Angelito: Batang Ama
|Angelito: Batang Ama|
|Written by||Mary Rose Colindres
|Directed by||Theodore Boborol
Neal Felix Del Rosario
|Starring||JM De Guzman
|Opening theme||Ika'y Mahal Pa Rin by Jovit Baldivino|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|No. of episodes||108|
|Executive producer(s)||Minnella T. Abad
Adjanet F. Rase
Jaime "Nong" Lleno, Jr.
|Editor(s)||Roman Rodriguez III
Alexces Shiela Tiglao
|Running time||30-45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Dreamscape Entertainment Television|
|Picture format||NTSC (480i)|
|Original release||November 14, 2011– April 13, 2012|
|Related shows||Katorse (2010)
Angelito: Ang Bagong Yugto (2012 sequel)
Angelito: Batang Ama (Filipino, “Angelito: Young Father”) is a Philippine daytime drama series that ran in ABS-CBN's Kapamilya Gold afternoon block and worldwide via The Filipino Channel from November 14, 2011 to April 13, 2012. It is the first of the Angelito duology. The story revolves around Angelito (JM de Guzman), a teenager who is forced to live the bittersweet life of young fatherhood after the accidental pregnancy of his high school girlfriend (Charee Pineda).[excessive citations]
The fictional seaside country town of San Vicente is home to the Santos siblings: 18-year old graduating high school student Angelito (De Guzman) and his younger sister Teresa, nicknamed "Tere". The two come from a broken family; their mother had died when they were young and their father abandoned them. Both siblings were left to the care of their grandmother, Pinang (Oropesa), who runs a small fishmonger and green grocery business in the town's wet market. To make ends meet, Angelito helps Pinang in their business alongside studying. In school, Angelito has a close circle of friends or a clique, which includes Rex, Sponky, and Boyet.
Also living in the town is the Dimaano family. The mother, Adel, works in Saudi Arabia as a domestic worker, while Delfin remains in the Philippines, working as a security guard. The couple have five children: Rolan, Rosalie, Rhona, Richelle, and Rowena. Rolan (Evans) is a close friend of Angelito and a member of his clique. Rosalie (Pineda), on the other hand, was Angelito's schoolmate and a well-known honour student, and is now Rolan's batchmate because Angelito's clique repeated a grade twice. Due to her intelligence and wisdom, Rosalie was groomed by the Dimaanos to be their new breadwinner who would eventually lift them all from poverty after graduation. Thus, she studied earnestly and did not entertain any of her suitors.
For a long time, Angelito was attracted to Rosalie. As one of her more persistent suitors, Angelito expressed his affection for her and started courting her. They first became friends and eventually, lovers. The relationship grew stronger after Angelito defended her from a group of teenage thugs who were involved in a brawl with his clique. However, Rolan, despite being a close friend of Angelito, opposed their relationship. The entire Dimaanos also opposed the friendship and forced them to separate, although they did not.
On the evening of the day the Dimaano parents Delfin and Adel had an argument that left Rosalie in the middle, Rosalie visited Angelito at the beach and told him what had happened. A heavy rainstorm cuts their walk home frong the hangout, forcing them to take shelter in an abandoned hut. There, Angelito confesses his love for her once more and the two had sexual intercourse. Sometime later, Rosalie discovers that she was pregnant but she and Angelito continue to hide her pregnancy. The Dimaano family also discovers this after finding a pregnancy test kit in the laundry, wherein of the Dimaano sisters, Rhona (Ramirez), is mistakenly identified as the owner.
Pinang becomes outraged of Rosalie's pregnancy after Angelito confides to her about the incident. They head to the Dimaano household to for a proper resolution but instead of a peaceful talk, the dealing goes horribly violent wherein Angelito is met with severe beatings by Delfin and Rolan. The ordeal ends when Rosalie defends Angelito just as Rolan is about to trash a rock at Angelito's head while barangay policemen arrive in response to the commotion. A heavily-injured Angelito is hospitalized with a broken/dislocated left arm. Pinang forbids him to communicate with Rosalie after they arrive home.
The next morning, Delfin orders Rosalie not go to school but Adel insists that Rosalie continues schooling and finish her studies as she is the running valedictorian, to which Delfin reluctantly agrees on the condition she never meets Angelito. At school, news of the previous night's incident at the Dimaano household spreads. Rosalie and Angelito take their respective examinations. After the examinations, the adviser of Angelito's section advises Rolan not to do any more wrong as it would compromise the situation not only of his family but also Rosalie's. As Angelito tries to sort things out with Rosalie, his two friends, Boyet and Spongky (Roco), warn him of Rolan's anger and that Rex has been closely monitoring Rolan himself since the previous night's ordeal. Meanwhile, a confrontation between Rolan and a group of jocks talking about Rosalie's pregnancy erupts into a fight instigated by the former, causing Rex and an assistant principal to intervene; the latter ordering Rosalie to take Rolan home due to his trouble-making attitudes.
During Angelito's road to recovery and after a slight altercation with Rolan, he learns that Rosalie's family is planning to move out of town. With the growing conflict between the Santoses and Dimaanos, Angelito and Rosalie eloped in a rural area. Their landlady, Aling Belen, served as a mother figure to them as they coped with early parenting. There, Angelito begins his search for a job and manages to get one at a local piggery.
Despite his hard work at the piggery, his earnings were insufficient for his new family. Several months later, Rosalie gives birth to their son named Angelito Dimaano-Santos Jr. or Junjun by nickname. There, Angelito struggles as a young father learning the ropes of raising a child to finding better jobs to provide for his son’s needs. Eventually, he and Rosalie decided to return home after their son's birth. Both their families supported them financially and emotionally but the Dimaanos still expressed disapproval of Angelito although Adel tries hard to approve of and understand his hardships. Rosalie returns to school to complete her unfinished term of last year of basic education.
Rolan however, still continues his vendetta for Angelito by trying to harm Tere while drunk with plans to murder her. Tere hides in a storeroom of a house wherein a heavily intoxicated Rolan inadvertently sets the place on fire after stumbling on furniture. Fortunately, Spongky manages to rescue Tere from the burning building. After Rolan tries to harm Angelito and Junjun as he gets home, he is arrested and charged with arson and then imprisoned.
Later on, Cecil, a relative of the Dimaanos who works and lives in the United States, visits the family and meet up Angelito and his son. Rosalie's parents agreed that Cecil adopt the child. What Angelito did was to bring the child to Manila and initially, Rosalie was supposed to be with them but she chose to stay with her family and focus on finishing basic education instead, especially when her father Delfin suffers a near-fatal heat attack. As time went on, she tried to find Angelito and Junjun but failed because Pinang hindered her. After Rosalie finishes her basic education, she and her family move to Manila for college.
In Manila, after nearly losing Junjun to street people, Angelito finds safety with two new friends, one of them being Mervin (Francisco). Through these two friends, Angelito manages to get a job as a carpenter and befriends his employer, the engineer and head carpenter of the building he and Mervin work on. While at work, their employer also helps take care and nurse Junjun.
The circumstances would be difficult for Angelito since he would be raising Junjun alone. Angelito never stopped looking for Rosalie since he still loved her. Despite the difficulties, Angelito was able to fulfill his responsibilities as a father with the help of Jenny Ambrosio (Kaye Abad), who was also a single parent with a daughter named Maymay, whom Junjun became a playmate of and best friend. Junjun even called Jenny as "Naynay Jenny" to mean that she was like a second mother to him since she cared for him as well. Angelito and Junjun rented a house while Jenny and Maymay lived in a separate house. Pinang moves to Manila and reunites with Angelito.
After five years, Rosalie and Angelito reunite. However this time, Rosalie, now an education graduate and successful flight attendant while also being an Licensure Examination for Teachers topnotcher, acted indifferently towards Angelito due to her new boyfriend, womanizing airline pilot Andrew Posadas (Rodriguez). During the wedding anniversary of the Dimaano couple, Andrew reunites the family with a newly-released Rolan. After a tearful reunion, Andrew and his mother Helen help Rolan find a job wherein the latter manages to get an entry job in a mall stockroom from which he was later fired after being unjustly accused of theft (later revealed to be Spongky's doing). Tere moves to Manila to attend college and starts a friendship with a class/schoolmate named Migoy (Concepcion), the musically-obsessive son of a wealthy lawyer and a businesswoman.
Rosalie brings Junjun to the Dimaano household wherein she introduces him. Rolan isn't pleased to see him, especially when he lashes out at Junjun when the latter asks him for a bond. A heavily traumatized Junjun declares that he would not want to visit the household anymore.
When Angelito and Rosalie attempt to reconcile their love, Rolan catches them in the act and a brawl ensues between him and Angelito wherein the former threatens the latter with death. After the fight, Rolan reveals to the Dimaanos of his five-year suffering since his transfer to New Bilibid Prison. Rosalie then forced herself to believe that she did not care for Angelito and only wanted to be with Junjun. She asked Angelito to let her take care of Junjun with the latter not allowing her. As a result, Andrew urged her to file a custody case in court.
Angelito had to prove to the court that he was capable of raising the Junjun alone. Unfortunately, the court grants Junjun's custody to Rosalie and Angelito can do nothing but to let the child live with his mother. He then focused on his relationship with Jenny despite still being in love with Rosalie.
Junjun found it hard to understand the family setup because he wanted to be with both parents. At first Rosalie thought that her son would adopt to the situation, thinking that she got what she wanted by taking Junjun back, but later decided to return him to Angelito after realizing his pain of being away from his father. To satisfy Junjun's needs of being with both parents, Rosalie and Angelito bond on some occasions and also have Junjun spend quality time with Angelito like spending a night with him and more. However, there was another setback in Rosalie' life in the form of an empty relationship. Despite being in a relationship with Andrew, her feelings for Angelito began to resurface undeniably even if her family still opposed him.
There was still tensions arising from the custody battle, especially after Rolan learns of Junjun being with Angelito. One night, after Rosalie and Andrew joined the Santoses and their friends in a beach outing, Andrew then takes advantage of Rosalie by stalking her and then attempting to rape her in her house. Days later, the two got in an argument of what happened and about Andrew's behavior. Delfin overhears the heated conversation and coerces Andrew to leave with a threat to kill him. These incidents began Rosalie and Andrew's breakup.
Later on, as Andrew attempts to reconcile with Rosalie, he gets involved in a car accident after trying to contact her while driving. Helen prohibits Rosalie from visiting Andrew at the hospital after knowing of what happened between the two. Rosalie and her mother Adel bond over the frustrations the former experienced while being with Andrew and the breakup. Rolan overhears them and goes into a heated argument about the topic, concluding that Rosalie plans to return with Angelito, which he had long opposed as he blames Angelito and his child for his misfortunes. Delfin then subdues Rolan as he attempts to argue even further. Rolan later becomes a fugitive for carnapping.
At Spongky's home later that night, Rolan reveals to the former of a diabolical his plan of killing either Angelito or Junjun. As he states that his plan will not stop until either of the Santos father and son is dead, Spongky admonishes Rolan by reminding him of his status as a wanted fugitive, adding of Junjun's part in the Dimaano bloodline and taking away Angelito's life would only give Junjun a hard life.
To make matters worse, by the next day, Rolan, now a most wanted criminal, takes Junjun hostage during a family outing to express his rage towards Angelito. Migoy and Mervin try to intervene to stop Rolan and keep Junjun safe but are outmatched; with Migoy angered after Rolan reveals the arson incident that nearly killed Tere. News of the incident spreads as the commotions proceeds. As Angelito and Rosalie learn of the incident, they rush to the venue of the crime. Sponky tries to negotiate with Rolan to little avail as one of Angelito's friends and workmates, Mervin, alerts the police.
Police arrive and try to negotiate with Rolan to release Junjun but Rolan refuses. Rolan then tells Angelito of the time he tried to kill Junjun by running him over with a motorcycle. After a heated exchange of words, Rolan releases Junjun but then shoots at Angelito wherein Rosalie is hit. Police fire two fatal shots on him. Rosalie and Rolan were then taken to separate hospitals wherein they recuperate fully.
After the hostage crisis, at the hospital where Rosalie is confined, her parents Delfin and Adel try make amends with Angelito's family of their misgivings and misdeeds. Soon, Rolan is imprisoned once again and Rosalie reconciles with Andrew before they break up and part ways in good hands as she tries to gain Angelito's heart. She then resigns from her job as a flight attendant as Andrew recovers and goes back to his duties.
After Angelito makes amends with the Dimaanos, he and Andrew make amends and become friends. Although Jenny is willing to do everything for Angelito, the latter chooses to sever his relationship with her as he knows that Junjun and Rosalie were more important to him. Tere and Migoy start a relationship, to Angelito's approval.
Angelito then returns home to San Vicente where he grew up in his search for Rosalie. At the shores where he and Rosalie used to hang out, he encounters a young student couple from his school who reminded him of his relationship with Rosalie. Recounting the struggles of young fatherhood, he converses with them. The boy (Navato) reveals that the shore is their secret hangout only known to them while the girl (Bercede) adds of Rosalie visiting the spot and giving them advice on how to have a happy and healthy relationship such as being an inspiration to one another, seriousness in academics, and listening to parents' advices. Angelito gives the couple a similar advice before giving the boy a tip on how to prove his good intentions for the girl to her parents. He ends his advice by telling the couple of the dangers of young parenthood before strongly motivating them to avoid premarital sex. As the couple thank him, Rosalie and Angelito reunite at the same site they bonded at a waterfall quarry which was once a hangout for his peer group. They realize of the importance of having a complete family and managed to restore their relationship at the end as they live together with Junjun a normal family life.
Cast and Characters
- JM De Guzman as Angelito Santos
- Charee Pineda as Rosalie Dimaano
- Kaye Abad as Jenny Ambrosio
- Tom Rodriguez as Andrew Posadas
- Elizabeth Oropesa as Amparo "Pinang" Santos
- Devon Seron as Teresa "Tere" Santos
- Sue Ramirez as Rona Dimaano
- Eliza Pineda as Rowena Dimaano
- Mariel Pamintuan as Rachel Dimaano
- Matt Evans as Rolan Dimaano
- Snooky Serna as Adel Dimaano
- Al Tantay as Delfin Dimaano
- Joshen Bernardo as Angelito "Jun-jun" Dimaano Santos Jr.
- Bea Basa as Malena Mhaica Emily "Mai-Mai" Ambrosio
- Felix Roco as Spongky
- Sam Concepcion as Migoy Abella
- Dennis Padilla as Fulgencio "Pol" Dela Torre
- Jason Francisco as Mervin
- Beauty Gonzales as Seksi
- Josef Elizalde as Charlotte
- Lemuel Pelayo as Arthur
- Jobelle Salvador as Lina Abella
- Matthew Mendoza as Raymond Abella
- Kyra Custodio as Juret Villaflor
- Aldred Gatchalian as Rodel Dimaano
- Carl John Barrameda as Boyet
- Benjamin de Guzman as Rex
- Bianca Casado as Daisy
- Eslove Briones as Rowel
- Michael Flores as Del
- Justin Cuyugan as BJ
- Princess Manzon as Shane
- Daisy Cariño as Gemma
- Daria Ramirez as Belen
- Ina Feleo as Precious
- Racquel Montesa as Cecile
- Jommy Teotico as Bart
- Dionne Monsanto as Mira
- Shey Bustamante as Ailyn
- Rochelle Barrameda as Candice
- Pocholo Montes as Amorsolo Pineda
- Jojit Lorenzo as Tomas Bernardo
- Racquel Villavicencio as Helen Posadas
- Susan Africa as Carmen Santo
- Mark Luz as Andrew
- Andrei Garcia as young Angelito
- Jadise Cruz as Aya, Tere's Classmate
- Fretzie Bercede and CJ Navato as student couple
The story continues in Angelito: Ang Bagong Yugto (lit. Angelito: The New Chapter), which premiered on July 16, 2012.
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