Ngayon at Kailanman (2018 TV series)

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Ngayon at Kailanman
Ngayon at Kailanman-titlecard.jpg
Ngayon at Kailanman official title card
Also known asNow and Forever
Created by
  • Jay Fernando
  • Henry King Quitain
Written by
  • Benjamin Lingan
  • Generiza Reyes Francisco
  • Ronalisa Co
  • Carlota Malonzo Balane
  • Maan Dimaculangan-Fampulme
Directed by
Opening theme"Ngayon at Kailanman" by Jona
Composer(s)George Canseco
Country of originPhilippines
Original language(s)
No. of episodes107 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Ronald L. Faina
  • Kristine Sioson
  • Marie Kris Macas
Producer(s)Jennifer Soliman-Bolalin
  • Kathryn Jerry Perez
  • Joshua Ducasen
  • BJ Karganilla
  • Jenilie Pelayo
  • Raymond Samaniego
  • Alan Pimentel
Running time30–42 minutes
Production company(s)Star Creatives
Original networkABS-CBN
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseAugust 20, 2018 (2018-08-20) – present
External links

Ngayon at Kailanman (English: Now and Forever) is a 2018 Philippine drama television series starring Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia. The series premiered on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida evening block and worldwide via The Filipino Channel on August 20, 2018, replacing Bagani.[1][2][3][4]


This fiction teleserye follows the lives of two soul mates who both experience a spiritual connection when they were children, before they meet as adults. Eva Mapendo and Inno Cortes’s destinies are intertwined because of their parents’ past connections which are shrouded in mystery.

The movie begins with a foreshadowing of their fate when young Inno’s suffers an allergic reaction to the anesthesia while undergoing a hospital procedure, donating his bone marrow to save his brother Oliver. He suffers a cardiac arrest.

At the same time, Eva just witnesses her parents murdered and she is running for her life. As her parents has prepared her for this eventuality, she gets on a Banka on choppy waters while attempting to cross to another island. It was raining hard that evening, she slips, hits her head and is knocked unconscious.

The two children wake up in an island where other people are walking towards a light. As Inno tries to follow thrm, mesmerized by the beautiful white light, Eva holds him back. Inno suddenly disappears and Eva wakes up in her boat being rescued by the fisherfolk who find her boat drifting.

These two souls were meant to die that day but they didn’t cross over. Instead they live their separate lives as fate draws them to meet their destiny together.

Book One[edit]

It begins when Rodrigo Cortes, scion of one of the Philippines’ richest families, chooses Rebecca Marquez, a barrio lass, over his family who considers her unsuitable for their patrician status as descendants of Ilustrados.

Despite their objections, Rodrigo leaves his father and privileged life behind to live happily in the province with Rebecca and their infant daughter, Angela.

However, their idyllic life shatters when Rodrigo returns home to attend his father’s funeral. He learns his father grants him sole beneficiary of the entire Cortes inheritance, including the Nostalgia, a necklace of immense beauty and value, and part of the family’s history. The heirloom is one of the Cortes family’s important possession for almost a century.

Attached to his father’s Will is a letter written to Rodrigo shortly before his death explaining why he excludes his widow and stepson: he suspects Doña Carmen murdered his first wife, Rodrigo’s mother, and fears she is trying to kill him to ensure the Cortez wealth goes to her son and grandsons. But shortly after Rodrigo begins investigating the circumstances behind his fathers death, he is murdered.

Failing to hear any news about Rodrigo for more than a week, Rebecca follows with their infant Angela and learn of Rodrigo’s fate.

The Corteses ban Rebecca and Angela from attending Rodrigo’s wake and as they leave the Cortes mansion, are gunned down by assassins led by a man named Joey Bartolome. The gunman is unable to kill the infant, instead takes her home, disobeying the mastermind’s order to kill everyone.

It turns out that Stella Cortes masterminds the murders of Rodrigo and his young family to pave the way for her husband Hernan to inherit the Cortes wealth.

Earlier, Hernan accidentally stabs his step brother to protect his mother during a violent argument over their father’s will, but a distraught Hernan is unaware that someone else plunges a pitchfork through Rodrigo’s chest and kills him. The incident is covered up as a robbery gone bad, and Hernan carries the guilt of leaving his brother to bleed to death and die from his stab wound.

Meanwhile, after the attempted massacre of Rebecca and her family, the assassin Joey and his wife, Mia, escape to another island and raise the child as their daughter, renaming her Eva. Stella orders assassins to search for Rodrigo’s daughter, and seven years later, armed men track and murder Joey and Mia. Eva escapes but is never heard of again.

Eva is rescued by fisher folks Abel Dimaguiba and Rosa Mapendo. Traumatized by the violent murders of her parents, the child remembers nothing except her name. Mia prepares for this eventuality and leaves a note in Eva’s backpack with information to whoever finds her that Eva’s life is in danger. The Mapendos follow the note’s warning and provide Eva safe harbor and become her adopted family.

Eva is adopted by the Mapendos and grows up safe, loved and surrounded in anonymity, but she never regains her memory of who she was and why assassins want to kill her. Her appearance in their lives is fortuitous for the Mapendos. Her presence heals Adessa Mapendo, Rosa’s mentally ill sister yearning for her lost child.

At the Family Court, Rodrigo’s death leaves no surviving heir, so the entire Cortes inheritance passes on to Hernan Cortes, his stepbrother. Although Julian Cortes never legally adopts Hernan, he was an acknowledged stepson and gave him his last name to use.

Hernan is uneasy about his inheritance and the coverup surrounding his stepbrother’s death. He longs to tell the truth, as he believes his death was an accident, but is overruled by his mother and particularly by Stella who has a direct hand in Rodrigo’s death.

They have two sons, Oliver and Inno. The two boys are very close and Inno once saves his brother’s life by donating his bone marrow.

Inno Cortes grows up struggling to earn the affection of his mother who loves only her older son Oliver. Her animosity for the younger son is because Inno is Hernan Cortes’ natural son, not Stella’s.

Meanwhile, Inno and Oliver grow up in wealth as Corteses. Inno is a serious, strait-laced man, a complete contrast to his charming, happy-go-lucky brother, Oliver. The two remain close despite the differences in their personalities.

Eva, on the other hand, works hard to give her family a better life. She designs her own jewelry and augments her family’s income by creating her own jewelry with plastic and metal. Her fancy accessories are popular and soon her creations are noticed by the bigger jewelers. Her fate changes drastically when Rebecca proves that she is their daughter, and she becomes the true heir of the Cortes wealth.

Eva and Inno cross paths earlier on in an accident in Binondo and their lives change significantly. Conflicted at first, the two become very close and fall in love. Inno helps Eva recover her memories, and both discover their destinies.

Meanwhile, the woman who Stella thought her assassins had killed outside the Cortes Mansion resurfaces as a rich widow of a Chinese billionaire. Rebecca Marquez Young survives the assassination attempt and returns to seek justice for her young family’s death and exact revenge on the Corteses. Through her unlimited resources and investigations, she discovers Eva is her missing child.

At around the same time, Stella learns that Eva Mapendo is Rodrigo’s child she thought had disappeared. She sets out, at all costs, to prevent Eva from knowing her true identity. Although Stella tries to kill her, Rebecca is always one step ahead of her and protects Eva. After several attempts by Stella to get rid of Eva, Rebecca entraps her and successfully sends Stella to prison for inheritance fraud, and finally proves that Eva is Rodrigo’s and her daughter.

Their victory is short-lived as Stella’s assassins catch up with Rebecca, pushing her over a ravine. Left for dead, Rebecca miraculously survives a second assassination attempt but lies in a coma for more than a year.

Soon after, fortunes reverse when Stella’s inheritance fraud is exposed and the courts rule Eva Mapendo as the natural daughter and heir of Rodrigo Cortes. The Corteses lose everything to Eva and are reduced to impoverished circumstance, while the Mapendos are raised.

Because Eva’s life is in danger from Stella’s political family, the Mapendos move to Chicago in America and bring Rebecca in a comatose condition.

In the meantime, Stella bides her time in prison, sentenced to six years, with revenge on her mind. With her political family’s influence, she is secretly imprisoned in luxurious accommodations within the prison compound. She feigns her rehabilitation and served as a model prison inmate. Her father successfully obtains a presidential pardon for her. Stella is released just in time as Eva and the Mapendos return to Manila for the joint project with Inno.

Book Two[edit]

Inno is broken hearted over Eva’s departure and blames her for not sticking to their promise to each other. He works as a jewelry glass blower and partners with Roxanne. He cares for his grandmother and is estranged from his brother Oliver. His father’s death hits him hard and though he blames his mother for everything, he does not turn his back on her.

Oliver picks himself up from the hard luck dealt his family and works hard as an events manager. He continues to communicate with Eva and consults with Saavedra Jewelry. Inno is still very much in love with Eva, certain that she will learn to love him back.

As destined, Inno and Eva’s path cross once again where they are both asked to work together in a jewelry project. A chance meeting with an international jewelry company brings Eva and her family back to the Philippines, to briefly collaborate with Inno on the project. The two get back together and renew their relationship and this time around, both are determined to stay together.

Meanwhile, the recently released Stella, pretending to have changed, manages to convince Oliver and Inno that she wants to reconcile with the Mapendos. She is aware of Ollie’s fragile state of mind and manipulates him to believe that Inno is to blame for everything that went wrong in their family. She also reveals to Oliver that Inno is not her son.

Rebecca comes out of her coma to learn that Eva returned to Manila and is back with Inno. She hurriedly follows to deal with Stella and separate the two young lovers.

Back in Manila, Rebecca slaps an arrest warrant on Stella and her mother for frustrated murdered, having recalled before she slipped into unconsciousness, she heard the assassin call Stella’s mother, Lucia Simbajon, to report that they completed Stella’s instructions to kill Rebecca. Despite the first hand account, the court fails Rebecca once more. Stella’s political connection gets Stella and her mother off a not-guilty verdict. In desperation, Rebecca decides to take justice in her own hands, instructing her men to assassinate Stella. Stella retaliates as two big explosions simultaneously occur in Stella’s garage and Rebecca’s condo but both women survive.

Amid the conflict, Inno and Eva first run away together where they dream of a brighter future together and a reconciliation between both warring families. But they soon accept the realities of their relationship, the impossibility of their mothers’ reconciliation prevents them to be together and now isn’t their time. Without giving up on their love, they agree to separate, return to fix their families’ conflicts and wait for their right time to be together.

Meanwhile, Oliver is angry and confused by his mother’s manipulations and attempts to bring Inno and Eva to his mother. But upon hearing the false news that his mother was killed, Oliver turns on Eva and abducts her. Inno sets out to find them. He confronts his mother and in a fit of anger, Stella pours out the truth that she ordered Rebecca’s assassination but didn’t mean for Hernan to get killed. In her anguish she tells Inno she wished he was killed instead. It is in this manner that Inno learns the truth that he was not Stella’s son.

Cast and characters[edit]




  • William Lorenzo as Larry
  • Jef Gaitan as Janix
  • Joe Vargas as Kiko
  • Maika Rivera as Tamara
  • Arvic Tan
  • Mark Neumann as Jin
  • Kokoy De Santos as Carl
  • MJ Cayabyab as Isda
  • Drake Ventenilla as Popo
  • Mara Alberto
  • Bradley Holmes as Bryan
  • Dwight Gaston as Botong
  • Minco Fabregas as Mr. Puyat
  • Gerard Acao as Mokmok
  • Via Antonio as Mimay
  • Mark Oblea as Dario
  • Rayt Carreon
  • Ford Valencia
  • Russell Reyes
  • Gem Ramos as Elaine
  • TJ Valderrama as Ferdie
  • Richard Manabat as Ricky
  • Ethyl Osorio as Jennifer
  • Saddam Pulpul
  • Joel Molina as Emil
  • Jojo Riguerra as Victor


  • Justin Cuyugan
  • Karen Reyes as Elisse
  • Chienna Filomeno as Maxine
  • Chris Tan as Mr. Uy
  • Anna Feo as Mrs. Uy
  • Cindy Miranda as Victoria
  • Lui Manansala
  • Nanette Inventor as Rosemarie
  • Dindo Arroyo as Zach
  • Maritess Joaquin as Cynthia
  • Jonic Magno as Paul
  • Giovanni Baldisseri as Omar
  • Nina Ricci Alagao as Betsy

Special participation[edit]


Tentative title[edit]

The series was first announced on November 2017, with a tentative title, Nostalgia. On August 8, 2018, the drama was released on full trailer the title was changed to Ngayon at Kailanman.[13]


Kantar Media National TV Ratings
(8:40PM PST)
Pilot Episode Finale Episode Peak Average
August 20, 2018[14]
January 18, 2019
October 23, 2018


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  14. ^ "NATIONAL TV RATINGS (August 20-21, 2018". abscbnpr. August 22, 2018. Retrieved August 23, 2018.

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