If you’re a big fan of true crime shows and podcasts, you’ve probably watched a lot of episodes of Buzzfeed Unsolved. If not, this might be the one that just might hook you in. Because the Youtube channel that produced the popular series of the same name is exploring true crime stories from our very own country — the Philippines.
What is Buzzfeed Unsolved?
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For those who aren’t familiar, Buzzfeed Unsolved is best known for the web series of the same name featuring Ryan Bergara and Shane Madej. They tackle unsolved true crimes or alleged haunted locations and supernatural events, all being presented in a comedic and humorous manner. The original series had a total of fifteen seasons for both its subseries True Crime and Supernatural.
‘The Dark Horrors of the Philippines’
On April 25, BuzzFeed Unsolved released a video entitled “The Dark Horrors of the Philippines.” It is a teaser for an upcoming travel mini series called “Solivagant” hosted by Youtuber Aria Inthavong, with episodes set in the Philippines.
The producer released a slightly different version of the teaser on his personal Youtube channel with the title “Exploring The Dark Past Of The Philippines.”
Who is producer Aria Inthavong?
— Aria Inthavong (@ariainthavong) March 27, 2022
Aria Inthavong is a Lao-American filmmaker and producer who has been with BuzzFeed since 2017. He is best known for his 2017 video “I Trained to Become an MMA Fighter in 4 Months” (over 4.3 million views as of writing) on the BuzzFeed Video channel and the 2020 video “I Solved the Disappearance Of My Dad’s Best Friend” (over 6.1 million views as of writing) on the BuzzFeed Unsolved Network channel.
What content can you expect from the series?
According to the video’s description, the series will be “investigating dark Filipino true crime stories and their connection to larger issues in the country.” This includes but may not be limited to the human rights abuses during the Marcos Dictatorship, the killings connected to the song “My Way”, and the Jabidah massacre (also known as Corregidor massacre).
Much like the other series from Buzzfeed Unsolved Network, this series tackles these stories and issues in a documentary style format. Aria visited the Philippines to shoot the series and interview locals
Who are the local personalities in the series?
In the video’s description section, the series features photographer JL Javier, social media personalities PinoyAkoBlog and Ibanag in the City, California State University Asian-Pacific Studies assistant professor Mary T. Lacanlale Ph.D., and University of the Philippines Islamic Studies professors Julkipli M. Wadi and Darwin J. Absari.
Where can you watch it?
Despite being featured on the Buzzfeed Unsolved Network channel, the Philippines-centric series will be released on Aria Inthavong’s personal Youtube channel. You can subscribe to his channel to get notifications for when the series is released.
On the BuzzFeed Unsolved channel
According to Aria, the teaser was also featured on the Youtube channel of Buzzfeed Unsolved Network because it will be part of a larger travel series that will be produced for the Unsolved channel.
“Unfortunately, I can’t say too much yet about that series and where we’re growing and all that jazz,” he added. “However, what I can say is that while the series on my channel deals more with the intersection between true crime and cultures, the series here on the Unsolved Network will be about exploring occult regions of the world with the locals who know them best. It should be a very fun, very spooky, very fascinating time.”
When is the first episode coming out?
The first episode of “Solivagant” will be released on Aria Inthavong’s Youtube channel on Saturday, April 30. Two more episodes will follow to be released every Saturday.
Watch the trailer on Aria’s Youtube channel here: