Pangako Sa 'Yo

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Pangako Sa 'Yo
Title card for Pangako Sa 'Yo
Also known asThe Promise
Created byABS-CBN
Developed byStar Cinema
Written by
  • Tammy Bejerano
  • Dado Lumibao
  • Henry King Quitain
  • Emman Dela Cruz
  • Ted Boborol
Directed byRory B. Quintos
Creative director(s)Olivia M. Lamasan
Theme music composerRey Valera
Opening theme"Pangako" by Vina Morales
Country of originPhilippines
Original language(s)Tagalog
No. of episodes481
Executive producer(s)Ellen Nicholas Criste
Production location(s)Philippines
Running time44–47 minutes
Production company(s)Star Cinema
Original networkABS-CBN
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseNovember 13, 2000 (2000-11-13) –
September 20, 2002 (2002-09-20)
Related showsPangako Sa 'Yo (2015–2016)

Pangako Sa 'Yo (International title: The Promise / transl. Promise to You) is a Philippine primetime soap opera series that aired on ABS-CBN. It starred Kristine Hermosa and Jericho Rosales. It premiered from November 13, 2000 to September 20, 2002 replacing Labs Ko Si Babe.

The series is streaming online on YouTube.[1]


The story begins with the romance between Amor de Jesús (Eula Valdez) and Eduardo Buenavista (Tonton Gutierrez). Eduardo's mother, Doña Benita (Liza Lorena), opposes the relationship since Amor was a housemaid and because she wanted Eduardo to marry Claudia Zalameda (Jean Garcia) for political reasons. Doña Benita asked Eduardo's older brother, Diego (Jestoni Alarcon), who was also attracted to Amor, to separate them. Upon seeing Diego trying to rape Amor, Eduardo mistook it as them having a relationship, breaking his heart and prompts him to marry Claudia. The now-pregnant Amor was banished from the Buenavista hacienda and she returns to her mother in Manila, who was living at the Payatas dumpsite. She vows revenge on the Buenavista family when she learns that Eduardo has married Claudia.

After giving birth to her daughter, María Amor (Kristine Hermosa), Amor and her friend, Lourdes (Amy Austria-Ventura), survived by working in clubs. Amor caught the eye of a rich American named James Powers (James Cooper), who brings her to the United States. She leaves María Amor and her mother, Chayong (Perla Bautista), behind at the dumpsite and sends money to them from time to time. James Powers proves abusive towards Amor, forbidding her from returning home when a landslide hit the dumpsite. Amor, thinking that her mother and daughter had died, and in retaliation for all his abuses towards her, does not get her husband medical help when he suffered a stroke. James Powers dies and Amor inherits his fortune.

Eduardo and Claudia have two children: Angelo (Jericho Rosales) and Lia (Jodi Sta. Maria). Eduardo is the governor of the province of Punta Verde while Claudia has become the ever-elusive queen of illegal gambling in Punta Verde. Angelo is a rebel who dislikes his father while Lia is a sweet, devout Catholic teenager who cares for the feelings of her loved ones.

Amor's daughter survives the landslide and is adopted by Isko (Cris Daluz) and Belen Macaspac (Eva Darren). The couple found drawings Eduardo made for Amor, signed "Ynamorata" near the abandoned child, so they decided to call the little girl they found Ynamorata. Isko and Belen have their own children: Caloy, who hates Yna, and teenager Flerida (Hazel Ann Mendoza).

Doña Benita regretted forcing Eduardo to marry Claudia, as her daughter-in-law turned out to be cruel. On her deathbed, she tried to explain that she was the one who broke Eduardo's relationship with Amor, but died before being able to do so. To atone for her sins, Doña Benita's spirit haunts the dreams of the grown Yna.

Twenty years later, Yna and Eduardo accidentally meet, and Yna dreams of Doña Benita showing her that her past lies in the Buenavista family. Intrigued, she gets a job working as a housemaid in Eduardo's household. Yna and Angelo fall in love, much to Claudia's chagrin. She looks down on housemaids and servants, and actively makes Yna's life a living hell.

Amor Powers returns to the Philippines after making a name for herself in the business world in the United States. Amor had been planning her revenge on the Buenavistas, whom she blames for her past sufferings, as well as the assumed death of María Amor. The dilemma was that, after finding out that Yna's true father was Eduardo, Angelo and Yna were therefore thought to be half-siblings. It was later revealed that Angelo's biological father was not Eduardo, nor was it Simon Barcial (John Arcilla), Claudia's former, impoverished lover. Angelo's biological father was later revealed to be Eduardo's brother, Diego (who was also revealed to be adopted), who sired Angelo with a poor woman named Thelma, who had later died.

It also turns out that Claudia had a daughter with Simon. Claudia's father switched the babies after Doña Benita demanded a male heir (the boy that replaced the girl was revealed to be Angelo). The daughter was Clarissa (Dianne dela Fuente) and she was raised by an old woman named Puríng (Anita Linda) as María Amor. Puring had Clarissa believe she was Maria Amor de Jesús, the daughter of Amor.

To exact revenge on Amor, Claudia kills María Amor/Clarissa, but was deeply crushed when she later learned the girl's true identity. Her heart filled with more anger towards Amor, as well as regret. Claudia, together with Coring (Minnie Aguilar) and her henchmen, planned to kill the entire Buenavista family at Yna and Angelo's wedding. Thus, confronting them while holding a gun. But everyone especially Angelo and Lia made her realize how important she is to them and how she should bring out the goodness in her heart that was once filled with evil, hatred, greed and revenge. She realizes everything after Lia and Angelo gave her a hug and reconciles with everyone at the wedding. People from the wedding especially Amor and Angelo also asked forgiveness from Claudia, which she immediately accepted. While she was kneeling in front of everyone, she sees Clarissa's spirit at the altar and begs forgiveness. Claudia was forgiven by everyone but because of her past crimes, she was sentenced to lifelong imprisonment. And a little while later, Amor gave her Clarissa's ashes.

Five years later, each of the major characters are happy and reunited with their true loves: Yna becomes pregnant and marries Angelo, Claudia meets her granddaughter from her now-deceased daughter, Lia. Afterwards, she and Simon married each other inside prison. Meanwhile, Amor and Eduardo decided to live happily as a couple and married each other after 27 years of their unbreakable love for each other.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Kristine Hermosa as Yna Macaspac / María Amor de Jesús — Born in the depths of richness, Yna's real identity will remain a mystery to her and also to her adoptive family, following a tragic accident that separated her from her biological mother, Amor. Only a vision haunts her at night — the image of an old lady — Doña Benita Buenavista (her biological grandmother) linking her to her distant past.
  • Jericho Rosales as Angelo Buenavista / Nathaniel de la Merced — Angelo is a boy disturbed by his own principles due to the disposition of his family leading him to a consistent emotional battle with his parents — Governor Eduardo and Madam Claudia. But his life will take a drastic turn when he meets Yna; a worker in the hacienda. In the end, he revealed to be the biological son of Diego (Eduardo's older adoptive brother) with his former mistress, Thelma, who is now deceased.
  • Eula Valdez as Amor de Jesús / Amor Powers — A lowly housemaid of the Buenavistas whose love for Eduardo transcended the boundaries of their stations in life. Keeping their relationship a secret was as hard as having to please Doña Benita (Eduardo's mother), who treated her with cruelty. Her love for Eduardo will be crushed because of greed and a single lie which forces her to live a life full of misery and an endless search of revenge against the Buenavista family.
  • Jean Garcia as Madam Claudia Zalameda — The daughter of a political family whose wealth could save the failing and falling empire of the Buenavista family. Arranged to be married to Eduardo, Doña Benita will soon taste the wrath of a cruel and bitter Claudia. In the end, it was revealed that Angelo is not her son, but in fact is the mother of a girl named Clarissa (fake María Amor) whom she sired with Simon.
  • Tonton Gutierrez as Eduardo Buenavista — The ever-obedient son to the domineering Doña Benita Buenavista. In love with Amor, the housemaid, Eduardo will sacrifice his love for her due to a single lie.
  • Amy Austria-Ventura as Lourdes Magpantay — Rescued by Diego from the wayward life, Lourdes's predicament became even worse as they both try to survive a life of poverty after Diego moved out of the Buenavista hacienda.
  • Jestoni Alarcon as Diego Buenavista — The eldest son of the Buenavista brothers. Although he is the first-born, he always tries to win his mother's heart but, unfortunately, is constantly rejected. He lives a full of envy and hatred for his younger brother, Eduardo, who always gets the best of everything — including the love of Amor. In the end, it was proven that he was only an adopted son of Doña Benita, and also that he was the biological father of Angelo with Thelma, his former mistress.

Supporting cast[edit]

  • Patrick Garcia as Jonathan Mobido — A young catechist who is quietly heeding the call of God, Jonathan became caught between saving souls and following his heart's true desire — Lia Buenavista.
  • Jodi Sta. Maria as Lía Buenavista — The kind-hearted daughter of Eduardo and Claudia. Lia bears the pain of being unloved by her own mother. She later falls for Jonathan, a young catechist, who gives her the strength to go on living. Lia later finds out that she is in a terminal stage of cancer, which is the reason why she and Jonathan confessed their feelings for each and then later got married. In the latter part, she bore a daughter before she died peacefully. Claudia met her granddaughter from Lia.
  • Vanessa del Blanco as Bea Bianca Bejerrano / Electrika Powers — A balikbayan who wreaks havoc in the lives of Yna and Angelo. She will do anything to keep a man right where she wants him. She is later revealed to be the long-lost biological daughter of James Powers — Amor's deceased husband. Later on, she was confined into a mental institution.
  • Carlo Muñoz as Mark Delgado — Eduardo Buenavista's loyal assistant and confidant. He harbors a secret desire for Amor.
  • Dianne dela Fuente as María Amor / Clarissa Barcial — Named Clarissa, she was revealed to be the biological daughter of Claudia and Simón. She was manipulated by an old woman named Puring to believe that she was María Amor. When she had her DNA tested, Marked faked the result to be María Amor. This prompted Claudia to kill her as revenge to Amor. Claudia learned the truth of Clarissa's true identity and was deeply crushed with regret.
  • Eva Darren as Belén Macaspac — Iskô Macaspac's wife and mother of Caloy and Flérida. Belén took Yna under her wing and treated her like her own daughter.
  • Cris Daluz as Francisco "Iskô" Macaspac — Yna, Flerida, and Caloy's father who, despite their impoverished state, still had the heart to adopt Yna. He was stricken by the deadly Alzheimer's disease and later killed by Claudia's henchman.
  • Hazel Ann Mendoza as Flérida Macaspac — Yna's younger adoptive sister and Caloy's sister.
  • Evangeline Pascual as Betty Mae Verseles — Amor's trusted and kindhearted best friend who helps her in every step of the way. She is also Yna's helper and manager.
  • Minnie Aguilar as Coring — The faithful personal assistant of Claudia who obeys all of her dark orders just to please her. Despite Claudia being rude and evil, Coring remains loyal and holds her up every step of the way.
  • Michelle Bayle as Felicity Banks — The understanding and kindhearted daughter of Tony Banks. Angelo fell in love with her. She was blackmailed by Claudia to marry Angelo when she became pregnant with Angelo's child. She later got into a car accident and died as a result.
  • Dennis Trillo as Ruel Pedro – To get Her Cousin Girls

Extended cast[edit]

  • John Arcilla as Simón Barcial — The impoverished lover of Claudia who transformed into a rich businessman. He is the biological father of Clarissa whom he sired with Claudia. In the end of the series, he married Claudia inside the jail where she was imprisoned.
  • Nikka Valencia as Julieta Macaspac — She is Caloy's wife who is also Belen and Isko's scheming daughter-in-law. After Caloy's death, she married the newsman Benjie Gatmaitan.
  • Jay Manalo as Caloy Macaspac — Yna's older foster brother and Flerida's brother. He is Belen and Isko's eldest child. He operates a saklaan and makes Yna's impoverished life a nightmare and living hell. He was killed by Claudia.
  • Luis Alandy as David San Luis — Yna's childhood best friend who is in love with her. He later became a seaman.
  • Liza Lorena as Doña Benita Buenavista — Eduardo's mother and Diego's adoptive mother. The matriarch of the prominent Buenavista family. She has no consideration for human life and her only desire is to gain more wealth, even at the expense of her own family. She later regrets forcing Eduardo to marry Claudia after realizing the latter's cruel attitude. After her death, she haunts Yna in her dreams.
  • Ricky Davao as Tony Banks — A rich and also powerful businessman and a business rival of Amor. He is Felicity's father. He entered a business partnership with Madam Claudia but was unfortunately betrayed.
  • Richard Quan as Benjie Gatmaitan — A news reporter who is also a book author. He wrote a book about the Buenavista family. After Caloy's death, he married Julieta.
  • Sally Baderes as Nimfa Macaspac — Yna and Flerida's older sister. She works in a nightclub and became infected with HIV.
  • Rey Kilay as Cookie — Yna's trusted and helpful best friend who is also her make-up artist.
  • Perla Bautista as Chayong de Jesús — Amor's mother who is also Yna's biological grandmother.
  • Rene Pangilinan as Rene - Amor Powers' driver/bodyguard.

Guest cast[edit]


The soap, which ran from November 13, 2000 to September 20, 2002, spanned 481 episodes at 30 minutes each then replaced by Bituin. The show posted an all-time high rating of 64.9% during its September 2002 series finale. This is the second highest rating for any Filipino-made TV series, behind one of the airings of Esperanza on ABS-CBN in 1997, and is the all-time highest rating for any TV series finale in the Philippines. [2]


  • Asian Television Awards 2001: Runner Up - Best Drama Series
  • Asian Television Awards 2001: Highly Commended - Best Direction (Long Form)
  • 15th PMPC Star Awards for Television: Best TV Series
  • 15th PMPC Star Awards for Television: Best Actress - Eula Valdez
  • 16th PMPC Star Awards for Television: Best Actress - Jean Garcia

International broadcast[edit]

Pangako Sa 'Yo was the first Filipino television program to air in Kenya on the national broadcaster KBC. It was immensely popular, resulting in its second run years later on Citizen TV. Moreover, it paved the way for the many teleserye that have been broadcast in Kenya. In Malaysia, through local satellite TV channel, ASTRO Bella, starting November 22, will air Pangako Sa 'Yo because of high demand. It airs in Tagalog with Bahasa Melayu subtitles. Airs Monday to Friday at 11:00am with encore on the same day and also on weekends with marathon. In Singapore through local satellite TV Channel from Malaysia, Astro Prima on mio TV Channel 602 starting April 10, 2013, will air Pangako Sa 'Yo because of high demand in Singapore due to this series was first shown on MediaCorp Suria in 2007. It airs in Tagalog with Bahasa Melayu subtitles. Airs Monday to Friday at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM with encore on the same day at 10:00 AM and also on 12 midnight on same day.

Cambodian adaptation[edit]

Cambodia's The Promise (2013) title card.

Pangako Sa 'Yo was adapted in Cambodia when Cambodian Television Network (CTN) acquired rights from ABS-CBN.[3] Entitled The Promise (Khmer:សន្យាស្នេហ៍), the Cambodian version was produced by Khmer Mekong Films (KMF) and aired in Cambodia from 2013 to 2014 with 198 episodes. It was adapted to suit the Cambodian cultural context and audience sensitivities.

The Promise was broadcast peak-time on CTN, Cambodia's most popular TV channel, running three shows a week until July 2014.


The first remake of Pangako Sa 'Yo debuted on May 25, 2015. It stars Jodi Sta. Maria, Ian Veneracion, Angelica Panganiban, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. Rory Quintos, who directed the original series, also directed the remake. The remake was produced by Star Creatives.[4][5] It ended on February 12, 2016 with a total of 190 episodes.

Jodi Sta. Maria, who played Lia Buenavista in the original, was cast as Amor Powers in the 2015 remake. Two other cast members from the original version were also part of the 2015 remake - Amy Austria (who played Lourdes Magbanua in the original series) was cast as Belen Macaspac; and Richard Quan (who played Benjie Gatmaitan, the investigative reporter, in the original series) was cast as Theodore Boborol, Eduardo Buenavista's political rival.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pangako Sa'Yo Full Episodes. YouTube. ABS-CBN Entertainment. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  2. ^ "10 Things To Know about Pangako Sa 'Yo: Then and Now". Philippine Entertainment Portal. December 8, 2014.
  3. ^ "Pangako Sa'yo gets Cambodian adaptation". ABS-CBN News. October 15, 2012.
  4. ^ PANGAKO SA'YO Teaser Trailer: Soon on ABS-CBN!. YouTube. ABS-CBN Entertainment. December 2, 2014.
  5. ^ Cartalaba, Jude (June 2, 2015). "Pangako Sa 'Yo then and now, through the eyes of a fan". Rappler.

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