TGIS cast pokes fun at Michael Flores during show's 25th anniversary party

by James Patrick Anarcon
Aug 14, 2020
The cast and creators of TGIS partying online to celebrate their 25th anniversary on August 13, 2020. (left frame) A throwback photo of TGIS posted by Michael Flores (L-R first row: Ciara Sotto, Michael Flores, Bobby Andrews, Angelu de Leon, Raven Villanueva; second row: Red Sternberg, Rica Peralejo, Onemig Bondoc); (right frame) The TGIS cast members' reunion party via Zoom on August 13 with director Dominic Zapata, writer Kit Langit, and director Mark Reyes.
PHOTO/S: @michaeljohnflores on Instagram

It was 25 years ago when TGIS premiered on television.

Replays of TGIS are currently airing on the Kapuso network’s digital channel, Heart of Asia.

TGIS was a youth-oriented drama series produced by VIVA Television and aired on GMA-7 from 1995 to 1999. It ran for three batches.

The first batch was headlined by Angelu de Leon, Bobby Andrews, Michael Flores, Raven Villanueva, and Red Sternberg.

Later, Onemig Bondoc, Rica Peralejo, Ciara Sotto, Bernadette Allysson, and Jake Roxas joined the cast.

To celebrate the show's silver anniversary, some of the original cast members had a Zoom party reunion yesterday, August 13, the day the show aired its pilot episode in 1995.

Present at the Zoom party were Angelu, Bobby, Michael, Raven, Red, Ciara, directors Mark Reyes, Dominic Zapata, and TGIS writer Kit Langit.

Angelu posted screenshots of their Zoom meeting in her Instagram account.

There was also a video of the group poking fun at Michael, pretending they could not hear his audio!

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Angelu wrote in the caption, “Sa magbabarkada meron talagang mga kawawa at mga kumakawawa.

“Happy Silver Anniversary guys! That was a fun zoom party.”

Michael also posted his barkada’s “trip” on Instagram, and said the group is cooking up something for their fans in line with the 25th anniversary.

He wrote in his post, “Zoom party reunion! Langya, kakasimula palang at pinagtripan nako kaagad! Hahaha! We're actually cooking something for you mga migs! Abangan! Happy 25th anniv to us! Cheers to more barkadahan! #TGIS25 #THANKGODITSSABADO #TGIS #BATANG90S”

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TGIS CAST’S THROWBACK POSTS

Angelu, Ciara, and Michael also posted throwback photos.

Angelu thanked GMA-7 and VIVA for producing the show and for airing replays of TGIS again in the Kapuso network’s digital channel, Heart of Asia.

Angelu wrote in her Instagram post, “Happy 25th anniversary, TGIS! Sa mga nagmahal, nagmamahal at bago lang kaming minamahal maraming salamat at ginawa niyo kaming parte ng buhay niyo. Thank you @gmanetwork & @viva_films. Ngayon thank you sa @heartofasia2003 for showing TGIS again.”

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She also greeted her co-stars a happy anniversary.

Angelu continued, “I thank God for all of you. Group hug, guys!!! We will celebrate with you guys, soon! #TGIS #TGIS25 #thankGoditsSabado #25years #anniversary”

Michael also thanked GMA Heart of Asia as well as the fans who supported the show.

He said in his post, “HAPPY 25TH ANNIVERSARY MGA MIGS!! SALAMAT @heartofasia2003 at binuhay niyo ulit ang barkada na nagsimula nang youth oriented show on philippine television since 1995!

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“Sa lahat po ng supporters namin mula noon hanggang ngayon at sa mga kabataan na patuloy na tumatangkilik sa programa namin, MARAMING SALAMAT PO! Mabuhay ang TGIS! SALAMAT @gmanetwork and @viva_tv / @viva_films kundi sa inyo walang TGIS! #THANKGODITSSABADO #TGIS25 #BATANG90S #TGBTG”

In Ciara’s caption, she used the lyrics of TGIS’ theme songs: “Growing Up,” “Walking on Sunshine,” “Friends,” and “Dyslexic Heart.”

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She wrote, “Happy 25th Anniversary T.G.i.S.!!! Here’s to the old times and the best of new ones. I’m always walking on sunshine when we’re together.

"I won’t think it over again, I’ll take you to the top. I try and comprehend you but I’ve got a dyslexic heart! I love you guys so much! I miss you!”

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The members of the first batch ended their stint in June 1997, when VIVA decided to move their characters to a prime-time show called Growing Up.

It was a perfect transition since their characters by then were already in college.

Ciara, whose character was still a high school student in the storyline, remained in TGIS with new cast members: Dingdong Dantes, Antoinette Taus, Kim delos Santos, Polo Ravales, and Chantal Umali.

In 1998, Growing Up faced a big challenge when two of its main actors, Raven Villanueva and Angelu de Leon, had to leave the show because of pregnancy.

Growing Up remained on air until February 1999, while TGIS ended in November 1999.

The last time the TGIS cast had a reunion for a TV show was in May 2020, through an online segment for All-Out Sundays.

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The cast and creators of TGIS partying online to celebrate their 25th anniversary on August 13, 2020. (left frame) A throwback photo of TGIS posted by Michael Flores (L-R first row: Ciara Sotto, Michael Flores, Bobby Andrews, Angelu de Leon, Raven Villanueva; second row: Red Sternberg, Rica Peralejo, Onemig Bondoc); (right frame) The TGIS cast members' reunion party via Zoom on August 13 with director Dominic Zapata, writer Kit Langit, and director Mark Reyes.
PHOTO/S: @michaeljohnflores on Instagram
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