Mara Clara

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Mara Clara
Genre Family drama
Created by Emil Cruz Jr.
Developed by ABS-CBN
Starring Judy Ann Santos
Gladys Reyes
Opening theme "Mara Clara" by Therese Amper
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Filipino, English, Tagalog
No. of episodes 1,209
Camera setup multicamera setup
Original channel ABS-CBN
Picture format 480i SDTV
Original release August 17, 1992 (1992-08-17) – February 14, 1997 (1997-02-14)
Related shows Mara Clara (2010)

Mara Clara is a Filipino primetime television drama on the ABS-CBN network, which ran from August 17, 1992 to February 14, 1997. It was re-aired on Studio 23 (now ABS-CBN Sports+Action) and Kapamilya Channel (now Bro), both ABS-CBN subsidiaries.[1] It was adapted into a feature film released by Star Cinema in 1996.

This soap opera made Judy Ann Santos the Queen of Pinoy Soap Opera and Gladys Reyes as Primera Kontrabida on Philippine television.

The series originally aired at 2:30 p.m. until January 27, 1995. On January 30, 1995, it went to a 2:00 p.m. timeslot. On July 1, 1996, it moved to a primetime slot until it ended on February 14, 1997.

A 2010 remake, starring Kathryn Bernardo as Mara and Julia Montes as Clara, aired on ABS-CBN from October 25, 2010 to June 3, 2011.


Mara and Clara were switched at birth in the nursery when they were born, and the details of this event were recorded by Kardo, a hospital staff, in his diary. Mara lived as the poor daughter of the couple Susan and Gary Davis while Clara, their real daughter, was brought up by the rich Amanthe and Almira del Valle.

The good-natured del Valle couple takes in Mara as a servant and decides to spend for her education not knowing that she is their real daughter. Gary, who is actually a gang/syndicate leader, approves of the idea that Mara lives with the del Valles to extort money. Clara makes life for Mara difficult. But, as time progresses, they find their true identity in the spotlights, damages are paid, and they all know where they stand.


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Film adaptation[edit]

Mara Clara: The Movie
Directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng
Produced by Charo Santos-Concio
Malou N. Santos
Starring Judy Ann Santos
Gladys Reyes
Juan Rodrigo
Music by Nonong Buencamino
Cinematography Ricardo Jacinto
Edited by Joyce E. Bernal
Distributed by Star Cinema
Release dates
  • September 18, 1996 (1996-09-18)
Running time
114 minutes
Country Philippines
Language English/Tagalog

In 1996, a movie was produced based on the television series. The Mara Clara movie adaptation was the first television series created by ABS-CBN to be adapted by Star Cinema. On the adaptation, the only cast changed was the character of Gary Davis who was portrayed by Eruel Tongco in the television, and was played by William Martinez in the movie due to the former's death from a car accident in 1996.


During the ABS-CBN trade event held last August 24, 2010 at the World Trade Center Manila, it was announced that a remake of the series will start its production this 2010.[2] Kathryn Bernardo is slated for the role of Mara, with Julia Montes as Clara.[3]


The series re-aired in 2007 by affiliates Studio 23 and Kapamilya Channel (internationally) through 2008.

Production staff[edit]

  • Executive Producer: Annaliza A. Goma
  • Producer: Book One: Maru R. Benitez; Book Two: Dagang V. Vilbar
  • Written and Directed by: Emil Cruz, Jr.


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