16 Best Pinoy Teleseryes of All Time
Whether you'd like to admit it or not, teleseryes are part of Filipino culture. It's something we watch with the family over breakfast or dinner, or something we binge watch during summer and Christmas vacations. We fall in love, relate, and sometimes hate the characters portrayed in these different shows. As time goes by, we don't just forget these characters and the lines they've delivered, we bring them along, and they forever remain remembered in our memory.
- Mara Clara (1992/2010)
The 2010 remake was probably the first time we saw Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes in serious acting after Goin' Bulilit. Mara Clara merchandise came out and were in demand. A few items had "Team Mara" and "Team Clara" on them.
- Pangako Sa'yo (2000/2015)
You'd be lying if you said you've never seen an episode of Pangako Sa'yo. Both the 2000 original, starring Kristine Hermosa and Jericho Rosales and the 2015 remake with KathNiel were big hits. The 2000 original was the highest rated finale episode in the history of Filipino TV.
Line you will never forget: "Matitikman niyo ang batas ng isang api!" —Amor Powers (Jodi Sta. Maria)
- Kampanerang Kuba (2005)
Most of us were toddlers when Kampanerang Kuba aired, but we can't really forget how the kampanera transformed into beautiful Anne Curtis. It was the beginning of the trail Anne blazed in the industry.
- Encantandia (2005/2016)
This teleserye which is known all over the world is one of the few "telefantasayas" (fantasy teleserye) of our time. National Book Store even started to sell notebooks and other Encantadia merchandise because it was such a big hit. A new remake has just began to air, starring our Candy cover girl, Gabbi Garcia. I can't wait for the younger generations to experience Encantadia the way we experienced it in our childhood.
- Maging Sino Ka Man (2006)
This serye revolved around the different socio-economic classes, and how people from different groups or classes may or may not fall in love with each other. This has to be one of the teleseryes with the most star-studded casts. Maging Sino Ka Man starred Bea Alonzo, John Lloyd Cruz, Anne Curtis, and Sam Milby.
Line you will never forget: "I never said that I love you!" —Jaime "JB" Roxas-Berenguer (Sam Milby)
- Sana Maulit Muli (2007)
Do you remember Poknat and Bokbok? This was one of the most popular shows during the peak of the Kimerald love team. This same teleserye premiered in Taiwan in 2008.
- Dyesebel (2008)
Dyesebel starring Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes was based on a graphic novel (comic book). It is probably the closest thing we have locally to The Little Mermaid.
- I Love Betty La Fea (2008)
This serye was based on Yo Soy Betty, La Fea, a Colombian telenovela and Ugly Betty, an American TV show starring America Ferrera. International beauty queens Ruffa Gutierrez (3rd place, Miss World 1993) and Megan Young (Miss World 2013) played villains in this serye.
- Agua Bendita (2010)
This was the teleserye our generation watched in the afternoon when we get home from school. I remember how I was so amazed by the effects they've decided to use to make Andi Eigenmann look blue.
- Magkaribal (2010)
Being an aspiring fashion designer, this teleserye was memorable to me. I can't forget how they compared and contrasted how fashion existed in two very different worlds. One in a world where fashion is found in Divisoria's different cloth factories, and another in a world where fashion meant glamorous and expensive items.
Line you will never forget: "WAR? You want war? I'll give you war. Sabihin mo lang kung saan at kailan, I'll be there in my red sttiletos!" —Victoria Valera (Gretchen Barretto)
- My Binondo Girl (2011)
If Dyesebel is the country's Little Mermaid, My Binondo Girl is our country's Mulan. Jade Dimaguiba-Wu, played by Kim Chiu pretends to be a man to be noticed by her father.
- Princess and I (2012)
Remember when Kathryn Bernardo had 3 leading men? What I vividly remember from this serye is how they asked the viewers to participate in deciding who Mikay (Kathryn) would end up with in the show. It was either Gino (Daniel Padilla), Jao (Enrique Gil) or Kiko (Khalil Ramos). After that, the Kath and Daniel chemistry stuck, thus the big KathNiel fanbase that now exists.
- Be Careful with My Heart (2012)
Who can forget Sir Chief and Maya? This morning serye ran for over 2 years. It was such a hit that the Sir Chief x Maya tandem is known and celebrated all over the world. This serye was also rising star Janella Salvador's first big break as she played Nikki Lim, daughter of Sir Chief. It was also in BCWMH where her expression "Oh My G!" was picked up by thousands and thousands of viewers.
- Got to Believe (2013)
Young Chichay (Kathryn) taught Young Joaquin (Daniel) all about magic. They become really close as children, but eventually part ways. When they meet again, they do not even have a clue that their paths have already once again crossed.
Line you will never forget: "Sorry pooooooo!" —Chichay Tampipi (Kathryn Bernardo)
- Forevermore (2014)
This is one of the first and biggest breaks for the LizQuen love team. I personally cannot forget the LizQuen finale scene on Mt. Pulag. It was breathtaking.
Line you will never forget: "Sabihin mo sa akin na mahal mo ako, na mahal mo ulit ako, na tayong dalawa na lang ulit." —Xander Grande
- On the Wings of Love (2015)
The OTWOL fever was surreal. They were on shirts, pillows, notebooks, hashtags, etc. They were trending on social media almost every night. Because of the gratitude #JaDine wanted to give, they decided to have finale viewing party for OTWOL, where they surprised all of their fans with a live dance, song, and kiss.
Line you will never forget: "Alam mo sabi niya noon, bago siya umalis, babalik siya. Kasi kapag mahal ka, babalikan ka. Pero hindi na siya bumalik." —Leah Olivar (Nadine Lustre)
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This is a drawing and a poem I’ve made for a summer love. Our time together was short-lived but the feelings were not.
On a platform we stand
Faces seen all in a blur
Relentless searching led by a spur
To find someone, to feel something
Aren’t we fools to waste away time?
To look for one man’s treasure
Somewhere as ephemeral, as fragile
As a bond built in crime
But aren’t we just like every weary heart?
Hoping for an oasis
In the midst of the desert
Wanting to quench our thirst
Aren’t we all like frosted windows
Of old and battered houses on winter?
Wishing for the sun to give us warmth
To melt the facade so we can show what the inside is made
Aren’t we maven pretenders?
A Casanova? A Temptress? Who made us this way?
A sly fox? A ruthless hunter?
Let down the walls, It’ll be okay
Rushed for a hug, now no hesitating
Engulfed by a sense of bliss or was it longing? Eyes wide-open,
Stepping on a quicksand I embraced the fall into the deep end
Gazed at you lying there unaware With you, found something rare I swear
Realization dawning as loud as a thunder
As the Beating of your heart put me into a deep slumber
Waking up from this reverie
Truth slapped me back to reality
Two worlds so different, now I see If only I could I’d be anything and anyone you need me to be I’m the ludicrous clown, you see
Thought if I ruin it first I’d be free
From the doubts brought by my own insecurity I was so wrong,
What a tragicomedy Brought by the month of April
We rushed the ticking of clock to May Hands interlocked
Weaved skin to skin on a rainy day But when June came to say hello, all went dark grey
What was once there ceases to exist Like the wilting of a flower
Once so beautiful, so full of life Now turned into dust by death’s kiss
Unbounded joy brought by your presence
Paralleled with the perennial ache of your absence Yearned for and offered seventh heaven
Now the heart weeps for evanescence
A mirage, to be the fair maiden The sorrow to find out I’d end up our own villain
But all’s well for you are but a distant dream Gamaliel, You are, I knew it from the very beginning .
Written by me, the one-shot story
Coffee is about a girl who used to cherish moments with someone in a cafe. Sometimes, a simple drink can leave an imprint on someone's mind. ____________________________________________
It's been a year since my boyfriend and I broke up. I love him and he loves me too but things just didn't worked the way it should be. Now I'm heading at the cafe where we started and ended. I have no choice but to go there after all it was made up of both happy and sad memories. But that's life , right? We can't be happy all the time. Challenges come and hearts can break. But it doesn't just end there.
"One signature coffee , please." I said as I ordered from the cashier.
"What size?" she asked.
"Small." I said.
Then she took my payment and I headed towards the seat near the window. A window seat.... for two. The cafe was surprisingly full tonight unlike the past few days.
Again, I have no choice but to sit on that window seat. It is where we sit often. It is our seat. Our place. There are a lot of couples at the cafe and wow I'm alone. There's a part of me which says you should be happy because he's not the only guy in this world. Another part of me says you're still hurt so don't pretend to be happy. The truth is , I am both happy and sad. I'm happy because we're both free and we can focus more in our careers. But I'm sad because I'm not the other half of his heart anymore. I'm sad because I let him go even though I still love him. I'm sad because I can't see him. I'm sad because I can't share this relaxing coffee shop where we can chill with the aromatic smell of the coffee.
"Small signature coffee?" the waitress said as she serves my coffee.
"Yes. Thank you." I said.
"Since you're a regular customer here, we would like to give you this item for free." the waitress said. She handed me a purple journal with the name of the cafe on it and a pen.
"Oh thanks." I said .
"Enjoy your coffee!" she said.
I took advantage of using the freebies from the cafe. A window seat is also a bonus in inspiring me to write something. While sipping my coffee my brain and my heart began to function smoothly.
And so I wrote: My coffee has been cold lately, I can't feel anything after taking a sip and there's no heat to leave a pain on my lips. And it was a relief. But then, I remember one thing about sipping a cold coffee instead of a hot one: cold coffee doesn't leave you any marks when you sipped it, just like a blunt feeling. But a hot coffee will leave you a remarkable pain from the heat which reminds you that you are alive to feel....
I closed the journal and stared at the window. He was the coffee. The hot coffee. No matter how our breakup hurt me, he left me a mark and a lesson to learn. A hot coffee can be a challenge too or an obstacle. They all made you feel that you are alive. That you can go on with your life. You can still stand up. Love taught me to move forward. He taught me to be stronger. He is love.
WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A BROKE FANGIRL/FANBOY
One of the proudest things as a fan is the feeling that you are part of their growing fandom and stardom. From streaming their songs online, watching their music videos, TV guestings, collecting photocards, albums, lightsticks, attending to their concert and fan meetings surely, you're a fan! But there's a problem, MONEY.
It's really heartbreaking when you hear that members of your favorite band are coming and their concert is just around the corner but here you are thinking of how to sell one of your kidneys just to go to their concert (kidding).That no matter how much you try to save, it will never be enough for a ticket because you are only a student who has limited resources or if you're an adult, you have bills to pay. So joining a "team bahay" livestream is your last resort, but sometimes even those links don't work!
Of course if there's team bahay there's also "team airport/ team labas", fans who waits at the airport hoping to see their idols upon their arrival. How we wish we could also attend and be part of it, something like shouting their names, fanchants then cry out of happiness while waving their lightsticks or banners. What a concept isn't?
Hey, cheer up! being broke doesn't make you any less of a fan. Know that there are other ways to support and love them. For sure our idols have the same and equal love to us no matter what "team" we belong (team concert, team airport/labas and team bahay).Maybe for some people, they might think we are being overly dramatic without knowing that for us fans, their existence itself and music saved us and made us happy once in our lives. -Gwy June 16,2020