|Also known as||The Frog Princess|
|Based on||Ruben Marcelino's Kokak|
|Developed by||Richard Cruz|
|Directed by||Ricky Davao|
|Creative director(s)||Jun Lana|
|Opening theme||"Dakilang Katapatan" by Rocco Nacino|
|Composer(s)||Arnel de Pano|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|No. of episodes||80|
|Executive producer(s)||Joy Lumboy|
|Location(s)||Metro Manila, Philippines|
|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||November 14, 2011– March 2, 2012|
Kokak (International title: The Frog Princess) is a Philippine television drama fantasy series broadcast by GMA Network. The series is based on a comics serial of the same title created by Ruben Marcelino and published in Darna Komiks. Directed by Ricky Davao, it stars Sarah Lahbati in the title role. It premiered on November 14, 2011 on the network's Afternoon Prime line up replacing Pahiram ng Isang Ina. The series concluded on March 2, 2012 with a total of 80 episodes. It was replaced by Hiram na Puso on its timeslot.
The story begins with the love of Renato and Angela. Although they are about to have their baby, Renato's ex-girlfriend, Vicky, can't accept the fact that she has lost the man she loves to someone else. Thus, she commits suicide.
Veronica and Carlito, Vicky's mother and brother, are devastated by her unexpected death. Thus, when she discovers the reason behind Vicky's suicide, Veronica decides to seek revenge for her daughter. Coming from a family of witches, Veronica curses Renato and makes him lose his sanity. She also uses a hex on the pregnant Angela and leaves her in a pond full of frogs.
After that incident, Angela has not seen Renato again and she thinks that he has purposely left her. With her aunt Berta, she decides to continue her pregnancy and raise her child by herself.
Soon, Angela gives birth to a beautiful baby girl and names her Kara. The baby seems normal until Angela bathes her and realizes that Veronica's curse transforms her into a frog. When the whole town hears about Angela's monstrous baby, she and Berta leave to reside in the middle of a secluded forest. There, Kara's secret is hidden and safe from judgmental people.
Kara grows up not seeing any other people than her mom and aunt Berta. She is also unaware that there are male human beings. Angela forbids Kara to leave the forest and tells her that there are dangerous monsters outside.
Although contented with her mom's love, Kara feels that there is more to the world than just the forest. So one day, she decides to defy her mother's instructions, goes to the border of the forest and finds Carl, the first man she has ever seen. Despite her fears, Kara approaches Carl to help him because he is badly wounded. Meanwhile, Carl perceives Kara as a beautiful forest goddess who helps him.
After helping Carl, Kara returns home happily because of her discovery. She has fallen in love with the wounded man and she hopes to see him again. However, when Kara goes back to the edge of the forest, some townsmen see her and lust over her. They chase Kara until her feet get wet and she transforms into a frog. After seeing Kara transform into a frog, one of the townsmen gets injured and inevitably dies.
The townspeople assumes that the accidental death was caused by the "monster". They soon discover Kara's house in the middle of the forest and they set it on fire. She, her mom and aunt Berta try to flee but they get separated in the process. Kara then accidentally rides a bus and goes to Manila for the first time. There, she meets the siblings Roco and Rafa and becomes friends with them.
Will Kara survive now that she's in a new world? Will she and her mother be reunited again? And what if destiny brings her and Carl's path together again? Will Carl accept her when he discovers her secret?
Cast and characters
- Lead cast
- Supporting cast
- Vaness del Moral as Elizabeth Mampusti
- Gary Estrada as Renato Asuncion
- Jessa Zaragoza as Angela Francisco-Asuncion
- Caridad Sanchez as Roberta "Berta" Francisco
- Deborah Sun as Madam Veronica Asuncion
- Frencheska Farr as Raphalyn "Rafa" Diomendes
- Ervic Vijandre as Borge Reyes
- Recurring cast
- Diva Montelaba as Cheenee Macagaling
- Gian Magdangal as Norman Francisco
- Rox Montealegre as Lileth Zabala
- Shyr Valdez as Bing Altamirano
- Guest cast
- Angelika dela Cruz as Vicky Asuncion
- Pen Medina as Isko Pulido
- Ella Cruz as young Kara
- Francis Magundayao as young Carl
- Ella Guevara as young Elizabeth
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