Gimik was a Filipino youth-oriented television series aired and produced by ABS-CBN. The show ran from June 15, 1996 until February 6, 1999 every Saturday for 1 hour and 30 minutes and was shown international through TFC.
Gimik circles throughout the lives of 12 juveniles. It tackles the fun, experiences and the problems that the youth encounter. Pre-marital sex, unwanted pregnancy, insecurities of a middle child, sibling rivalry, broken families, parent-child conflict, jealousy, animosity, sexual preference, aids awareness, love relationships and student life.
Dianne(Judy Ann Santos), is an only child of a very modern couple, a young socialite. Ricky(Rico Yan), a son of rich doctors, the boy-next-door and is the object of Dianne's fancy. He was a medical student but changed his course to Business Administration afterwards. Gina(G Toengi), is the older sister of Carlo(Patrick Garcia) the bestfriend of Toffee(Kristopher Peralta). Gina is a Textiling Major. Their parents are in the States and they live with their grandmother. Joey(Marvin Agustin), tactless and as such is suffering from the Middle Child Syndrome. He is a Computer Science Major. Jigs(Diego Castro), an asthmatic teener with an over-protective mother. Gary(Diether Ocampo), dropped out from school because he enjoys working, he is a product of a broken family. Melanie(Mylene Dizon), a working student in a video shop. She moved from the province to study Nursing through a scholarship. She is a boarder in Kakai's(Kaye Abad) house. She and Andi(Andrea Blaesi) are inseparable and are in the age of experimenting. Ese(Jolina Magdangal), a fine arts student, bubbly and the colorful one and Brian(Bojo Molina), a medical student whose mother has animosity to Melanie as his girlfriend. Dianne and Gina are best friends as well as Ricky and Gary whose love stories are intertwined. Ese and Joey's love hate relationship, Melanie and Brian's thorny relationship add spices in the entire series.
The teen-oriented show consisted mostly Talent Center artists (now ABS-CBN's Star Magic). It became the launching pad for the careers of the most successful young stars of their generation in mid 90's. (Young Superstar Judy Ann Santos. Matinee Idol Rico Yan. Teen Idol Jolina Magdangal. Actors Diether Ocampo and Marvin Agustin. Golden Boy Patrick Garcia and Character actresses Mylene Dizon, Kaye Abad and G Toengi). The series was originally created as part of ABS-CBN Corporation's 50th anniversary.
Several Talent Center artists joined the show when the original cast members (Judy Ann Santos, Rico Yan, Diether Ocampo, Jolina Magdangal, Patrick Garcia and Marvin Agustin) became successful in their separate careers, making it hard for them to appear regularly, nevertheless LJ Moreno, Kristine Hermosa and Dominic Ochoa were added. In 1997, Judy Ann Santos left the show to focused on Esperanza, Andrea Blaesi's character vanished in 1996 and Diego Castro later left the show and moved to rival show TGIS, nonetheless Rica Peralejo (from rival show T.G.I.S.), Jodi Sta. Maria, Baron Geisler, Paula Peralejo, Carlos Agassi, Laura James, John Lloyd Cruz and Cheska Garcia joined the show.Judy Ann Santos as Dianne VillaruelRico Yan as Ricardo "Ricky" SalveronPatrick Garcia as Carlo de LeonG. Toengi as Angelina "Gina" de LeonDiether Ocampo as Gary Leo "Gary" BallesterosMarvin Agustin as Joseph "Joey" FajardoJolina Magdangal as Socorro Corazon "Ese" AragonMylene Dizon as Melanie SuntayBojo Molina as Brian LorenzoDiego Castro as Jigs MercadoKaye Abad as Cassandra "Kakai" MarquezKristopher Peralta as Teofilo "Toffee" SanchezAndrea Blaesi as Andi CuyuganLJ Moreno as Cathy DominguezDominic Ochoa as Eric AbesamisKristine Hermosa as Tintin FernandezRica Peralejo as Jersey SalveronPaula Peralejo as Pauline SalveronJohn Lloyd Cruz as Junie de DiosCheska Garcia as Corrine ApostolBaron Geisler as Choy LedesmaCarlos Agassi as Marco TrinidadLaura James as Cindy TrinidadJodi Sta. Maria as GretchenVanessa del Bianco as Daphne OrtizWilliam Thio as Dave ApostolDonnie Fernandez as ChadAnna Larrucea as Yanna CortezTanya Garcia as AngelaBernard Palanca as Scud TorresDesiree del Valle as Dette ZubiriMiguel de la Rosa as MigsDon Laurel as Dondi AranasNikki Valdez as Jek-JekAndrea del Rosario as Samantha BanzonKathleen Hermosa - Melanie's younger sisterBuboy Garovillo - Ese's fatherJulia Clarete as JulesGerard Pizzaras as JerryDiana Enriquez as Denise SalvadorManila, Metro Manila, Luzon, PhilippinesTagaytay City, Cavite, Luzon, PhilippinesBatangas, Luzon, PhilippinesBaguio City, Luzon, PhilippinesSubic Bay, Luzon, Philippines
Motion picture release Gimik: The Reunion was later made, retaining all the main characters. Ricky, Ese, Joey, Gina, Gary, Melanie and Bryan look forward to love, marriage and career. Judy Ann Santos made a special appearance as her character Dianne in the latter part of the film. Kristine Hermosa and Dominic Ochoa, a regular cast since 1997, made cameo appearances in the movie with different roles.Kahit Anong Mangyari
(Barkada Theme Song) Lyrics and Music by Vehnee Saturno Performed by Gimik The Reunion CastLet This Love Grow
Performed by Roselle Nava and Richard MartenMahal Mo Ba Ako?
Performed by Jolina MagdangalBakit Ikaw Pa Rin
Performed by IcariWhat Good Is That Without You
Performed by Ninette Christine TenzaLagi Kang Wala
Performed by Bad CatsAllryte sa Gimik
Performed by Jolina Magdangal and BoomroomBurn
Performed by KulayDon't Know What To Do
Performed by 92 A.D.Love Sweet Love
Performed by Jeffrey Hidalgo and Arnee Hidalgo
In the same network's 2010 Trade Launch, the station announced that the show will return on television with the title of Gimik 2010 as part of Your Song.