Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas
|Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas|
Main Characters: Ara and Christian
|Genre||Drama, Romance, Teleserye|
Angelika dela Cruz
|Opening theme||"Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas" by Sharon Cuneta; Rearranged by Homer Flores|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|No. of episodes||298 episodes (local 30 minutes)
100 episodes (international 45 minutes)
|Running time||30 minutes (original)
45 minutes (compressed)
|Original run||May 19, 2003– July 9, 2004|
Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas (lit. I Wish It Would Never End) was a soap aired by ABS-CBN that premiered on May 19, 2003 and ended on July 9, 2004. It is a love story of two star-crossed lovers who suffer for their parents' long forgotten sins. Christian and Ara battle the odd twists and turns of fate in the hopes of protecting a love that withstands the test of time. The series was headlined by Jericho Rosales, Kristine Hermosa, Diether Ocampo and Angelika dela Cruz.
Falling victim to a freak accident on a ship sailing, Christian (Jericho Rosales) and Ara (Kristine Hermosa) get trapped in an isolated island and fell in love. Reality stepped in when they were rescued and had to go back to their own lives. She felt the difference in their social status. Despite all odds, he promised his eternal love for Ara, unaware of her family’s involvement in his painful past.
While stranded again on the same island they are captured by the rebels and Christian is been tortured by the rebels. They are rescued by Leo and they escape. Christian is then shot in the leg just as Ramon and the military arrives to save them. Ara is then fatally shot in the chest by the rebel leader. The rebel leader is then shot to death by the military.
Upon discovering the truth Christian was driven with anger, which made Ara and her family decided to escape his revenge. This tragic journey leads Ara to meet a rich and carefree painter, Leo (Diether Ocampo). She learned to bury things as they are. And Leo’s unconditional love helped her to start anew. Christian, on the other hand, finds comfort with kindhearted Mary Ann (Angelika dela Cruz), an amusing friend who slowly wins Christian’s trust and affection.
When romance seems perfect for estranged lovers, fate stepped in and brought Christian back into Ara’s life. Ara must now confront her unfinished business with Christian…
What lies beneath their intertwined past? Will Christian and Ara’s romance bind together again?
Cast and characters
Main cast and characters
- Kristine Hermosa as Arabella Grace Garcia - She also happens to be the daughter of Elizabeth who grows up without knowing the love of her mother. She falls in love with Christian, not knowing that this will cause her great pain.
- Jericho Rosales as Christian Soriano - Orphaned at a young age, he is groomed to handle the family’s vast powerful companies. He falls in love with Ara, not knowing that she holds a past that could ruin them altogether.
- Diether Ocampo as Leonardo Madrigal III - Leo is the eldest grandson of Don Marcelo, a wealthy plantation owner. And Ramon is his younger brother. They are a product of a broken family since their mother left them at an early age to marry someone else in America. Both brothers were left under the care of Don Marcelo. Leo is also an artist and would rather follow his passion on arts and music rather than manage the hacienda. He is a loving grandson, and is brave enough to fight for what he believes in or for the woman he would eventually fall in love with.
- Angelika dela Cruz as Mary Ann Santos - Mary Ann is a very cheerful person. Everyone around her is affected by her gaiety. In spite of her troubled past. Her mother was a GRO, who married a man who would do anything for money even if meant, “selling” his stepdaughter. Having escaped her past, she is determined to fulfill her dream of becoming a recording artist. Brave and street mart, in spite of not being able to finish her studies, she would do everything to attain her goals and would do everything for the man she would eventually fall in love with.
Minor cast and characters
- Marvin Agustin as Newton
- Kaye Abad as Shane Diwata
- Gloria Romero as Doña Valeria Valencia
- Joel Torre as Anton Garcia
- Cherry Pie Picache as Yvette Valencia
- Desiree Del Valle as Francine
- Caridad Sanchez as Choleng
- Luis Alandy as Ramon Madrigal
- Gary Estrada as Richard Valencia
- Jane Oineza as the young Arabella Grace Garcia
Special guest cast and characters
- Ilonah Jean as Rhodora Soriano
- Bong Regala as Emilio Soriano
- Bon Vibar as Nicanor Soriano
- Nina Ricci Alagao as Bettina
- Minnie Aguilar as Shane's Mother
- Ward Luarca as Orly
- Marithez Samson as Lucy
- Cholo Escaño as Einstein
- Crispin Pineda as Young Orly
- Serena Dalrymple as Rain Soriano
- Julia Clarete as Denise
- Karlo Enriquez as Young Nicanor
- Troy Martino as Shane's Father
- Kimberly Diaz as Einstein's Wife
- Carla Humphries as Christian's Secretary
- Tin Arnaldo as Young Valeria
- Boy Abunda as Himself
- Karlina Bayot as Socorro Soriano
- Kris Aquino as Herself
- Roderick Paulate as Truman
- Suzette Ranillo as Jake
- Robby Mananquil as Perry
- Chinggoy Alonzo as Don Marcelo Madrigal
- Teresa Garcia
- Khalila Aguiluz
- Vangie Labalan
- Errol Dionisio†
- Efren Reyes Jr.
- Brandon Gepfer as Mando Leandro
- Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas - performed by Sharon Cuneta
- Maybe - performed by King
- Alam Kong Di Ako, Okey Lang - performed by Angelika dela Cruz
- Habang May Buhay - performed by Angelika dela Cruz
- Kailan Ka Darating? - performed by Angelika dela Cruz
- Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin - performed by Angelika dela Cruz
- I Believe in You and Me - performed by Angelika dela Cruz and Jericho Rosales
- Looking Through the Eyes of Love - performed by Angelika dela Cruz
- Kung Ako na lang Sana - performed by Angelika dela Cruz
- Special Memory - performed by Kaye Abad
- You've Made Me Stronger - performed by Kaye Abad
- Stop Think - performed by Kaye Abad
- Directions: Jerome Chavez-Pobocan and FM Reyes
- Creative Manager: Ricardo Lee
- Head Writer: Henry King Quitain
- Episode Writers: Ma. Regina Amigo, Dindo Perez, Aileen Sempio-Viray, Francis Passion
- Contributing Writers: Denise O'Hara, Mel Francis Santos, Jarell Serencio
- Executive Producers: Des de Guzman, Charo Santos-Concio, and Malou Santos
- Supervising Producer: Anna Goma
- Assistant Director: Aljon Albina
- This series was shown in the following countries with a title "Timeless":
- Singapore on Sensasi (Cable channel in Malay language beginning May 2008)
- The original theme for the series was Jessa Zaragoza's version of "Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas" from her album Kahit Na Ilang Umaga. It was eventually replaced by a re-recording of the Sharon Cuneta original, performed also by its original singer Sharon Cuneta and used both Versions in the Television Series. And also reinterpret by Rachelle Ann Go in GMA 7's Anna Karenina in 2013.
- Two weddings were shot as a finale for this series, one with Ara and Christian and the other one with Ara and Leo.
- The viewers decided on which ending is going to air through text messaging, first in the world's television history.
- The Filipino Channel viewers abroad decided on which ending is going to air through online voting on the ABS-CBN website.
- After Christian and Ara's wedding was aired as the official finale of the series, Leo and Ara's wedding was also aired the next evening as a TV special.
- This was the comeback project of actress Angelika dela Cruz to ABS-CBN after being with GMA 7 for quite some time.
Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas was considered as one of the best soap operas in the Philippine TV history by most of the critics and audiences. Its highest rating was 49.3%, while the lowest was 38.7%. Its overall ratings was 39.4%.