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#TopFive: From ABS-CBN to Star Cinema

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4/28/2014 in News
#TopFive: From ABS-CBN to Star Cinema

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1.  “Maalaala Mo Kaya”

    o   Genre: Drama Anthology
    o   Original run:  May 15, 1991 – present
    o   Host: Charo Santos-Concio

      ·      “Maalaala Mo Kaya: The Movie”
      o   Release:
      June 22, 1994
      o   Directed by: Olivia M. Lamasan
      o   Cast: Richard Gomez, Aiko Melendez, Chin Chin Gutierrez, Caridad Sanchez, Karl Angelo Legaspi, Robert Arevalo, Liza Lorena, Jao Mapa, Eula Valdez.
       
      o   Synopsis: Marissa (Chin Chin Gutierrez) entrusted her son BJ (Karl Angelo Legaspi) to her cousin Ana (Aiko Melendez). After several years of working in Japan, Marissa decided to go back to the Philippines and reunite with her son, but Ana has already claimed BJ as her son.
      ·      Since it premiered on television 23 years ago, “Maalaala Mo Kaya” has broke news grounds as far as drama anthologies are concerned. The Charo Santos-Concio anchored person has been chronicling the real life stories of kapamilyas around the world.
      ·      The show was so successful that the movie version made an impressive performance in the box-office. The movie, one of the earliest movies of Star Cinema, established Aiko Melendez as a full-fledged drama star and introduced Chin-Chin Gutierrez as a promising character actress.
      ·      Through the years, the TV show has reaped numerous awards from various award-giving bodies in and out of the country. The program continues to top the ratings game.

2.  “Mara Clara”

    o   Genre: Drama
    o   Original run: August 17, 1992 – February 14, 1997
    o   Directed by: Emil Cruz Jr.
    o   Cast: Judy Ann Santos, Gladys Reyes, Juan Rodrigo, Beverly Vergel, Eruel Tongco, Susan Africa, Dan Fernandez as Kardo Davis, Wowie De Guzman, Rico Yan, Christopher Roxas
    o   TV Remake: Mara Clara
    o   Original run: October 25, 2010 – June 3, 2011
    o   Directed by: Jerome Chavez Pobocan, Claudio "Tots" Sanchez-Mariscal IV
    o   Cast: Kathryn Bernardo, Julia Montes, Gina Pareño, Mylene Dizon, Jhong Hilario, Dimples Romana, Bobby Andrews, Ping Medina, Albie Casiño

      ·      “Mara Clara: The Movie”
      o   Release:
      September 18, 1996
      o   Directed by: Jerry Lopez Sineneng
      o   Cast: Judy Ann Santos, Gladys Reyes, Juan Rodrigo, Beverly Vergel, William Martinez, Susan Africa, Dan Fernandez as Kardo Davis, Wowie De Guzman, Rico Yan, Christopher Roxas.
       
      o       Synopsis: Mara and Clara were switched at birth, and the details of this event were recorded by Kardo, a hospital staff, in his diary. Mara lived as the poor daughter of the couple Susan and Gary Davis and Clara was brought up by the rich Amante and Almira del Valle.
      ·      The series is undeniably biggest hit of the 90’s. It was so big that it ran for five years. Within the run of the series, the movie version was released.
      ·      Because of the series, Judy Ann Santos became the face of the young Filipina “martyr,” while Gladys Reyes became the perennial “kontrabida.” It positioned Judy Ann as the next young superstar.
      ·      The TV remake also made young superstars out of Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes.
       
3.  “Mula Sa Puso”
    o   Genre: Drama
    o   Original run: March 10, 1997 – April 9, 1999
    o   Directed by: Wenn V. Deramas, Ruel S. Bayani, and Khryss Adalia
    o   Cast: Claudine Barretto, Rico Yan, Rica Peralejo, Diether Ocampo, Patrick Garcia, Princess Punzalan, Jaclyn Jose, Juan Rodrigo
    o   Remake Run: March 28, 2011 – August 12, 2011
    o   Directed by: Wenn V. Deramas
    o   Cast: Lauren Young, JM De Guzman, Enrique Gil,Dawn, Eula Valdez, Ariel Rivera

      ·      “Mula Sa Puso: The Movie”
      o   Release:
      February 10, 1999
      o   Directed by: Wenn V. Deramas
      o   Cast: Claudine Barretto, Rico Yan, Rica Peralejo, Diether Ocampo, Patrick Garcia, Princess Punzalan, Jaclyn Jose, Juan Rodrigo
       
      o       SYNOPSIS: Via (Claudine Barretto) discovered when she turned 18 that her life is of full of deceit, she was abducted but saved by Gabriel (Rico Yan), a kindhearted poor man. But Michael (Diether Ocampo), her childhood friend, is also trying to win her heart.
      ·      The success of this series positioned lead star Claudine Barretto as the rival of Judy Ann Santos, then the most promising young superstar. Claudine’s leading men Rico Yan and Diether Ocampo were also propelled to stardom because of their participation in the series and the movie. The series was also memorable because of the “evilness” of Princess Punzalan. The movie also broke box-office records when it was released.

4.  “Gimik”

    o   Genre: Teen Drama
    o   Original run:   June 15, 1996 – February 13, 1999
    o   Directed by: Laurenti Dyogi
    o   Cast: Judy Ann Santos, Rico Yan, Diether Ocampo, G. Toengi, Mylene Dizon, Bojo Molina, Jolina Magdangal, Marvin Agustin, Rica Peralejo, Paula Peralejo, Dominic Ochoa, Kaye Abad, Kristine Hermosa, LJ Moreno, Kristopher Peralta, Patrick Garcia, John Lloyd Cruz, Cheska Garcia, Carlos Agassi, Baron Geisler

      ·      “Gimik: The Reunion”
      o   Release:
      April 28, 1999
      o   Directed by: Laurenti Dyogi
      o   Cast: Judy Ann Santos, Rico Yan, Jolina Magdangal, Marvin Agustin, Giselle Toengi, Diether Ocampo, Mylene Dizon, Bojo Molina, Eula Valdez, Kristine Hermosa
       
      o       Synopsis:
      Gina (G Toengi) and Gary (Diether Ocampo) are preparing for their wedding when they learned about Gina’s troublesome reproductive system. On the other hand, just when Melanie (Mylene Dizon) finally gave her yes to Brian (Bojo Molina), the latter met an accident and fell into a coma. Ese (Jolina Magdangal) and Joey (Marvin Agustin) learned to be sweeter with each other until Joey got his dream car. Ricky (Rico Yan), who has been long waiting for his Dianne (Judy Ann Santos), lacked enough courage to confess when Diane returned.
      ·      The weekly TV drama series gathered some of the most promising stars and the most popular love teams of that time - Judy Ann Santos- Rico Yan, Marvin Agustin-Jolina Magdangal, G Toengi-Diether Ocampo, Mylene Dizon-Bojo Molina. With just the casting, the series was an easy success. The movie adaptation presented the “next chapter” in the barkada’s lives.

    5. “Home Along Da Riles”

      o   Genre: Family-comedy
      o   Original run: December 7, 1992 – August 10, 2003
      o   Directed by: Johnny Manahan, Victor de Guzman, Apollo Arellano
      o   Cast: Dolphy, Nova Villa, Babalu, Carding Castro, Smokey Manaloto, Gio Alvarez, Claudine Barretto, Vandolph, Boy2 Quizon, Paula, Nikki Valdez, Maybelyn dela Cruz, Aurora Halili, Ces Quesada, Rica Peralejo, Cita, Bernardo, Dang Cruz.
      The TV series had two movie adaptations:
       
        ·      “Home Along Da Riles: The Movie”
        o   Release:
        August 26, 1993
        o   Directed by: Johnny Manahan
        o   Cast: Dolphy, Nova Villa, Babalu, Carding Castro, Smokey Manaloto, Gio Alvarez, Claudine Barretto, Vandolph, Boy2 Quizon, Paula, Nikki Valdez, Maybelyn dela Cruz, Aurora Halili, Ces Quesada, Rica Peralejo, Cita, Bernardo, Dang Cruz.
        o   Synopsis: Kevin (Dolphy), before becoming a messenger in a placement agency used to be an all-star chef at a hotel but was fired after an explosion in the hotel's kitchen. His family was also implicated from trying to expose corrupt practices of a corrupt politician to the Presidential Anti-Crime Task Force, which nearly cost their lives.

        ·      “Home Along Da Riles 2”
        o   Release:
        May 28, 1997
        o   Directed by: Efren Jarlego
        o   Cast: Dolphy, Nova Villa, Babalu, Smokey Manaloto, Gio Alvarez, Claudine Barretto, Rico Yan, Vandolph, Boy2 Quizon, Paula, Nikki Valdez, Maybelyn dela Cruz, Palito
        o   Synopsis: Kevin and his family "inherit" a family estate from his late uncle. While at the family estate, the family solves the real problem of why a business tycoon was trying to seize its inheritance, which the tycoon also owns and operates the polluted factory near the estates' land.
        ·      The Home Along Da Riles franchise has, undeniably, defined that generation’s view of family through funny punch lines, and relateable characters. It became the ultimate bonding moment for the Filipino family.
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