Walang Hanggan (2012 TV series)

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Walang Hanggan
Walanghanggan.jpg
Also known as My Eternal
Genre Melodrama, Romance
Written by Reggie Amigo
Noreen Capili
Directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng
Trina N. Dayrit
Jojo A. Saguin
Starring Coco Martin
Julia Montes
Richard Gomez
Dawn Zulueta
Theme music composer George Canseco
Opening theme Hanggang Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan
by Gary Valenciano
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Filipino, English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 203
Production
Executive producer(s) Rosselle Beegee-Soldao
Hazel B. Parfan
Location(s) Philippines
Milan, Italy
San Francisco
Cinematography Ronnie Nadura
Bobby Pintor
Editor(s) Renewin Alano
Vincent San Antonio
John Ryan Bonifacio
Amida Lesme
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) Dreamscape Entertainment Television
Release
Original network ABS-CBN
Picture format NTSC (480i)
Original release January 16 (2012-01-16) – October 26, 2012 (2012-10-26)
Chronology
Related shows Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit (I'll Wait For You in Heaven)
(1991 film)
External links
Website walanghanggan.abs-cbn.com

Walang Hanggan (Lit: Infinity / English: My Eternal) is a 2012 Philippine romantic melodrama television series loosely based on the 1991 Gomez-Zulueta film Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit,[1] a film based on the Emily Brontë novel, Wuthering Heights. Directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng and Trina N. Dayrit, it is topbilled by Coco Martin, Julia Montes, Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta, together with an ensemble cast.[2][3] The series was aired on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida evening block and worldwide on The Filipino Channel from January 16, 2012 to October 26, 2012, replacing Nasaan Ka, Elisa?.[4]

The classic drama became a huge hit maintaining the top spot in viewer ratings for most of its run, with the final episode attained its highest rating of 45.4% nationwide.[5]

Plot summary[edit]

The story spans three generations.

Cruz sisters Henya and Margaret vie for the love of Joseph Montenegro in the fictional province of Olivarez. Henya had to sacrifice everything to let Margaret live a better life with Joseph. Around two decades later, Margaret and Joseph's son Marco develops feelings for Emily Cardenas, a daughter of a worker in their plantation. However, numerous circumstances and Margaret's haughtiness towards Emily prompts Marco to marry rich banker Jane Bonifacio - much to Emily's detriment. It fuels the Henya-Margaret rivalry more, especially when Marco migrates to the United States after Emily shuns him when he tries to explain.

Meanwhile, laborer William Alcantara settle in Olivarez with his children Katerina and Tomas. He adopts a streetboy named Daniel while working at the Cruz family business, where Manang Henya assumes a role as his adoptive grandmother. Daniel first plays around with Katerina but they gradually develop a friendship over the next several years. Marco and Jane return home with their children Johanna and Nathan, with the latter becoming interested in Katerina as well. Manang Henya and Margaret's rivalry affects the children. Emily reemerges with a plan to avenge her woes by taking all the shares in the business. At the same time, Tomas and Nathan schemes to get Daniel out of the way so the latter can marry Katerina. After Tomas stabs Daniel, Emily saves him and they escape to live in Italy as Emily and Daniel Guidotti.

Emily and Daniel eventually returns to the Philippines after learning that Nathan and Katerina are going to be married. However, Daniel did not arrive in time to stop the wedding. They eventually open an import-export business and plan their own counterstrike against the Montenegros. However, things take a nasty turn when Emily's assistant Miguel steal all the company's funds and eventually puts it in bankruptcy, while Jane dies in a plane crash. Having lost their business empire, Emily and Daniel (who was revealed to be her and Marco's biological son) work on their own day jobs as Tomas and Nathan try to make their lives miserable. Jane's cousin Jean appears and takes over the bank that figured in the collapse of the Cruz family business. Under a cover identity named Black Lily, Jean meddles in Emily and Marco's relationship as the lovers get engaged. Jean is eventually unmasked as Jane (who miraculously survived the crash and underwent plastic surgery) and Miguel kills her for good.

Although married to Nathan, Katerina realizes she still has feelings for Daniel, but attempts to see him in secret. When things go too far for Nathan's taste, he abducts and rapes Katerina and she eventually became pregnant. She later runs away to hide in a far-off location, prompting Daniel to persevere in finding her. Whilst hiding from Nathan, Katerina discovers that her mother is still alive. During the search for Katerina, Daniel and Nathan had a heated fistfight in a parking lot where afterwards, Nathan stabbed himself to make it appear that Daniel was the one who did it. Despite the fact that Johanna knows the truth, Daniel was still imprisoned for frustrated murder, but was eventually freed. Margaret admits that Katerina and Nathan's wedding was a sham because the priest did not have the authority to officiate. After another series of twists, Emily and Marco finally get married, as well as Daniel and Katerina.

Daniel eventually face off in a final showdown with Tomas and Miguel, resulting in the latter shooting Katerina and Daniel as the couple ends up in the hospital. Marco arrives too late and kills Miguel. Katerina later dies in the hospital, and as Daniel mourns for a long time at her grave, Tomas blames him for his sister's death and kills him, much to Emily's anguish. In the epilogue, Henya and Margaret reconcile while thinking about Daniel and Katerina being reunited in heaven. Emily and Marco have their own baby, named Daniel II. Nathan, who was committed to a psychiatric hospital, is finally released and moves back with his family. Tomas is sentenced to life imprisonment. Several years later, another couple visits the Montenegro mansion during a Christmas gathering, where Daniel II meets the couple's daughter named Catherine. The story ends with Daniel and Katerina live happily ever after in heaven.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Coco Martin as Daniel Montenegro / Daniel Guidotti
  • Julia Montes as Katerina Alcantara-Montenegro / Katerina Alcantara-Guidotti
  • Richard Gomez as Marco Montenegro
  • Dawn Zulueta as Emilia "Emily" Cardenas-Guidotti / Emilia "Emily" Guidotti-Montenegro

Supporting cast[edit]

Extended cast[edit]

  • Shamaine Buencamino as Luisa Alcantara-Reyes
  • Ogie Diaz as Kenneth
  • Arlene Muhlach as Perla
  • John Medina as James Ocampo
  • Eda Nolan as Lorraine Delgado
  • Josh Ivan Morales as David Conde

Guest cast[edit]

Special participation[edit]

Original soundtrack[edit]

The theme song "Hanggang Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan", composed by songwriter George Canseco, was sung by Filipino singer Gary Valenciano for this drama's own rendition. The song was originally covered by Richard Reynoso as a theme song for the 1991 film Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit, starring Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta. It was later on covered by Ayegee Paredes for the classic 2001 soap opera Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan, starring Claudine Barretto and Mylene Dizon.

A second album for the drama was released with new songs such as "Pangako", "Sana Maulit Muli", and "Kahit Isang Saglit", covered by Martin Nievera, Aiza Seguerra and Juris respectively. Another cover of the drama's main theme song was recorded for Walang Hanggan: The Official Soundtrack Volume 2. The second rendition of "Hanggang Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan" was covered by Filipina singer Nina.

Walang Hanggan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Walang Hanggan The Official Soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by various artists
Released January 15, 2012 (2012-01-15)
Recorded 2012
Genre OPM, Pop, Soundtrack
Length 49:35
Language Filipino
Label Star Records
OST Volume 1
No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Hanggang Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan" Gary Valenciano 4:04
2. "Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala" Bugoy Drilon and Liezel Garcia 4:13
3. "Hanggang" Angeline Quinto 4:04
4. "Dadalhin" Bryan Termulo 4:47
5. "Kailangan Kita" Jovit Baldivino 3:50
6. "Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin" Jed Madela 3:48
7. "Hanggang Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan (Minus One)" Gary Valenciano 4:04
8. "Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala (Minus One)" Bugoy Drilon and Liezel Garcia 4:15
9. "Hanggang (Minus One)" Angeline Quinto 4:05
10. "Dadalhin (Minus One)" Bryan Termulo 4:49
11. "Kailangan Kita (Minus One)" Jovit Baldivino 3:48
12. "Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin (Minus One)" Jed Madela 3:48
Total length: 49:35
Walang Hanggan, Vol. 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by various artists
Released June 18, 2012 (2012-06-18)
Recorded 2012
Genre OPM, Pop, Soundtrack
Length 53:34
Language Filipino
Label Star Records
OST Volume 2
No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Pangako" Martin Nievera 4:41
2. "Sana Maulit Muli" Aiza Seguerra 5:50
3. "Iisa Pa Lamang" Erik Santos 4:02
4. "Kahit Isang Saglit" Juris 4:47
5. "Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan" Christian Bautista 4:09
6. "Hanggang Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan" Nina 3:20
7. "Pangako (Minus One)" Martin Nievera 4:41
8. "Sana Maulit Muli (Minus One)" Aiza Seguerra 5:50
9. "Iisa Pa Lamang (Minus One)" Erik Santos 4:02
10. "Kahit Isang Saglit (Minus One)" Juris 4:47
11. "Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan (Minus One)" Christian Bautista 4:07
12. "Hanggang Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan (Minus One)" Nina 3:18
Total length: 53:34

Marketing[edit]

The first full-length trailer was released on December 17, 2011, via the drama-anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya.[6]

From January 9 to 13, 2012, the cast members of the series appeared via the morning talk show Kris TV where they promoted the series. First to make an appearance were Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta,[7] followed by the artists of the Walang Hanggan: The Official Soundtrack album.[8] On January 11, Julia Montes, Melissa Ricks, Joem Bascon and Paulo Avelino promoted the drama.[9] This was followed by a guest appearance of Helen Gamboa and Susan Roces on January 12.[10] By January 13, Coco Martin, the series' lead actor who coincidentally is the talk show's most requested guest,[11] gave a special appearance.[12]

Gomez once again promoted the series by guesting in the noontime variety show Happy, Yipee, Yehey on January 14,[13] the same day of the series' advanced special screening held at SM Megamall,[14] the screening was attended by many acclaimed artists and critics namely Gomez' wife Lucy Torres with Kris Aquino, Vice Ganda and Liz Uy.[15] Also present in the said screening was My Binondo Girl's Richard Yap, Zulueta's husband Cong. Anton Lagdameo, and Garrie Concepcion.[16]

On January 15, the cast visited SM North Skydome for a Grand Fans Day and for the release of the series' original soundtrack,[17] they also guested in the musical variety show, ASAP 2012,[18] followed by another appearance of Gomez in the late-night talk show, Gandang Gabi, Vice![19] while Paulo Avelino guested in The Buzz.[20]

After its successful premiere and the viewer's warm support, the cast launched Pagmamahalang Walang Hanggan: The Nationwide Mall Tour. In February 5, the cast visited SM City Lucena followed by an appearance in February 12 at SM City Pampanga.[21] In February 18, the cast continued their appreciation stopping at Gaisano Capital Mall in Mactan, Cebu City.[22] In February 25, Coco Martin visited Koronadal, General Santos City as well as being part of the Fun Feb Night[23] concert with Jed Madela and Juris to promote the drama.[24] In March 3, Martin, Ricks, Avelino, Bascon and Montes stopped by at Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City.[24] The cast continued the tour in Gaisano Mall of Davao Atrium in March 17[25] and was followed by a tour at Panaad Stadium Bacolod City in April 14.[26]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result
2012 PMPC Star Awards for TV 2012 Best Drama Actress Helen Gamboa Won
2013 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards [27] Prince of Philippine Television Coco Martin Won
Princess of Philippine Television Julia Montes Won
All Time Favorite Love Team on Movies and TV Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta Won
Most Popular Primetime TV Drama Series Walang Hanggan Won
Golden Screen TV Awards [28] Outstanding Original Drama Series Walang Hanggan Won
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Paulo Avelino Won
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Helen Gamboa Won

Ratings[edit]

The phenomenal finale of Walang Hanggan drew in a record-breaking 45.4% nationwide audience share, topping its previous all-time highest rating of 44.7%. The drama also captivated netizens on social networking sites, as it quickly became the most talked-about topic online. The soap's title became the number one worldwide trending topic on Twitter during the airing of final episode. According to a release from Kantar Media-TNS data, Walang Hanggan is the only Filipino drama of 2012 to have surpassed the 40% margin, registering a 41% ratings share on May 23, 41.4% on June 15, and 44.7% on June 29.

KANTAR MEDIA NATIONAL TV RATINGS
Pilot Episode Finale Episode Peak Average Source
32.1%
(16 January 2012, 9:15pm)
45.4%
(26 October 2012, 8:15pm)
45.4%
(26 October 2012, 8:15pm)
44.7%
(25 June 2012, 8:30pm)
38.4% [29][30][31]

Merchandising[edit]

ABS-CBN took advantage of the drama's popularity to partner with local jeweler Karat World to produce an "infinity ring," a special ring shaped like intertwined infinity loops. The rings are available in 14-karat solid yellow gold, 14-karat solid white gold, and silver 925. Each ring also has an “infinity marking” and a 585-stamping “to signify its gold purity."[32] They also released infinity necklaces and earrings.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coco says 'Walang Hanggan' is his best birthday gift". ABS-CBN.com. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "'Walang Hanggan' full trailer to premiere this Saturday". ABS-CBN.com. 16 December 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Walang Hanggan (The Official Full Trailer)
  4. ^ Melissa Ricks thrilled to work with Coco Martin
  5. ^ 'Walang Hanggan' finale scores all-time high rating
  6. ^ "Walang Hanggan full trailer preems Dec. 17". Philippine Star.com. 16 December 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta appears on Kris TV
  8. ^ The singers of Walang Hanggan: The Official Soundtrack album guests on Kris TV
  9. ^ Julia Montes, Melissa Ricks, Paulo Avelino and Joem Bascon promotes their latest drama 'Walang Hanggan'
  10. ^ Helen Gamboa-Sotto and Susan Roces visits Kris TV
  11. ^ Coco Martin is "most requested" guest on Kris TV
  12. ^ Coco Martin promotes Walang Hanggan on Kris TV
  13. ^ Richard Gomez joins Happy Yipee Yehey this Saturday
  14. ^ Eric John Salut confirms Walang Hanggan's special screening via Twitter
  15. ^ Vice Ganda watches Walang Hanggan's special screening with Lucy Torres, Kris Aquino and Liz Uy
  16. ^ My Binondo Girl's Richard Yap attends Walang Hanggan's special screening
  17. ^ Walang Hanggan's soundtrack will hit the markets on January 15
  18. ^ Walang Hanggan cast guests on ASAP 2012
  19. ^ Richard Gomez guests in Gandang Gabi, Vice!
  20. ^ Paulo Avelino guests in The Buzz
  21. ^ Walang Hanggan cast visits SM Lucena next SM Pampanga
  22. ^ Paulo, Coco and Julia in Gaisano Capital Mall Mactan
  23. ^ Coco Martin in Fun Feb Night
  24. ^ a b Galindez, Flow (9 February 2012). "Catch Coco Martin and Julia Montes on Walang Hanggan Mall Tour". ASK l. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  25. ^ March 17 mall tour, Walang Hanggan
  26. ^ April 14 mall tour: Panaad Festival
  27. ^ "44th Guillermo Mendoza Box-Office Entertainment Awards - PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". Philippine Entertainment Portal. May 22, 2013. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Winners: 2013 Golden Screen TV Awards". Rappler. March 2, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  29. ^ "'Walang Hanggan' pilot leads nationwide TV ratings". ABS-CBN News. January 18, 2014. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  30. ^ Umbao, Ed (October 30, 2012). "Walang Hanggan Finale Dominated Nationwide TV Ratings". Philippine News. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  31. ^ "ABS-CBN's Walang Hanggan emerged as most watched show during 2nd half of 2012, based on Kantar Media data - PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 
  32. ^ ‘Infinity rings’ targeted at die-hard ‘Walang Hanggan’ fans

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