Ang Mahiwagang Baul
|Ang Mahiwagang Baul|
Ang Mahiwagang Baul DVD cover
|Genre||Children's anthology series, Fairytale fantasy|
|Created by||GMA Entertainment TV Group|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||75|
|Executive producer(s)||Mona Coles Mayuga|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Original channel||GMA Network|
|Original release||July 17, 2005– January 28, 2007|
Ang Mahiwagang Baul (English: The Enchanted Chest) is a Filipino live-action children’s television anthology series retelling popular Philippine myths, legends and folktales. It headlines Eissen bayubay and Sandy Talag as siblings Epoy and Jewel, respectively, and Carme Sanchez as Lola Tacia who also serves as the story teller/narrator. The series was followed by another series called Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang (The Folktales of Grandma Basyang) which followed the same format as Ang Mahiwagang Baul and focused on the classic tales created by Severino Reyes.
Ang Mahiwagang Baul was originally slated for just seven episodes and considered only as filler, but the network awarded several extensions because of impressive viewership ratings and the positive feedback from the viewers.
The show was originally aired weekly on GMA Network from July 17, 2005 to January 28, 2007 with the total of seventy five episodes. It was also aired in GMA Pinoy TV from 2006 to 2007. Reruns of episodes aired on Q from year 2008 to 2010. Q's successor GMA News TV currently airs the reruns of the show since 2011. Some episodes also available on DVD (in three volumes, released on 2007 by GMA Records and Home Videos).
The series is a special program designed specifically to appeal to children. It is a weekly anthology aimed at entertaining children through a retelling of Philippine myths, legends and folklores and seeks to rekindle their interest in the richness of Filipino literature. All the episodes featured live-action twist adaptations of Pinoy folktales in costume by many well-known actors, teleplays by Gina Marissa Tagasa, and are directed by Argel Joseph and Don Michael Perez.
The show stars Eissen Bayubay and Sandy Talag who play siblings Epoy and Jewel. The two children are brought by their mother Lourdes to their Lola Tacia's house. Their adventure starts when Jewel discovers a glowing trunk in Lola Tacia's attic. Full of unique objects and trinkets, the children are soon fascinated by the stories that surround these items. Then they discover a stairway inside the chest! And when they decide to follow the steps and explore its depths, this unravels a secret world of fantasy and magic where the young siblings will experience and learn about a variety of myths and legends. The world inside the magical trunk is a realm without boundaries, and this is where Epoy's toy robot Rextor comes to life and becomes a trusty company to the children in their mythical adventures. After every ad venture, the kids come back with lessons learned.
Cast and characters
- Eissen Bayubay as Epoy
- Sandy Talag as Jewel
- Carme Sanchez as Lola Tacia
- John Feir as Rextor
- Shamaine Centenera as Lourdes
- Noni Buencamino as Emil
- Bella Flores as Lola Matilda
- Patricia Ysmael as Yayang
Awards and recognition
In 2006, the show won three awards in three different award-giving bodies. The show won Best Children Show in Catholic Mass Media Award; Best Horror/Fantasy Program in Star Awards for Television; and awarded as one of the Child-Sensitive Program of ANAK TV seal.