Paano mo makilala ang tunay na pag-ibig?
(How will you recognize the true face of love?)
|Created by||GMA Entertainment TV Group|
|Developed by||RJ Nuevas|
|Written by||Suzette Doctolero
|Directed by||Maryo J. de los Reyes|
|Theme music composer||Tata Betita|
sung by Faith Cuneta
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|Original language(s)||Filipino, Tagalog, English|
|No. of episodes||80 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Winnie Hollis-Reyes|
|Running time||30-45 minutes|
|Original network||GMA Network|
|Picture format||480i SDTV|
|Original release||June 4– September 21, 2007|
The series is the first of GMA Network’s grand 57th anniversary offering, it began airing on June 4, and concluded on September 21. The series was successfully aired internationally, with a three-week delay, from June 20, 2007 until October 9, 2007 on GMA Pinoy TV. It was shown in Malaysia.
The plot of the series is loosely based to the 1995 film Sa Isang Sulok Ng Pangarap starring Alice Dixson which was originally a komiks serial written by RJ Nuevas for True Horoscope Stories of Atlas Publishing House.
There were many speculations what would be Sunshine Dizon's new project after her first solo project, Bakekang was a success. Many people wanted her to play a good-evil person, similar to her role in Encantadia and Bakekang, as the title suggest.
Jean Garcia, a famous Philippine drama antagonist, was included to the cast, and then people realized that this series will be a classic soap opera. The name of Iza Calzado was also added. The said show also relaunched the career of Mark Anthony Fernandez.
- Directed by: Maryo J. de los Reyes, Lore Reyes and Soxie Topacio
- Executive-in-charge of Production: Wilma Galvante
- Production Manager: Redynn S. Alba
- Executive Producer: Winnie Hollis-Reyes
- Creative Consultants: Anette Gozon-Abrogar, Jun Lana and Roy Iglesias
- Head Writer: RJ Nuevas
- Writers: Suzette Doctolero, Denoy Punio-Navarro, Dode Cruz, Tina Samson-Velasco and Vinuel Ello
- Musical Director: Tata Betita
The story starts with the birth of the conjoined twins Lara and Sara Carreon (Iza Calzado). Their parents wanted them to live a normal life, so at the right age, they were separated through operation but this separation proved to be more of a curse than a blessing. Because of their uncle Delfin's (Gary Estrada) hatred towards their father Henry (Romnick Sarmenta) and the greed of their aunt Betty (Jean Garcia), their lives will turn to a living hell. They were bombarded with debts from the operation and their father died because of their uncle. This left their mother Adelle (Gelli De Belen) no choice but to separate them and give them for adoption.
Lara experienced first hand the cruelty of her aunt Betty and her diabolical cousin Vanessa (Sunshine Dizon). She escaped and was taken care of by a good samaritan, but her mother died in the hands of her aunt. She grew up to become a beautiful, head-strong woman with the desire to find her sister and to exact revenge on the people who made their lives a living hell. Meanwhile, Sara was taken by a family who never wanted her and only adopted her because they needed a help. Because of a freak accident, her face was burned and grew up to become a deformed, weak woman. She escaped and was adopted by a kind lady. She has no self-confidence and is always bullied.
But this changed when she meets Dr. Leandro Meneses (Luis Alandy). He was kind to her and she almost fell in love with him. He also taught her things about high society and etiquette. He then offered to do her plastic surgery. At first, she was hesitant but because of a problem with a gangster, she agreed. The operation was a success but when she looks at her reflection, she sees another face. She then realizes that this is all just an elaborate plot of another woman, her forgotten cousin, the supermodel Vanessa.
Sara discovers too late that Vanessa and Leandro are actually lovers and she is just a pawn in their giant scheme. While Vanessa is away with Leandro in some far away paradise spending the stolen money from her husband, Nicolas Cayetano (Mark Anthony Fernandez), Sara will become her "double" and experience all the punishment that is due for her and to fool everyone as if she never left. So when all the heat is gone she can still come back as if nothing ever happened.
At first, it was hell for Sara. All of the people thinks that they are exacting revenge on Vanessa. She almost went to prison but because of her good heart, she manages to make everyone love "the new Nessa" and starts to love the family the real Vanessa never appreciated. Sara's secret was discovered by her mother in law, Donya Anatella (Chanda Romero), through a secret DNA test, but surprisingly she said that she prefers Sara over the real Vanessa because she genuinely loves them especially Nicolas' children, this secret was also discovered by Nicolas' younger brother, Yago (Mart Escudero), who like his mother is in favor of the situation. Sara already has the family she has been wishing for all her life but suddenly after more than a year without any news, the real Vanessa comes back to claim her rightful place & this time with a plan to steal a larger amount of money from Nicolas & his family's fortune.
The secret Sara is trying to keep is now out in the open when Vanessa showed up in public to humiliate her after she refused to leave the mansion. But much to their surprise and to the delight of Donya Anatella & Yago, Nicolas chose Sara. He is now in love with the impostor and told them that he knows the truth even before Vanessa showed up. He has been suspicious all along but he does not want Sara to leave the mansion. Nicolas wants an annulment for him to marry Sara. That is bad news for Vanessa and her mom, Betty since they're bankrupt and direly needs Nicolas's money. Vanessa and Betty tried to kill her but luckily a miracle happened.
Lara all this time has been tracking Betty and Vanessa. She met Carlos (Alfred Vargas), a corporate lawyer who gave her the resources to plan her revenge, since he was also a victim of Vanessa's evil before. Lara thought Sara was Vanessa and tried to resume her thwarted plan of killing Vanessa who unknown to her was her real sister. But a because of the scar on their backs and the memories that they both have, it was enough proof and finally the twins found each other. Now Sara has Lara to back her up and has now met Nicolas as well.
Betty and Vanessa tried to kill the twins once and for all by blowing them up with a bomb, but her plan backfired. Betty lost both her legs. Everyone thought Vanessa is already dead with the explosion, but ironically she became the impostor when she kidnapped the real Sara and went to the wedding ceremony. She almost succeeded, but because of Lara, her plan failed. Sara came in time to convince everyone that the woman in the altar is a fake. Vanessa left in anger and in shame but this is also the day she receives her karma. Her lover Leandro is now, literally, insanely in love with her. Vanessa left him to be with Nicolas again, because he has more money than Leandro. She told him that he is stupid because she only used him to operate on Sara. He is just another one of her whims and her flings and she doesn't need him anymore. This made him so angry that he spilled battery acid on her face and destroyed the beauty she uses to deceive everyone. Meanwhile, Betty died in a horrible car crash while trying to go to Vanessa. Vanessa was arrested for all the crimes she did and was mocked by all people because of her hideous face. Finally the twins are re-united, Lara is now engaged to Carlos, and Sara is now married to Nicolas.
Cast and Characters
- Sunshine Dizon as Sara Carreon/Vanessa "Nessa" Cayetano
- Iza Calzado as Lara Carreon/Sara Carreon
- Mark Anthony Fernandez as Nicolas Cayetano
- Alfred Vargas as Atty. Carlos Pambide
- Luis Alandy as Dr. Leandro Meneses
- Jean Garcia as Betty Carreon
- Chanda Romero as Doña Anatella Cayetano
- Mart Escudero as Santiago "Yago" Cayetano
- Jennica Garcia as Karen Manansala
- Jenny Miller as Fritzie
- Anton Bernardo as Ramil
- Sam Bumatay as Kokay
- EJ Jallorina as Benjo
- Ana Capri as Saling
- Maybeline Dela Cruz as Doray
- Dexter Doria as Dorina
- Ace Espinosa as Tata Oyong
- Flora Gazer as Petra
- Ella Guevara as Kathleen Cayetano
- Anna Larrucea as Cora
- Jan Marini as Gemma
- Joanne Quintas as Sofia
- Jacob Rica as Patrick Cayetano
- Vaness del Moral as Dindy
- Lem Pelayo as Billy
- John Regala as Mando
- Ana Roces as Alexis Alvarado
- Vince Saldana as Tristan
- Shermaine Santiago as Carla
- Deborah Sun as Fransisca Manansala
- Robert Villar as Raul
- Chachiee Santos as Tina
- Gelli de Belen as Adelle Carreon
- Romnick Sarmenta as Henry Carreon
- Gary Estrada as Delfin Carreon
- Charice Hermoso as Young Sara Carreon
- Charlotte Hermoso as Young Lara Carreon
The theme song entitled Mapagkunwari (lit. Deceitful) is sung by Faith Cuneta, under the composition of Bakekang composer Tata Betita. In addition, Betita composed all musical scores and sound design for the series.
The love theme song for the series, entitled Maghihintay (lit. Waiting), is sung by Aicelle Santos and is also composed by Tata Betita. Also, a separate love theme for the characters Yago and Karen is sung by Jennylyn Mercado.
The story was adapted in 2012 by Cambodian production company KMF under the title "Impostors" starring Saray Sakana in the dual role of 'Ousa' & 'Boramie' (Sara & Vanessa)
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- Sunshine Dizon: From Bakekang to Impostora, pep.ph, n.d. Accessed last May 17, 2007.
- Sunshine Dizon and Iza Calzado reunite in "Impostora", pep.ph, n.d. Accessed last May 17, 2007.
- "Bakekang" comes to an end tonight, March 30, pep.ph, n.d. Accessed last May 17, 2007.
- Impostora, imdb.com, n.d. Accessed last May 17, 2007.
- After dating Victor, Sunshine loveless again, journal.com.ph, n.d. Accessed last May 25, 2007.