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Mula sa Puso
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Also known asFrom the Heart
GenreMelodrama, Romance, Thriller, Suspense, Crime
Written byKeiko Aquino
Rondel Lindayag
Directed byWenn Deramas
Ruel S. Bayani
Khryss Adalia
Creative director(s)Deo Endrinal
Theme music composerVehnee Saturno (arranged by Tito Cayamanda)
Opening theme"Mula Sa Puso" by Jude Michael
Country of originPhilippines
Original language(s)Tagalog
No. of episodes538
Executive producer(s)Michael Francis Munoz
Production location(s)Metro Manila, Philippines
Running time30 minutes
(Philippines) Monday – Friday 6:30 pm
Production company(s)Dreamscape Entertainment Television
Original networkABS-CBN
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseMarch 10, 1997 (1997-03-10) –
April 9, 1999 (1999-04-09)
Related showsMula sa Puso (2011)
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Mula sa Puso (English: From the Heart) is a Filipino primetime melodrama romance television series originally aired by ABS-CBN from March 10, 1997 to April 9, 1999 (the series ended for 2 years in its long-run). Claudine Barretto, Rico Yan, and Diether Ocampo played the roles of the main protagonists in the series. It was re-aired in 2008 through Studio 23 and Kapamilya Channel,[1] which are both ABS-CBN subsidiaries. A 2011 remake, starring Lauren Young, JM De Guzman and Enrique Gil, aired on ABS-CBN from March 28, 2011 to August 12, 2011.

The show also gave critical acclaim to director Wenn V. Deramas as his first prime time soap project and as a director and gave character actress Princess Punzalan critical acclaim for her character and antagonist as the phenomenal Selina Perriera-Matias which was also reincarnated again for the television remake by award-winning soap actress Eula Valdez. Mula Sa Puso is known to be the first middle-class-themed Filipino primetime TV drama.

It was also known for being the most competitive soap in the country's TV ratings by mid-1998, tied with Esperanza, which also ran from 1997 to 1999 and also spanned a film and a soundtrack entitled "Mula Sa Puso ni Esperanza". The TV series had various crossovers with prime time dramas such as Esperanza and the short-lived miniseries Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako. The show was aired from Mondays to Fridays at 6:30 pm after TV Patrol and also become competition in a rival network GMA Network's soap Ikaw na Sana.

The story depicts on the life of Via and as she gracefully turns 18, she will discover she lives a life full of deceit. She will also discover the truth about the identities of her loved ones and the unstoppable troubles when it comes to love and life itself as she falls in love with her savior Gabriel while she also falls into a love triangle with her persistent longtime childhood friend Michael.

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Via (Claudine Barretto), the only daughter of Don Fernando (Juan Rodrigo), was raised as his darling princess. On her eighteenth birthday, she found out that her father has promised her hand in marriage to her childhood friend, Michael (Diether Ocampo), and before the birthday party was over, she got kidnapped. She was rescued by a good Samaritan named Gabriel (Rico Yan), whom she fell in love with. Michael, at the latter part of the story, became romantically involved with Via's best friend, Trina (Rica Peralejo). As the story unfolds, Via ended up having to decide between the two men in her life, while learning more about her mother Magda (Jaclyn Jose) and fighting off her evil aunt Selina (Princess Punzalan).

In the story, Selina was one of the most influential characters, due to her desire to acquire the power and wealth of Don Fernando (Juan Rodrigo), her brother. She possesses intelligence in illegal tactics that made her stronger and she used people in order to manipulate them when a bombing in the departure of Via and her family to start a new life began. Via lived a new identity but came back to her family, and they all faced Selina one last time in dignity and Via restored peace in her family.

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The series title was based on the theme song which was sung by Jude Michael composed by Vehnee Saturno as the original acoustic version on television from OctoArts Records in 1997. Roselle Nava sang the movie version in 1999. The song was re-released in 2010 as part of 60 Taon ng Musika at Soap Opera. In 2011, for the remake used a version by Jovit Baldivino. Zsa Zsa Padilla's version from 1987 is used as well often in the series.


The series became consistent in its story plot so it was well received by the public. Its pilot episode in 1997 was 37.9%, the highest rating was 56.5% in 1998, while the average was 45.2%. Ratings are provided by AGB Nielsen Philippines.

TV and Movie Differences[edit]

TV version Movie Version
Jowie was a recurring (and main character) in the beginning of the series. Her storyline was portrayed to be Warren's love interest. Jowie was absent for the movie.
Manuel killed Nicole because he wanted to avenge Magda, his sister. Manuel did not kill Nicole, but instead it was Abdon (Selina's henchman) who accidentally killed Nicole when she saved Via from getting shot during her wedding with Michael.
Selina killed Abdon because he blackmailed her. Selina killed Abdon because he accidentally killed her daughter, Nicole.
A few weeks after the bus explosion events, Selina got diagnosed with lymphoma cancer. Selina did not have cancer.
Elena was a woman whom Selina hired to pose as Via's biological mother, in efforts to hide the truth that Magda was her biological mother. Elena was absent from the movie version.
Manuel (Magda's younger brother) was a serial killer in the series, and was also one of Selina's worst enemies. Manuel did appear in the movie, but he only a minor character, appearing only in the film's wedding scene of Gabriel and Via.
Mariel was raped by Selina's henchman after she threw a caramel custard (leche flan) on her. Mariel did not throw the custard on Selina, thus she was not raped.
Mariel hired experienced lawyer, Elaine Regalado, to sue Selina for ordering some to rape her. This storyline was not present in the movie.
In the beginning of the series, Tindeng was supposedly dead after Selina ordered an explosion in the room because she knew her secrets. This never happened in the film.
Ysmael (Selina's husband) was killed after being shot by Selina when he saved Via and Magda from Selina's diabolical plans. Ysmael was killed by Michael.
Jennifer and Gilbert are Ysmael's children from two different women. Ysmael did not have any illegitimate children.
Shirley, a woman who despised Via (Ella), conspired with Selina to conduct the downfall of Via. Shirley made a cameo appearance in the film's wedding scene.
Via changed her name to Ella Peralta (after the bus explosion). This did not happen in the film.
Towards the end of the series, Selina kidnapped Magda and Via for a ransom of P50M from Fernando. This storyline was absent in the movie.
Bagyo saved Selina from the car explosion. This did not happen in the film
After surviving the car explosion, Selina suffered from a severely burned face. Although this happened in the movie, the car explosion was the cause of Selina's death in the movie.
Michael was killed by Bagyo after he saved Via and her daughter. Michael is remained alive throughout the film.
Via had a daughter named Magdalena. Via did not have a daughter.
Selina was killed after a she was struck by speeding truck. Selina was killed in the car explosion after Via crashed her car in a carinderia.


Mula sa Puso
Directed byWenn V. Deramas
Produced byCharo Santos-Concio
Malou N. Santos
Screenplay byRuel S. Bayani
Music byJessie Lasaten
CinematographyJoe Tutanes
Edited byJoyce E. Bernal
Distributed byStar Cinema
Release date
  • February 10, 1999 (1999-02-10)
Running time
117 minutes

On February 10, 1999, the series was adapted into a film. The movie was also released with the movie version of another hit soap Esperanza (December 25) on the same day.


Main cast[edit]

  • Claudine Barretto as Via Pereira, Don Fernando's only daughter and heiress who is in love with Gabriel.
  • Rico Yan as Gabriel Maglayon, Magda's adoptive son who fell in love with Via.
  • Diether Ocampo as Michael Miranda, Via's childhood best friend who is in love with Via.
  • Jaclyn Jose as Magda Trinidad-Pereira, Via's biological mother and Don Fernando's long lost love.
  • Princess Punzalan as Selina Matias, Don Fernando's half-sister and Via's aunt whose main goal is to acquire the wealth of her family.
  • Juan Rodrigo as Don Fernando Pereira, Via's father who abandoned Magda's because of Selina's manipulative ways.
  • Patrick Garcia as Warren, Gabriel's adoptive brother and Magda's adoptive son.

Supporting cast[edit]

  • Efren Reyes, Jr. as Ysmael Matias, Selina's husband and Nicole's father.
  • Anna Larrucea as Nicole Matias, Selina's daughter, Via's cousin, and Don Fernando's niece.
  • Nida Blanca as Carmen, the woman who housed Via after the bus explosion.
  • Rio Locsin as Corazon Rodrigo, Warren's biological mother who is also Magda's friend.
  • Eula Valdez (credited as "Eula Valdes") as Criselda Pereira, Don Fernando's first wife who raised Via like her own.
  • Carlos Morales as Abdon, Selina's henchman who accidentally killed Nicole.
  • Anne Villegas as Tindeng, Mariel's mother and a maid in the Pereira household.
  • Jan Marini Alano as Mariel, Tindeng's daughter who is Via's best friend and confidant.
  • Candy Pangilinan as Berta, Carmen's jolly maid and is also Via's friend.
  • Ramil Rodriguez as Mr. Miranda, Michael's father who wants Michael and Via's wedding to be fast approaching.
  • Eva Darren as Mrs. Miranda, Michael's mother.
  • Michael "Eagle" Riggs as Roxee, Gabriel's friend.
  • Gerald Pizarras as Neal, Mariel's friend who has a liking to her.
  • Rene Pangilinan as Michael's surgeon.
  • Andrea del Rosario as Wendy, A female escort is likes Gabriel.
  • Mickey Muñoz as Dr. Muñoz, A doctor.


  • Ricky Davao as Eduard, Corazon's husband and Warren's stepfather.
  • Eric Quizon as Manuel Trinidad, Magda's brother, Via's uncle, and Gabriel's adoptive uncle.
  • Lee Robin Salazar as Leo Maglayon, Gabriel's half-brother.
  • Khryss Adalia
  • Gardo Versoza as Domingo, A friend of Via and her family.
  • Cherry Pie Picache as Shirley Mercado, Via, Berta, and Carmen's friend.
  • Rica Peralejo as Trina, Via's best friend who likes Michael.


After the success of the remake of Mara Clara during the first quarter of the year, ABS-CBN announced that a remake of Mula Sa Puso is on works.[2]

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