PANGAKO SA ‘YO
Pangako Sa ’Yo (lit. My Promise to You) is a primetime soap opera series produced and broadcast by the Philippine media network ABS-CBN. It is dubbed the first “teleserye” on Philippine television. It starred Kristine Hermosa and Jericho Rosales. The soap, which ran from 2000 to 2002, spanned 476 episodes at 30 minutes each. The series re-aired on ABS-CBN at evening from 2006 to 2007 and on its affiliate TFC. A rerun was aired from March – August 2011 on ABS-CBN, in the late evening timeslot (1:30 A.M. – 3:30 A.M.) every day, with an alternate ending. The series re-aired again in the cable channel Jeepney TV last October 2012. The show posted an all time high rating of 64.9% and held the second highest rating posted by a TV series next to Esperanza.
It serves as one of the influential primetime dramas or Philippine soap operas ever made as it appealed to many audiences in foreign languages. It is popular to many Filipino viewers because of its love triangles between the main characters and the endless love between Amor and Eduardo, Yna and Angelo, and Claudia and Simon. The finale had a power outage as fans rushed home to watch the 1 hour finale and then re-aired at 10:00 PM – 11:15 PM in 2002 and also reaired the finale again on a Saturday at 8:00 PM – 9:01 PM (Philippine Time) which engulfed Filipino viewers as they waited for the powerful moments. It again abruptly was shown on ABS-CBN’S morning timeslot back in 2003-2004 and Pinoy Central internationally as well.
The story starts with the love story of Amor (Eula Valdez) and Eduardo (Tonton Gutierrez). Eduardo’s mother, Benita, opposes the relationship since Amor was a maid and because she wanted Eduardo to marry Claudia (Jean Garcia) for political reasons. Eduardo’s brother, Diego (Jestoni Alarcon), who has a crush on Amor, was asked by Benita to separate them. Eduardo, on seeing Diego trying to rape Amor, mistook it as them having a relationship, and is heartbroken and decides to marry Claudia. Amor, now pregnant, is forced to leave the Buenavista hacienda and went back to her mother at a trash dump. She vows to have her revenge on the Buenavista family when she finds out that Eduardo has married Claudia.
After giving birth to a girl named Maria Amor, Amor and her friend Lourdes survived by working in clubs. Amor caught the eye of a rich American named James Powers who brings her to the U.S.A. She leaves her child and mother named Chayong at the dump and sends money to them from time to time.
By accident, Yna and Eduardo meet and Yna dreams Benita showing her that her past lies in the Buenavista family. Intrigued, she gets a job working as a maid for the family in hopes of finding out about her past.
Yna and Angelo fall in love, much to the chagrin of Claudia. She looks down on maids and makes Yna’s life a living hell.
Amor, coming back from the US as Amor Powers, has made a name for herself in the business world, all the while planning her revenge on the Buenavista family, whom she blamed for the sufferings she endured before as well as the assumed death of her child.