ABS-CBN teleserye list of TV series adaptations

by James Patrick Anarcon
Apr 30, 2019
(L-R) Pangako Sa 'Yo, Mara Clara, and My Girl are included in this ABS-CBN teleserye list of adapted TV series.

ABS-CBN teleseryes produced in the past include a number of remakes and adaptations.

If one checks the complete ABS-CBN teleserye list, it can be seen that the Kapamilya Network has done more than 60 adaptations of old movies and foreign drama series. It has also done remakes of former Kapamilya and even Kapuso teleseryes.

In 2015, ABS-CBN included a series remake on its list: the foreign drama Pasion de Amor and the local drama Pangako Sa 'Yo.

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) takes a look at the ABS-CBN teleserye list of adaptations of foreign and local drama series.


My Girl

My Girl was a 2005 Korean drama aired on ABS-CBN in 2006. The Korean drama was warmly accepted by Pinoy viewers, and it registered good ratings throughout its run. For this reason, the Kapamilya Network decided to acquire the rights of the Korean drama to do a Filipino version of the series.

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On March 2008, during a press conference for Pinoy Big Brother, it was announced that Kim Chiu would be top-billing the Philippine version of the series, with perennial onscreen partner Gerald Anderson portraying her leading man.

My Girl premiered on May 26, 2008 and aired its finale on September 5, 2008.

I Love Betty La Fea

In 2006, ABS-CBN acquired the rights to do an adaptation of the Colombian TV series, Betty La Fea. But it was only in early 2008 when the show created buzz on Philippine TV.

This was because Regine Velasquez, who was then with GMA-7, openly said that ABS-CBN offered the role to her and she wanted to do it.

However, Asia's Songbird decided to stay with GMA-7 and do the remake of My Name Is Kim Sam Soon.

In May 2008, ABS-CBN announced that Bea Alonzo was tapped to play Betty in the network's adaptation that would be called I Love Betty La Fea. Months later, in August 2008, the Kapamilya Network revealed that John Lloyd Cruz would play Bea's leading man.

I Love Betty La Fea premiered on September 8, 2008 and ended on April 24, 2009.

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Only You

Only You was a Korean drama aired on ABS-CBN in 2006. In 2009, ABS-CBN did a remake with Angel Locsin playing the lead. Sam Milby and Diether Ocampo were tapped to play Angel's leading men.

Only You is her second drama series with ABS-CBN after transferring to the Kapamilya Network in 2007.

The series ran from April 27, 2009 and ended on August 21, 2009. The series only ran for 15 weeks as agreed upon by ABS-CBN and Only You's Korean producer, SBS.

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Lovers in Paris

In 2009, after the success of I Love Betty La Fea and Only You, ABS-CBN decided to air its remake of Lovers in Paris.

Lovers in Paris was a Korean drama that aired on ABS-CBN in 2004. It captured the interest of Pinoy viewers, being the first Korean drama aired in the prime-time block of the Kapamilya Network.

It was the first teleserye of KC Concepcion, who figured in a love triangle with Piolo Pascual and Zanjoe Marudo.

Despite showing much promise and good reviews, Lovers in Paris did not match the success of I Love Betty La Fea and Only You, and its one-season run was cut short to 12 weeks.

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Rubi was a provocative Mexican drama aired in ABS-CBN in 2005 with Barbara Mori in the title role. The ABS-CBN run earned high ratings in the daytime slot. It was also the first series aired in the Philippines that had a bida having the qualities of a kontrabida.

With the Mexican drama's success in the Philippines, the Kapamilya Network acquired the rights to do a remake. Kristine Hermosa was the first choice to play the title role, but she declined because the role was too daring for her.

Fresh from her first kontrabida role in Iisa Pa Lamang, Angelica Panganiban was chosen to play the lead role. The series ran for 26 weeks: from February 15 to August 13, 2010.

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Green Rose

Green Rose was a Korean action-drama series aired in ABS-CBN in 2005. It was one of the Korean dramas acquired by the network to be adapted in Filipino.

For its Filipino version, the network tapped Jericho Rosales and Anne Curtis to play the lead roles, with Alessandra de Rossi and Jake Cuenca playing important characters.

Taping for the series started in mid-2010, but Green Rose was only aired in February 14, 2010. The show ran for 15 weeks until May 27, 2011.

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Maria la del Barrio

Erich Gonzales was tapped by ABS-CBN to be the lead in its version of Thalia's 1996 hit drama series, Maria la del Barrio. Enchong Dee, who was her perennial on-screen partner, was chosen to portray Erich's leading man.

Maria la del Barrio was supposed to be one of the offerings of ABS-CBN's relaunched afternoon block, Kapamilya Gold, in March 2011. However, ABS-CBN decided to recast some characters. The late actor AJ Perez was supposed to portray a big role but he passed away in April 2011.

After going through revisions in the storyline, Maria la del Barrio finally aired on August 5, 2011 on the network's 6:00 p.m. slot. Originally slated to end on November 2011, the series got such impressive ratings that it was extended until March 2, 2012.

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Nasaan Ka, Elisa?

Nasaan Ka, Elisa? was the Filipino version of the 2010 Spanish drama series ¿Donde Esta Elisa?, which in turn was based on the Chilean drama series of the same title aired in 2009.

For the Philippine version, Melissa Ricks was chosen to play the title role, with Albert Martinez and Agot Isidro playing her parents.

The series was supposed to air its pilot episode on March 21, 2011 as an afternoon soap. However, the plan did not push through and the airing of the series was delayed. According to cast member Vina Morales, ABS-CBN was still finding the right timeslot for the show, since it contained sensitive and mature topics involving sex, incest, and May-December affairs.

After six months, on September 12, 2011, ABS-CBN finally aired Nasaan Ka, Elisa? on the fourth prime-time slot, replacing SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon. The teleserye aired its final episode on January 13, 2012.

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Maria Mercedes

Maria Mercedes, the first Thalia series under the Maria trilogy, was the last Thalia series to have a Filipino adaptation.

In a guest appearance in Kris TV in October 2011, Andi Eigenmann revealed that ABS-CBN offered her to do the series before she got pregnant. Photos of her look test even came out on social media. However, the teleserye did not push through. Instead, she had Kahit Puso'y Masugatan as her comeback project in 2012.

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In April 2013, the Kapamilya Network announced that Jessy Mendiola bagged the Maria Mercedes role with Jake Cuenca and Jason Abalos as her leading men. The series premiered on October 7, 2013 and ended on January 24, 2014. It ran for 16 weeks.

Pure Love

Pure Love was the Philippine title of the Korean drama 49 Days, which was aired on ABS-CBN in 2011. It revolved around a woman named Diane who was in a coma. Her soul used another body to gather three pure tears in 49 days so she could snap out of her coma.

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The series, despite airing in the last slot of Primetime Bida, received good ratings that ABS-CBN acquired the rights to do an adaptation.

The Filipino adaptation materialized in 2014, which was top-billed Alex Gonzaga and Yen Santos. In accordance to Filipino customs, the time frame in the Pinoy version was shortened to 40 days. Because of its impressive ratings in the early prime-time slot, Pure Love was dubbed by ABS-CBN that time as the "newest primetime sensation."

The show premiered on July 7, 2014 and ended on October 21, 2014.

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Two Wives

Two Wives was a Korean drama aired on ABS-CBN's morning slot in 2012, back-to-back with Be Careful With My Heart. The K-drama received high ratings during its run.

In 2014, after the success of The Legal Wife, the Kapamilya Network decided to do an adaptation of the series starring Erich Gonzales, Kaye Abad, and Jason Abalos. Originally intended to be aired on the afternoon block, the show was aired on the prime-time block on October 13, 2014. It ended its run on March 13, 2015.

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Pasion de Amor

Pasion de Amor was a Latin drama aired on ABS-CBN's afternoon slot in 2005. Years later, ABS-CBN acquired the rights to do a Filipino adaptation. The first pitch of a remake came in 2008, with Diether Ocampo and Ejay Falcon as two of the three male lead characters. However, the plan was scrapped.

In 2013, ABS-CBN decided to give Pasion de Amor remake another try. It was even reported that Jake Cuenca turned down the project in favor of Maria Mercedes. Business unit head Ruel Bayani, along with the new Pasion De Amor's writing team, continued to develop the project.

In 2014, the names of Anne Curtis, Cristine Reyes, and Angelica Panganiban came out as possible leading ladies of the show. JC de Vera and Ejay Falcon were being considered as two of the three male leads.

That same year, Jane Oineza revealed during her Pinoy Big Brother stint that she and Marco Gumabao were offered to play the young couple. However, they turned it down because the show required mature scenes.

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Later, it was reported that Cristine Reyes begged off from doing the series, since she wanted to veer away from doing sexy roles.

The show's production unit had a hard time finding the right combination for the project until late 2014, when Arci Muñoz transferred to ABS-CBN from TV5.

In the end, Jake Cuenca, Ejay Falcon, and Joseph Marco played the three main leads, with Arci, Ellen Adarna, and Coleen Garcia as their respective leading ladies.

In April 2015, it was first announced that Pasion de Amor would air as part of the Kapamilya Gold slot the following month. However, when management decided to cancel Alex Gonzaga's Inday Bote after a premature run in June 2015, ABS-CBN placed Pasion de Amor in the former's timeslot, which was before TV Patrol.

Its director, Eric Quizon, explained why it took so long for the remake of Pasion de Amor to air on Philippine television.

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He explained, "Originally, November [2014] kami. Since hindi namin ma-produce ang pilot ng November, ibinigay sa Two Wives. Ang daming nagpalit-palit ng artista namin. May nabuntis, may tumaba, may ibinigay sa iba.

"'Tapos, ang nangyari, noong nag-decide kung sino ang mga artista, may mga schedules pa. Tinambay kami sa March. Kaso, may nauna na sa Pasion, ang Bridges of Love at Nathaniel, kaya sa kanila muna ibibigay. Ngayon, I decided na ipapalabas kami sa hapon, kaso maganda ang production values namin. Hintay ng primetime, huwag daw ipilit ng hapon. Gusto nila sa gabi kami. E, sexy pa."

Pasion de Amor being placed in the early prime-time slot proved to be a good move because it had a top-rating run for nine months.

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Gulong ng Palad

In 2005, after the success of Mga Anghel na Walang Langit that earned good ratings for a then-struggling ABS-CBN, the network announced that it was set to do a remake of Gulong ng Palad. This radio drama series aired in the 1940s, and was turned into a drama series during the 1950s.

For ABS-CBN's modern version, Kristine Hermosa and TJ Trinidad were tapped to play the lead roles in the remake.

The series aired the following year, on January 9, 2006. It aired its finale on May 12, 2006, and was replaced by another remake, Bituing Walang Ningning.

CINEKO Productions recently produced a sequel of Gulong ng Palad. This is the movie titled Man and Wife, which is top-billed by Jodi Sta. Maria and Gabby Concepcion.

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Maria Flordeluna

Following the success of Gulong ng Palad in 2006, ABS-CBN continued the trend of doing remakes of radio dramas. Management chose to remake Maria Flordeluna, which was based on the radio drama Flordeluna that aired in the 1970s. The radio drama was previously turned into a TV series, also in the 1970s, with Janice de Belen playing the title role.

In 2007, Eliza Pineda was tapped to play the lead character, with Albert Martinez and Eula Valdes playing important roles. The TV remake aired from February 12 to June 22, 2007.

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Mara Clara

As part of ABS-CBN's celebration of the 60 Years of Pinoy Soap Opera in 2010, the Kapamilya Network decided to remake one of its first teleseryes, Mara Clara. Top-billed by Judy Ann Santos and Gladys Reyes, the drama series aired from 1992 to 1997.

Now dubbed as the "Ina ng Pinoy Soap Opera," Mara Clara was top-billed by Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes. This was the first teleserye of Julia before she became the leading lady of Coco Martin.

The show was originally slated to air on the early prime-time slot. However, upon watching the pilot episode, management was so impressed that it placed Mara Clara in the second prime-time slot. It ran from October 25, 2010 to June 3, 2011.

After Mara Clara, Julia and Kathryn got separate teleseryes. Julia was paired with Coco in Walang Hanggan while Kathryn got top-billing in Princess and I.

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Mula sa Puso

Given the success of Mara Clara, ABS-CBN immediately did another remake of an original teleserye from the '90s: Mula sa Puso. The series was originally top-billed by Claudine Barretto, Diether Ocampo, and Rico Yan.

Lauren Young was chosen to portray the role of Claudine with JM de Guzman and Enrique Gil as her leading men. It was intended to be part of the new offerings of Kapamilya Gold, the relaunched afternoon block of ABS-CBN in 2011. However, ABS-CBN decided to place it in the early prime-time slot and aired its pilot episode on March 28, 2011.

The series completed its scheduled 20-week run on August 12, 2011, without earninga any extensions.

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Anna Liza was a drama series aired during the '80s on GMA-7, with Julie Vega playing the lead role. Unfortunately, the series ended with an incomplete storyline because of the untimely death of Julie in 1985.

In 2008, after the success of Maria Flordeluna, ABS-CBN secured the rights to do a remake of Anna Liza. The series was supposed to come in two chapters, with Ella Cruz playing the young Anna Liza, and Maja Salvador playing the teen version. Dawn Zulueta, Eric Quizon, Juliana Palermo, and then-newbie Barbie Forteza were included in the cast.

The series experienced delays in taping. From being a prime-time series, the network decided to place it in the daytime slot. Eventually, ABS-CBN decided to shelve the project.

In 2013, ABS-CBN, through the unit of Ruel Santos Bayani, decided to push through with the project with a completely different cast, director, creative, and production teams. The title and the name of the main character was also stylized to Annaliza.

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The storyline focused on the young Annaliza, with Andrea Brillantes portraying the role.

Originally intended for a Kapamilya Gold timeslot, Annaliza's timeslot was swapped with another new program, My Little Juan, that was supposed to have an early prime-time slot.

With the show's success, Annaliza's 13-week run was extended to 43 weeks. It aired from May 27, 2013 to March 21, 2014.

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Pangako Sa 'Yo

Pangako Sa 'Yo was a successful drama series aired by ABS-CBN in 2000. It was the first drama series to officially use the term "teleserye," with its promise of elevating standards of drama production with movie-like quality.

Kristine Hermosa and Jericho Rosales were tapped to play the lead roles, with Eula Valdes and Jean Garcia playing the iconic characters of Amor Powers and Madam Claudia Buenavista, respectively.

The experiment proved to be a success since it not only registered high ratings, but was even exported for airing in other countries such as Malaysia and Cambodia. Cambodia even produced a remake of the Pinoy show in 2012.

In 2013, ABS-CBN first announced its plan to do either a sequel or a remake of Pangako Sa 'Yo, still with Kristine and Jericho as part of the cast. However, Kristine's husband, Oyo Sotto, advised his wife to turn down the role. Oyo did not favor his wife playing a mother role and he believed it was best for Kristine and Jericho to be remembered by their performances in the original show.

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ABS-CBN then decided to do a remake of the series. During a trade launch in November 2014, ABS-CBN formally announced that Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla would do the remake, with Jodi Sta. Maria and Angelica Panganiban playing their mothers.

The remake aired from May 25, 2015 to February 12, 2016.

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