|Created by||Elena Patron|
|Developed by||GMA Entertainment TV Group|
|Directed by||Jay Altarejos|
|Opening theme||"Maghihintay Ako Sa 'Yo"
by Mark Alain Echem
|Ending theme||"Maghihintay Ako Sa 'Yo"
by Mark Alain Echem
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|Original language(s)||Filipino, Tagalog, English|
|No. of episodes||65 episodes (Final)|
|Executive producer(s)||Wilma Galvante|
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Original channel||GMA Network|
|Picture format||480i NTSC|
|Original run||May 16, 2011 – August 12, 2011|
Blusang Itim (lit. Black Blouse) or Beauty Within (International title) is a Philippine drama produced by GMA Network starring Kylie Padilla, Frank Magalona and Carl Guevarra. It is a TV remake of the 1986 film starring Snooky Serna, which was based on the comic of Elena Patron. Premieres May 16, 2011 replacing Alakdana on GMA's Dramarama Sa Hapon blocked (now Afternoon Prime).
Blusang Itim was first introduced as a novel written by Elena Patron and was serialized from 1981 to 1983. In 1986, the novel was adapted into a film which was produced by Seiko Films with Snooky Serna in the lead role playing Jessa. It became a success. This started the popularity of Richard Gomez and Snooky Serna's love team.
2011 TV remake
In preparation for the television remake, GMA Network gave auditions to their roster of young actresses for the lead role. The names of StarStruck V's winner, Sarah Lahbati, and newcomers Gwen Zamora and Isabelle Daza were heavily considered for Jessa's role. But, in the end, it was Kylie Padilla who was chosen by the network.
The story revolves around Jessa, an ugly woman who wants to be accepted by people despite her appearance. She also hopes to be loved by a man wholeheartedly despite her looks. These seems to be possible for Jessa when she wears the mysterious black blouse. The black blouse as the mystical garment has the power to make the wearer beautiful and sexually attractive to men.
Cast and Characters
- Kylie Padilla as Jessa Escote / Jessa Lopez Santiago / Jessica Madrid / Jessa Escote -Soriano
- Frank Magalona as Angelo Soriano
- Carl Guevarra as Melchor Reyes
- Wynwyn Marquez as Cleo Salcedo
- Rita Avila as Rhea Escote
- Jackie Lou Blanco as Esmeralda Lopez-Santiago
- Gary Estrada as Gerald Escote
- Maritoni Fernandez as Victoria Soriano
- Marissa Delgado as Concha Lopez-Santiago
- Maureen Mauricio as Elsa Reyes
- Bodie Cruz as Noel
- Chariz Solomon as Chiqui
- Lucho Ayala as Edward Escote
- Andrea Torres as Alison Escote
- Rochelle Barrameda as Dra. Camille Santos
- Shirley Fuentes as Beth Sta. Maria
- Sabrina Man as Young Jessa
- Arkin Magalona as Young Angelo
- JM Reyes as Young Melchor
- Snooky Serna as Loleng
- Blusang Itim was aired on ABS-CBN as part of the 2006 television series Komiks Presents with Cassandra Ponti (Jessa), Uma Khouny (Melchor), Marco Alcaraz (Angelo), and Cheska Garcia (Cleo).
- Arkin Magalona (Young Angelo) is Frank Magalona's (Angelo) younger brother.
- SNTV, a TV station in Vietnam bought the rights to air the series in 2014.