Time after time, we have watched barkada series that were just really worth all the attention and anticipation. Aside from the fact that we get to see our favorite young Kapamilya artists in one show, we also learn a lot from the characters they portray and from the story itself.
As we wait for the much-awaited barkada drama of this generation, Bagong Umaga, let’s take a trip down memory lane as we go back to the remarkable ABS-CBN barkada series that served us exceptional stories and commendable acting from the actors through the years.
Gimik (1996-1999), G-Mik (1999-2002), and Gimik 2010 (2010)
To all the “Batang 90s”, you probably remember Gimik, the youth-oriented show which ran from 1996 to 1999. It revolved around the story of friendship and love among the characters which include Dianne (Judy Ann Santos), an only child born to a well-off family, Ricky (Rico Yan), a rich boy-next-door who’s the love interest of Dianne, siblings Gina (G. Toengi) and Carlo (Patrick Garcia), Toffee (Kristopher Peralta), Carlo’s best friend, Joey (Marvin Agustin), the one who suffered Middle Child Syndrome and Jigs (Diego Castro).
Just a week after its conclusion, another youth-oriented program inspired by it, titled G-Mik, was aired as its replacement. It was starred by then teen stars Camille Prats, Angelica Panganiban, John Prats, Carlo Aquino, Stefano Mori, and Miko Samson. On its second book were then new artists Heart Evangelista, Danilo Barrios, Janus del Prado, Bernard Cardona, Angelene Aguilar, and Abigail Cruz.
And after almost a decade, Gimik 2010 was released, wherein some of the original cast (Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, Mylene Dizon, Bojo Molina, G Toengi, and Diether Ocampo) of Gimik got reunited and newest breed of teen actors were introduced, such as Jessy Mendiola, Albie Casiño,, Janeena Chan, Daniel Padilla, Julia Montes, and Marlann Flores.
Tabing Ilog (1999-2003)
This was probably one of the most famous teen drama series during the end of 90’s up until the early 2000’s because it was fervently followed by many Filipino teenagers during that time.
Some of the young artists who were part of Tabing Ilog were among our biggest stars today – John Lloyd Cruz, Kaye Abad, Paolo Contis, Desiree del Valle, Patrick Garcia, Paula Peralejo, Baron Geisler, and Jodi Sta. Maria. It was entitled such because the barkada usually hung out by the river to talk about their respective lives and everything under the sun.
Another hit youth-oriented series entitled “Berks” (the slang term for “ka-barkada,” or “ka-tropa”) ran from 2002-2004. Its stellar cast included some of the young artists who are now big names in the industry – Heart Evangelista, siblings John Prats and Camille Prats, ex-loveteam Angelica Panganiban and Carlo Aquino, Glaiza de Castro, Sarah Christophers, and Ketchup Eusebio, to name a few.
Directed by the late Wenn Deramas, this barkada serye that ran from 2003 to 2004, revolved around the story of Meg (Claudine Barretto) and her friends who took on different journeys and faced their struggles after graduating from college.
The Optimum Star was joined by Assunta de Rossi, Piolo Pascual, Diether Ocampo, Angelu de Leon, Onemig Bondoc, Bobbie Andrews, Carlos Agassi, Ciara Sotto, and the late Mico Palanca.
The title of this show was related to the significant place featured in the show itself, which was a restaurant called Buttercup, where their squad usually assemble.
Let's Go (2006-2007)
We see one of the Gonzaga sisters, Alex, as a host and funny vlogger of today’s generation. But way back in 2006, she actually had her debut in the barkada sitcom Let’s Go. The gang was comprised of teenagers who can be found in the usual peers in real life and with different personalities – a bully, a shy type, a boy-next-door, a sweet type, and a rich one. Directed by Edgar Mortiz, the story was situated in a college dormitory. Alex was joined by Badjie Mortiz, Bangs Garcia, Joem Bascon, Charee Pineda, Eda Nolan, Mikel Campos, and Janelle Quintana.
Gokada Go! (2007)
Directed by Eric Salud and Trina Dayrit, Gokada Go! revolved around the story of teenagers who were just about to enter college – meaning, it showed how the teenagers adjusting into becoming young adults as they met and socialized with other people. Some of the cast members of Let’s Go were also part of its cast, such as Alex Gonzaga, Eda Nolan, Joem Bascon, and Badjie Mortiz, with Kim Chiu, Gerald Anderson, Matteo Guidicelli, and Dianne Medina joining the pack.
Growing Up (2011-2012)
When you talk about a remarkable teen drama series of the millennials, you could be referring to Growing Up, which was topbilled by Kathryn Bernardo, Julia Montes, Diego Loyzaga, Kiray Celis, Daniel Padilla, and EJ Jallorina. After being rivals in Mara Clara, Julia and Kathryn played characters who were best friends. This show featured the challenges and problems that are usually faced by teenagers. Maricar Reyes also starred in this show as the barkada’s favorite teacher. And just a trivia: this show will always be a gem as it paved the way for the KathNiel tandem.
Good Vibes (2011)
Quite different from the aforementioned youth-oriented dramas, this is a teen dance musical series that starred artists who flourished in their careers, including Sam Concepcion, Enrique Gil, Arron Villaflor, and Coleen Garcia, and some of the ex-housemates of Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Clash 2010, such as James Reid, Yen Santos, Devon Seron, Ivan Dorschner, and Kazel Kinouchi
Good Vibes’ story mostly focused on the relationship of Troy (Enrique) and Marc (Sam) as half-brothers who did not know each other in the beginning, but also gave a bit of a backgrounder to the other characters.
Luv U (2012-2016)
This sitcom focused on teaching love and friendship lessons through the experiences of the of six teen students of Lamberto Uy Villarama University or LUV U. A lot of teens definitely got to relate as the characters learned and experienced how it was like to fall in love and to be hurt as well because of young love. The first season featured former Goin' Bulilit kids Miles Ocampo, Kiray Celis, CJ Navato and Igi Boy Flores, along with Rhap Salazar, Angeli Gonzales, and then-newbie teen actor Marco Gumabao.
Sharlene San Pedro, Sophia Baars, Alexa Ilacad, Nash Aguas, Kobi Vidanes, Mika Dela Cruz, and Jairus Aquino, became part its second season.
Premiering on October 26, another remarkable Kapamilya series is surely going to touch our hearts as it will show an inspiring and heartwarming story about family, friendships, and relationships as well. Don’t miss the newest drama series Bagong Umaga which you can watch via Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live and A2Z Channel 11.