Home Along Da Riles

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Home Along Da Riles
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GenreSituational comedy
Created byABS-CBN Entertainment Dept.
Written byDivino Reyes
Isko Salvador
Woodrow Serafin
Directed byJohnny Manahan
Victor de Guzman
Apollo Arellano
Nova Villa
Smokey Manaloto
Gio Alvarez
Claudine Barretto
Theme music composerHomer Flores
Opening theme"Home Along Da Riles" by Dolphy, Vandolph, Claudine Barretto, Gio Alvarez and Smokey Manaloto
Country of originPhilippines
No. of episodes531
Executive producer(s)Linggit Tan-Marasigan
Running time1 hour and 30 minutes
Production company(s)RVQ Productions
Original networkABS-CBN
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseDecember 9, 1992 (1992-12-09) –
August 10, 2003 (2003-08-10)
Followed byHome Along da Airport

Home Along Da Riles (lit. Home Along the Rails) is a Philippine situational comedy series that aired on the Philippine television network ABS-CBN from 1992 to 2003. The title started out as a play on the feature film Home Alone and with the main character's first name taken as a direct copy from the film's protagonist.


The show depicts the lives of a poor Filipino family, the Kosmes, living alongside the railroad tracks. The main character, Kevin Kosme, strives to raise his four children on his meager earnings. Despite their situation, the family remains tight-knit and keeps a very positive outlook on life. As a running gag in the show, their house shakes violently when a train passes by.


  • Dolphy as Mang Kevin Kósme - A messenger/janitor in a placement agency who hopes to be sent overseas someday as a cook. He is a hard working, helpful, friendly, kind, widower with five children.
  • Nova Villa as Corazón "Aling Ason" Madamba - Mang Kevin's love interest who is working in the real estate industry. Over the course of the series, it is revealed that Kevin and Ason were once lovers who hoped to get married someday, but Kevin eloped with her twin sister Asuncion (also known as Sion) and married her instead. Despite their past, Aling Ason spares no opportunity to proclaim her love for Kevin and also looks after his children.
  • Babalu (1994–1998) as Richy - One of Aling Asón's two half-brothers, Richy is greedy and determined to claim the land where Aling Asón and Mang Kevin live, insisting on his rights to the property. He makes a living as a pedicab driver claiming that it belongs to him.
  • Carding Castro (1998-2003) as Elvis - The second of Aling Asón's two half-brothers, Elvis is just as greedy as Richy and owns Richy's pedicab. He replaced the character Richy after Babalu's death in 1998.
  • Victoria Haynes (1998-2000) as Terya - Richy's energetic daughter that comedically and cluelessly foils Richy (and later on Elvis's) get rich quick schemes. Introduced to the sitcom in the fourth season, she surprises the cast by claiming to be Richy's unknown daughter that even he did not know about. She grew up in the province with her wealthy mother played by Kris Aquino in flash backs.
  • Smokey Manaloto as Bill Kósme - The eldest of Mang Kevin's four biological children, Bill is a working student in college, taking up commerce. He is depicted in the series as a handsome man with a long string of failed courtships. He eventually ended up with Trisha (Rica Peralejo) at the end of the series.
  • Gio Alvarez as Bob Kósme - The second in the Kosme brood, Bob is a mass communication freshman in college, who also plans to work in a band to augment the family's income. However, he and his friends always get into trouble. He got married early to his classmate Lorie.
  • Claudine Barretto (1992-1998, as guest 1998-2003) as Bing Kósme - Mang Kevin's only daughter, Bing is a pretty and smart high school senior who attracts many suitors. She moved out of the house upon entering college and went to the US with the help of paternal aunt Matilda Kósme (Celia Rodriguez). The latter was a plot hook inserted as Barretto left the show from 1997 to 1999 due to other showbiz commitments.
  • Vandolph Quizon as Baldomero "Baldo" Kósme - Mang Kevin's youngest son, Baldo loves to play and eat, and is spoiled by Aling Asón - despite getting low grades in school.
  • Boy 2 Quizon as Estóng Kósme - Mang Kevin's only adopted child, Estong is the son of Aling Asón's laundrywoman who died and passed down to Mang Kevin the responsibility of taking care of him.
  • Paula Peralejo as Bessie Kósme - One of Mang Kevin's two nieces, Bessie was introduced to the show during Bing's temporary absence as a young teenager studying in Manila.
  • Nikki Valdez as Becky Kósme - The second of Mang Kevin's two nieces.
  • Maybelyn dela Cruz as Maybe Madamba - Aling Ason's adopted daughter who is also Baldo and Estong's playmate.
  • Aurora Halili as Lorie Kósme - Bob Kosme's wife.
  • Ces Quesada as Bridge - Bob's mother-in-law.
  • Rica Peralejo as Trisha - Bil Kosme's long-time girlfriend.
  • Cita Astals as Hilary Lagdaméo - Mang Kevin's boss at the Lagdameo Placement Agency, Hilary is very understanding of him.
  • Bernardo Bernardo as Steve Cárpio (Antagonist) - An assistant at the Lagdameo Placement Agency, Steve is also Hilary's cousin and enjoys putting Mang Kevin down.
  • Dang Cruz as Roxanne - Aling Asón's househelp, Roxanne, she provides comic relief on the show.
  • Sherilyn Reyes, Joymee Lim and Erica Fife as Mang Kevin Kosme's officemates.
  • Anjanette Abayari
  • Lara Morena
  • Noel Trinidad
  • Daniel Pasia
  • AJ Hipolito
  • Tommy Angeles as Mang Tomas - Owner of a sari-sari store right outside the Kósme residence, and one of Mang Kevin's closest friends.
  • Maureen Guese as Maureen - Richy's daughter.
  • John Amos Tan as Moymoy
  • Vhong Navarro as Hurculies
  • Dinky Doo Jr. - as Simeon
  • Angela Velez
  • Bentot Jr.
  • Alvin Espino as Boy Pepe
  • Niño Virinia as Boy Tulis
  • Clay Marco Jr. as Boy Salida
  • Quinne Incoy as Boy Masid
  • Scotts Marlo Quirante as Don Quirante
  • Ramon Abon Jr. as Botlog Yosi - Sunog Baga!
  • Angeli Gonzales as ABK - Bob and Lorie's Daughter
  • Dennis Padilla as Paktol - Mang Kevin's Nemesis at Work.

Movie version[edit]

Home Along Da Riles
Directed byJohnny Manahan
Produced byCharo Santos-Concio
Lily Monteverde
Screenplay byRoy Vera Cruz
Loida Viriña
Nova Villa
Cita Astals
Eddie Gutierrez
Music byHomer Flores
Distributed byStar Cinema
Release date
  • August 26, 1993 (1993-08-26)
Home Along Da Riles 2
Directed byEfren Jarlego
Produced byCharo Santos-Concio
Screenplay byRoy Vera Cruz
Loida Viriña
Nova Villa
Subas Herrero
Music byHomer Flores
Distributed byStar Cinema
Release date
  • May 28, 1997 (1997-05-28)

Star Cinema made two movies in junction to the series: Home Along Da Riles (1993) and Home Along Da Riles Part 2 (1997)

The first movie (1993) goes deeper into Kevin's history revealing he was an all-star chef at a hotel but was fired after an explosion in the hotel's kitchen, which ended up working as a messenger in a placement agency thereafter. The family was also implicated from trying to expose corrupt practices of a corrupt politician to the Presidential Anti-Crime Task Force, which nearly cost their lives.

The second movie (1997) follows Kevin and his family after he "inherits" a family estate from his late uncle. While at the family estate, the family solves the real problem of why a business tycoon was trying to seize its inheritance, which the tycoon also owns and operates the polluted factory near the estates' land.

In 2014, the first film was digitally restored into HD and was to be released via Kapamilya Blockbusters.


Critical response[edit]

The '90s version of John en Marsha was Home Along Da Riles. Dolphy used to play the character of John, a jobless father who has his own way of making money through devious and comical ways. But his character in Home Along Da Riles is the complete opposite where he played the role of Mang Kevin Cosme, who works as a janitor from a placement agency. His portrayal of this role mirrored the typical Filipino family who may not have enough, but remains happy and contented amid lacking financially.[1]

Mang Cosme Generation[edit]

Dolphy was able to separate all his notable characters that made him a wonderful actor. According to critics, Dolphy was able to turn his character Mang Kevin Cosme into a unique kind of father that Filipinos adore, and his characters as Facifica Falayfay, Fefita Fofonggay, Omeng Satanasia and John Purontong into other timeless characters that has made a mark in people’s minds. Until he was old and ailing, Dolphy had been making movies like Father Jejemon, as he waits for National Artist Award.[2]

Home Along Da Airport[edit]

Serving as a sequel to the original sitcom, Home Along da Airport features Mang Kevin Kosme and his family's exploits after they decided to vacate their former home near the railroad tracks after being persuaded by the head of the Metropolitan Development Agency (played by Bayani Fernando as himself in the show's penultimate episode) due to safety concerns, eventually settling in a small community situated near the city airport. Despite having finished sending all of his children to school, Mang Kevin still continues with his job at the placement agency, while Aling Azon, with whom Mang Kevin shares his household, plies her new trade in the meat-selling business. In their new community the Kosmes are joined by their new neighbors, friends and acquaintances who bond over their common continuing problem -- dealing with the regular jet noise from the airplanes taking off and landing from the nearby airport.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jadaone, Antoinette (14 July 2012). "'Home Along Da Riles' (1992-2003): The Kevin Cosme generation". Philippine Star.
  2. ^ Jadaone, Antoinette (14 July 2012). "'Home Along Da Riles' (1992-2003): The Kevin Cosme generation". Philippine Star.