Pangako Sa 'Yo (Lit: Promise to You / English: The Promise) is a primetime soap opera series produced and broadcast by the Philippine television network ABS-CBN. It is dubbed the first "teleserye" on Philippine television, as well as the first ever Philippine television series to be broadcast outside of the country. It starred Kristine Hermosa and Jericho Rosales.
The soap, which ran from November 13, 2000 to September 20, 2002, spanned 481 episodes at 30 minutes each then replaced by Bituin. The show posted an all-time high rating of 64.9% during its September 2002 series finale, posting the country's second highest rating for any episode by a TV series next to Esperanza, and the highest rated finale episode for any Filipino TV series. A remake was produced in 2015, starring Angelica Panganiban, Ian Veneracion, Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, and Jodi Sta. Maria, who had also starred in the original series.
The story begins with the romance between Amor de Jesus (Eula Valdez) and Eduardo Buenavista (Tonton Gutierrez). Eduardo's mother, Doña Benita (Liza Lorena), opposes the relationship since Amor was a housemaid and because she wanted Eduardo to marry Claudia Zalameda (Jean Garcia) for political reasons. Doña Benita asked Eduardo's older brother, Diego (Jestoni Alarcon), who was also attracted to Amor, to separate them. Upon seeing Diego trying to rape Amor, Eduardo mistook it as them having a relationship, breaking his heart and prompts him to marry Claudia. The now-pregnant Amor was banished from the Buenavista hacienda and she returns to her mother in Manila, who was living at the Payatas dumpsite. She vows revenge on the Buenavista family when she learns that Eduardo has married Claudia.
After giving birth to her daughter, María Amor (Kristine Hermosa), Amor and her friend, Lourdes (Amy Austria), survived by working in clubs. Amor caught the eye of a rich American named James Powers, who brings her to the United States. She leaves Maria Amor and her mother, Chayong (Perla Bautista), behind at the dumpsite and sends money to them from time to time. James Powers proves abusive towards Amor, forbidding her from returning home when a landslide hit the dumpsite. Amor, thinking that her mother and daughter had died, and in retaliation for all his abuses towards her, does not get her husband medical help when he suffered a stroke. James Powers dies and Amor inherits his fortune.
Eduardo and Claudia have two children: Angelo (Jericho Rosales) and Lia (Jodi Sta. Maria). Eduardo is the governor of the province of Punta Verde while Claudia has become the ever-elusive queen of illegal gambling in Punta Verde. Angelo is a rebel who dislikes his father while Lia is a sweet, devout Catholic teenager who cares for the feelings of her loved ones.
Amor's daughter survives the landslide and is adopted by Isko (Cris Daluz) and Belen Macaspac (Eva Darren). The couple found drawings Eduardo made for Amor, signed "Ynamorata" near the abandoned child, so they decided to call the little girl they found Ynamorata. Isko and Belen later have other children: Caloy, who hates Yna, and teenager Flerida (Hazel Ann Mendoza).
Doña Benita regretted forcing Eduardo to marry Claudia, as her daughter-in-law turned out to be cruel. On her deathbed, she tried to explain that she was the one who broke Eduardo's relationship with Amor, but died before being able to do so. To atone for her sins, Doña Benita's spirit haunts the dreams of the grown Yna.
Twenty years later, Yna and Eduardo accidentally meet, and Yna dreams of Doña Benita showing her that her past lies in the Buenavista family. Intrigued, she gets a job working as a housemaid for the Eduardo's household. Yna and Angelo fall in love, much to Claudia's chagrin. She looks down on housemaids and servants, and actively makes Yna's life a living hell.
Amor Powers returns to the Philippines after making a name for herself in the business world in the United States. Amor had been planning her revenge on the Buenavistas, whom she blames for her past sufferings, as well as the assumed death of Maria Amor. The dilemma was that, after finding out that Yna's true father was Eduardo, Angelo and Yna were therefore thought to be half-siblings. It was later revealed that Angelo's biological father was not Eduardo, nor was it Simon Barcial (John Arcilla), Claudia's former, impoverished lover. Angelo's biological father was finally revealed to be Diego (who was also revealed to be adopted), who sired Angelo with a poor woman named Thelma, who had died.
It also turns out that Claudia had a daughter with Simon. Claudia's father switched the babies after Doña Benita demanded a male heir (the boy that replaced the girl was revealed to be Angelo). The daughter was Clarissa (Dianne dela Fuente) and she was raised by an old woman named Puríng (Anita Linda) as Maria Amor. Puring had Clarissa believe she was Maria Amor de Jesus, the daughter of Amor.
To exact revenge on Amor, Claudia kills Maria Amor/Clarissa, but later finds out the girl's true identity and was deeply crushed. Her heart immediately filled with more anger towards Amor, as well as regret. Claudia, together with Coring (Minnie Aguilar) and her servants, planned to kill the entire Buenavista family at Yna and Angelo's wedding. Thus, confronting them while holding a gun. But everyone especially Angelo and Lia made her realize how important she is to them and how she should bring out the goodness in her heart that was once filled with evil, hatred, greed and revenge. She realizes everything after Lia and Angelo gave her a hug -and reconciles with everyone at the wedding. People from the wedding especially Amor and Angelo also asked forgiveness from Claudia, which she immediately accepted. While she was kneeling in front of everyone, she sees Clarissa's spirit at the altar and begs forgiveness. Claudia was forgiven by everyone but because of her past crimes, she was sentenced to lifelong imprisonment. And a little while later, Amor gave her Clarissa's ashes.
Five years later, each of the major characters are happy and reunited with their true loves: Yna becomes pregnant and marries Angelo, Claudia meets her granddaughter from her deceased daughter, Lia. Afterwards, she and Simon also married each other inside prison. Meanwhile, Amor and Eduardo decided to live happily as a couple and married each other after 27 years of their unbreakable love for each other.Kristine Hermosa as Yna Macaspac-Buenavista / Maria Amor de Jesus - Born in the depths of richness, Yna's real identity will remain a mystery to her and to her adoptive family, following a tragic accident that separated her from her biological mother, Amor. Only a vision haunts her in the night, the image of an old lady (Doña Benita Buenavista) linking her to her distant past.
Jericho Rosales as Angelo Buenavista / Nathaniel de la Merced (Amnesia Name) - Angelo is a boy disturbed by his own principles and of his family's disposition leading him to a consistent emotional battle with his parents, governor Eduardo and Madam Claudia. But his life will take a drastic turn when he meets Yna, a worker in the hacienda. In the end, he was revealed to be the biological son of Diego (Eduardo's adoptive brother) with his mistress Thelma.
Eula Valdez as Amor de Jesus-Powers / Amor de Jesus-Buenavista - The lowly maid of the Buenavistas whose love for Eduardo transcends the boundaries of their stations in life. Keeping their relationship a secret was as hard as having to please Doña Benita who treated her with cruelty. Her love for Eduardo will be crushed by greed, forcing her to live a life of misery and an endless search for revenge.
Jean Garcia as Madam Claudia Zalameda-Buenavista / Claudia Zalameda-Barcial - The daughter of a political family whose wealth could save the falling empire of the Buenavistas. Arranged to be married to Eduardo, Doña Benita will soon taste the wrath of a bitter Claudia. In the end, it was revealed that Angelo was not her son and instead was the mother of a girl named Clarissa (sired with Simon).
Tonton Gutierrez as Gov. Eduardo Buenavista - The ever-obedient son to the domineering Doña Benita. In love with Amor, the housemaid, Eduardo will sacrifice his love for her because of a single lie.
Jestoni Alarcon as Diego Buenavista - The eldest son of the Buenavistas. Although the first-born, he always tries to win his mother's heart but is constantly rejected. He lives a life full of envy and deep hatred for his brother Eduardo who always gets the best of everything, including the love of Amor. In the end, it was proven that he was an adopted son of Doña Benita and that he was the biological father of Angelo with his former mistress Thelma.
Amy Austria as Lourdes Magbanua-Buenavista - Rescued by Diego from the wayward life, Lourdes' predicament became even worse as they both try to survive a life of poverty after Diego moved out of the Buenavista hacienda.
Jodi Sta. Maria as Lia Buenavista-Mobido - The kindhearted daughter of Eduardo and Claudia. Lia bears the pain of being unloved by her own mother. She later falls for Jonathan, a young catechist who gives her the strength to go on living. Lia later finds out that she is in a terminal stage of cancer, which is why she and Jonathan confessed their feelings for each other, then later got married. In the latter part, they bore a daughter before she died peacefully.
Patrick Garcia as Jonathan Mobido - Quietly heeding the call of God, Jonathan became caught between saving souls and following his heart's desire, Lia Buenavista.
Vanessa del Bianco as Bea Bianca Bejerrano / Electrika Powers - A balikbayan who wreaks havoc in the lives of Angelo and Yna. She will do anything to keep a man right where she wants him. She is later found out to be the long-lost biological daughter of James Powers (Amor's late husband). Later, she ended up in a mental hospital.
Carlo Muñoz as Mark
Dianne dela Fuente as Maria Amor de Jesus / Clarissa Barcial - She was later revealed to be the biological daughter of Claudia and Simon Barcial. She was manipulated by an old woman named Puring, making her believe that she was Maria Amor, the daughter of Amor and Eduardo. When she had her DNA tested, Mark faked the result, it came out as positive to Amor and Eduardo. This prompted Claudia to kill her as an act of revenge against Amor. Claudia later learns of Clarissa's true identity and is deeply crushed with regret.
Eva Darren as Belen Macaspac - Wife to Isko and mother to Caloy, Belen takes Yna under her wing and treats her as her own.
Cris Daluz as Francisco "Isko" Macaspac - Isko is the father of two girls and Caloy who, in spite of their impoverished state, still had the heart to adopt Yna. He is stricken with the deadly Alzheimer's disease.
Hazel Ann Mendoza as Flerida Macaspac - Yna's younger adoptive-sister.
Evangeline Pascual as Betty Mae Verseles - Amor's trusted and kind-hearted friend who helps her every step of the way. She is also Yna's helper and manager.
Minnie Aguilar as Coring - The faithful "pet" of Claudia who obeys all her "idol's" dark commands just to please her. Despite Claudia being so rude and evil, she still holds up with her along the way.
Michelle Bayle as Felicity Banks - The understanding, kind-hearted daughter of Tony Banks who Angelo fell in love with. She was blackmailed by Claudia to forcibly marry Angelo when she becomes pregnant with Angelo's baby. She later dies in a car accident.
Directors: Jerry Lopez-Sineneng, Trina Dayrit, Rory Quintos
Screenwriters: Tammy Bejerano, Theodore Boborol, Emman de la Cruz, Dado C. Lumibao and Michiko Yamamoto
Producers: Ellen Nicolas Criste and Malou N. Santos
Asian Television Awards 2001: Runner Up - Best Drama Series
Asian Television Awards 2001: Highly Commended - Best Direction (Long Form)
15th PMPC Star Awards for Television: Best TV Series
15th PMPC Star Awards for Television: Best Actress - Eula Valdez
16th PMPC Star Awards for Television: Best Actress - Jean Garcia
On August 14, 2006, Pangako Sa 'Yo had a rerun on ABS-CBN and on the The Filipino Channel until December 2007. Reruns are currently shown on Cinema One Global an international affiliate of TFC starting October 17, 2011 to January 2012. A less successful rerun was aired from March to August 2011 on ABS-CBN, in the late evening timeslot (1:30 A.M. - 3:30 A.M.) every day, with an alternate ending. It re-aired again on Jeepney TV on Sky Cable Channel 69 (now moved to Sky Cable Channel 9 in April 2013).
In Malaysia, through local satellite TV channel, ASTRO Bella, starting November 22, will air Pangako Sa 'Yo because of high demand. It airs in Tagalog with Bahasa Melayu subtitles. Airs Monday to Friday at 11:00am with encore on the same day and also on weekends with marathon. In Singapore through local satellite TV Channel from Malaysia, Astro Prima on mio TV Channel 602 starting 10 April 2013, will air Pangako Sa 'Yo because of high demand in Singapore due to this series was first shown on MediaCorp Suria in 2007. It airs in Tagalog with Bahasa Melayu subtitles. Airs Monday to Friday at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM with encore on the same day at 10:00 AM and also on 12 midnight on same day.
Pangako Sa 'Yo was adapted in Cambodia when Cambodian Television Network (CTN) acquired rights from ABS-CBN. Entitled The Promise (Khmer:សន្យាស្នេហ៍), the Cambodian version was produced by Khmer Mekong Films (KMF) and aired in Cambodia from 2013 to 2014 with 198 episodes. It was adapted to suit the Cambodian cultural context and audience sensitivities.
The Promise was broadcast peak-time on CTN, Cambodia's most popular TV channel, running three shows a week until July 2014.
The first remake of Pangako Sa'Yo debuted on May 25, 2015. It stars Jodi Sta. Maria, Ian Veneracion, Angelica Panganiban, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. Rory Quintos, who directed the original series, will also direct the remake. The remake is produced by Star Creatives. It ended on February 12, 2016 with a total of 190 episodes.
Jodi Sta. Maria, who played Lia Buenavista in the original, is cast as Amor Powers in the 2015 remake. Two other cast members from the original version would also be included in the 2015 remake - Amy Austria (who played Lourdes Magbanua) is cast as Belen Macaspac; and Richard Quan (who played Benjie Gatmaitan, the investigative reporter) is cast as Theodore Boborol, Eduardo Buenavista's political rival.