Nandito Ako (TV series)

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TV5 Mini Serye:
Nandito Ako
Title card
Created by Associated Broadcasting Company
Written by Renato Custodio, Jr.
Charlotte Dianco
Renei Dimla
Evie Macapugay
Directed by Mac Alejandre
Starring David Archuleta
Jasmine Curtis
Eula Caballero
Theme music composer Aaron Paul del Rosario
Opening theme "Nandito Ako"
by Ogie Alcasid
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Filipino, English
No. of episodes 30 (final)
Running time 30-45 minutes
Original channel TV5
Picture format NTSC 480i
Original release February 20, 2012 (2012-02-20) – June 1, 2012 (2012-06-01)

Nandito Ako (English: Here I Am) is a television mini-series in the Philippines. It was produced by TV5, and was broadcast from February 20, 2012 to June 1, 2012.[1][2][3][4][5]

The programme was the second Mini Serye by TV5, and like the first one, Sa Ngalan ng Ina (lit. In the Name of the Mother), it was also set to air for only a month.[6][7]


International singing star Josh Bradley is a Filipino-American who was born and raised in the Philippines. When he was six years old, he was separated from his mother, Cara, during a hotel fire, who was believed to have died. After the incident, Josh moved to the United States, beginning his musical career. Years later, Josh returns to the Philippines to find out what really happened to his mother and search for the little girl he encountered and befriended during the hotel fire.

Cast and Characters[edit]

Main Cast[edit]

Cast Character Character Information
David Archuleta Josh Bradley A Filipino-American who was born in the Philippines but grew up in the United States and became an international artist. He returns to the Philippines, later finding out and believing that his mother, Cara, had died in a fire when he was six years old. This all changed when his mother's friend, Mylene, informs him that his mother is still alive.

He understands Tagalog but has limited command of the language.

Jasmine Curtis Epifania "Anya" Dionisio Daughter of Teresa Dionisio and later Josh Bradley's love interest. Anya at first rejected Josh's love, afraid that Holly will get mad at her. She first met Josh in the hotel fire in 1996, where he saved her life. She is revealed to have Josh's broken wristwatch.
Eula Caballero Holly Posadas Coming from a rich family, Holly wants to live up to the high expectations of her stepmother, Margareth, who seems ever displeased with her stepdaughter's actions. She and Anya had a rocky start, but eventually became friends because the latter helped her out through several unfortunate events. She is a fan of Josh Bradley whom she later met on a date. Holly is eventually diagnosed with brain cancer towards the end of the series and dies, leaving Josh and Anya to live happily ever after.
Giselle Toengi Cara "Aguilar" Bradley Josh Bradley's mother whom he thought had perished in the 1996 hotel fire. Years later, her friend Mylene reveals to an older Josh that Cara had in fact survived the disaster.
Gelli de Belen Teresa Dionisio Anya Dionisio's mother, who was a former "Guest Relations Officer" at Clark Air Base, where she met American officer Mark Watson and bore Anya. They were about to leave for the United States when they were caught in the hotel fire, causing Mark's death. Teresa has since returned to her former job while raising Anya.
Aiko Melendez Margareth Posadas Holly's wicked stepmother. She always treated Holly with disdain while exhibiting excessive pride in her eldest daughter, Audrey. She became very strict with Holly after her husband, Jaime, left them because she loved Holly more than him.

Extended Cast[edit]

Cast Character Character Information
Joseph Bitangcol Mando Batongbakal Anya's childhood friend, who secretly loves her.
Alwyn Uytingco Billy Parsons Josh Bradley's best friend.
Ana Capri Mylene Cara's best friend who told Josh that his mother is still alive.
Byron Ortile Aladdin Dionisio Anya's younger half-brother.
Mon Confiado Pablito Josh Bradley's driver
David Bianco Steve Bradley Josh's uncle. He was the one who told and made Josh believe that his mother died in the fire incident. He constantly tries to control Josh.
Ana Feleo Chit Enriquez Josh Bradley's road manager
RS Francisco Volta Teresa's best friend and godmother to Anya. Owns a small hair salon.
Perla Bautista Yaya Rosa Housekeeper of the Posadas family.

Guest Cast / Special Appearance[edit]

Cast Character Character Information
Andrea Brillantes Young Anya She played as young Anya.
Jay Durias Himself He played the keys on Josh Bradley's concert in Manila.
Gio Salvador Mark Watson Anya's father. He is an American soldier who left Anya and Teresa when Anya was still very young. A few years after he left Teresa's family, he returned to them and apologized for leaving, telling them that he would take them to the states and live there. However, it never happened because he died in the hotel fire tragedy.
Lucky Mark Mercado Gerald Holly and Anya's classmate. He has a bad character. Once, he, together with Holly's friends, framed her for possession of marijuana, which caused her trouble. He also tried to molest Anya by tricking her to tutor him and spiking her juice drink with sleeping powder. But before he even got to his attempt to harass Anya, Holly confronted him and took Anya away with her.
Mae "Juana Change" Paner Aling Tasing Neighbor of the Dionisios and is in conflict with them.
Jay Austria Lantoy Son of Tasing.
Morissette Amon Denise Anya's close friend.
Antonette Garcia Aling Baby She owns the house which the Dionisios rent.
Jaime Margareth's husband who left his family because he had an affair with Teresa.
Joe Summers Harold Bradley Josh's father and younger brother of Steve. Died in a bar fight trying to help Cara and her friends. He appears in episode 13 in Steve's flashback.
Emil Cara's husband and Josh's stepfather, first appears in episode 16. He lived with Cara in Batangas and was the reason Cara didn't go to Manila to find Josh, since he was sick and she had to take care of him.


  • The theme song of the mini-soap opera with the same title was originally performed by singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid and later remade by Mexican diva, Thalia.
  • Gelli de Belen and Aiko Melendez both worked in the series. However, their husbands Ariel Rivera and Jomari Yllana (Aiko's ex-husband) recently worked in ABS-CBN's E-Boy respectively.
  • This is David Archuleta's first Filipino and only Asian TV project.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ David Archuleta gets baptism of fire as actor in TV5 series retrieved via 01-18-2012
  2. ^ David Archuleta looks forward to more fun in the Philippines retrieved via 01-13-2012
  3. ^ VIDEO: David Archuleta 'excited' to start shooting for TV5 series retrieved via 01-12-2012
  4. ^ David Archuleta receives warm welcome from Filipino fans on fourth visit retrieved via 01-13-2012
  5. ^ David Archuleta on why he's doing a mini-series with TV5 retrieved via 01-14-2012
  6. ^ TV5 achieves international goal for Nandito Ako retrieved via 03-08-2012
  7. ^ Nandito Ako ng TV5, trending ang magandang kuwento worldwide retrieved via 02-28-2012

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