Trese (stylized as TRESE) is a Netflix animated streaming series developed by Jay Oliva and produced by BASE Entertainment Studios.
It is based on the eponymous comic book series created by author Budjette Tan and artist Kajo Baldisimo, loosely adapting Thirteen Stations and the first three books of the main series. The series follows Alexandra Trese as she protects Manila from supernatural threats, deals with opposing factions and faces a prophetic destiny.
The series premiered on June 11, 2021, 12 A.M. Philippine Standard Time.
Set in Manila where Filipino folk mythical creatures live in hiding amongst humans, Alexandra Trese finds herself dealing with an underground criminal world controlled by evil supernatural beings.
|Character||English cast||Filipino dub cast|
|Alexandra Trese||Shay Mitchell||Liza Soberano|
|The Kambal||Griffin Puatu||Carl Simon Dela Cruz|
|Captain Guerrero||Matt Yang King||Apollo Abraham|
|Sergeant Tapia||Jeff Manabat||Christian Velarde|
|Hank||Jon Jon Briones||Christopher Carlo Caling|
|Anton Trese||Carlos Alazraqui||Eugene Adalia|
|Miranda Trese||Nicole Scherzinger||Cheska Aguiluz|
|Nuno||Eric Bauza||Christian Velarde|
|Datu Talagbusao||Steve Blum||Bryan Allan Encarnacion|
|Maliksi||Manny Jacinto||Chris Stephen Dela Cruz|
|Santelmo||Carlos Alazraqui||RJ Celdran|
|Bagyon Lektro||Eric Bauza||Christopher Carlo Caling|
|Mayor Sancho Santamaria||Lou Diamond Phillips||Rene Tandoc|
|Bagyon Kulimlim||Dante Basco|
|Ramona||Sumalee Montano||Nica Rojo|
|Señor Armanaz||Carlos Alazraqui||RJ Celdran|
|Dominic||Elrey P. Martin|
|Jobert||Steven Caesar Bontogon|
|Xa-Mul||Jon Jon Briones|
|Ibwa||Steve Blum||Elrey P. Martin|
|Marco Guerrero||Darren Criss||Jose Amado Santiago|
|Emissary||Deedee Magno Hall||Jo Anne Orobia-Chua|
|Young, Teen Alexandra||Steffi Graf Bontogon-Mola|
|Aswang market guard||Rodney To|
|Man in drag||Rodney To|
In the early years of Trese's publication, Budjette Tan was first approached by Tanya Yuson of BASE Entertainment in the interest of an adaptation. She showed interest in local comics and stories that could be pitched, and happened to read and take a liking to the third book, Trese: Mass Murders. She and Shanty Harmayn then shopped the series around different Hollywood directors and studios for eight years.
The series was first announced on November 8, 2018 in See What's Next: Asia, a Netflix showcase held in Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Jay Oliva was announced as the executive director and showrunner, with Shanty, Tanya and BASE Entertainment Studios as producers. Budjette has confirmed in interviews that the scripts were written by two prominent Filipino scriptwriters.
Jay Oliva and Jojo Aguilar, the latter serving as the art director for the series, scouted Manila to get references for the backgrounds for the series, and met up with Kajo to discuss the art direction of the show. They paid attention to incidental characters as well, going out of their way to give them distinct Filipino features.
Pre-production for the show started on January 2019 and ended on March 2020, while post-production finished on January 2021. Recording for the show was done in person in Bang Zoom! Entertainment Studios in Burbank, California, as well as remotely due to the pandemic. According to Jay Oliva, production during the pandemic was difficult, especially getting the actors to do ADR. Even so, having pre-production finished right before the weight of the pandemic presented itself made the production difficulties easier to manage.
The rest of the series' crew were announced on May 21, 2021, with Tanya Yuson, Zig Marasigan and Mihk Vergara as writers and David Hartman, Mel Zwyer and Tim Divar as series directors. Jojo Aguilar was officially announced as production designer and art director with Wil Nichols serving as character designer. Wes Gleason and Rudolf Baldonado handled the casting and voice direction of the English and Filipino voice casts, respectively. Filipino band UDD, formerly known as Up Dharma Down, composed the official soundtrack for Trese, titled “Paagi,” with lyrics by Armi Millare and Paul Yap.
Filipino Americans Sean and Dean Kiner, with involvement from their father Kevin Kiner, were announced as the series' composers on May 21, 2021. They were brought on the project by Dave Hartman, who they previously collaborated with on Transformers: Robots In Disguise.
The soundtrack featured a fusion of pre-colonial Filipino music, modern synthesizers and conventional scoring techniques, as a mix of Filipino and Western influences that the two have. The soundtrack also features recordings of the Ifugao people's Hudhud chants, which the brothers have stumbled upon during their research for the project. Fascinated by the Ifugao, their matrilineal society and it's parallels with the show's strong female protagonist, they sent their cousin Mark Balgos to record a group of Ifugao singers. Some of the traditional songs included are the Dogdowe and the Balluha'd Bayauhen, the latter of which became the main theme of the series.
The series' soundtrack along with the rest of the brothers' music is available for listening on the Kiner Brothers' website.
Broadcast and promotion
|1||6||June 11, 2021|
Season 1 (2021)
|No. overall||No. in season||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||1||Episode 1||Jay Oliva||Tanya Yuson||June 11, 2021|
|When a ghost turns up dead and train passengers go missing, Trese's investigation leads her to an aswang clan by the pier and a corrupt city official.|
|2||2||Episode 2||Mel Zwyer||Zig Marasigan||June 11, 2021|
|In a flashback, Trese's father searches for a heart-stealing killer. Trese pursues the sons of two clan leaders who may be behind recent transgressions.|
|3||3||Episode 3||David Hartman||Tanya Yuson||June 11, 2021|
|Ramona attempts a blood ritual to exact revenge. Trese, the "boys" and Hank protect an actress as Trese receives a warning of "liars amongst allies."|
|4||4||Episode 4||David Hartman||Mihk Vergara||June 11, 2021|
|While Trese fights to undo a spell that sent zombies to attack the police station, Hank tries to uncover details about the coming turmoil.|
|5||5||Episode 5||Tim Divar||Mihk Vergara||June 11, 2021|
|After a rash of bombings, the Council makes a surprising decision. Trese discovers who's responsible for manipulating recent events all along.|
|6||6||Episode 6||Jay Oliva||Zig Marasigan||June 11, 2021|
|With humanity and the supernatural world both in danger, Trese confronts Talagbusao to fight her own destiny—and learns the truth about her father.|
In an interview with the New York Post, Carlos Alazraqui revealed that he was voicing a character for Trese. He explains that he sought help from Filipino dialect coaches.
Two stills from the show featuring Alexandra were debuted as a first look at the series during the Netflix Anime Festival, livestreamed on October 26, 2020. On March 7, 2020, Shay Mitchell and Liza Soberano were both announced as the English and Filipino voices of Alexandra Trese, respectively.
The English voice cast was revealed on the Netflix in-app preview in March 11, 2020. This listed Carlos Alazraqui, Darren Criss, Eric Bauza, Steve Blum, Jon Jon Briones, Matt King and Griffin Puatu as part of the cast, as well as David Hartman serving as director.
The Free Comic Book Day solicit for the Ablaze edition of Trese Vol. 2: Unreported Murders was released on March 20, 2021. This revealed that the series would be "launching this summer," confirming a summer 2021 release.
A snippet from the series was briefly shown in a Netflix promotion for their anime line-up. The full video was released on April 4, 2021 on the NXonNetflix Twitter account.
On May 19, 2021, Netflix announced that Trese will be released in June 11 of that year. A 12 second clip featuring scenes from the show was included in a video showcase on Netflix's Youtube channel. Kajo also posted a sketch on his Instagram page showing an image of Sinag being used to conduct the Tigil spell on a watch that showed 21 Friday, 9 o'clock, hinting at a possible trailer release date.
On May 20, 2021, Netflix released a short poem hinting at the teaser trailer's release.
On May 21, 2021, the trailer for Trese's Filipino dub was released, followed by the Japanese and English trailers. An extensive list of the English and Filipino voice cast was also released, confirming the earlier leaks as well as adding Dante Basco and Manny Jacinto, among others. The hype from the trailer birthed memes such as the "Good Evening, Nuno Meme".
On May 25, 2021, Carl Simon dela Cruz posted the full cast list for the Filipino voice cast on his Facebook page.
Billboards have been set up in various locations in the Philippines as promotion for the series, featuring the taglines "You fear them. They fear her," the English equivalent of the Filipino "Kinakatakutan s'ya ng mga kinakatakutan mo." There were also murals of various supernatural creatures throughout Manila as well as digital advertisements on mobile games. A week later, the billboards were torn and heavily vandalized with red graffiti, written over with the English "This is our city" and the Filipino equivalent, "Siyudad namin 'to." The title for Trese was vandalized with "Layas" on either side, forming the phrase "Layas Trese layas," literally meaning: "Begone, Trese, begone." Billboards outside Metro Manila had the vandalized text localized to the languages of the area.
On May 31, hashflags for the series, #TreseOnNetflix and #TabiTabiPo, were accompanied by an Alexandra Trese Emoji on Twitter.
On June 7, 2021, videos in the found footage format surfaced on Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit showing various aswang, tikbalang and manananggal interacting with the vandalized billboards and posters.
On June 10, 2021, 12:00 A.M., the first four minutes and forty-five seconds of the Filipino dub's first episode was released. The English dub was featured later on the third day of Netflix's Geeked Week, streamed live on their main Youtube channel. The Japanese dub was uploaded on Netflix Anime's Youtube channel some time later.
Globe Poppin' held a quiz night themed around Trese on June 10, 2021, 10 P.M. Philippine Standard Time. A countdown during the last 13 minutes before the premiere, along with a live performance from UDD premiering Paagi, was streamed on Netflix's Facebook page. The performance included the 15 second video submissions from fans using a filter to look like ghosts in a virtual audience.
The June 11 issue of Philippine Star featured a false cover dedicated to Trese. The front had a news report of the dead White Lady of Balete Drive, the spread had a poster of Trese, and the back featured the Nuno. The issue also included an interview with Liza Soberano and an article on Trese written by Kate Heceta. Other newspapers and tabloids also put false covers on their issues on that day and the day after. These headlines are a reference to the sensational headlines tabloids had during the 90's.
On June 11, 2021, 7:20 P.M., Netflix PH tweeted three pictures of ABS-CBN's Eugenio Lopes Junior Communications Center with the logo changed to ABC-ZNN to reference the media company in the show. Awash in a red gradient in various lighting, its prominent lit-up windows spelled TRESE when viewed from the front. The tweet was accompanied by the caption: "Trese has officially taken over ABC-ZNN!!!"
On June 14, 2021, the Ayala-Paseo underpass had an advertisement for Trese showcasing the different mythological creatures shown in the show.
The Avenida editions of Trese: Murder on Balete Drive and Trese: Unreported Murders were branded with a red "Coming to Netflix" sticker in endorsement of the show.
Exclusive merchandise was given as part of Globe Telecom's promotional contest for the series, where fans were invited to repost screenshots of pictures featuring supernatural creatures from the series.
Bloo Prints Designs had a collaboration with Trese that released stickers purchasable through Shopee.
- In the series, Alexandra's collar does not have white piping, a departure from her look in the comic books.
- Some of the creatures, particularly the nuno and the duwende, were extensively redesigned for the series, looking more gremlin-like and gnome-like respectively.
- In less than a day, the trailer posted by Netflix Philippines' Facebook page reached one million views.
- The typeface used for the series logo is Friz Quadrata, a departure from the horizontally stretched Century Gothic used in the komiks' original logo.
- The opening theme of the show uses a portion of the Balluha'd Bayauhen, a folksong of the Ifugao.
- In the Netflix series, Alexandra was said to be lost for 5 years in the Balete Tree Trials and was greeted by only Hank. Meanwhile, in the comic series, she was only lost for 3 years and was greeted by Alexander and Enrique Trese, and the Kambal.
- A Netflix adaptation of Book 8 as a sequel to season one of the TV series seems to be hinted at by a tweet by co-creator and writer Budjette Tan captioning "Ready... get set..." with the season 1 developer, producer, and scriptwriters tagged.
- Ending credits of Trese (TV Series)