Maria Clara and Ibarra inspires young viewers to read Noli Me Tangere

Even as lawmakers lament the Filipino viewers preference for Korean dramas, there seems to be a growing interest in Dr. Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere with the popularity of GMA 7’s latest teleserye loosely inspired by our national hero’s depiction of Spanish colonization in the Philippines.

The teleserye revolves around Klay, a young woman from 2022 who travels back in time to the events of Noli Me Tangere and meets key characters Crisostomo Ibarra and Maria Clara. The series brings to life the events of the book wherein Filipinos were subjected to slavery and oppression.

According to a viral post by netizen Joey dela Cruz Magracia, one of the positive influences of the series was that his younger relative went out of his way to buy a copy of Noli Me Tangere which was out of character for him since he was more into mobile games and social media.

‘Yun lang. I am just one proud Tito for this moment and I hope this would result to a much more better attitude towards his study. And to the makers of Maria Clara at Ibarra, isang pagsaludo sa inyo at sa inyong craft. Salamat sa isang fresh take to reserve our beloved history laban sa mali at pekeng impormasyon na naglaganap,” the netizen said.