Meteor Garden was the first ever Chinovela on Philippine TV which became a huge hit to the Filipino viewers.The Pinoy audience got so used to the Mexican telenovelas, or simply Mexicanovelas, and Filipino teleseryes which is why when the Taiwanese show arrived, everyone became skeptical of its success and the quality of its story line.
The triumph of the series ushered in a new generation of other telenovelas from different Asian countries such as the Japanese Jdorama and the Korean Koreanovela.
Because Meteor Garden was such a huge hit, most Filipinos would rush home at 4:30 pm, the show’s time slot in ABS CBN, just to be able to watch the show.
Since its last airing on Philippine TV last 2005, we haven’t really seen any more shows involving the main characters including Jerry Yan, Vic Zhou, Barbie Hsu, Ken Chu, and Vanness Wu.
After almost 12 years since they last came into fame here in our country, most fans now wonder what their favorite Taiwanese actors look like now.
Most of them are now married and some even have children, like Barbie Hsu a.k.a. Shan Cai. The strong and independent lead actress of the Chinovela we came to love got hitched last 2011 to businessman Xiaofei. They currently have two children together.
Ken Chu or Xi Men, also recently got married to actress Vivien Han Wenwen. After Meteor Garden, Chu was able to launch a solo career doing a few projects and even writing his own cookbook.
Vanness Wu was also able to successfully launch his solo career after their show. The singer/actor made a few English albums and was even seen judging Asia’s Got Talent. He is also now married to his long time girlfriend Arissa Cheo.
Vic Zhou was popular for his role as the soft-spoken Hua Ze Lei. After dating his co-star Barbie Hsu for three years, they eventually went their separate ways in 2008. Now, Zhou is happily married to Reen Yu.
Jerry Yan, or Dao Ming Si who is the leader of F4, had a successful solo career after starring in Meteor Garden. Unlike his other co-stars though, Yan hasn’t tied the knot yet. As of the moment, he is dating model Seanna Chang.
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