Here is a truism culled from watching endless episodes of Filipino movies and TV shows. The hardest role is not a contravida, or an evil twin, or the opposite sex. It is a medical doctor.
In dramas, a doctor will eventually come up to give the good news, bad news in a hospital. This chance goes up when a main character has been hit by a car. The doctor also comes in to tell the characters that someone needs surgery, along with the implication that they haven’t paid yet.
I don’t know about “material” and experience, but don’t directors and scriptwriters know any doctors at all? And by doctors, I don’t mean Belo. If directors and scriptwriters really draw on experience and observations for material, how come there are a lot of cross-dressers, martial artists, and fairies in Filipino TV?