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Anna Liza title card (1980–1985)
|Created by||Rey Benedicto
|Based on||Anna Liza (radio drama)|
|Written by||Benjamin Viernes|
|Directed by||Gil C. Soriano|
|Opening theme||"Le Messager"|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|Original language(s)||Filipino, English|
|Running time||1 hour|
|Production company(s)||Happy Vision Corporation
Television International Corporation
|Original network||GMA Radio-Television Arts|
|Picture format||NTSC 480i|
|Original release||February 7, 1980– May 10, 1985|
|Related shows||Annaliza (ABS-CBN, 2013)|
Anna Liza is a Philippine television drama series starring Julie Vega aired by GMA Network and produced by Happy Vision Corporation and Television International Corporation. It was considered as the network's very first soap opera and also in a primetime slot.
This is a heart-warming tale of a girl named Anna Liza, who has an immense capacity to touch and change the lives of everyone who crosses her path. She is poor and has suffered abuse but always stay positive throughout her struggles and trials, and is always civil and caring towards others even when she is tired, sad and in pain.
Cast of characters
- Julie Vega as Anna Liza Santiago
- Alicia Alonzo as Isabel Santiago
- Augusto Victa as Lazaro Santiago
- Daria Ramirez as Stella/Adela
- Robert Arevalo as Greg
- Renato del Prado as Guido
- Rey Abellana as PJ
- Digna Kiocho as Cathy
- Leni Santos as Arlene
- Roderick Paulate as Ricky
- Albert Martinez as Glenn Laxamana
- Suzanne Gonzales as Lilian
- Delia Razon as PJ's mother
- Edgar Mande as Lester
- Alvin Canon as Rocky
- Melissa Mendez as Melissa
- Tony Carrion as Glenn's father
- Gloria Romero as Glenn's mother
- Mitos Canon as Mitos
- Ester Chavez
- Anita Linda as Munda
- Celia Rodriguez
- Raquel Montesa
- Lina Pusing
- Gloria Ilagan
- Marissa Delgado as Elvie
- Liezl Martinez
- Sugar Benedicto as Sugar
- Manilyn Reynes
- Aiko Melendez
- Bobi Mercado
- Rocco Montalban
The series was based on the popular radio drama series of the same name in Cebu in the 1970s which was created by Rey Benedicto and Raynee Salgado. Anna Liza premiered in 1980 under a direction by Gil C. Soriano, and received the attention of thousands of Filipinos—making it one of the most popular and well-loved drama series of all time. It served as a competitor of RPN's Flordeluna, starring Janice de Belen and led to the showbiz rivalry between Vega and de Belen (despite being highlighted as bestfriends offscreen).
The series ended because of Julie Vega's sudden death, resulting in the serial having incomplete storyline and Anna Liza got its TV ratings of 54% by PSRC on its final episode. Shortly after Julie's death, reruns were aired from the beginning of the series and continue until January 3, 1986. It was replaced by Mirasol del Cielo.
In 2013, GMA Network's chief competitor, ABS-CBN remade Anna Liza after the rights of the said drama series was bought from its original director, Gil C. Soriano. Andrea Brillantes played the lead role.
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