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THROWBACK: Remember the stars of 'Tabing Ilog'?

Did you know that prized Kapamilya stars Jodi Sta. Maria and John Lloyd Cruz were George and Rovic, respectively, before they became Amor, Popoy?

Star Cinema Admin
Star Cinema Admin

8/13/2015 in News
THROWBACK: Remember the stars of 'Tabing Ilog'?

The teen drama “Tabing Ilog” was dubbed as the Filipino version of the hit American series “Dawson’s Creek.” It ran for over four years from 1999 to 2003 on ABS-CBN.

The show was headlined by eight then-teen stars: John Lloyd Cruz, Kaye Abad, Jodi Sta. Maria, Baron Geisler, Paula Peralejo, Patrick Garcia, Desiree del Valle and Paolo Contis.
While their “barkada” parted ways after “Tabing Ilog” ended its run, majority of them have remained active in show business.
Let’s take a look at how their careers have blossomed since “Tabing Ilog”

John Lloyd Cruz


John Lloyd played the role of Rovic, the boyfriend of Eds (Kaye Abad). Among the "Tabing Ilog" alumni, John Lloyd is arguably the most successful as he is considered as one of ABS-CBN’s most bankable stars today.
Through the years, John Lloyd has been named Box Office King several times, with a number of blockbuster movies under his belt. Currently, John Lloyd appears on the sitcom “Home Sweetie Home.” He is also gearing up for a new Star Cinema movie with Bea Alonzo and had just finished an independent film with Piolo Pascual.
John Lloyd has been in a relationship with Angelica Panganiban for almost three years now.

Kaye Abad


Kaye Abad played the role of Eds in “Tabing Ilog,” which launched her love team with John Lloyd Cruz. Their team-up had young viewers glued to the show every week, especially to watch their sweet scenes together.
Kaye and John Lloyd also briefly became real-life sweethearts. Kaye is currently in a relationship with Paul Jake Castillo. She has also remained active in showbiz and was last seen in the primetime hit “Two Wives.” She also recently appeared in a “Maalaala Mo Kaya” episode with John Lloyd.

Jodi Sta. Maria


Jodi Sta. Maria played the role of George in “Tabing Ilog.” She was then paired with Baron Geisler, who also became her real-life boyfriend. After the show ended, Jodi starred in numerous movies and TV shows but her career reached a new high when she starred in the phenomenal daytime series “Be Careful with My Heart,” which ran for two years.
Currently, Jodi is part of the remake of “Pangako Sa ‘Yo” where she plays the iconic role of Amor Powers.

As for her personal life, Jodi tied the knot with Pampi Lacson in 2005 but their marriage fell apart after six years. They have a son, Thirdy. Jodi is currently in a relationship with Jolo Revilla.

Baron Geisler


Baron Geisler played the role of Fonzy in “Tabing Ilog.” His then team-up with Jodi Sta. Maria eventually led into a real-life relationship. Baron made headlines again when he joined the reality show “Pinoy Big Brother,” as well as for several high-profile drunken encounters.
Despite his problems, Baron also established himself as one of the best actors in his generation, with award-winning performances on TV and movies, notably in the Cinemalaya entry "Jay."
He is currently part of the primetime series "Nathaniel."

Paula Peralejo


In “Tabing Ilog,” Paula Peralejo played the role of Anne, who was the love interest of Patrick Garcia’s character James. While her co-stars in the 1990s series continued with their showbiz careers, Paula decided to step out of the limelight and focus on her tourism studies. Currently, Paula is busy running a travel agency with her husband, Charlie Fernandez.

Patrick Garcia

Patrick Garcia played the role of James in “Tabig Ilog.” At that time, Patrick was paired with Paula Peralejo who played the role of Anne. After the four-year run of “Tabing Ilog,” Patrick transitioned to mature roles starring in a number of movie and TV shows.
As for his personal life, Patrick had a relationship with Jennylyn Mercado, with whom he has a son. He is now married to Nikka Martinez, with whom he has a daughter.

Desiree Del Valle

Desiree del Valle played the role of Corrine in “Tabing Ilog.” Since the show ended in 2003, Desiree became known for her kontrabida roles in various TV shows. Currently, Desiree is part of the ABS-CBN afternoon series “Flordeliza.”  

Paolo Contis

In “Tabing Ilog,” Paolo Contis played the role of Badong who was the best friend of Eds (Kaye Abad). Although almost all of his co-stars in the “Tabing Ilog” stayed with ABS-CBN, Paolo transferred to another network one year after the show finished its run.

SOURCE: https://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/08/13/15/throwback-remember-stars-tabing-ilog

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