Hiram na Puso
|Hiram na Puso|
|Also known as||A Change of Heart|
|Created by||GMA Entertainment TV Group|
|Developed by||Suzette Doctolero|
|Written by||Geng Delgado
|Directed by||Andoy Ranay
|Creative director(s)||Jun Lana|
|Theme music composer||Maya Meriales Manzanas|
performed by Kyla
|Composer(s)||Maya Meriales Manzanas
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|Original language(s)||Filipino, Tagalog, English|
|No. of episodes||88 episodes|
|Executive producer(s)||Joseph Aleta|
|Cinematography||Juan Lorenzo Orendain III|
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Running time||30-45 minutes|
|Original channel||GMA Network|
|Picture format||480i NTSC|
|Original run||March 5, 2012– July 6, 2012|
Hiram na Puso or A Change of Heart (international title) is a Filipino drama series created and written by Suzette Doctolero, under the directions of Andoy Ranay and Roderick Lindayag, and produced by GMA Network. The series features Kris Bernal and Gina Alajar as the main protagonists, with Mark Herras, Bela Padilla, Polo Ravales, Gardo Versoza and Ayen Munyi-Laurel. The series premiered March 5, 2012 replacing Kokak on GMA Afternoon Prime and March 7, 2012 worldwide via GMA Pinoy TV.
The story centers on the lives of Zeny (played by Gina Alajar) and her daughter Lira (played by Kris Bernal). In the story, Zeny is a loving and protective mother who takes all risks to save her daughter from death only to be abandoned by the same daughter after she literally had a change of heart. Soon, Zeny realizes that this is the dire consequence of one irreversible mistake she committed in the past.
This series catches positive feedback, both from the audience and critics, because of its no protagonist-no antagonist concept and edgy and intriguing storyline. Viewers also praises the casts' good acting, particularly Gina Alajar, Kris Bernal, Gardo Verzosa and Ayen Laurel.
Zeny (Gina Alajar) is a nursing student whose life gets complicated when she gets impregnated by her boyfriend who subsequently leaves her. She gives birth to twins, but unluckily, one of them had a heart complication and needed immediate operation. But Zeny couldn't afford the cost of the operation, and so, she was left without a choice but to give up the healthier baby so she can save the ailing one. The ailing child survived and Zeny named her Lira (Kris Bernal). Eighteen years later, Zeny, now a nurse, discovers that Lira’s heart condition has recurred and her daughter is, for the second time, on the brink of death. The only thing that could save her is a heart transplant. But Zeny has no connections. One fateful night, Zeny becomes a witness to a tragic hit-and-run accident. She helps the victim, Angeline (Krystal Reyes), who is almost her daughter's age. For a second, she thought that she's found a "donor" for her daughter’s heart transplant, but that would only be possible if she lets the victim die. She shilly-shallies at first, but moved by her conscience, she decides to take the victim to a nearby hospital but Angeline is already clinically dead. Although distraught by the demise of their daughter, the victim’s parents Leo (Gardo Versoza) and Roxanne (Ayen Laurel) thanked Zeny for attempting to "save" Angeline. Learning of Lira’s ailment, they agreed to donate their daughter’s heart to Lira. Zeny is filled with so much happiness following the success of her daughter’s operation. But her joy will be short-lived. She knew that her daughter survived at the expense of someone else's daughter, and destiny has its way of bringing back the balance. Not long thereafter, Zeny observes strange things about Lira. She seemed to have adopted not only the heart of her donor, but her personality, too. What concerns Zeny more is that while Lira turns cold towards her, she also begins to develop affinity with Angeline’s parents. Upon learning that Lira now has Angeline’s heart, the latter’s boyfriend Prince (Mark Herras) stalks her and later falls in love with her. Unbeknownst to Prince, he is already stepping in the way of Lira’s friend Dennis (Polo Ravales) who secretly has feelings for her. More conflications arise when Angeline’s sister Vanessa (Bela Padilla) has been wanting to win the heart of Prince. Zeny went up against her conscience to keep her daughter, but now she’s emotionally losing her. Meanwhile eventually, Vanessa is revealed that she is the missing sister of Lira as Kara. At the end, Lira died because of the same accident that happened to Angeline. Lira was pronounced clinically dead.
Cast of Characters
- Kris Bernal as Lira Banaag - The series main protagonist, she was a sweet and cheerful girl. A loving and obedient daughter of Zeny and Leo and Vanessa/Kara twin sister. Lira is raised with love and care by her mother, Zeny. Her fervent dream is to give her mother a comfortable life, that is why she strives hard to finish her studies. Unfortunately, she suffers from terrible heart condition and must undergoes heart transplant -- an operation that will change, not only her old damage heart, but her whole life and the lives of the people around her, as well. At the end Lira dies from a hit & run accident just like Angeline, although Roxanne doesn't help Lira like what happened to Angeline. 
- Mark Herras as Prince - The male and main an series protagonists. He was a rebellious son. A very loving boyfriend to Angeline. For him, Angeline is the one and only person he could trust... the one who understands and loves him wholeheartedly. But tragedy strikes. Angeline dies in a hit-and-run incident. Will he accept to lose the one person he loves the most?
- Gina Alajar as Zeny Banaag - A series secondary protagonists; she was a dedicated nurse and Leo true love. A loving and protective mother to Lira and Vanessa/Kara real mother. Life is not easy, specially for a single mother like Zeny. She has to look for her daughter's welfare and at the same time, work hard to makes ends meet and give her daughter a brighter future. To make matters worse, Lira suffers a terminal heart problem and heart transplant is the only option to save her from the brink of death. How far will a mother go to save and protect her loving child?
- Gardo Versoza as Leo Saavedra - A series secondary protagonists; he was a loving husband and a caring father of Angeline, Vanessa/Kara and Lira. Although he already has his own daughter, Angeline, Leo remained fair to his adopted daughter, Vanessa and treated her as if his own, but found out that it was his real daughter from Zeny.
- Ayen Munji-Laurel as Roxanne Saavedra - The series main antagonist; She was Leo's loving wife and a perfect mother to Angeline, and is very manipulative. Although she recognizes Vanessa as her adopted daughter, she unfairly gives much attention, love and care to her real daughter, Angeline. At the end of the series, she kidnapped Lira, which caused her to hit by the car and she didn't help her. Finally, she finally ends up in a Mental Institution by Leo. 
- Bela Padilla as Vanessa Saavedra / Kara Banaag - The series main antagonist, later protagonists at the end; She is the adopted daughter of the wealthy couple, Leo and Roxanne and the eldest sister of Angeline and the long lost daughter of Zeny and a twin sister of Lira. She almost had everything... beautiful face, comfortable life and a loyal friend, except for two things -- the attention and love of her mother, Roxanne; and the love and affection of Prince, her younger sister's boyfriend, with whom she's secretly in love.
- Polo Ravales as Dennis - The series male and main protagonists; he was a medical student. A handsome and perfect gentleman. Captivated by Lira's innocent beauty and kindness, he immediately falls in love to her. And so as Lira to him. Everything seems so perfect, not until Lira's change of heart... literally and figuratively.
- Krystal Reyes as Angeline Saavedra
- Candy Pangilinan as Becky
- Wynwyn Marquez as Jillian
- Ana Marin as Chona
- Marc Acueza as Choy
- Ehra Madrigal as young Becky
- Stef Prescott as young Zeny
- Renz Valerio as Young Prince
- Angie Ferro as old patient
- Perla Bautista as Minda
- Rox Montealegre as Amanda
- Fianca Cruz as Britney
- Boy Alano as Chona's Boyfriend
Audience and Critical Reception
- The series continues to gather positive feedback, both from the audience and critics, because of its "no protagonist, no antagonist" concept and edgy storyline.
- According to Comparative Program Ratings Performance Summary of AGB Nielsen Philippines in Mega Manila (People's Rating), Hiram na Puso debuted strongly (March 5, 2012) at 6.6% points against 3.1% points of its counterpart show in ABS-CBN.
- While in Nielsen TV Audience Measurement, the series' pilot episode gained a household rating of 14.9% points and an audience share of 40.6%, while its nearest competitor ABS-CBN’s Mundo Man Ay Magunaw only gained 9.2 pts. and an audience share of 25.1%. This is based on data provided by the Nielsen National Urban Television Audience Measurement (NUTAM). In Mega Manila, Hiram na Puso’s ratings lead during its debut was even more pronounced with a household rating of 17.5% points and an audience share of 46.3%, while its competitor only got 7.4 pts. and an audience share of 19.7%.
- Bibsy M. Carballo of The Philippine Star describes the series as "Reality drama... a concept that tastes familiar yet is different."
- This series serves as the second team up project of Kris Bernal and Mark Herras after the dancerye Time Of My Life.
- This is also the reunion project of Gina Alajar, Ayen Laurel, and Gardo Versoza after the very successful run of Amaya.
- The theme song Narito (lit. Here) was also used in GMA Telebabad series Narito Ang Puso Ko in 2003.