Through the years, reading novels has been an integral part of life for many of us. It gives us amusement during times of boredom or waiting for long hours. Sometimes, it’s our way of setting off ourselves to slumber or veering ourselves away from the toxicity of our plight. Oftentimes, it serves as our source of inspiration and enlightenment when life takes a toll on us
However, not all of us are fans of reading long-form narratives. Thus, it’s great if the characters once only found on books came to life through flicks and teleseryes, just like ABS-CBN’s initiative eight years ago.
In May 2009, the network launched Precious Hearts Romances Presents, a weekday romantic series based on the best-selling pocketbooks published by Precious Pages Corporation that ran until April 2013.
And after five years, the well-loved program is coming back to the small screen through Araw Gabi, loosely based on Martha Cecilia’s El Paraiso and will be top-billed by JM de Guzman and Barbie Imperial. But before we get too excited to see the first book of its fourth season, let’s enumerate the significance and of the series we all terribly missed to watch!
Bringing popular romance novel characters to life
PHR Presents brings to life your enthralling characters from Precious Hearts Romances bestsellers. In its almost four years on air, we were able to meet the characters that put color and thrill to the enchanting tales penned by romance writers Martha Cecilla, Vanessa, and Rose Tan to name a few.
Collaboration between top-caliber and newbie artists
The series has been an effective avenue for the new breed of actors and actresses to work with the seasoned and veteran ones who they used to only see on TV and films.
Some of the distinguished and acclaimed celebrities we have today kicked-off their acting careers when they got cast in one or a few of its books. Up-and-rising stars that time, like Matteo Guidicelli, Guji Lorenzana, Jessy Mendiola, and JM de Guzman, and former reality show contestants, such as Pinoy Big Brother housemates Melai Cantiveros, Jason Francisco, Beatriz Saw, Sam Milby, and Zanjoe Marudo were able to make their names more illustrious by honing and showcasing their talent.
Within its four years on television, PHR Presents produced 13 shows under three seasons. Every book had its own way of grabbing the attention of the viewers and getting us hooked, but there’s certainly one or few that stood out and lingered in our hearts and minds.
Among the four books during its debut, it was the exciting love stories of eight men comprising the Bud Brothers that seem to enthrall the audiences the most. Impostor, Midnight Phantom, and Kristine were the series that dominated its sophomore season, while the Denise Laurel-starrer Pintada captured the most number of hearts in the third season.
Aside from its full-length narrations that typically took months to conclude, the Quikilig: Maiikling Kwento ng Pag-ibig was born, featuring special episodes, which ran only for two weeks. It was aired in 2010 for more than three months, from February 1 to May 14.
Consistent ratings success, industry recognition
Throughout its whole run, the program consistently ruled its timeslot by maintaining its high ratings and racking up positive reviews from the viewers and critics. Attesting to that were the citations and accolades given by various award-giving bodies, not to mention the International Emmy nomination received by Impostor, headlined by Maja Salvador and Melai Cantiveros.
Impact to the viewers
However, more than the praises and recognitions, what matters most for the creators of this highly successful show is how they were able to affect the audiences through the flow of the stories, portrayal of each cast member, and the moral lessons they could get along the way. After all, the narratives featured in PHR Presents do not only tackle romantic love, but love for family, friends, and self as well. Those also remind us not to easily lose hope towards life and romance, despite of the heartaches and negativities it caused, because we’ll surely find the joy and the right person we deserve.