Last June, I watched Habang Kapiling Ka on Fox Filipino until the end of its run by the end of July. Top billed by Victor Neri & Angelika Dela Cruz, this teleserye was directed by the late Maryo J. delos Reyes, who also directed Nino & Pari Koy, among others. For the first few episodes, I just took a peak on it. When I found it interesting, I ended up watching it in the long run. And it was my first time to see:
- A Teleserye of GMA from the early 2000s. I grew up watching ABSCBN.
- Albert Martinez, Amy Perez, Chin Chin Gutierrez & Toni Gonzaga on a GMA Teleserye.
- Amy Perez portray a kontrabida role. I first know her for hosting TV5’s Face To Face.
- Tandem of Richard Gutierrez & Chynna Ortaleza. They were paired since Click days, way before Richard was paired with Angel Locsin.
- 3 Gutierrez siblings/half-siblings in 1 teleserye.
As I watched along, I also observed a lot of interesting things:
- Pierre Paolo as the third wheel of Donna & Basilio. In real life, Chynna & Railey used to be in a relationship.
- Alejandro’s rivalry with Marius, especially when it comes to Olivia.
- Helga’s flamboyant kontrabida moves.
- Alejandro’s fondness of smoking. You’d see him smoke several times in that show.
- Salve making her revelation in the Church.
- Marius going against the relationship between Basilio & Donna just because of Alejandro.
- Tootsie Guevarra’s rivalry with Toni Gonzaga. They’re friends in real life.
- Half-brothers Tonton & Richard portraying as father & son.
- The bumpers used in Season 2, wherein each character has its own bumper.
The show was divided into 2 seasons. Refer to Jimpy Anarcon’s blog regarding HKK. Since I began watching it in the middle of season 1, I’ll explain its selected highlights, based on my observation. The relationship of Julius & Erica was destroyed twice. First, Erica caught Julius allegedly having a baby with Magnolia. And second, upon the death of Julius’ stepson, he blamed Erica for bringing him bad luck when she entered his life again. After the accident involving Erica, Olivia & Marius, Erica was recovered, Olivia was brought to the asylum & Marius was picked up by Divine & came back as the new Kenji Ogata. Salve revealed that Emilie & Pierre Paolo are twins & Olivia is Erica’s real mother. Fausto also revealed that he’s the real father of the twins. These revelations made the latter shocked & hard to believe. While Erica was in coma, Nonoy stepped in the picture & became friends with Basilio. He’d soon fall in love with Erica. Divine made a plot to trap Helga & Olivia in an island, which was part of a certain resort. As a result, Helga was “killed” by Divine & Olivia was arrested for the alleged murder.
Here’s my summary of Season 2 or Ikalawang Yugto, based on my own understanding. It began when Olivia was in Jail for allegedly killing Helga. Erica lived a high life & kept on getting drained by Divine’s lies. Alejandro was released from jail & lived with Donna, who went from riches to rags. They took different paths to earn money, with the former going the easier way by selling drugs & the latter having a job. Basilio became rich & lived a high life after his stay in the US. Pierre Paolo owned a business. Marius made a plot to end his disguise as Kenji, go back to his old identity & reunite his family, which drove Divine berserk. Julius & Emilie were married & owned a business. Nonoy was engaged to Erica. Helga, unknown to them who thought she was dead, was still alive, thanks to an Indian who changed her life. As she slowly revealed herself to a lot of people, beginning with Erica, she’d do everything to correct the wrongdoings she had done in the past. And the story went on until Alejandro & Divine were killed after a failed attempt to sabotage Julius’ & Erica’s wedding. Pierre Paolo learned to accept that Basilio & Donna are meant to be for each other.
COMPARISON WITH MAY BUKAS PA
After a few episodes, I found out some similarities between this show and May Bukas Pa, a show I watched when I was in High School, in terms of their characters’ relationships.
Albert Martinez & Tonton Gutierrez:
- HKK: Alejandro & Marius. Alejandro attempted to kidnap Olivia, but got killed by the police in the end.
- MBP: Enrique & Mario. Before Enrique’s death, they became friends by the time he realized that Santino was his son.
- Similarities: They are bitter rivals with the former wanting to get what the latter has.
Albert Martinez & Chin Chin Gutierrez:
- HKK: Alejandro & Helga. Alejandro doesn’t love Helga as much as he loves Olivia.
- MBP: Enrique & Teresa. Enrique wasn’t aware that Santino was his son with Teresa, who was killed by Malena. Until the time he requested a DNA test between him & Santino.
- Similarities: They were never married, but had a child together.
Tonton Gutierrez & Jaime Fabregas:
- HKK: Marius & Fausto
- MBP: Mario & Fr. Anthony
- Similarities: They are allies who help each other at times needed.
THE CAST NOWADAYS
Angelika dela Cruz – After this show, this Esperanza actress moved back to ABSCBN, where she portrayed mostly kontrabida roles. She moved back to GMA after a few years later. She’s recently seen in Ika-6 Na Utos as part of its extended cast.
Victor Neri – After a few years later, he retired from showbiz to become a chef. A few years ago, he stepped out of retirement. He was recently seen in Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa & Super Ma’am, wherein he portrayed as the tamawo king Agalon.
Albert Martinez – After a few years in GMA, he moved to ABSCBN, where he starred in several shows, such as Maria Flordeluna (where I saw him for the first time), May Bukas Pa & The Good Son. He’ll be seen in Kadenang Ginto, which will premiere next week, as of this writing.
Snooky Serna – She still stars in various shows both in ABSCBN & GMA, notably Capt. Barbell, Angelito: Batang Ama & My Faithful Husband. She’ll be seen in Pamilya Roces.
Tonton Gutierrez – This Pangako Sayo actor still stars in various shows in ABSCBN, TV5 & GMA, notably Etheria, May Bukas Pa (where I saw him for the first time), Aryana & That’s My Amboy. He’s currently seen in Ika-5 Utos.
Richard Gutierrez – This Click actor later on became one of GMA’s biggest stars, where he starred in Mulawin (where I saw him for the first time), Codename: Asero, Capt. Barbell & Love & Lies, until 2013, when he became a freelancer. After his stint with TV5, where he starred as Panday, he’s currently with ABSCBN.
Chynna Ortaleza – This Click actress still stars in various shows in GMA, in which she was paired with Richard until a couple of years later. She’s currently seen in Victor Magtanggol.
Toni Gonzaga – After a few years in GMA, this former Eat Bulaga co-host moved to ABSCBN, where she rose to fame with her acting & singing career. She’s currently seen in Home Sweet Home.
Railey Valeroso – After a few years later, this Click actor semi-retired from showbiz. Since a few years ago, he lives a private life. He was recently seen in Dahil May Isang Ikaw.
Chin Chin Gutierrez – After this show, she moved to ABSCBN. She retired from showbiz in 2010 to become a nun.
Ruffa Gutierrez – She still occasionally stars in various shows both in ABSCBN & GMA. She was also a TV5 talent, wherein she hosted Artista Academy.
Alma Moreno – She still occasionally stars in various shows both in ABSCBN & GMA, notably Eva Fonda, Angelito: Batang Ama & Pusong Ligaw.
Zoren Legaspi – He still stars in various shows in ABSCBN, TV5 & GMA, notably Mulawin, Agua Bendita & the 2015 remake of Marimar. He’s currently seen in Kapag Nahati Ang Puso.
Amy Perez – This Palibhasa Lalake actress moved back to ABSCBN after a couple of years. She was also with TV5 for a few years, where she was known for hosting Face To Face. She’s currently a co-host of It’s Showtime.
Yul Servo – He still occasionally stars in a number of teleseryes in GMA. He’s now a congressman of Manila’s 3rd district. Prior to that, he was councilor of the said district for the previous 2 terms. He was recently seen in Oh My Mama & Tadhana.
Jaime Fabregas – This Sic O’Clock News actor still stars in various shows both in ABSCBN & GMA, notably Kampanerang Kuba, May Bukas Pa (where I saw him for the first time), Iglot & Ang Dalawang Ms. Real. He’s curently seen in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.
Tootsie Guevara – She retired from showbiz after a couple of years. She now lives in the US, working as a market executive.
Patricia Ismael – She still stars in a number of teleseryes in GMA. She was recently seen in The One That Got Away.
Tetay – He still stars in various shows in GMA. He was recently seen in Contessa.
Long Mejia – He still occasionally stars in various shows both in ABSCBN & GMA. He was also a TV5 talent.
Nonie Buencamino – He still stars in various shows in ABSCBN, TV5 & GMA, notably Tanging Yaman (where I saw him for the first time), Machete & My Faithful Husband. He’s currently seen in Asintado, which is on its final week, as of this writing.
Lloyd Samartino – He still stars in various shows in ABSCBN, TV5 & GMA, notably Love Spell, Capt. Barbell, Machete & My Faithful Husband. He was recently seen in The One That Got Away.
Sheree – This former Viva Hot Babe still stars in a number of teleseryes in GMA. She was recently seen in Kambal Karibal.
CRANK IT UP
Habang Kapiling Ka is considered a classic teleserye from GMA during the pre-Mulawin era. It is as good as the teleseryes I watched on ABSCBN back in the early to mid-2000s. I think Fox Filipino should focus more on airing GMA’s shows from the 90s to mid 2000s, like Twin Hearts & Sana ay Ikaw ng Nga, instead of the recent ones which they currently air. Or GMA should set up a digital channel similar to Jeepney TV, albeit focusing on shows from 2000s & older.