The AIDS Society of the Philippines (ASP), in partnership with TV5, organized an advanced screening of the pilot episode of “Positive” at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP). At least 180 students from the broadcast communication and accountancy department of the PUP flocked to the College of Communication Building, where the screening was conducted.
Present during the screening were the lead cast: Martin Escudero, Helga Kraft, and Felix Roco, along with “Positive” production crew and ASP staff headed by its Executive Director, Ms. Maria Cecilia C. Añonuevo.
Positive, a series directed by Eric Quizon, is the Philippines’ first ever Television program that portrays a life of a person living with HIV. Martin Escudero, an award winning young actor, plays the character of Carlo Santillan, a call center agent who is struggling with his life as an HIV positive person. Upon learning that he had contracted the virus, Carlo decided to retrace his past, as a teenager who was freely consuming alcohol and drugs as early as fifteen, to determine what might have infected him with HIV and do contact tracing, a process of finding out who among people he had mingled and had sexual relationships with in the past might have possibly transmitted the virus to him.
The screening of the pilot episode of “Positive” received praises from students and instructors, where almost all of them thought that the series is educational and at the same entertaining.
Positive will premier on October 17, 2013 as part of TV5′s primetime block. It will air every Thursday at 9:00 PM after “For Love or Money” on TV5.