Koreana (TV series)

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Also known as
  • Jenna
  • 한국소녀
Genre Drama
Developed by Dode Cruz
Directed by Gil Tejada Jr.
Theme music composer Bobby Velasco
Opening theme "The Real Me" by Pop Girls
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s)
No. of episodes 100
Executive producer(s) Wilma Galvante
Location(s) 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 October 11, 2010 (2010-10-11) – February 25, 2011 (2011-02-25)

Koreana (International title: Jenna / Hangul한국 소녀; Hanja韓國 小女; RRHanguk Sonyeo; MRHanguk Sŏnyŏ) is a Philippine television drama series broadcast by GMA Network. Director by Gil Tejada Jr., it stars Kris Bernal, Saab Magalona,[1] Steven Silva and Rocco Nacino.[2] It premiered on October 11, 2010 on the network's Haponalo line up and worldwide on October 14, 2010 on GMA Pinoy TV. The series concluded on February 25, 2011 with a total of 100 episodes. It was replaced by My Lover, My Wife on its timeslot.


The story begins twenty years ago when Nerissa (Angelu De Leon), a Filipina caregiver falls in love with Philip (Marco Morales), a wealthy Korean national based in the Philippines. Defying conventional Korean standards, their relationship earns the ire of Chang Hee Jung (Eddie Garcia), Philip's father who is strongly against his son's decision of falling in love with a non-Korean. Philip and Nerissa will soon bear a child causing Chang Hee Jung to set aside his misgivings, and to open his home to Philip and his family. But their happiness will be cut short as Violeta (Eula Valdez), Chang Hee Jung's adoptive Filipina daughter, sets off an evil scheme against Nerissa. She will be thrown out of the house but secretly takes her baby with her. To add on to her misery, Nerissa will be separated from her daughter after being involved in an unpleasant bus incident. The baby ends up in the arms of Josefina (Lotlot De Leon), an old maid who works as a cashier in a local beer club. Believing that the mother has already abandoned the child, Josefina takes her home, and names her Jenna (Kris Bernal). Jenna, despite being raised in an unconventional neighborhood, grows up to be a sensible and cheerful young woman. Aware of her Korean heritage, she acquaints herself with all things Korean, particularly their cuisine. And while in the midst of fulfilling her dream of becoming a chef, she unexpectedly ends up in a Korean restaurant, unwary that the place she works for is actually owned by Chang Hee Jung!

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast
Supporting cast


According to AGB Nielsen Philippines' Mega Manila People/Individual television ratings, the pilot episode of Koreana earned a 5.9% rating.[3] While the final episode scored a 10.5% rating.[4]


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