GMA Worldwide Sends Lolong to Indonesia


GMA Worldwide has sold Lolong, the most-watched TV show of 2022 in the Philippines, to ANTV in Indonesia, where it will air as Dakkila.

Starring Ruru Madrid, the show tells the story of a man’s extraordinary friendship with a giant crocodile named Dakila. It is the first Filipino title acquired by ANTV.

In addition to Madrid, Lolong’s cast includes Shaira Diaz, Arra San Agustin, Christopher de Leon, Jean Garcia, Bembol Roco, Malou de Guzman, Rochelle Pangilinan, Paul Salas, Marco Alcaraz, Mikoy Morales, and Maui Taylor. It is directed by Rommel Penesa and Conrado Peru and comes from an idea from broadcast journalist and GMA News pillar Jessica Soho and LJ Castel, assistant VP for GMA public affairs.

The show found great success in the Philippines, where the character of Dakila visited cities in Mega Manila and select provinces in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The 22-feet-long animatronic crocodile even made headlines before the show aired, with international news outlets reporting on the supposed “sighting” of a giant crocodile.