WATCH: Digital Filipino children’s show ‘The Dadadoos’
A lot of batang ’90s are now parents! The generation exposed to Sesame Street and Batibot are surely looking for similar children’s programs for their kids to watch and learn from. The Feast Foundation comes to the rescue with their newest production.
A Filipino music and dance group that aims to entertain Filipino kids while educating them about Filipino culture and values, The Dadadoos signals the much-awaited return of children’s shows. The digital children’s show is available on FEAST Foundation’s YouTube channel with the maiden season including 9 songs, with 8 of it being Filipino classic nursery rhymes.
The project was initiated by FEAST Foundation and initially produced by Shandii Bacolod in 2020, with Joseph Abello as the writer and director.
“The late Shandii Bacolod spearheaded the project. In 2020, we had two batches of auditions. These auditions had on the spot choreography so we would know who among them are fast learners when it comes to dancing. We were forming a group so we also had to check if the finalists had chemistry. We were able to cast seven members who went through a rigid audition process. The group members include Yam Mercado, Iyo Canlas, Maxinne Ignacio, Fiona Sarte, John Arcenas, Vic Robinson and Rissey Reyes as ‘Dada Diwata’. We started recording the songs that year. But because of unprecedented events such as the pandemic’s second wave and Bacolod’s passing, the video shoot got delayed. We initially scheduled to resume shooting in 2021, but Rissey got stuck working as a Disney Princess in Hong Kong Disneyland. We finally finished shooting last October 2022. For the post-production, it took almost four months to finish the intricate graphics and animation as we shot their entire performances on green screen.” shares producer Jane Gonzales.
The first season of The Dadadoos will open with its theme song, as well as with the songs ‘Pakitong Kitong’ and ‘Penpen de Sarapen’. Children will get to sing, dance and learn Filipino folk songs anywhere in the world.
FEAST Foundation is now preparing for the succeeding seasons which will feature Filipino values, games, and other facets of our culture.
‘The Dadadoos’ is the sophomore project of FEAST Foundation after the barkada comedy movie ‘Call Me Papi’ starring Enzo Pineda, Lharby Policarpio, Royce Cabrera and Albie Casino. They are currently working on more projects including a slasher film by Alvin Yapan entitled TALAHIB (with an ensemble cast topbilled by Joem Bascon, Gillian Vicencio, Kristof Garcia, Jess Mendoza, Dax Alejandro, Kate Alejandrino, Timothy Castillo, and The Dadadoos cast Yam Mercado and Iyo Canlas). Another in the line up of project is a modern re-telling of Francisco Balagtas’ Florante at Laura which will be helmed by the same award-winning director, Alvin Yapan.
Follow FEAST Foundation on Facebook, Instagram and on YouTube for more updates on ‘The Dadadoos.’