While we love the twists and turns of a good show, we also develop a fondness for the characters of a story and their relationships with each other. We find ourselves connecting to friendships that grow on-screen because it reminds us of our own real-life bonds.
Kapamilyas around the world know this all too well because there are tons of shows that forged the true essence of a “barkada.” Watch this Kapamilya Snaps episode to know all about them!
He’s Into Her (2021)
The newest barkada that the current generation can definitely relate to study at Benison International School on the series He’s Into Her. While the main characters Deib (Donny Pangilinan) and Maxpein (Belle Mariano) don’t exactly get along at first, the story shows us how the lives of the two intertwine. Along with friends played by Vivoree Esclito, Jeremiah Lisbo, Kaori Oinuma, Rhys Eugenio, Joao Constancia, Criza Taa, Ashley del Mundo and Gello Marquez, Donny and Belle make He’s Into Her a story filled with lessons of love and friendship for teens and students.
Tabing Ilog (1999)
Do you and your friends have that usual hangout spot? The young folks at Tabing Ilog surely made their place by the river a memorable place. Each episode, we got to know more about the characters played by John Lloyd Cruz, Jodi Sta. Maria, Kaye Abad, Patrick Garcia, Paula Peralejo, Paolo Contis, Desiree del Valle, and Baron Geisler. Their bonding also reminded us of all the good times we spent outside with friends.
Time and again, the Gimik and its spin-offs inspire the most solid friendship, but the original one released in 1996 has a special place in our hearts. Seeing Judy Ann Santos, Rico Yan, Patrick Garcia, and Marvin Agustin in their young and up and coming years gives off such a nostalgic vibe until now.
The iconic slang term for “ka-barkada” was definitely made popular by the Berks cast composed of Angelica Panganiban, Carlo Aquino, John Prats, Ketchup Eusebio, and Heart Evangelista. Anyone that would watch the show felt that they were part of the group as the characters navigated through life and love the same way we would.
Growing Up (2011)
It’s hard to forget the amazing bond between the characters of Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Julia Montes, Diego Loyzaga, Kiray Celis, and EJ Jallorina in Growing Up. As young teens still figuring out their lives, it was heartwarming to see how they tackled challenges thrown at them such as showing support for their favorite teacher that was battling cancer,
Good Vibes (2011)
Some groups of friends are formed because of a mutual passion. Good Vibes showcased how brothers Marc (Sam Concepcion) and Troy (Enrique Gil) were brought closer through their love of dance. They work through their issues together with their dance crew turned best friends portrayed by Coleen Garcia, James Reid, Yen Santos, Arron Villaflor.
Luv U (2012)
Luv U a.k.a. Lamberto Uy Villarama University was the place where Goin’ Bulilit alumni Nash Aguas, Miles Ocampo, Sharlene San Pedro, Kiray Celis, and Igi Boy Flores were brought together again, but this time around to give laughter with fun-filled university stories. Like most of us, being in university was a jam-pack of experiences, personalities, and memories. The Luv U cast made sure to deliver those relatable stories with each of their unique characters.
Bagong Umaga (2020)
Life isn’t always fun, even if you’re young. The family drama teleserye Bagong Umaga taught us this as we witnessed the characters of Heaven Peralejo, Kiko Estrada, Barbie Imperial, Michelle Vito, Yves Flores, and Tony Labrusca work through family issues and the hardships of their circumstances together. No matter what struggles were thrown at them, their powerful friendship is what kept them going and inspired the likes of us to find strength in our bonds with others.
Sino Ang Maysala? Mea Culpa (2019)
Trust and loyalty are foundations of a friendship, and this was ultimately tested in Sino Ang Maysala? Mea Culpa. The characters of Bella Padilla, Tony Labrusca, Ketchup Eusebio, Kit Thompson, Ivana Alawi, and Sandino Martin showed the lengths that each of them would go to to protect each other and keep the accident they encountered a secret.
In Bagani, the characters of Liza Soberano, Enrique Gil, Matteo Guidicelli, Makisig Morales, Sofia Andres and Zaijian Jaranilla were a powerful and heroic bunch. Joined together by their common mission to save the world of Sansinukob, they all had to work together and make great sacrifices.
FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano (2015)
While countless people have come and gone from Task Force Agila in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, the bond among the team is unbreakable. Led by the characters of Coco Martin, John Prats, Michael de Mesa, Marc Solis, John Medina, CJ Ramos, and more, it seems that nothing could stop them from bringing justice to the world. Their diverse group also goes to show that even if people come from different backgrounds or past, they can still become friends.
Which of these barkadas can you relate to the most?