iWant Original Series by Firestarters

About This Project

Philippines’ giant TV network ABS-CBN, through its digital platform iWant collaborated with Firestarters Productions to create an original content for its online platform dubbed as AMPALAYA CHRONICLES. This is a TV series adaptation of the renowned spoken word pieces and performances, the Ampalaya Monologues by Mark Ghosn. The monologues are adapted for digital series by Real Florido, Firestarters Chief Creative Officer.



For its first offering, Ampalaya Chronicles presents “ADIK” starring Khalil Ramos and Elisse Josson. The spoken word performance by Carlo Hornilla  became a viral hit with millions of views on social media and digital platforms. The maiden episode is directed by the creator of the series, Real Florido. Watch the full episode here: Ampalaya Chronicles Presents: Adik



Ampalaya Chronicles Presents “Labyu Hehe” revolves around two best friends whose innocent friendship will progress into romantic feelings for each other, complicating, and embittering, their lives. “Normal na magkakagusto ka sa best friend mo, nasa sa’yo na kung lalabanan mo to keep the friendship,” expresses Aljon whose role required a natural flair for spoken word poetry. Watch the episode here: LABYU HEHE


Episode 3

Filmed during the height of the pandemic, this is a story about Mrs. Cruz, a beautiful widow and Caloy, the flower delivery boy and her accidental lover. What starts as friendship unfurls slowly into a blossoming attraction and understanding of each others’ pain. Caloy eventually discovers that Mrs.Cruz is a widow grieving for her late husband. Caloy, the willing knight in shining armor makes it his mission to take Mrs. Cruz out of the shadows of sadness. With Caloy’s persistence and lightness he is able to put a smile on Mrs. Cruz’ face, and heart.

Written by Bridgette Anne Rebuca

Directed by Real Florido