Saan Darating ang Umaga?

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Saan Darating ang Umaga?
Also known as Morning Awaits
Genre Drama
Based on Saan Darating ang Umaga? (1983)
Written by
  • Anna Aleta Nadela
  • Marides Garbes-Severino
Directed by Maryo J. de los Reyes
Theme music composer George Canseco
Opening theme "Saan Darating ang Umaga?" by Yasmien Kurdi
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Tagalog
No. of episodes 80
Executive producer(s) Wilma Galvante
Production location(s) Philippines
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 25-35 minutes
Production company(s) GMA Entertainment TV
Original network GMA Network
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original release November 10, 2008 (2008-11-10) – February 27, 2009 (2009-02-27)

Saan Darating ang Umaga? (International title: Morning Awaits / lit. Where Will Morning Go?) is a 2008 Philippine television drama series broadcast by GMA Network. Based from the 1983 film of the same title, the series is the eleventh instalment of Sine Novela. Directed by Maryo J. de los Reyes, it stars Yasmien Kurdi and Dion Ignacio. It premiered on November 10, 2008 on the network's Dramarama sa Hapon line up replacing Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan. The series concluded on February 27, 2009 with a total of 80 episodes. It was replaced by Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? in its timeslot.


The Rodrigo clan led by the powerful patriarch Leonardo Rodrigo. Leonardo is a wealthy businessman who is very proud of his humble beginnings. It was only through hard work and diligence that he was able to achieve all the luxuries in life. Today, he is one of the most respected and well-known businessmen in the real estate business. Because of this, he expects his sons to Dindo Rodrigo (Gary Estrada) and Ruben Rodrigo (Joel Torre) to follow his lead.

Dindo and Ruben are architects working for their father's company. But it was Ruben who took after his father's ideals and compassion for the business. Not only is he talented but he is kind-hearted. He is a loving husband to Lorrie Rodrigo (Lani Mercado) and a caring father to his daughter Shayne Rodrigo (Yasmien Kurdi).

Dindo, meanwhile, is the opposite of Ruben. He and his evil wife Agatha Rodrigo (Pinky Amador) are very dependent and still live with Leonardo. Aside from not having a child, Dindo has been rumored for having an extramarital affair with his secretary Marinel "Mylene" Medina (Shirley Fuentes).

When Don Leonardo passes away, he leaves all his wealth as well as the firm to Ruben. But unknown to Ruben, his father's last will marks the beginning of a series of misfortune in their family.

Ruben and Lorrie have been longing to have another child since their only daughter Shayne is already a teenager. However, they will find out that Lorrie can no longer bear a child, leading them to adopt a young boy named Joel Rodrigo (Jacob Rica).

Joel's presence provides an overwhelming happiness to Lorrie and Ruben. But it will be the beginning of Shayne's rebellion when she begins to feel neglected.

Shayne will then meet Raul Agoncillo (Dion Ignacio) who will give her the attention she has been looking for from her parents.

Ruben and Lorrie try to mend back their family. Just when they thought it's going to be all right again, tragedy struck. As Ruben died, Lorrie became mentally unstable and she blames Joel for her husband's death.

Shayne must then make a painful decision. Should she take Joel back to the orphanage? Especially now she has learned to love the child as her own brother.

Cast and characters[edit]

Yasmien Kurdi portrays Shayne Rodrigo.
Lead cast
Supporting cast
Guest cast
  • Deborah Sun as Melody Valera / Bea Torralba
  • Nicole Dulalia as young Shayne
  • Gay Balignasay as Acy
  • Lui Manansala as Olive
  • Joseph Bitangcol as Mark


According to AGB Nielsen Philippines' Mega Manila household television ratings, the pilot episode of Saan Darating ang Umaga? earned a 22.3% rating.[3] While the final episode scored a 23.4% rating.[4]


Nominated for Best Daytime Drama Series in 23rd PMPC Star Awards for Television.


  1. ^ Lorna Tolentino formally bids goodbye to GMA-7; accepts ABS-CBN's offer
  2. ^ Dion Ignacio moves to leading man status in Saan Darating ang umaga Retrieved from Philippine Entertainment Portal on November 4, 2008
  3. ^ Santiago, Erwin (November 11, 2008). "TV Ratings (Nov. 7-10) "Survivor Philippines" soars, "Pinoy Fear Factor" begins". Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  4. ^ Santiago, Erwin (March 4, 2009). "AGB Mega Manila TV Ratings (Feb. 27-March 2): Luna Mystika regains lead, Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? debuts at No. 2". Retrieved March 7, 2018.

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