How Loisa, Shaina deal with heartache and broken dreams

June 05, 2019
Shaina Magdayao
Shaina Magdayao

A WRITER who is facing a major roadblock in her career and life looks back to her past – including her first love and heartbreak – to move forward in her present in the new iWant original series “Past, Present, Perfect?,” which is now streaming for free on iWant.

The digital series, which stars Loisa Andalio and Shaina Magdayao as the young and old Shantal, takes viewers back to their high school days, post-college ambitions, and puppy love conquests.

A student with a gift for words, Shantal uses her talent to woo her crush, her high school professor Daniel (Vin Abrenica), by secretly writing him poems and declarations of love. As they become close because of their love for literature, Daniel, recognizing her potential, urges her to pursue her dream of becoming an award-winning writer.

Shantal’s world is turned upside down when she confesses her feelings for Daniel and gets rejected at their graduation ball.

In the present, Shantal navigates adulthood and struggles to pay for her bills by translating text books and subtitling porn – a far cry from her dream to write poetry and novels.

Things go awry for Shantal when she experiences writer’s block, unable to come up with a solid follow-up to her first successful romance pocket book.

Co–produced by Epic Media, “Past, Present, Perfect?” is directed by Dwein Baltazar, who wrote the blockbuster movie “Exes Baggage” and recently won Best Director and Best Screenplay for her movie “Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus” – also named Best Picture –  at the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards 2019.

The romance-drama series also stars Awra Briguela, Amy Nobleza, Angelie Sanoy, Elijah Canlas, VJ Mendoza, Alorah Sasam, Eda Nolan, Anthony Falcon, Iana Bernardez, Peewee O'hara, Romnick Sarmenta, and Allan Paule.

The series’ debut on iWant last week trended on Twitter, and has since earned praises and been recommended by netizens because of its nostalgia-inducing and relatable story and the performances of its cast.