Here are Deo Endrinal shows that have become unforgettable to Filipino viewers
The TV industry mourns the loss of TV executive Deo Endrinal, who undeniably had a huge contribution to the local TV landscape.
Deo started his work in talk and variety programs and would cross over as a creative consultant behind some of the classic TV dramas in ABS-CBN such as “Mula sa Puso,” “Marinella,” and “Saan Ka Man Naroroon.”
In the mid-2000s, Deo would transition from handling non-narrative programs to teleseryes and weekly narrative programs, which would later be called Dreamscape Entertainment in 2013.
But even before his TV production unit was called Dreamscape Entertainment, Deo would already produce iconic and compelling TV dramas, with some of these even helping ABS-CBN amid the challenges it went through, including TV ratings and the shutdown.
FreebieMNL lists down 10 Deo Endrinal shows that have become iconic and unforgettable for viewers after breaking records in ratings and catapulting newbies to stardom.
FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano
“FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” holds the record of being the longest-running teleserye, airing for seven years from September 28, 2015 to August 12, 2022.
Headlined by Coco Martin, “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” is a TV adaptation of Fernando Poe, Jr.’s movie in 1997. The story started with Coco’s character, Cardo Dalisay, seeking justice for the death of his twin brother, Ador.
However, “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” became a habit for every household it enjoyed consistently high ratings during its first year, and the character Cardo Dalisay has become an icon to audiences of different ages. Hence, ABS-CBN and Dreamscape awarded the show with several extensions, allowing it to run for seven years.
Aside from Cardo Dalisay being an icon to audiences, the internet also acknowledged its popularity through memes and video edits that went viral on social media.
In its seven-year run, “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” also boasted a huge line-up of veteran stars every season such as Lorna Tolentino, Albert Martinez, Rowell Santiago, Dawn Zulueta, Edu Manzano, Alice Dixson, Tirso Cruz III, John Arcilla, John Estrada, Agot Isidro, Angel Aquino, Rosanna Roces, Jaime Fabregas, and the late Susan Roces, among many others.
Also part of the cast—starring in different seasons—are Maja Salvador, Arjo Atayde, Shaina Magdayao, Raymart Santiago, John Prats, Joseph Marco, Bela Padilla, Yassi Pressman, and Julia Montes.
This primetime series also showcased the comeback of Charo Santos-Concio and Sharon Cuneta in doing teleseryes.
“FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” also became a platform for actors who wanted to return to acting, including Julio Diaz, Mystica, Whitney Tyson, CJ Ramos, John Wayne Sace, and Lester Llansang, as well as showcasing big names in showbiz as guest stars like Judy Ann Santos, Angelica Panganiban, Jake Cuenca, Iza Calzado, and Anne Curtis, among others.
“Kadenang Ginto” is an afternoon drama series aired by ABS-CBN from October 2018 to February 2020. It was headlined by Beauty Gonzalez and Dimples Romana, and catapulted Francine Diaz and Andrea Brillantes to stardom.
The show is known for its viral confrontation scenes between its four lead characters.
“Kadenang Ginto” moments, especially those moments involving Daniela Mondragon (Dimples) have also spawned memes and funny tweets, such as her wig in the second season and a scene in the third season where she was seen walking in the streets with her red gown and luggage.
More than the iconic scenes, “Kadenang Ginto” became the gateway to stardom for Francine, Andrea, and their respective partners Kyle Echarri and Seth Fedelin, who became collectively known as The Golf Squad during and even after the show’s run.
May Bukas Pa
“May Bukas Pa” brought child actor Zaijian Jaranilla to stardom with his inspirational and iconic portrayal of Santino.
Inspired by the inspirational story of “Marcelino Pan Y Vino,” the series tells the story of Santino, a young boy who can talk to Jesus and addresses him as “Bro.” He has also caught the attention of the townsmen in Barangay Bagong Pag-asa after having the ability to heal the sick.
With its inspirational theme, “May Bukas Pa” was able to gain a huge following, becoming one of the number-one shows on Philippine TV in 2009 in terms of TV ratings. It also became the source of strength for some Pinoys after the onslaught of typhoon Ondoy.
“May Bukas Pa” also showcased star factor as it tackled different stories of healing and miracles every week with special guest stars such as Claudine Barretto, KC Concepcion, and Anne Curtis.
Originally intended to run for just 8 weeks as a filler TV program, the show’s high ratings prompted ABS-CBN to extend it to 20 weeks. But with its continuous impressive performance, it was extended to run for one year.
“Walang Hanggan,” a love story based on the classic novel “Wuthering Heights” headlined by Coco Martin and Julia Montes in their first team-up, and the reunion project of the love team of Dawn Zulueta and Richard Gomez.
The series also paid homage to Dawn and Richard’s movie, “Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit,” which was also based on “Wuthering Heights.”
“Walang Hanggan” featured a powerhouse cast from different generations of TV and movie actors: Susan Roces, Helen Gamboa, Rita Avila, Nonie Buencamino, Eula Valdes, Melissa Ricks, Joem Bascon, and Paulo Avelino.
Because of its traditional yet complex and compelling story, audiences fell in love with the material and it consistently garnered high ratings, even placing number 1 in the ratings game.
“Walang Hanggan” is also known for having the grandest wedding scene in Philippine TV history as ABS-CBN reportedly spent P3 million for the wedding of Daniel (Coco) and Katerina (Julia). With the show’s popularity, the network partnered with a local jewelry shop to release its merchandise called the infinity ring, an important aspect of the show.
It was also one of the shows to end with a concert to give back to its fans. Titled “Walang Hanggang Pasasalamat,” the special was staged on October 21, 2012 at the Araneta Coliseum.
“Tayong Dalawa” is the drama series that is said to have brought back ABS-CBN to the no. 1 slot.
Before its airing on January 19, 2009, ABS-CBN had been fighting for the much-coveted title of being the no. 1 network in the Philippines, which has been with GMA-7 since 2004 after the influx of fantaseryes.
Aside from its compelling story about two soldier brothers (Jake Cuenca and Gerald Anderson) who fought for the love of one woman (Kim Chiu), “Tayong Dalawa” showcased an ensemble of cast members who have history of winning local and international awards: Helen Gamboa, Gino Pareno, Alessandra de Rossi, Agot Isidro, Cherry Pie Picache, Mylene Dizon, Spanky Manikan, Baron Geisler, Jiro Manio, and Coco Martin.
The series also served as Coco’s official crossover from doing indie films to mainstream projects.
The series consistently registered high ratings and ended up in the No. 1 spot in the list of the most favorite dramas of 2009, according to an ABS-CBN article. It also won the Best Drama Series award at the Catholic Mass Media Awards, among many other awards.
In April 2009, just in the middle of the show’s run, “Tayong Dalawa” received a citation from the Armed Forces of the Philippines for promoting a positive image of the Philippine military. The TV program was also credited for boosting recruitment of prospective cadets in the Philippine Military Academy by 300% that year.
Mara Clara (2010)
“Mara Clara” is originally a series headlined by Judy Ann Santos and Gladys Reyes, which ran from 1992 to 1997. It was an iconic show that made its two lead actresses the superstars that they are today. It is also considered as one of the first hit teleseryes by ABS-CBN in the ’90s.
In 2010, Deo Endrinal’s TV unit produced a modern remake of the series and touted as the “Ina Ng Pinoy Soap Opera.”
In the 2010 version, the new “Mara Clara” gave a break to two former child stars who are ready to take on more dramatic roles: Kathryn Bernardo playing the oppressed Mara and Julia Montes as the villainess Clara.
The show proved to be a success in that it enjoyed high ratings and became part of Twitter’s trending topics list.
But more than its achievements in numbers, “Mara Clara” was successful in making Julia and Kathryn the new superstars of their generation.
This 2024, Dreamscape is reported to do another remake of “Mara Clara,” which, just like its first remake, aims to be another platform to groom new lead stars.
On The Wings of Love
“On The Wings of Love” is James Reid and Nadine Lustre’s first teleserye. The romantic-drama tells the story of Clark (James) and Leah (Nadine), who were forced to get married to legally stay and work in the United States. It was also the first directorial job of Antoinette Jadaone for a TV series.
Aside from the fans of JaDine faithfully watching the show, the series earned a cult following that its viewers were aptly called OTWOListas, which was derived from the acronym of the show’s title.
As a testament to the show’s huge following, the series held a live finale viewing and concert at the Ynares Sports Arena in February 2016.
Ina Kapatid Anak
“Ina Kapatid Anak” was supposed to be an afternoon series in 2012. However, the network decided to make it a primetime series to be headlined by then-good friends Kim Chiu and Maja Salvador.
The series, which tells the story of bestfriends-turned-rivals, captured the attention of viewers that it was touted to follow the success of “Walang Hanggan.”
Indeed, it followed suit which reflected on the show’s ratings. In the middle of the show, “Ina Kapatid Anak” became even more controversial when Kim and Maja had a beef behind the scenes.
People were so affected by Kim and Maja’s real-life issue that they would tune in to their confrontation scenes. However, it was their characters’ reconciliation that trended on Twitter, which brought many viewers to tears.
“Ina Kapatid Anak” was also the first teleserye to be bannered under Dreamscape Entertainment, when Deo decided to give a name for his drama unit.
“Dirty Linen” is one of ABS-CBN and Dreamscape Entertainment’s most successful shows after the pandemic and the network’s shutdown.
It was headlined by Janine Gutierrez, Zanjoe Marudo, Francine Diaz, and Seth Fedelin. The series was about four individuals (Janine, Jennica Garcia, Christian Bables, and Joel Torre) searching for the truth about the disappearance of their loved ones working for the Fieros, a rich family of business tycoons.
The series was commended by critics for its camerawork, production design, and musical scoring. Its cast members, particularly Jennica, Janine, Janice de Belen, John Arcilla, and Tessie Tomas, earned praises from viewers for their acting, which was later then called “mata-mata acting.”
Because of its success, “Dirty Linen” was picked up by Amazon Prime Video as a 12-part series. It also won the silver award from the ContentAsia Awards for Best Asian Drama for a Single Market in Asia.
“Linlang” is originally intended for a regular teleserye run but because of its compelling plot, Prime Video decided to acquire its airing rights as a 14-episode drama in 2023.
During its run in Prime Video, “Linlang” resonated with audiences and trended online everytime it premieres two episodes every Thursday. It tells the story of a husband (Paulo Avelino) who catches her wife (Kim Chiu) and brother (JM de Guzman) cheating on him.
Kim Chiu’s character, Juliana, earned the ire of netizens who would express their feelings on social media because of her manipulative tendencies. The show also praised Paulo Avelino, Maricel Soriano, and Kaila Estrada for their acting abilities.
In 2024, the free TV audience finally gets to see the series in its full version as ABS-CBN airs its teleserye version, which is said to show 60 percent that is not in the Prime Video version.
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