The story revolves around the lives of four young women -- Neri, Brenda, Celine, and Gwen -- as they experience and fight for true love while they are taking on the challenge of proving to the world that they're full-fledged adults.
Title: Maria La Del Barrio(Philippine Version)
Staring: Erich Gonzales & Enchong Dee
Language: Filipino, EnglishOriginal Run: August 15, 2011 - Present
Number of Episodes: TBA
Running Time: 30-45 min Mon-Fri
Mar¨ªa Hernandez is a na¨ªve girl who dreams of a Prince Charming in her life. When she meets Luis Fernando Dela Vega, she thought she already met her Prince Charming. But when she sees him with another girl, Soraya Montenegro, she gets hurt and seeks revenge as she transforms into a rich, gorgeous woman and becomes the girlfriend of Luis Fernando's younger brother, Vladimir Dela Vega. Will Luis love her again for who she was or who she changed into?
Josh, a Filipino-American, was born and raised in the Philippines until he was 6 years old when he got separated from his mother, Cara, during a hotel fire. After the incident, he moved and lived in the U.S.A. then became an international singer. Years later, Josh returns to the Philippines to find out what really happened to his mother and also search for the little girl he encountered and befriended during the hotel fire.
Rosela (Iza Calzado) does not know how to read or write, but there was one tale that she knew by heart ¨C the story of Cinderella. And just like the fairy tale princess, she grew up never knowing who her real parents are and lived most of her young life enduring the cruelties of her wicked stepmother and stepsister.
Life was never easy for Rosela in the small fishing village she called home for many years. But her optimism never wavered. She stood firm and kept on believing that one day her prince will come, and together, they will live happily ever after.
One fateful day, she found a mysterious gentleman (Argentinian actor Segundo Cernadas) washed up on the town¡¯s shore. Battered, bruised and barely alive, the handsome stranger suddenly awoke and caught a glimpse of his beautiful rescuer. Their eyes met for the very first time, yet somehow, a warm feeling radiated between the two lonely souls - as if, they¡¯ve known each other for a long time. Little did they know that from that moment on ¨C both of their lives will never be the same again.
They journey in a world filled with scandals, rumors, and murderers to find true love between each other. Each interaction sparks an attraction that cannot be denied by either of the characters. Although they find each other, there are other people scheming to destroy the beautiful relationship that has been formed. Will they be able to find happiness in the end?
AFTER importing the Meteor Garden series, perhaps the most popular Tsinovela shown in Philippine television, it is now the turn of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. to export its locally produced telenovelas abroad.
The company said Tuesday it would be offering its programs to new markets in Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America this year following its success in Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei in 2002.Reena de Guzman Garingan, director for ABS-CBNinternational sales and distribution, said the network is slowly being recognized as a program supplier of Philippine series in the said Asian countries after two of the network drama series, The Promise (Pangako sa Iyo) and From the Heart (Mula Sa Puso) generated a huge following among Malaysians and Indonesians.Positioned as foreign programs catering to non-Filipino audience, the ABS-CBN exports its locally produced soap operas through licensing among program buyers and Free and Pay TV Networks.
Garingan said that Malaysia RTM and ASTRO Ria Channel as well as TVRI and ANTV in Indonesia have aired The Promise dubbed and subtitled in Bahasa Melayu and Bahasa Indonesia. It is set to air The Long Wait (Kaytagal kang Hinintay) in March in another Malaysian TV station. Meanwhile, Kenya
Free TV network is expected to air its first Asian series, The Promise, in March among the Kenyans, which would be dubbed in English. ABS-CBN is currently negotiating to dub one of its series in French for the French-speaking Africans. The success of the initial run of our local series in these countries and the ongoing airing of these programs are indications that the world market is receiving Filipino programs well, Garingan said. She added that the entry of Mexican telenovelas and Chinese series in local television has opened the door for the network to export its series in the global market.Filipino local series have comparable production values and content as those of foreign telenovelas. The fact that our programs are enjoying the patronage of international audience means the quality of our series is very good in terms of picture quality as well as its story line, she said. With the good feedback for the local series among Asian countries, ABS-CBN is now also eyeing India, China and other Mandarin-speaking countries, as well as Eastern Europe and Latin America. Garingan said her team is particularly enthusiastic in targeting India.
It is the first time that the second most populous country in the world, India, is considering an Asian program supplier - ABS-CBN, Garingan said.
The first foreign program formats India adopted were quiz shows such as The Weakest Link, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Betty La Fea, which produced in Hindi and is not far that ABS-CBN shall conclude a deal with an Indian partner.
A famous Filipino soap opera (teleserye) will soon make its debut on Mexican primetime television. Mexicos Televisa has bought the rights to air GMA 7ga Mata Ni Anghelita.
Televisa executives said they bought the 70 episodes of Mga Mata Ni Anghelita because of one important factor - its religious theme. Historically, there are major similarities between the Philippines and Mexico because they were two of the first countries to be colonized by Spain in the 16th century, that is why religious practices and traditions are very similar.
Mga Mata Ni Anghelita began its telecast in GMA-7 primetime block last July 2007 as part of the Kapuso networks 57th anniversary offering.
It starred Krystal Reyes in the title role together with Sheryl Cruz, Carmina Villarroel, Ms. Celia Rodriguez , Tonton Gutierrez, Paolo Contis, Isabel Oli, and Marvin Agustin as the Guardian Angel Gabriel. The soap opera also had the special participation of Lucy Torres-Gomez as the Virgin Mary. This was from the direction of Khryss Adalia and Gil Tejada.
Boys Next Door (the title was changed to My Brother or in Korean) through KBS Drama channel if you have cable channels every Sunday, 1:30AM. Yeap, its that early. KBS Drama is a pay TV channel managed and operated by KBS N, a subsidiary company of KBS - one of the biggest Korean television networks. If I am right, Boys Next Door is the first Filipino series made available in Korea.Boys Nxt Door, produced by GMA 7, will start to show in KBS Drama on May 11 at 1:30 am KBS said they decided to show the Filipino series to introduce various cultures through soap operas from other countries.
According to rating reports, the telenovelas Timeless and The Long Wait from the Philippine network ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation were top favorites in Malaysia. Basing on the information reported by AGBNMR during the first quarter of 2006, Timeless ranked No. 4 in that country¡¯s
multi-weekly programs rating chart, scoring a 59% audience share. The same data revealed that Timeless and The Long Wait, outpaced a telenovela in the ratings game.
But it was not the only achievement of these telenovelas expanding successfully across Africa, Asia-Pacific, Indo-China and Europe. ¡°African TV stations broadcast at least one ABS-CBN Philippine telenovela a day while the other TV stations air two to three times a week,¡± says Reena de Guzman-Garingan, International Sales and Distribution Director at ABSCBN Broadcasting Corporation. ¡°There are channels that have been broadcasting two Philippine telenovelas from Monday to Friday and another one on Saturdays and Sundays. In countries like Kenya, Cameroon and Tanzania at least two networks are currently airing ABS-CBN Philippine telenovelas, which always consist in 45-to-50-minute episodes,¡± explains the executive.
A Philippine telenovela craze has indeed hit foreign countries, spawning websites and fan clubs, and making the Philippine cast hugely popular in the international scene. ¡°Our telenovelas are the hot items in foreign newspapers; there¡¯s the case of a TV station in Africa that delayed its launch hoping to have the Philippine telenovela stars to grace their celebration. The Philippine telenovela business in Africa is a phenomenon and has captured advertising revenues never achieved before by the networks,¡± states de Guzman-Garingan.
Why does Africa embrace Philippine stories?
The executive assures that the African telenovela audience has readily embraced Philippine telenovelas because of the mixture of distinct facial features on the screen, ranging from Asian to Spanish, and also explains that due to the infusion of multicultural context, they have captured both female and male audiences. ¡°During the World Cup month, the time slots of The Promise, Timeless, The Long Wait and other ABS-CBN¡¯s telenovelas airing on various networks across Africa were pre-empted. As a result, the male audience was warned by their wives of having no meals on their tables for not having their favorite Philippine telenovela on air.¡±
The company¡¯s goal is to increasingly consolidate within the global market as their programs¡¯ exports rise. Besides telenovelas, they sell and distribute formats, feature films, magazine programs and clips.
Among their most required programs, there are the telenovelas The Promise, Timeless and The Long Wait.
Cameroon Tribune (Yaound¨¦)
July 5, 2005
Posted to the web July 6, 2005
Most English speaking Cameroonians can not afford to miss an episode of Pangako Sa Yo's, "The Promise".
Its 7.00p.m., most tele-viewers are on the Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV) channel to watch "The Promise". It is a Philippine film screened over CRTV. The film follows the trials and triumphs of Yna, Amor and Claudia - three women whose fates are intertwined with those of the aristocratic Buenavista clan. Their secrets and passions set the stage for the unfolding of a family drama that may lead to their happiness, or destroy them all.
"The Promise" is screened from Monday to Thursday, 7.00 p.m. to 7.25p.m. The atmosphere in most homes is usually calm as all eyes are glued to the television screen.
"The Promise" revolves around the story of a lovely house maid, Yna, who falls in love with her employer, Angelo. Their love story is destined to repeat. Years before, Yna's mother, Amor was also a housemaid in the Buenavista household, wherein Angelo's father, Eduardo was Dona Benita's favoured son. When their love affair was discovered, Dona Benita drove Amor away from the Hacienda. Rejected and oppressed, Amor left the province of Puntaverda but vowed to take avenge. Unknown to Eduardo, Amor was already carrying his child, Yna. Eduardo then married the powerful and influential, Claudia. One day, Amor meets Eduardo, she does not know if her daughter is still alive. A new cycle of love and passion begins in the film, with mysteries and secrets about to unfold.
The population's interest in watching the movie mounts daily. Atem Nelly Atem, a three year-old-child in Yaounde told her aunty that "if you do not have Ena, Angelo, Amoro, etc, in your television, I will not come to your home for holidays".
Telenovela Stars Coming
Ghanaian fans of Timeless, the Telenovela which airs on TV3, will see fantasy turn to reality as the National Theatre in Accra hosts some of the top stars of the Asian soap opera on January 27.
Lovers of the Telenovela are expected to troop to the National Theatre to see live on stage Jericho Rosales, who plays Christian in Timeless, among others as he renders a sizzling and thrilling musical performance to his fans.
According to a press statement issued in Accra, Jericho, who has starred in numerous movies and pursued his music career with bands like The Hunks and Jeans, is set to come down with Kristine Hermosa (Ara) and Angelika Dela Cruz (Mary Ann), both co-stars in Timeless, for the concert which will also feature performances by Ghanaian award winners, Samini and Ofori Amponsah.
The visit to Ghana by the 28 year old Timeless and The Promise star from the Philippines is a way of expressing his gratitude for the love and support from his fan-base in Africa including Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Cameroon.
This first time musical concert would not only bring Telenovela lovers and their favourite stars in a face to face encounter but would also offer Timeless fans the chance to win free tickets to the concert, Jericho¡¯s music CDs and invitation to an after party on Sunday by texting the word ¡°Ticket, CD or Invitation¡± to One Touch short code 1945 from now till January 22.
Filipino singer-actor Jericho Rosales is a big hit in one of Africa's largest countries, after months of watching Pangako Sa 'Yo and Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas dubbed in English.
The locals of Ghana finally had the thrill of seeing Jericho Rosales live in the flesh when he performed as the main act in the 50th Independence Anniversary festivities at the National Theatre last March 6.
"Their reaction to his visit was nothing short of wild hysteria, matching the excitement of the visits of Thalia, Pope John Paul II and F4," enthused Jericho's Management Associate, Marinez Elizalde of Manila Genesis Entertainment and Management.
"People showed up at the airport, along the streets, en route to the hotel and every place that Jericho would go. We were both so shocked. Even little kids would run to him and give him hugs and handshakes. It was amazing!" she added.
The alternate chanting and shrieking of "Christian!" and "Angelo!" (the characters Jericho played on Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas and Pangako Sa 'Yo respectively) by the frenzied mob clearly certified the 2 teleseryes as smash hits in Ghana.
"People would drop everything just to watch these shows, and have clamored for more Jericho's shows to be aired!", reported Janet Carboo-Danquah, Manager for Public Relations of Ghana's local TV3 Network.
Arranged by the promoter, Dzigbodi Attotey of N.A.G. Media Ltd., Jericho appeared on Ghana local television programs Music Music and Start where he promoted his album, and talked about the Philippines in interviews. Local radio stations committed to airplay songs from his album: Jeans Loose Fit (distributed by EMI Records). Jericho wrote all the songs in the album.
At showtime, which also featured Ghanaian award winners Batman Samini, Ofori Amposnsah and Ebo, pandemonium broke out at Jericho's initial appearance on stage rendering Nightsky, a cut from his album. Displaying his versatility as a singer apart from being an actor, Jericho's energy soared higher with his dynamic performance of MR. MART, yet another cut from the same album, as the cheering African audience rocked the theater. The only cover in his repertoire that night was John Legend's Ordinary People, which he dedicated to the appreciative crowd with which he exhorted the appreciative crowd not to act rashly but to think things through, just "take it slow, _cause you and I are all ordinary people."
The Philippines received 3 nominations in the upcoming 37th International Emmy Awards: GMAs Magdusa Ka and ABS-CBNs Kahit Isang Saglit are nominated for Best Telenovela and Angel Locsin is nominated for Best Actress.
The nominees for the 2009 International Emmy Awards was announced Monday, October 5, 2009 during a Press Conference at MIPCOM, Cannes, France.
17 countries received at least one nomination this year with England leading the pack with 9 nods followed by Brazil with 5 and triple tie in third place are Germany, Mexico and the Philippines with 3.
ABS-CBN got 2 nominations, one is for the Best Telenovela category for Kahit Isang Saglit and the other is for the Best Actress category for Angel Losin. Kahit Isang Saglit is the co-production of Malaysia and Philippines starring Jericho Rosales and Carmen Soo. Angel Locsin, on the other hand, was nominated for her performance in the top-rating fantaserye Lobo.
The third RP nomination comes from the GMA afternoon soap Magdusa Ka. The remake of the 80s drama movie starred Dennis Trillo, Iwa Moto and Katrina Halili. It will also vie in the Best Telenovela category bringing the network war to the International Emmys as ABS-CBNs Kahit Isang Saglit is also vying in the same category.
nominees for the 37th International Emmy Awards:
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
Emma De Caunes (Night Birds)
CHEZ WAM, France
Angel Locsin (The Wolf/Lobo)
ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation, The Philippines
Cecilia Su¨¢rez (Capadocia)
HBO Latin America Originals, Mexico
Julie Walters (A Short Stay in Switzerland)
BBC, United Kingdom
Eva Fonda Wins Special Prize in 2009 Seoul International Drama Awards
Eva Fonda herself, Cristine Reyes, accepted the trophy in Seoul, Korea where the awards ceremony was held. Eva Fonda bested the following in the special prize category:
Token IRIB Media Trade, Iran
Fathers and Sons TV channel Russia, Russia
Britannia High ITV Global Entertainment Ltd, UK
Fighting Spiders MediaCorp TV (S) Pte Ltd, Singapore
Forbidden Love Calinos Entertainment, Turkey
Eva Fondas victory marks the first time that a tv program from the Philippines had won in the 4-year-old award giving body for drama series around the world.
The two nominations for Eva Fonda are the only program/actress from the Philippines recognized by the Korean award-giving body .
Christiane Horbiger, The Visit Ziegler Film GmSH & Co.KG, Germany
Lindsay Duncan, Margaret BBC Worldwide Limited, UK
Charlotte Frogner, Maria Rubicon TV, Norway
Geun-young, Moon, The Painter of Wind SBS, Korea
Shu Chen, Love in a Fallen City Zhejiang Huace, China
Cristine Reyes, Eva Fonda ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation, Philippines
Token IRIB Media Trade, Iran
Fathers and Sons TV channel Russia, Russia
Britannia High ITV Global Entertainment Ltd, UK
Fighting Spiders MediaCorp TV (S) Pte Ltd, Singapore
Eva Fonda ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation, Philippines
Forbidden Love Calinos Entertainment, Turkey
Soap Opera in the U.S., Telenovela in Latin America, Lakorn in Thailand, Sinetron in Indonesia, Phim Bo in Vietnam & Dorama in Japan...
in the Philippines we call it Teleserye!
Teleserye is the local name of produced soap operas in the Philippines,derived from the terms "tele" short for television and serye, ("series"). They can have different sub-genres; they could be melodramatic, fantasy themed (fantaserye), action (actionserye),musical (music-serye), or they could be be derived from movies(sineserye).
Teleseryes are produced by the two main Philippine TV networks ABS-CBN, which is Philippine's largest producer and exporter of Teleseryes and,GMA Network,by the independent company TAPE Inc. and by the movie producer VIVA Entertainment.
Entrant: Dori Media International
The Fatties (Los Barriga)
Entrant: Frecuencia Latina International Limited, Inc
The Wolf (Lobo)
Entrant: ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation
The ABS-CBN teleserye Lobo has won in the Telenovela Program category of the 2009 Banff World Television Festival. Also called "The Rockies," the annual event in Canada is dedicated to world television programming and its creation and development.
The official website of the 30th Banff cites The Wolf (Lobo) as one of the 23 category winners that were chosen from over 800 entries representing 29 countries. It also explained that the Telenovela category features "melodramatic serialized fiction programs." This category "recognizes the Latin American origin of the Telenovela and will particularly look into the successful adaptations to different cultures around the globe while keeping the original spirit of complicated love stories intact."
The 30th Banff took place from June 7-10 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Canada. E! News Weekend's Arisa Cox handed out the awards to the 23 category winners.
The fantasy-thriller series Lobo marked the debut of Angel Locsin on the Kapamilya Network. It also launched the Angel-Piolo Pascual tandem in January 2008. Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, FM Reyes and Jerry Lopez Sineneng, Lobo lasted on the air until July 11, 2008.
It depicted the love story of Lyka, a woman who belongs to a clan of white wolves, and Noah, a second lieutenant of the Philippine Army.
The official website of Banff also gives this description of The Wolf:
"Two lovers who find in each other their greatest source of joy and their deepest source of despair. They form a bond as children only to lose each other as they grow up. They meet again as strangers, finding an unexpected connection in a world filled with uncertainty. They fall in love, eventually discovering they were the same children who sought and found comfort in each other in the past. The past that haunts Lyka wherein her mother struggled and gave up love to fulfill a mysterious and fascinating life given to her as LOBO (wolf). She will save her race together with Noah, to explore her life as a wolf but unlike her mother, not giving up love. And living her LOBO life in the open."
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