Magdusa Ka

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Magdusa Ka
Genre Drama, Action, Romance
Created by GMA Entertainment TV Group
Directed by Maryo J. de los Reyes
Starring Katrina Halili
Dennis Trillo
Iwa Moto
Theme music composer Tata Betita
Opening theme "Kahit Magdusa Pa"
sung by Luke Mijares
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Filipino, Tagalog, English
No. of episodes 80
Executive producer(s) Wilma Galvante
Running time 25-35 minutes
Original network GMA Network
Picture format 480i SDTV
Original release May 12 (2008-05-12) – August 29, 2008 (2008-08-29)
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Magdusa Ka or Misery (international title) is a Filipino drama series created by Pablo S. Gomez, developed by Aloy Adlawan and produced by GMA Network, as the eight production of Sine Novela. It headlined Katrina Halili, Dennis Trillo and Iwa Moto as the lead characters and directed by Maryo J. de los Reyes. It is a television adaptation of a popular 1986 Filipino movie of the same title. The series nominated for the 37th International Emmy Awards for Best Telenovela. The series premiered on May 12, 2008 and concluded on August 29, 2008. From December 3, 2008 until March 23, 2009, it was aired worldwide via GMA Pinoy TV. From February 18, 2013 to June 7, 2013 GMA Life TV airs its English-dubbed version worldwide.


The movie Magdusa Ka is one of the most notable and well-celebrated movies that garnered numerous awards from various film organizations such as the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP), Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) and Urian in 1986. The movie was directed by multi-awarded actor Eddie Garcia and boasts of an enviable cast of dramatic actors such as Dina Bonnevie, Christopher de Leon, Dindo Fernando and the late Nida Blanca.


The story of Pablo Gomez's Magdusa Ka revolves around the life of Christine Salvador (Katrina Halili), a poor young waitress raised with love and care by her mother, Victoria "Toyang" (Rita Avila). A loving daughter, Christine dreams that one day all the sufferings she and her mother currently endure will end. And she wishes that she will be able to do so, with the help of her boyfriend Rodolfo "Rod" Henson (Dennis Trillo). She sees a ray of hope when she discovers she is actually the daughter of a Doliente, a powerful, rich family. Her mother prohibits her from seeing Rod and to go to the Doliente mansion. Christine disobeys her mother because she tells herself that the financial aid from the Dolientes will help their family. But as time passes, she is only fooling herself. She is now enjoying the lap of luxury. When she realizes that this life of luxury only brought her more pain, Christine tries to come back to Toyang but she is now closing doors to her. She must learn to suffer with the consequences of her actions and in the process mend the things she unintentionally destroyed.


Main cast[edit]

Cast Character Summary
Katrina Halili Christine Salvador Doliente-Henson Christine is a young woman who wishes to end having to live in poverty. A waitress at a KTV bar, Christine devotes her life and her earnings to her mother, whom she loves very much. But unknown to her she is an heiress to the riches of a wealthy family
Dennis Trillo Rodolfo "Rod" Henson Rod starts out as a promiscuous jeepney driver whose only goal in life is to make himself happy. But after meeting the woman who puts others before her, Rod begins to seriously consider his own future.
Iwa Moto Millet Calpito Millet lives and breathes money, and she will not let anyone, least of all a half-sister she never knew about, to take it from her. Millet will do anything, anything at all, to stay on top of the social ladder.

Supporting cast[edit]

Cast Character Summary
Rita Avila Victoria "Toyang" Salvador All Toyang wants in her life is a better future for her daughter; a future that may not happen because of her daughter’s hard-headedness. When Toyang begins to lose her grip on her daughter, she sets her out to fend for herself.
Gardo Versoza Bernardo Doliente Bernardo is a rich man who made a mistake many years ago, a mistake that has showed up at his doorstep after many years of absence.
Liza Lorena Doña Perla Doliente Doña Perla is a woman who believes that the rich should stay rich, and the poor should continue serving the rich. But when her son takes home the grown-up version of his past misdeed, Perla is not happy. And she will make sure that the newcomer will not be coming after her family’s money.
Jackie Lou Blanco Olivia Doliente Olivia schemes to be rich, and she continues to scheme to remain rich; and like her daughter, she will not let a new addition to their family take all of her hard-earned money.
Ana Capri Hedy Hedy is married, but that doesn’t stop her from having fun once or twice—or twice in the same day. Still able to turn men’s heads, Hedy flaunts her body to get what she wants, regardless if the person she wants is already taken.
Emilio Garcia Gerry Henson Gerry sent away a woman and his son many years ago, and now he is being hounded by the son who wishes to take back what was rightfully his: Gerry’s family name and his money.
Gabby Eigenmann Roland Henson Roland enjoys being rich, and he also enjoys being the only son. So when he meets the brother who was part of his father’s past, Roland becomes his worst nightmare.
Rich Asuncion Violy Violy wants her best friend to be happy, but how can she do that when her friend would rather put others’ happiness before hers?
Prince Stefan Sonny Sonny may have grown up poor, but his life is rich with love and support from his family. But in a world where money talks, how much is love worth?
Luz Valdez Aling Bebang Aling Bebang is a woman who is poor and giving. She lives on an island all by herself. She helped Christine when she was drowning in the water and when she was having her baby. She believes whether you are poor or rich, you have a giving heart within you.

Extended cast[edit]

  • Deborah Sun as Amanda
  • Anton Bernardo as Victor
  • Karla Estrada as Metring
  • Blue Mark Roces as James
  • Shirley Dalton as Lani


The theme song entitled Kahit Magdusa Pa is composed by Tata Betita, arranged by Albert Tamayo and is sung by Luke Mijares.

Production crew[edit]

Production notes[edit]

  • Liza Lorena was in the original movie where she portrayed the role now being immortalized by Jackie Lou Blanco
  • GMA & Viva Films has chosen Dennis Trillo to portray Rod in this series after successfully immortalizing Christopher De Leon's original role in Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap.
  • The role of Liza Lorena was immortalized by Armida Siguion-Reyna


Main cast[edit]

Extended cast[edit]

Production crew[edit]

  • Directed by: Eddie Garcia
  • Writers: Orlando Nadres
  • Original Work by: Pablo S. Gomez

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