Kampanerang Kuba (2005 TV series)
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|Genre||Fantaserye, Fantasy, Drama, Romance, Musical|
|Based on||Pablo S. Gomez's "Kampanerang Kuba" (Komiks)|
|Directed by||Wenn V. Deramas
Jodi Sta Maria-Lacson
Cherry Pie Picache
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|Original language(s)||Tagalog, English, Filipino|
|No. of episodes||140|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Star Creatives|
|Original release||June 6– December 16, 2005|
Kampanerang Kuba (literally Hunchbacked Lady Bell-ringer) is a fantasy soap opera television series broadcast by ABS-CBN in the Philippines. It aired from June 6, 2005 to December 16, 2005. It was inspired by 1973 film with same title, which was starred by Vilma Santos and Bobot Mortiz. It was tagged as Pinoy Disney. It was originally based from a comic book series written by Pablo Gomez. It was re-aired on Jeepney TV from 2013 to 2014
Lucia and Lourdes Saavedra are half-sisters. Lucia has fallen in love with Antonio (a poor man of whom her father disapproves), while Lourdes falls in love with Martin. She is unaware that he is Prinsipe Abuk, who has betrayed his people to be human instead of a kuba and who has fallen for Lucia. Lucia marries Antonio; she later believes he was killed from a beating her father engineered. Her maid (and friend) Jacinta told her he was dead to one day win his love. Lucia was also told that her baby daughter was stillborn (although she is sure she heard her cry before she lost consciousness). Lourdes gives birth the same night, delivering a baby girl whom she saw was a kuba before she passed out. Martin switches his baby with Lucia's, leaving his own baby at a church.
The young kuba is named Imang, and grows up to be the kampanera (the person who rings the church bell). She later becomes the nursemaid of Lourdes, and bonds with her immediately. Lourdes' "daughter" Veronica is jealous and finds comfort with her Aunt Lucia, who has returned home after beginning a new life with her American husband and stepson Luke. Lucia has doubts that Veronica is her daughter, since she has never felt a motherly bond with her. Lourdes is jealous of Lucia's closeness to Martin.
The nuns try to help Imang, and brought her back to life after Martin wrongly convinced people she was evil and deserved to be stoned for stealing a sacred crown from the church, with the help of Veronica (who wanted to be with Luke due to her jealously of Imang with him). They later found a candle that, when lit, would make her human. She used this to pretend to be Lucia's long-lost daughter Bernadette to remain close to her mother Lourdes (who, after Imang's "death", was finally told by the nuns that Imang was really her daughter).
Meanwhile, Veronica is angry that Luke has not returned her love and loves Bernadette instead. She uses magic to change her appearance, and adopts the name Agatha to gain her family's trust and avenge Bernadette. Pablo has fallen for Bernadette (although he would always make fun of her as Imang), and the truth about his parentage is raised. Lorenzo loved Imang when she was a kuba. After Lucia's husband Clark dies, she discovers that Antonio did not die; he has lost the use of his legs and believes she betrayed him (when, instead, her father was to blame).
In the end, everybody finds out whose daughter belongs to whom. Bernadette/Imang does not need the candle to remain human. Veronica is turned into a tree for her many misdeeds, and her parents rekindle their marriage while they care for her. Martin is a kuba, and Lourdes still loves him now that he is good. Luke sacrificed his life for Imang/Bernadette; Bernadette chooses to be with Pablo, while Lorenzo finds another who looks like her.
It was first rumored that Claudine Barretto then Jodi Sta. Maria will get title role for "Fatima", often referred to as "Imang", but ABS-CBN picked Anne Curtis instead. On the other hand, Jodi got the role as Veronica. This was a reunite between Eula Valdez and Jean Garcia after their successful show Pangako Sa 'Yo, which ran from 2000 up to 2002, which they play rivals Amor and Claudia, now they played as sisters. In 2014-2015, Eula, Jean and Jomari Yllana reunite together after nine and ten years in this show, in The Half Sisters aired on GMA Network. Jodi left the role, due to pregnancy and was replaced by Desiree Del Valle. This is Patrick Garcia last show, before moving to GMA Network. Like Eula and Jean, this was also the reunite of Jodi and Patrick after the successful of Pangako Sa'Yo, Tabing Ilog and Darating ang Umaga.
Pablo S. Gomez wrote the script for series, who also works in another soap opera - Mga Anghel Na Walang Langit.
The précis for the series is that the lady hunchback bellringer turns attractive whenever an enchanted candle is lit.
- Anne Curtis — Fatima "Imang" De Vera/ Bernadette, derived from Our Lady of Fatima and St. Bernadette.
- Jodi Sta Maria-Lacson / Desiree Del Valle — Veronica Saavedra/Agatha, derived from Saint Veronica and Saint Agatha of Sicily.
- Patrick Garcia — Luke, derived from St. Luke.
- Luis Manzano — Pablo, derived from St. Paul.
- Christian Bautista — Lorenzo, derived from St. Lorenzo Ruiz.
- Eula Valdez — Lourdes Saavedra-de Vega, derived from Our Lady of Lourdes.
- Jean Garcia — Lucia Saavedra, derived from Lucia dos Santos, who experienced an apparition of the Virgin Mary.
- Jomari Yllana — Martin de Vera/Prinsepe Abuk, derived from Saint Martin of Tours.
- Edgar Mortiz— Father Agaton
- Malou de Guzman — Sister Marcelina
- Eugene Domingo — Sister Clara, derived from St. Clare of Assisi.
- Meryll Soriano — Sister Cecilia, derived from St. Cecilia
- Matt Hadfield — Clark Tennyson
- Jaime Fabregas — Don Francisco Saavedra
- Arlene Muhlach — Aling Teresing
- Yul Servo — Antonio, derived from St. Anthony the Great.
- Mark Bautista — Repus Akach
- Chokoleit — Otlum
- Cherry Pie Picache — Jacinta
- Frederick Schnell — Dr. Clark Tennyson
- Marco Alcaraz— Gabriel, derived from Archangel Gabriel.
- DJ Durano — Angel
- Frances Ignacio — Sarah Durano
- Allan Paule — Solomon Durano
- Cheena Crab — Magdalena Durano
- Cacai Bautista — Matilda Durano
- Issa Pressman — the young Imang de Vera
- Joshua Cadelina — the young Lorenzo
- Kristel Fulgar — the young Matilda
- Kiray Celis — the young Magdalena
Production and crew
- Directed by: Wenn V. Deramas, Andoy L. Ranay
- Assistant Director: Raymond Ocampo, Roderick Lindayag