Over a month since its release and the Squid Game fever is still going strong! Halloween saw many people dressing up as players and game staff, and a lot more probably rewatched the show, too. Social media personality and vlogger Donnalyn Bartolome took things to the next level with her Filipino version of the popular Korean series!
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You could really say that Donnalyn made a lot of effort to cast the right people for each role in her parody. In addition to herself, she got eight other people to play the most important players of Squid Game.
- Donnalyn Bartolome as Player 212 / Han Mi-nyeo
- Baron Geisler as Player 456 / Seong Gi-hun
- Richard Juan as Player 067 / Kang Sae-byeok
- Rastaman as Player 001 / Oh Il-nam
- Marvin Fojas as Player 199 / Abdul Ali
- Paul Salas as Player 218 / Cho Sang-woo
- Coleen of MNL 48 as Player 240 / Ji-yeong
- Elyson Caranza aka Ghostwrecker as Player 101 / Jang Deok-su
- Mary Jane Arrabis aka Boobsie as the Squid Game doll
Don’t they all look sooooo similar to their original counterparts? It’s kinda scary and fascinating at the same time how accurate they looked and played the roles.
BAKA MALITO PA KAYO HAHAHAHHA AYAN NA FILIPINO VERSION MGA PPL. PARA SA MGA DI NAG CLICK NG NOTIFICATION BELL 🙊😂 NOODS NAAAAA! SA CHANNEL NI ATE @DJBDonna 🤍 #TheFilipinoSquidGame pic.twitter.com/wzosDAUzrP
— myst rios (@dha_hoo) November 3, 2021
. . . and on point costumes
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Even the costumes looked like the real thing! (Though we guess there’s probably a lot of shops selling replicas of the show’s costumes.)
The players all wore green tracksuits with their corresponding player number, while the staff members were in red complete with the black mask emblazoned with triangles, circles, or squares. Each staff member was even holding a gun — water guns, to be exact. And every time a player lost, they got “gunned” down with hot water.
Of course, while the players and costumes are really on-point, Donnalyn had to tweak the dangerous games in the original show. So she put a Filipino twist to each one.
Game #1: Red Light, Green Light
The original version: The leader (the giant doll in Squid Game) stands on one end of a playing field, with their back turned to the rest of the group, while chanting “red light, green light, one two three.” During this time, the rest of the players can move as much as they can to reach the area where the leader is. But once the chant stops, everyone has to freeze. If caught moving, the player is eliminated (literally).
Donnalyn’s Filipino version: The essence of the game remains the same. A leader chants with their back turned and tries to catch anyone moving. The difference is the players get an additional handicap — they have to hop all the way to the leader’s side while in a sack. Yes, it essentially became a sack race, which made moving (and staying still) harder and created more hilarious scenes.
Game #2: Honeycombs
The original version: Each player is given a tin can containing a sugar honeycomb with one of four shapes embedded into it: circle, triangle, star, or umbrella. The player must carve out the shapes perfectly with nothing but their wits and a needle.
Donnalyn’s Filipino version: Instead of a tin can of sugar honeycomb and a needle, the players got some good old fashioned crumbly polvoron and a huge hammer to carve out their designated shape. (They did eventually get into trying actual honeycomb and needle, and they proved that it’s really possible to do it within a time limit.)
Game #3: Tug of War
The original version: The players are grouped into two. Given two ends of the same rope, these two groups must pull on the rope to make the opposing team fall past the center mark.
Donnalyn’s Filipino version: The same rules apply in Donnalyn’s version. But the catch is, instead of a pit of death, Donna decided to throw the players down into a pit of worms. Yikes!
Game #4: Hopscotch
The original version: The player jumps from one square to another to make it all the way across the bridge. However, they need to choose the right square to step on, because one square is made of tempered glass, while the other is made of easily breakable glass. And if you step on the latter, you fall straight down to your death.
Donnalyn’s Filipino version: Instead of a bridge made of glass over an extreme height, Donnalyn just put the game into a safer environment. She used a bridge made of tarpaulin and plastic and suspended it over a swimming pool. So players only get a good soak if they lose the game.
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Unfortunately, there were some technical issues on the day of the video’s launch. Some of Donnalyn’s fans couldn’t open the video at all since it was made private, but it has since been resolved. Fans even think that it could be just because of how ~accurate~ the parody is.
“We couldn’t find anything we did wrong. Ako na nga nag-acapella sa intro ng Squid Game. ‘Heee Hooo Heee Hoo’ para na kong tange,” the vlogger joked in a post.
Part two coming soon!
The winner of the final game will be awarded a cash prize of PHP 30,000. But we still don’t know who that is, because we’re still waiting for Donnalyn to release the second part of “The Filipino Squid Game”. In the meantime, watch the first part below and have a good laugh: