Forever (Philippine TV series)

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Forever
Forever title card.jpg
Title card
Genre
Developed by Kit Villanueva Langit
Written by
  • Tina Samson Velasco
  • Angeli Delgado
Directed by Ricky Davao
Creative director(s) Roy Iglesias
Starring
Opening theme "Together Forever" by Janno Gibbs & Rocco Nacino
Composer(s) Rico J. Puno
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Tagalog
No. of episodes 63
Production
Executive producer(s) Kaye Atienza Cadsawan
Location(s)
Cinematography Chiqui Soriano
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 30-45 minutes
Production company(s) GMA Entertainment TV
Release
Original network GMA Network
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original release January 21 (2013-01-21) – April 19, 2013 (2013-04-19)

Forever is a 2013 Philippine television drama romance fantasy series broadcast by GMA Network. Directed by Ricky Davao, it stars Heart Evangelista, Geoff Eigenmann and Gloria Romero. It premiered on January 21, 2013 on the network's Telebabad line up replacing Magdalena and worldwide on January 24, 2013 on GMA Pinoy TV.[1] The series concluded on April 19, 2013 with a total of 63 episodes.

Premise[edit]

The story begins in the late 1950s with Adora, the sole heiress to a wealthy coconut plantation. Despite her social status, Adora falls passionately in love with Ramon, a lowly worker in their hacienda. Adora's father, Don Jaime strongly opposes his daughter's relationship with Ramon. But the young couple promise to stay together regardless Don Jaime's objection.

The forbidden love affair eventually leads to Ramon’s death. But before Ramon cast his last breath, he vows to return to be with his one great love, Adora.

Adora is devastated with Ramon's passing and realizes her life is now empty and meaningless without him. Until a mysterious old woman gives her an antique pocket watch that will give her another chance to be reunited with her beloved Ramon.

Decades later... the now old Adora meets Patrick, a young painter and the reincarnation of Ramon. The latter will form an unusual connection with the old maiden. With the help of the magical pocket watch, Adora transforms and back to her youthful form again. She reminds Patrick of his past life and together, fulfill the promise of eternal love.

Cast and characters[edit]

Heart Evangelista portrays Isadora.

Lead cast[edit]

The daughter and heiress of one of the richest hacienderos in the province. But despite being belong to the high society, Adora falls in love with the poor, Ramon and promise an eternal love with him.[2][3]
A poor but principled man who works and lives in Hacienda del Prado. He meets his tragic end when he falls in love with his boss's daughter, Adora. His promise of unrequited love fulfilled many years after, but this time in the persona of a young painter named Patrick who will form an unusual bond with the old Adora.[4][5]

Supporting cast[edit]

Adora's only surviving relative. Cunning and scheming, Monique's main mission is to usurp the old maiden's wealth and properties.[6][7]
Believed to be the reincarnation of Federico Gallardo [in the latter part of the series, it was revealed that he is actually the grandson of Federico]. He is the wealthy and arrogant suitor of Adora (at present time). Unknown to him, behind Adora's beautiful and youthful look is a concealed secret.[8][9]
A friend to the older Adora and the only one who knows her secrets.[10][11]
Physical therapist who falls head over heels in love with Patrick but hesitant to go further with her feelings as she doesn't want to get hurt again.[12]

Guest cast[edit]

The suitor of Adora in the 1950's. Not wanting to be outdone by Ramon, his rival for Adora's heart, Federico will scheme and manipulate to get what he wants.
  • Ronnie Henares as Don Jaime Del Prado
The domineering and manipulative father of Adora.
  • Angie Ferro as Lola Apeng
The mysterious old lady who gave Adora a magical antique pocketwatch. Though many people think that she's nothing but a crazy old one, Lola Apeng knows everything that was about to happen. Unknown to all where she got or where the pocketwatch came from.
A physical therapist and Leila's best friend and confidante who always stands by her side when worse comes to worst.
  • Dex Quindoza as Jason
Patrick's best buddy, co-worker, adviser and conscience rolled into one! He is the one person Patrick runs to in times of trouble.
  • Roldan Aquino as Atty. Barabas
The personal lawyer of Adora whom will betray her.
  • Carme Sanchez as Kate
The assistant of Adora and aunt to Susie.

Production and development[edit]

Writer, director and GMA Entertainment TV head, Jun Lana began conceptualizing the series early 2012 and intended to be the initial offering of the network's for their coveted Afternoon Prime block for 2013. The series is, somewhat, based on the 1980 classic film Somewhere in Time and in 2006 GMA Films' Moments of Love, because of its fictitious "Love knows no boundaries" and "time warf" plot.[13] The network’s entertainment TV department approved the concept and found the story "something new" for an afternoon show to feature a period piece.[14] Kit Villanueva-Langit serves as the headwriter the show under the supervisions of Lana and Roy Iglesias, with Ma. Cristina Samson-Velasco and Angeli Delgado as episode writers. Series' director, Ricky Davao said that Forever is one of the most challenging projects he handled. "Since the first part of the series is in 1950's setting, extra care has been taken to ensure that the costume, props and locations are accurate," he added.

Heart Evangelista, Geoff Eigenmann and veteran actress Gloria Romero headed the series' casts.[15] They were chosen by the producers to play the three main characters, as well as, Isabel Oli to play the female antagonist. While singer/stage actor, Gian Magdangal was personally picked by the director to play the male antagonist. Other casts were all announced and presented during the show's story conference held on November 8, 2012 at GMA Network Center.

Filming of the series began November 22, 2012. Many of the series' scenes were shot on location in a coconut plantation in San Pablo, Laguna (for 1950's setting). Other locations include: Magdalena Church in Magdalena, Laguna, Tagaytay City, Cavite and Quezon City

Ratings[edit]

According to AGB Nielsen Philippines' Mega Manila household television ratings, the pilot episode of Forever earned a 15.3% rating.[16] While the final episode scored a 12.4% rating.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Heart Evangelista at Geoff Eigenmann, balik-tambalan sa 'Forever' | Balitanghali | GMA News Online | The Go-To Site for Filipinos Everywhere". Gmanetwork.com. November 9, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ PEP.ph. "Gloria Romero on doing Forever: "Hindi ko akalain na sa edad kong ito, makakagawa pa ako ng ganitong klaseng TV drama." | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". PEP.ph. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kilos ni Ms. Gloria Romero, pinag-aralan ni Heart Evangelista para sa Forever | Showbiz | GMA News Online | The Go-To Site for Filipinos Everywhere". Gmanetwork.com. January 10, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ PEP.ph. "Geoff Eigenmann says he never courted Heart Evangelista despite their 10-year working relationship | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". PEP.ph. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Heart Evangelista and Geoff Eigenmann are proud of their new teleserye Forever | Inside Pinoy Showbiz". Insidepinoyshowbiz.ph. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Isabel Oli, nanginginig kapag inaapi si Ms. Gloria Romero sa Forever | Showbiz | GMA News Online | The Go-To Site for Filipinos Everywhere". Gmanetwork.com. January 15, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Isabel Oli goes fasting to have a boyfriend; starstruck by Forever co-star Ms. Gloria Romero | Showbiz | GMA News Online | The Go-To Site for Filipinos Everywhere". Gmanetwork.com. January 10, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ PEP.ph. "Gian Magdangal on doing character roles: "Hindi naman ako actor talaga—I'm a singer who is crossing over into acting on television." | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". PEP.ph. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Kaya hindi matapus-tapos: Staff ng Indie film naglayasan, ka-weirdo-han ng director hindi nakayanan | Pang Movies, Pang Masa". philstar.com. January 15, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  10. ^ PEP.ph. "Comedienne Candy Pangilinan on working with veteran actresses: "Aminadong starstruck ako nang bonggang-bongga, lalo na sa mga senior stars—gustung-gusto ko silang makatrabaho." | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". PEP.ph. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Candy mas masayang walang karelasyon | Pang Movies, Pang Masa". philstar.com. January 12, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Saab Magalona, na-challenge sa kanyang unang 'mabait' role sa GMA-7 series na, Forever | Showbiz | GMA News Online | The Go-To Site for Filipinos Everywhere". Gmanetwork.com. January 12, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Remaking Forever". Tribuneonline.org. January 12, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Remaking Forever". Tribune.net.ph. January 12, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  15. ^ PEP.ph. "Gloria Romero on doing Forever: "Hindi ko akalain na sa edad kong ito, makakagawa pa ako ng ganitong klaseng TV drama." | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". PEP.ph. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  16. ^ "AGB Nielsen Mega Manila Household Ratings (Jan. 18-21): Temptation of Wife reclaims top spot in primetime". January 22, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2018. 
  17. ^ Tuazon, Nikko (April 26, 2013). "AGB Nielsen Mega Manila Household Ratings (April 19 to 25): Minute to Win It gains strength; Home Sweet Home beats rival show on pilot episode". Retrieved January 25, 2018. 

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