The new Netflix animated series Trese has taken over social media even before it officially dropped on the streaming site on June 13. Based on the Pinoy-made comics by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo, the animated series is ripe with references to its OG source material as well as to the Filipino culture and history, thanks to creatives like showurnners and executive producers Jay Oliva, Tanya Yuson, and Shanty Harmayn, writers Zig Marasigan and Mihk Vergara, and directors Tim Divar, David Hartman, and Mel Zwyer, to name a few.
If you're up for rewatching the series (why not try watching it in different language dubs and subtitles while you're at it?), take a closer look at these scenes and catch these details:
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
Trese creators' mini cameo
ICYMI, the creators of the OG comics, Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo, had a mini cameo in the animated series! Even though they did not show up as a tikbalang or aswang just as they hoped they would, the animated series paid homage to its OG makers in Episode 2 as two of the victims of Bagyon Kulimlim in the Livewell Village electrocutions.
Santelmo's mobile number
At 16:57 of the first episode, we see Alex dial in Santelmo, the spirit of the Binondo Fire, while on the MRT. A closer look at the mobile number on the young Trese's phone, which reads 003231870, reveals that it wasn't just a random set of digits. Santelmo's contact details are actually the date of the historic fire that took over Binondo: March 23, 1870.
Movie posters in the ABC-ZNN building
In Episode 3 where Team Trese helps out an actress, we see the gang explore the ABC-ZNN building, which is loosely based on the local network giant ABS-CBN. Inside the building, movie posters are seen plastered on its walls, and a closer look at them will show a certain resemblance to two particular Pinoy films: In the Name of Love starring Angel Locsin and Aga Muhlach, and Baler, starring Anne Curtis and Jericho Rosales.
Crispin and Basilio
Possibly one of the more obvious references from Trese is that of twins Crispin and Basilio's namesakes, which is inspired by the characters in Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere. In the animated series, however, Crispin is the kuya of Basilio. In Noli Me Tangere, Basilio is the older brother.
The Meralco Building
When Alex pays Bagyon Lektro a visit in Episode 2, a bird's eye view of his huge building was shown. The building might be familiar to some viewers because it looks super similar to the Meralco Building located in Ortigas Avenue, a fitting home base for an electrifying lightning deity and his tribe.
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