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Title card
Directed by Dominic Zapata
Opening theme "Tangi Kong Hiling" by Julie Anne San Jose
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Tagalog
No. of episodes 83
Executive producer(s) Wilma Galvante
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 30–45 minutes
Production company(s) GMA Entertainment TV
Original network GMA Network
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original release January 10 (2011-01-10) – May 6, 2011 (2011-05-06)

Dwarfina is a 2011 Philippine television drama romance fantasy series broadcast by GMA Network. Directed by Dominic Zapata, it stars Heart Evangelista in the title role and Dennis Trillo.[1][2] It premiered on January 10, 2011 on the network's Telebabad line up replacing Grazilda and worldwide on January 12, 2011 on GMA Pinoy TV. The series concluded on May 6, 2011 with a total of 83 episodes. It was replaced by Munting Heredera on its timeslot.[3]


The story begins with Kardo and Marissa, a couple who has always wanted to bear a child. One day, Marissa accidentally destroys a mound believed to be a nuno sa punso, killing the daughter of Calixto and Abiana, the heir to the throne of the Kingdom of duwendes.

Abiana and Calixto are left devastated as this marks the end of their reign as well as chaos in the land of the duwendes. Knowing that the women in the duwende world can only bear one child in their lifetime, Abiana uses her power to curse Marissa’s child so she can take the baby and replace it with the dead princess.

Abiana steals Dwarfina upon birth and presents it as their princess, much to the surprise of Romera. Romera is the one who is truly responsible for the death of Abiana’s daughter, aware that once the death of the real princess comes out, Calixto and Abiana will be forced out of their throne and she will become the new queen.

Calixto, however, is filled with remorse upon seeing how much Marissa and Kardo love their child. The royal duwende couple then decides to return Dwarfina to her family while keeping everything as a secret from the duwendes.

Despite being born with one glaring abnormality that is her height, Dwarfina grows up with the love and support of her family and friends, especially her best friend Lyndon. This causes Lucille, Marissa and Kardo’s adopted daughter, to harbor jealousy toward her sister prompting her to throw Dwarfina into a river, hurting her father Kardo in the process. Lucille puts the blame on Dwarfina, who is then helplessly carried away by the raging rapids, never to be seen by her family again.

Fortunately, Elvin, a young dwarf who has always looked after Dwarfina, finds her and takes her back to their supernatural world. By this time, the duwendes are all waiting for the seven-year-old princess to be presented to them as dictated by their custom.

With the elder dwarf Nuno Umberto’s blessing, Calixto feeds Dwarfina a special black rice cake which replaces all memories from her past with memories of growing up in the duwende world. Dwarfina is finally presented as Ditu Calixto and Abiana’s daughter, thwarting all of Romera’s evil plans for revolt.

But for how long can Calixto and Abiana keep Dwarfina’s real identity a secret from everyone, including Dwarfina? If she does find out, will Dwarfina choose to remain in Kalibut-an as their princess, adored and revered, or will she return to the earthly world and reunite with her loved ones?

The show is inspired by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Thumbelina.[4]

Cast and characters[edit]

Heart Evangelista portrays Dwarfina.
Dennis Trillo portrays Lyndon Agustin.
Lead cast
Supporting cast
Guest cast
  • Connie Del Carmen as young Fina / Dwarfina
  • John Manalo as young Lyndon
  • Christine Joy De Guzman as young Lucille
  • Princess Gamboa as Young Dita
  • Lala Tan as Young Kmila
  • Bella Flores as Flora
  • Jaya as Lelang Gorya
  • Benjie Paras
  • Vince de Jesus
  • Patricia Ysmael
  • Sam Y.G.
  • Katrina Halili
  • Mel Martinez
  • John Feir
  • Marvin Keifer
  • KC Thadani
  • Gene Padilla
  • Fabio Ide as Dwenstein / Dwendelstilskin
  • Isabel Frial
  • Jhiz Deocareza
  • Kurt Daniel Ocampo
  • Joseph Ison
  • Michael Roy
  • Lani Mercado as Andrea
  • Lloyd Samartino as Ramon
  • Pat Ortiz as Disa Fredelia
  • Sheena Halili as Sabrina


According to AGB Nielsen Philippines' Mega Manila People/Individual television ratings, the pilot episode of Dwarfina earned a 15.4% rating.[6] While the final episode scored a 12% rating.


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