Kapamilya Snaps:  Grandiose, well-crafted Filipino adaptations of famed foreign dramas

With the many series people can watch in different platforms, ABS-CBN has made it a point to offer special adaptations of these famed dramas to make them more relatable to the Filipino viewers.

In this episode of Kapamilya Snaps, we take a look at these teleseryes that the Kapamilya network exclusive adapted from foreign dramas.

I Love Betta La Fea is based on a Colombian telenovela that had several versions around the world. In the Philippines, ABS-CBN produced the Filipino adaptation of the drama starring Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz in 2008.  In 2015, another Colombian TV series was remade into a Filipino drama—Pasion de Amor, which starred Jake Cuenca, Arci Muñoz, Ejay Falcon, Ellen Adarna, Joseph Marco, and Coleen Garcia.

Meanwhile, a Chilean drama “Dónde está Elisa?” was also turned into a teleserye, Nasaan Ka Elisa in 2011 that topbilled Melissa Ricks as the titular character who disappeared without a trace. Meanwhile, a Mexican TV show Rubi became the iconic bida-kontrabida Kapamilya teleserye that starred Angelica Panganiban. Another Mexican drama Maria La del Barrio that starred Thalia got a Filipino adaptation with Erich Gonzales in the lead.

Thalia dramas were truly Filipino favorites as another of her hit telenovelas had a Filipino version, Maria Mercedes, which had Jessy Mendiola portraying the titular character, with Jake Cuenca and Jason Abalos as her leading men.

It didn’t take long before Korean dramas captured the Filipino viewers hearts, and ABS-CBN had been in the forefront of adapting these well-loved dramas into a local setting. First was the romantic dramedy My Girl, which starred Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson in 2008, then there was Only You, which had an ensemble cast of Angel Locsin, Sam Milby, and Diether Ocampo. Part of this adaptation was actually shot in South Korea.

Then there was the big Korean drama hit Lovers in Paris that got the Filipino treatment in 2009 with Piolo Pascual and KC Concepcion lighting up the screens. The original series was actually the first Korean drama that landed a Primetime Bida slot.

Green Rose was another Filipino adaptation of a Korean drama of the same name that starred Anne Curtis and Jericho Rosales with scenes likewise shot in South Korea. Pure Love was a Filipino teleserye based on the 2011 Korean drama “49 Days” that had Alex Gonzaga and Yen Santos in the lead roles.

Finally, there’s Two Wives in 2014, which was adapted from a Korean drama of the same name, that became a hit series that starred Erich Gonzales, Jason Abalos, and Kaye Abad.

Among these many stellar, well-crafted Filipino adaptations of foreign dramas, which is the one closest to your heart?