Pangako Sa 'Yo
|Pangako Sa 'Yo|
Title card for Pangako Sa 'Yo
|Developed by||Star Cinema|
|Written by||Emman dela Cruz
|Creative director(s)||Olivia M. Lamasan|
|Theme music composer||Rey Valera|
|Opening theme||"Pangako Sa 'Yo" by Vina Morales|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||486|
|Executive producer(s)||Ellen Nicholas Criste|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original release||November 13, 2000– September 20, 2002|
|Related shows||Pangako Sa 'Yo (2015)|
Pangako Sa 'Yo (Lit: Promise to You / English: The Promise) is a primetime soap opera series produced and broadcast by the Philippine media network ABS-CBN. It is dubbed the first "teleserye" on Philippine television. It starred Kristine Hermosa and Jericho Rosales. The soap, which ran from 2000 to 2002, spanned 486 episodes at 30 minutes each. The show posted an all-time high rating of 64.9% during its September 2002 series finale, posting the country's second highest rating for any episode by a TV series next to Esperanza and Labs Ko Si Babe, and the highest rated finale episode for any Filipino TV series.
The story begins with the romance between Amor de Jesus (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 brother, Diego (Jestoni Alarcon), who has a crush on Amor, to separate them. On seeing Diego trying to rape Amor, Eduardo mistook it as them having a relationship, breaking his heart and prompting him to marry Claudia. A now-pregnant Amor is banished from the Buenavista hacienda, and she returns to living with her mother at the dumpsite. She vows revenge on the Buenavista family when she finds out that Eduardo has married Claudia.
After giving birth to a girl named María Amor or Yna Macaspac) (Kristine Hermosa), Amor and her friend Lourdes (Amy Austria) survived by working in clubs. Amor caught the eye of a rich American named James Powers, who brings her to the United States. She leaves her child and mother named Chayong (Perla Bautista) 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 think that her mother and daughter had died, and in retaliation does not get her husband medical help when he suffered a stroke. Powers dies, and Amor inherits his fortune.
Eduardo and Claudia had 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 Gambling Queen. Angelo is a rebel who dislikes his father while Lia is a sweet, devout Catholic teenager whose feelings everyone wants to protect.
Amor's daughter survives the landslide and is adopted by Isko (Cris Daluz) and Belen Macaspac (Eva Darren). They already had a son named Caloy (Jay Manalo), who hated Yna. 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 soon had another child, Flerida (Hazel Ann Mendoza).
Doña Benita regretted forcing Eduardo to marry Claudia, as her daughter-in-law turned out to be cruel. She tried to explain on her deathbed that it was she who broke his relationship with Amor, but died before explaining. To atone for her sins, Doña Benita's spirit haunts the dreams of the grown Yna.
By accident, Yna and Eduardo 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 for the family. Yna and Angelo fall in love, much to Claudia's chagrin. She looks down on maids, and actively makes Yna's life a living hell.
Amor Powers returns to the Philippines from the United States after making a name for herself in the business world. Amor had been all the while planning her revenge on the Buenavista family, whom she blamed for her past sufferings as well as the assumed death of her child. The dilemma is that, after finding out that Yna's true father is Eduardo, Angelo and Yna are therefore half-siblings. It is later revealed that Angelo's biological father is not Eduardo, and it was initially thought to have been Simon (John Arcilla), Claudia's former, impoverished lover. It is later revealed that Diego (who is adopted) sired Angelo with a poor woman named Thelma who had died.
It turns out that Claudia had a daughter with Simon; Claudia's father later switched the babies after Doña Benita demanded a male heir to the family fortune (the boy that replaced the girl was revealed to be Angelo). The daughter's name was Maria Amor (Dianne dela Fuente), and she was raised by an old woman named Puríng (Anita Linda), who had her believing she was Amor's daughter. Everyone, including Claudia, later on briefly mistook Maria Amor (whose birth name was Clarissa) to be Amor and Eduardo's daughter.
To exact revenge on Amor, Claudia kills Maria Amor, but later finds out the girl's true identity as her daughter and was deeply crushed. Her heart immediately got filled with more anger towards Amor as well as regret. She planned to kill the whole Buenavista family at Yna and Angelo's wedding but everyone made her realize how important she is and how she should bring out the goodness in her heart that was once changed by hatred, greed and revenge. She realizes everything and reconciles with everyone at Yna and Angelo's wedding. While she was kneeling infront of everyone, she sees her daughter's spirit at the altar and begs forgiveness. Claudia is forgiven by everyone but because of her past crimes, she was sentenced to lifelong imprisonment. And a little while later, Amor gave her Maria Amor's ashes (Clarissa).
Five years later, each the major characters are happy and reunited with their true loves: Yna marries Angelo, Claudia marries Simon inside prison, while Amor and Eduardo were wed at last.
- Kristine Hermosa as Yna Macaspac-Buenavista / Maria Amor de Jesus - Born in the depths of richness, Yna's real identity will remain a mystery to her and to her adoptive family, following a tragic accident that separated her from her biological mother, Amor. Only a vision haunts her in the night, the image of an old lady (Benita Buenavista) linking her to her distant past.
- Jericho Rosales as Angelo Buenavista - Angelo is a boy disturbed by his own principles and of his family's disposition leading him to a consistent emotional battle with his parents, governor Eduardo Buenavista and Claudia. But his life will take a drastic turn when he meets Yna, a worker in the hacienda. In the end, he's a biological son of Diego with his mistress Thelma.
- Eula Valdez as Amor de Jesus-Powers / Amor de Jesus-Buenavista - The lowly maid of the Buenavista clan whose love for Eduardo transcends the boundaries of their stations in life. Keeping their relationship a secret is as hard as having to please Doña Benita who treats her with cruelty. Her love for Eduardo will be crushed by greed, forcing her to live a life of misery and an endless search for revenge.
- Jean Garcia as Madam Claudia Zalameda-Buenavista / Claudia Zalameda-Barcial - The daughter of a political family whose wealth has the ability to save the falling empire of the Buenavistas. Arranged to be married to Eduardo and to his family, Dona Benita will soon taste the wrath of a bitter Claudia. In the end, she's not a biological mother of Angelo and she's reveals her true biological daughter with Simon named Clarissa (also known as Maria Amor).
- Tonton Gutierrez as Governor Eduardo Buenavista - The ever-obedient son to the domineering Doña Benita. In love with Amor, the housemaid, Eduardo will sacrifice his love for her because of a single lie.
- Jestoni Alarcon as Diego Buenavista - The eldest son of the Buenavistas. Although the first-born, he always tries to win his mother's heart but is constantly rejected. He lives a life full of envy and deep hatred for his brother Eduardo who always gets the best of everything, including the love of Amor. In the end, it was proven that he was just an adopted son of Benita and he's the biological father of Angelo from Thelma before he married Lourdes.
- Amy Austria as Lourdes Magbanua-Buenavista - Rescued by Diego from the wayward life, Lourdes' predicament became even worse as they both try to survive a life of poverty after Diego moved out of the Buenavista hacienda. (Currently a 2015 remake role as Belen Macaspac).
- Patrick Garcia as Jonathan Mobido - Quietly heeding the call of God, Jonathan is now caught between saving souls and following his heart's desire: Lia Buenavista.
- Jodi Sta. Maria as Lia Buenavista-Mobido - The kindhearted 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. (Currently a 2015 remake role as Amor de Jesus-Powers).
- Vanessa del Bianco as Bea Bianca Bejerrano / Electrika Powers - Balikbayan who is about to wreak havoc in the lives of Angelo and Yna, Bea Bianca will do anything to keep a man right where she wants him. Later, she is the long-lost biological daughter of James Powers (Amor's late husband). Later, she ended up in a mental hospital.
- Dianne dela Fuente as Maria Amor de Jesus / Clarissa Zalameda - She's supposed to be a daughter of Eduardo & Amor for the first-time because of the fake DNA result. She was killed by her biological mother Claudia and also she never knows about her true identity after she died.
- Eva Darren as Belen Macaspac - Wife to Isko and mother to Caloy, Belen takes Yna under her wing and treats her as her own.
- Cris Daluz as Francisco "Isko" Macaspac - Isko is the father of two girls and Caloy who, in spite of their impoverished state, still had the heart to adopt Yna. He is stricken with the deadly Alzheimer's disease.
- Hazel Ann Mendoza as Flerida Macaspac - Yna's younger adopted-sister.
- Evangeline Pascual as Betty Mae Verseles - Amor's trusted, kind-hearted friend who helps her every step of the way. She is also Yna's helper and manager.
- Minnie Aguilar as Coring - The faithful "pet" of Claudia who obeys all her "idol's" dark commands just to please her. Despite Claudia being so rude and evil, she still holds up with her along the way.
- Michelle Bayle as Felicity Banks - The understanding, kind-hearted girl whom Angelo fell in love with accidentally while he's still on the process of moving on in the beach. She also got blackmailed by Claudia to forcibly marry Angelo when she's pregnant of Angelo's baby, so to destroy Angelo's relationship with Yna. But later, died in a car accident.
- John Arcilla as Simon Barcial - The poor lover of Claudia who became a rich businessman. He is the biological father of Clarissa (Maria Amor), his real daughter with Claudia.
- Nikka Valencia as Julieta Macaspac - Isko and Belen's scheming daughter-in-law, Julieta, together with husband Caloy.
- Jay Manalo as Caloy Macaspac - a man who operates an illegal "saklaan" and makes Yna's impoverished life a living nightmare.
- Luis Alandy as David San Luis - Yna's childhood friend who has a secret love on her, but he has no relations to Amor in this original version.
- Carlo Muñoz as Mark Delgado - Governor Buenavista's loyal assistant and confidant. Has a secret desire to Amor.
- Liza Lorena as Doña Benita Buenavista - Eduardo and Diego's mother. The matriarch of the prominent Buenavista clan who has no consideration for human life and whose only desire is to gain more wealth at the expense of her own family.
- Ricky Davao as Tony Banks - The rich and powerful business rival of Amor who turns out to be the father of Felicity. He once had a business partnership with Claudia but he got betrayed, and his family was blackmailed by the evil Claudia, so together with Angelo and Felicity, they form a plan to escape Claudia's shadow but fails and the 3 of them falls into a car accident.
- Richard Quan as Benjie Gatmaitan - A news reporter who eventually became a writer. He made a book about the life of the Buenavistas. He is also Julieta's second husband after Caloy died. (Currently a 2015 remake role as Vice Gov. Theodore "Teddy" Boborol).
- Sally Baderes as Nimfa Macaspac - Yna's eldest sister. She works in a night club and was infected by HIV.
- Rey Kilay as Cookie - Yna's trusted, helpful friend and make-up artist.
- Ernie David as Digoy
- Dante Castro as Warden
- Ian Galliguez as Chinee
- Perla Bautista as Chayong de Jesus - Amor's mother and also Yna's biological grandmother.
- Flora Gasser as Pacita
- Mosang as Doray
- Monina Bagatsing as Rizza
- Dennis Trillo as Ruel
- Melissa Mendez as Minerva Capito
- Kristine Garcia as Elizabeth - Jonathan's mother.
- Ilonah Jean as Cherry Barcial
- Georgina Sandico as Grace Magpantay
- Connie Chua as Panying
- Gigette Reyes as Debra
- Gladys Reyes as Norina
- Roi Rodrigo as Miguel
- Ramon Christopher as Cris
- Ronnie Quizon as Badeo
- Gino Paul Guzman as Rebel
- Mike Lloren as Albert
- Toffee Calma as Arman/Eman
- Jeffrey Hidalgo as Kenneth
- Corrine Mendez as Shiela
- Jane Zaleta as Julie Anne
- Gem Ramos as Lia's Friend
- Rodney Shattara as Lia's Friend
- Paolo Contis as Vinny
- Mico Palanca as Lia's Friend
- Berting Labra as Pepe de Jesus
- Joed Serrano as Joed
- Anita Linda as Puring San Juan
- Raquel Villavicencio as Dr. Castillo
- Erwin Tulfo as Himself (Cameo)
- Phoemela Baranda as Queenie Bermudez
- James Cooper as James
- Leni Rivera as Pinky Lee
- Alfred Vargas as Dyno Zuryete
- Ina Raymundo as Eidelwess Guttenberg
- Denise Laurel as Chammy
- Jon Achaval as Enrico
- Mark Acueza as Kit
- Froilan Sales as Rufo Delgado
- Maribeth Bichara as Charisma Ledesma
- Lucita Soriano as Lola Gaying
- Bing Davao as Lorenzo dela Merced
- Suzette Ranillo as Fatima dela Merced
- Jiro Manio as Kokoy dela Merced
- Onemig Bondoc as Errol Garcia
- Juan Rodrigo as Fr. Crispin Arenas - the biological father of Jonathan.
- Roderick Lindayag as Dolfo
- Tara Ballesca as Young Bea Bianca
- Rene Pangilinan as Rene - Amor Powers' personal driver/bodyguard
- Gerard Pizzaras
- Pocholo Montes
- Chinggoy Alonzo
- Vic Vargas
- Directors: Jerry Lopez-Sineneng, Trina Dayrit, Rory Quintos
- Screenwriters: Tammy Bejerano, Theodore Boborol, Emman de la Cruz, Dado C. Lumibao and Michiko Yamamoto
- Producers: Ellen Nicolas Criste and Malou N. Santos
Awards and recognition
- 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
The Philippines most successfully distributed canned TV series worldwide, Pangako Sa 'Yo ("The Promise"), has been localized in Cambodia after Cambodian Television Network (CTN) bought its format from ABS-CBN, the Philippines' leading and largest multimedia conglomerate.
Cambodia's The Promise (Khmer:សន្យាស្នេហ៍) was aired on 2013 with 198 episodes. Based on a gripping story from the Philippines about power, corruption and love, the scenario has been adapted to suit the Cambodia cultural context and audience sensitivities. The Promise was broadcast peak-time on CTN, Cambodian's most popular TV channel, running three shows a week until July 2014.
On August 14, 2006, Pangako Sa 'Yo had a rerun on ABS-CBN and on the The Filipino Channel until December 2007. Reruns are currently shown on Cinema One Global an international affiliate of TFC starting October 17, 2011 to January 2012. A less successful rerun was aired from March to August 2011 on ABS-CBN, in the late evening timeslot (1:30 A.M. - 3:30 A.M.) every day, with an alternate ending. It re-aired again on Jeepney TV on Sky Cable Channel 69 (now moved to Sky Cable Channel 9 in April 2013).
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 10 April 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.
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, will also direct the remake. The remake is produced by Star Creatives.
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