Lovingly Yours, Helen

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Lovingly Yours, Helen
Genre Drama, anthology
Created by Hyper-Visions Productions, Inc.
Directed by various directors
Starring Helen Vela (1980–1992)
Princess Punzalan (1992–1996)
Helen Gamboa
Boots Anson-Roa
Country of origin Philippines
No. of seasons 16
Executive producer(s) Redgie Acuña-Magno
Producer(s) Helen Vela (1980–1992)
Princess Punzalan (1992–1996)
Running time 90 minutes (Sunday)
Original network GMA Network (1980–1984, 1986–1996)
Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation (1984–1986)
Picture format 480i SDTV
Original release September 7, 1980 (1980-09-07) – September 1, 1996 (1996-09-01)

Lovingly Yours, Helen was a Sunday afternoon program aired on GMA Network from 1980 to 1984 and 1986 to 1996. From 1984 to 1986, the show was transferred to Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation (now occupied by ABS-CBN), then returned to GMA in April 1986, when BBC went off the air after People Power Revolution, a few months before the resurrection of the former's main archrival, ABS-CBN. It was also the second longest running drama anthology in Philippine Television predated Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN by 26 years, the current record holder) and the now defunct Coney Reyes on Camera (RPN and later ABS-CBN by 14 years).

Lovingly Yours, Helen evolved into a television drama anthology from a daily counseling program on radio with the same title, originally aired on GMA's AM station DZBB. It was presented by television/radio personality Helen Vela. Each episode is based on the letter sender's life stories sent by viewers. This format also served as a template of other drama anthologies aired on Philippine television.

The show's radio version (live counselling program) continued to air on weekdays even as the show's TV counterpart (drama anthology) was being produced and taped. Just as with the TV version, the radio show moved to BBC's FM station DWOK-FM (now MOR 101.9 For Life! owned by ABS-CBN) in 1984, and returned to DZBB in 1986.

Music theme[edit]

The opening theme for the show was the instrumental version of the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest co-winner Un Jour, Un Enfant by Paul Mauriat. "Ballade pour Adeline," composed and written by Paul de Senneville, was always used as background music while Helen Vela delivered the narration and her final advice to the letter-sender.

As Lovingly Yours, Helen[edit]

In 1980, the program transformed from a radio program to a television drama anthology. Among some of the stars appeared on this program's episodes are: Nora Aunor, Christopher de Leon, Vilma Santos, Sheryl Cruz, Manilyn Reynes, Aga Muhlach, Maricel Soriano, Romnick Sarmenta, Sharon Cuneta, Tonton Gutierrez, Mary Walter, Bong Revilla, Jr. and Kris Aquino. A rare episode in the drama series was also shown sometime in 1990 when Helen Vela acted alongside close friends Coney Reyes, Vilma Santos and Tina Revilla-Valencia.

Lovingly Yours: The Movie[edit]

In 1984, due to immense popularity of the program, Lovingly Yours, Helen transformed into a four-part anthology movie. The first episode was a horror-drama (Akin Ang Walang Diyos) which starred Julie Vega, Anita Linda, Lito Anzures, Joonee Gamboa and Coney Reyes (billed as Coney Reyes-Mumar). The second episode was a drama (Anak Lamang Ang Isinilang) that starred Vivian Foz, Fred Montilla, Che-Che, Dodong Gonzales and Ariosto Reyes Jr. The third episode (Candy) was about a gay father and his adopted daughter (Janice de Belen, Johnny Wilson, Carmi Martin, Princess and Ricky Davao), and the last was a comedy-drama (Nang Maupos Ang Kandila) about a comedian whose career was about to be faded, with Chiquito, Sheryl Cruz, Jimmy Santos, Rez Cortez, and Odette Khan. Helen Vela appeared in the first, second, third and last parts of the movie as narrator.

As Lovingly Yours[edit]

In 1992, after the death of the host, Princess Punzalan (her daughter, and ex-wife of TV personality Willie Revillame) took over her late mother's hosting responsibilities. The program continued to become the top weekend afternoon anthology on TV. On the last years of airing, Helen Gamboa and Boots Anson-Roa took over hosting chores. This time, Princess played protagonist/central roles.

One of its notable episodes during the time after Helen's death was Princess Punzalan's own life story.

Lovingly Yours: The Classics[edit]

Reruns of the most memorable episodes of Lovingly Yours, Helen were shown after its last episode on September 1, 1996. It was replaced on November 10 that same year by Anna Karenina, a weekly soap opera jointly produced by Viva Television and GMA 7.

16th Anniversary and Farewell Episode[edit]

After 16 years of dominance, Lovingly Yours finally bowed out of Philippine television with a special thanksgiving dinner show and tribute to Helen Vela. During the dinner, an awarding ceremony was given to the producers and staff who already worked for the program. A special presentation features a video clip of Helen's performance (with Coney Reyes, Tina Revilla, and Vilma Santos), who sang "A Friend" by Keno on Vilma! in 1989.

Awards and Citations[edit]

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