|Created by||Emil Cruz Jr.|
|Starring||Judy Ann Santos
|Opening theme||"Mara Clara" by Therese Amper|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|Original language(s)||Filipino, English, Tagalog|
|No. of episodes||1,209|
|Camera setup||multicamera setup|
|Picture format||480i SDTV|
|Original run||August 17, 1992– February 14, 1997|
|Related shows||Mara Clara (2010)|
Mara Clara is a Filipino primetime television drama on the ABS-CBN network, which ran from August 17, 1992 to February 14, 1997. It was re-aired on Studio 23 and Kapamilya Channel, both ABS-CBN subsidiaries. It was adapted into a feature film released by Star Cinema in 1996.
The series originally aired at 2:30 p.m., right after Eat Bulaga!, until January 27, 1995, when Eat Bulaga! transferred to rival GMA Network. On January 30, 1995, it went to at 2:00 p.m. timeslot. On July 1, 1996, it moved to a primetime slot until it ended on February 14, 1997.
Mara and Clara were switched at birth in the nursery when they were born, and the details of this event were recorded by Karlo, a hospital staff, in his diary. Mara lived as the poor daughter of the couple Susan and Gary David and Clara, their real daughter, was brought up by the rich Amante and Alvira del Valle.
The good-natured del Valle couple takes in Mara as a servant and decides to spend for her education not knowing that she is their real daughter. Gary, who is actually a gang/syndicate leader, approves of the idea that Mara lives with the del Valles to extort money. Clara makes life for Mara difficult. But, as time progresses, they find their true identity in the spotlights, damages are paid, and they all know where they stand.
- Juan Rodrigo as Amanthe del Valle
- Beverly Vergel as Almira del Valle
- Eruel Tongco† as Gary Davis(TV version)
- William Martinez as Gary David (Movie version)
- Susan Africa as Susan Davis
- Noel Colet as Enrico
- Dan Fernandez as Kardo David
- Leni Santos as Lenita
- Minnie Aguilar as Lagring
- Eagle Riggs as CG
- Wowie De Guzman as Christian
- Rico Yan† as Derick
- Christopher Roxas as Erris
- Paolo Contis as Jepoy
- Jochelle Olalia as Karen
- Agatha Tapan as Denise
- Carol Magallanes as Carol
- Angelika de la Cruz as Joyce
- Anita Linda as Aling Pacita
- Ian Galliguez as Bekya
- Piolo Pascual
- Tom Santos
- Anna Lumibao
|Mara Clara: The Movie|
|Directed by||Jerry Lopez Sineneng|
|Produced by||Charo Santos-Concio
Malou N. Santos
|Starring||Judy Ann Santos
|Music by||Nonong Buencamino|
|Editing by||Joyce E. Bernal|
|Distributed by||Star Cinema|
|Running time||154 minutes|
In 1996, a movie was produced based on the television series. The Mara Clara movie adaptation was the first television series created by ABS-CBN to be adapted by Star Cinema. On the adaptation, the only cast changed was the character of Gary Davis who was portrayed by Eruel Tongco in the television, and was played by William Martinez in the movie due to the former's death from a car accident in 1996.
During the Studio 23 trade event held last August 24, 2010 at the World Trade Center Manila, it was announced that a remake of the series will start its production this 2010. Barbie Forteza is slated for the role of Mara, with Bea Binene as Clara.
- Executive Producer: Annaliza A. Goma
- Producer: Book One: Maru R. Benitez; Book Two: Dagang V. Vilbar
- Written and Directed by: Emil Cruz, Jr.