Release dateOriginal series:
June 22, 1997 (1997-06-22) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ February 27, 2005 (2005-02-27)
September 11, 2010 (2010-09-11) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ present
Wansapanataym (Filipinization of the English phrase "once upon a time") is a Philippine fantasy-drama, comedy anthology produced and aired by ABS-CBN. It is aired every Sunday. The series aired from 1997 until 2005, then re-aired from 2006 to 2007. On September 11, 2010, the series began airing again on ABS-CBN's weekend primetime block with new episodes, and remakes of past episodes.
The series was launched in 1997, then was moved to a weekend primetime slot until February 27, 2005, having genre similarities with the ABS-CBN Foundation-produced education program Hiraya Manawari (which features Filipino short stories for children) and the 1980s series, Pinoy Fantasy. On May 8, 2006, the show was re-aired on weekday mornings until 2007. A film was also produced based on the series' genre, which starred Shaina Magdayao, Serena Dalrymple and Christopher de Leon.
Judy Ann Santos and the late Rico Yan graced the first episode of this program. In 2004, the series had two child characters (Nash Aguas and Sharlene San Pedro) and a magical book inside a chest in every prologue and epilogue of the show.
The movie adaptation of only one episode was made in 1999. The story is about an orphan named Anna (Shaina Magdayao) who searched for her long-lost father (Christopher de Leon). With the help of the guardian angel Barbiel (Serena Dalrymple), Anna was able to see her father for a moment.
Film cast and characters
Christopher De Leon as Gary
Shaina Magdayao as Anna
Angel Aquino as Sylvia Enrique
Serena Dalrymple as Barbiel
Rosemarie Gil as Donya Tisay Enrique
Romeo Rivera as Don Victor Enrique
Jericho Rosales as Michael
Gloria Sevilla as Manang Bising
During the ABS-CBN Trade Launch in August 2010, it was announced that Wansapanataym would return with new episodes, replacing Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla. Unlike previous revivals, this one focuses on adaptations based on "komiks" in the first season. It began on September 11, 2010 with its first episode, "Inday Bote", starring Melai Cantiveros. The succeeding seasons will focus on the original format. The revival aired on Saturday nights, but starting from May 25, 2014, Wansapanataym started to air on Sunday nights again.
Wansapanataym Classics is a re-run of past episodes from 1997 to 2005. It airs on Saturday nights on Jeepney TV.
The theme song was sung by Michelle Ayalde and Roselle Nava in the movie. It was composed by Homer Flores, with lyrics by Jose Bartolome. The song was used from 1997 until 2004. In 2004, the theme song was changed and was also sung by Nyoy Volante until 2005. This version was also used in the revival.
Awards and recognitions
PMPC Star Awards 2000 for TV's Best Horror-Fantasy Program
PMPC Star Awards 2001 for TV's Best Horror-Fantasy Program
PMPC Star Awards 2002 for TV's Best Horror-Fantasy Program
PMPC Star Awards 2003 for TV's Best Horror-Fantasy Program
PMPC Star Awards 2004 for TV's Best Horror-Fantasy Program (tied with Nginiig)
Catholic Mass Media Awards: Hall Of Fame 2004
PMPC Star Awards 2005 for TV's Best Horror-Fantasy Program (tied with Nginiig)
Catholic Mass Media Awards: 2011 Best Children and Youth Program
PMPC Star Awards 2011 for TV's Best Horror-Fantasy Program Bugoy in Chalk Boy
Catholic Mass Media Awards: 2012 Best Children and Youth Program
PMPC Star Awards 2012 for TV's Best Horror-Fantasy Program
21st KBP Golden Dove Awards 2013's "Best Children’s Program"
PMPC Star Awards 2013 for TV's Best Horror-Fantasy Program
8th UP Gandingan Awards 2014's "Best Development Oriented Children's Program".