explained that the story of Robin Hood is already under public domain and it has been used as master plot by many writers.[19] She also mentioned that there was a similar case in 2007 when she wrote the television adaptation of Lupin.[19] Writers of the earlier adaptations of Lupin in Japan sent a demand letter to GMA Network but the writers did not win because Lupin is based on a French character created by Maurice Leblanc, which is already in public domain.[19][23]

Doctolero was also the creative consultant of Destined to be Yours in 2017, headlined by Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza (collectively known asg AlDub), which was their first prime time series.[24] In April 2017, Doctolero commented on Twitter about the series saying that the first weeks of Destined to be Yours were flop or did not rate well but it later had good ratings after changing the direction of the story.[12] AlDub fans and other netizens had mixed reactions on her social media posts.[12] This prompted GMA Network's Senior Vice President for Entertainment TV Lilybeth Rasonable to release an official statement regarding the show.[25] According to Rasonable, Destined to be Yours received higher ratings against the competition since the pilot episode until the posting of her official statement and Doctolero tweets are her own personal opinions and do not reflect the stand of GMA Network.[25] Doctolero later apologized for choosing the wrong words about the AlDub series.[26]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Film[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Nadera, Vim (January 6, 2013). "'Indio' Genius Named Suzette Doctolero (First of Four Parts)". Manila Bulletin (in English at Tagalog). via HighBeam (subscription required). Retrieved June 9, 2017. In 1988, her Fairy Godmother would become Angie Ferro, who gave her, at 19, a job as a production assistant for Balintataw TV produced by Cecile Guidote-Alvarez. 
  2. ^ a b Sadiri, Walden (April 24, 2005). "'Encantadia,' Mark Reyes' Newest Passion". Manila Bulletin. via HighBeam (subscription required). Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Noguera, Al Kendrick (July 18, 2016). "Suzette Doctolero reveals 'Encantadia' was her first telefantasya project". GMA Network. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  4. ^ Tomada, Nathalie (June 20, 2016). "What it took to bring back Encantadia". The Philippine Star. Retrieved June 15, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Nadera, Vim (January 13, 2013). "'Indio' Genius Named Suzette Doctolero (Second of Four Parts)". Manila Bulletin (in English and Tagalog). via HighBeam (subscription required). Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b San Diego Jr., Bayani (June 12, 2011). "Revisiting history on prime-time TV can be tricky, to say the least". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "GMA News TV launches game-changing programs in 2013". GMA News. January 18, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "GMA bets big on Indio". BusinessWorld. December 11, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Töngi-Walters, Giselle (July 28, 2013). "My Husband’s Lover: Behind the story". Rappler. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  10. ^ Calderon, Ricky (February 10, 2006). "Christian Bautista pampered like a star in Indonesia". The Freeman. The Philippine Star. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  11. ^ Anarcon, James Patrick (August 30, 2016). "PEP EXCLUSIVE: Alyas Robin Hood consultant differentiates show as Arrow actor reacts to teaser". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b c Anarcon, James Patrick (April 20, 2017). "Will Alden-Maine series end this May? Why did GMA consultant describe Destined To Be Yours as "flop"?". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Maine admits she’s nervous, excited about ‘Destined to Be Yours’". Malaya Business Insight. February 22, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  14. ^ a b c d Nadera, Vim (January 27, 2013). "'Indio' Genius Named Suzette Doctolero (Last Part)". Manila Bulletin (in English and Tagalog). via HighBeam (subscription required). Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  15. ^ Calderon, Ricky (August 26, 2005). "Sexbomb's success streak continues". The Freeman. The Philippine Star. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  16. ^ "'Daisy Siete' Continues to Soar High; Sexbomb Not Leaving 'Eat Bulaga'". Manila Bulletin. via HighBeam (subscription required). June 6, 2005. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Supporting Cast Shines in 'Let the Love Begin'". Manila Bulletin. via HighBeam (subscription required). February 8, 2005. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Bahay Kubo (A Pinoy Mano Po)'". Manila Bulletin. via HighBeam (subscription required). November 29, 2007. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  19. ^ a b c d e f Anarcon, James Patrick (August 30, 2016). "PEP EXCLUSIVE: Alyas Robin Hood consultant differentiates show as Arrow actor reacts to teaser". Philippine Entertainment Portal (in English and Tagalog). Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  20. ^ Gloria, Gaby (September 20, 2016). "'Alyas Robin Hood': Not a carbon copy of CW’s ‘Arrow’". CNN Philippines. Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  21. ^ "GMA 7 consultant addresses ‘Alyas Robin Hood’ backlash". Philippine Daily Inquirer. September 1, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  22. ^ "GMA executive, Stephen Amell comment on 'Alyas Robin Hood'". Rappler. September 1, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  23. ^ Erece, Dinno (March 29, 2007). "GMA-7's "Lupin" not based on the anime series "Lupin III"". Philippine Entertainment Portal (in Tagalog and English). Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  24. ^ Abanilla, Clarizel (May 16, 2017). "The end of AlDub? ‘Destined To Be Yours’ says goodbye in two weeks". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved August 15, 2017. 
  25. ^ a b "GMA exec responds to 'Destined To Be Yours' issue". GMA News. April 21, 2017. Retrieved August 15, 2017. 
  26. ^ Anarcon, James Patrick (April 26, 2017). "GMA-7 writer apologizes for tweeting Destined To Be Yours a "flop"". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved August 15, 2017.