ABS-CBN has never failed to move us and touch our hearts with its plethora of well-written, exceptional, and remarkable inspirational series—a tradition that continues in 2021, with the upcoming premiere of Dreamscape Entertainment’s Huwag Kang Mangamba on Monday, March 22.
In this Kapamilya Time List, let’s take a look back at inspirational teleseryes through the years featuring adorable and wonderful young lead cast members portraying characters that lifted our spirits with their remarkable journeys, wherein they conquered every challenge that came their way, to which everyone of us could completely relate with.
Mga Anghel Na Walang Langit (2005)
This drama series was famously known for the moving storyline and the impeccable acting prowess by then child stars who are now successful actors and actresses including Miles Ocampo, Sharlene San Pedro, and John Manalo. It was actually the adaptation of the 1970 film "Mga Anghel na Walang Langit'' produced and written by Fernando Poe Jr. under his alias “Ronwaldo Reyes.” The series featured the life story of one of the exploited street children who at their young age learned to survive amid harsh conditions in life.
May Bukas Pa (2009)
Parents back then would always want their kids to watch this iconic drama series led by the well-loved Santino, portrayed by Zaijian Jaranilla. He is the orphan boy who is able to talk to Jesus whom he calls ‘Bro’. It was considered the most fitting series for kids during that time because it features good traits and characteristics that every child should also possess. Santino was given the healing ability and he was also able to help people in his neighborhood with their problems.
The 2010 rom-com fantasy drama series was a huge project for then child actress Xyriel Manabat with her portrayal of the titular role Miley Buenavidez, more commonly known as Momay, who passed away too early but turned into a ghost and returned to the world 15 years after her death. She was able to protect her family through the help of her guidance. Other cast members included Lorna Tolentino, Maliksi Morales, Ejay Falcon, Glydel Mercado, and the late Tyron Perez to name a few.
100 Days To Heaven (2011)
Headlined by veteran actress Coney Reyes and Xyriel Manabat as the adult and young Anna Manalastas, this comedy-drama series first broadcast in 2011 follows the lead character’s quest for redemption after being killed in a car explosion.
As the gatekeeper of heaven (or Tagabantay) was already condemning her to hell because of how truly wicked she was while still alive, she bargained for a second chance which was bestowed to her. However, she had to live again and make amends with those whom she wronged as a child and for 100 days only. As she went on to complete her mission on earth, she bumped into Sophia Delgado (Jodi Sta. Maria) who agreed to take her in and to help her in exchange of a big amount of money.
Her second chance in life didn’t only reunite her with her estranged daughter, but also made her realize the real meaning of love, forgiveness, and sacrifice.
Just like May Bukas Pa, 100 Days To Heaven returned on air as well to temporarily replace Pamilya Ko on its timeslot.
The iconic remake of the original Anna Liza series led by late actress Julie Vega in 1980 was a big break for another then child actress Andrea Brillantes. She portrayed her first lead role, Annaliza, who was brought away from her wealthy biological parents Lazaro (Patrick Garcia) and Isabel (Denise Laurel). She was later on raised by fishport worker Guido (Zanjoe Marudo) who loved her like she was his real daughter. When she found out about her true identity, she was torn between choosing her biological parents and choosing Guido, who showed her selfless love ever since she was born.
Even though our noses don’t swell in real life whenever we lie, just like what happens to the titular character of this 2013 family drama impressively portrayed by then up-and-coming child actor Raikko Mateo, we should indeed strive to tell the truth at all times as what the series wanted to remind us. Aside from the honesty, it also taught us the value of unconditional love, sacrifice, and generosity through the people that surrounded Honesto.
Hawak Kamay (2014)
One of the most remarkable family drama series, Hawak Kamay inspired everyone with a love that transcends blood ties. It featured a story of a family whose children weren’t really biologically related to their parent figures. This narrative showed how Eugene "Gin" Agustin (Piolo Pascual) learned how to be a father to the three orphans that his sister adopted: Emong (Zaijan Jaranilla), Dara (Xyriel Manabat), and Ningning (Yesha Camile).
Dream Dad (2014)
Captivating us with the unlikely yet admirable love story between a bachelor relearning the simple joys in life and love and a young girl who seems to never run out of love and glee, this 2014 comedy drama proved that genuine love indeed knows no blood. Despite having no experience on being a parent, businessman Sebastian Javier (Zanjoe Marudo) was still able to become the “dream dad” the orphan Baby (Jana Agoncillo) had been yearning to have.
Although they didn’t have any biological relation, the two naturally grew fond of one another and helped each other in their own ways. Baste gave her a brand new life by not simply hiring her to be the face of their company’s flagship product, but being her foster dad as well. At the same time, Baby was able to help him mend his broken heart and gamble on love once again.
Restoring people’s faith in God and reminding everyone of their inner kindness – these were the missions that sent the young angel Nathaniel (Marco Masa) back to Earth, seven years after he died as a baby due to a vehicular accident he and his parents got involved in.
As he arrived in Bayan ng Laging Saklolo as an ordinary kid, he learned the value of having a family through the Bartolome family who adopted him. During his sojourn, he was able to help and touch the lives of some people, including his biological parents Rachel (Shaina Magdayao) and Paul (Gerald Anderson), and was also able to stop Tagasundo in his mission of swaying humanity from the path of good – completely defeating him in the end.
Walang Iwanan (2015)
Walang Iwanan was another well-loved family series which starred child stars Louise Abuel, Raikko Mateo, Micko Laurente, John Michael and Karla Cruz. This featured how Jose Bautista (Louise Abuel) learned about his true identity and reunited with his family. He eventually met his siblings, Boy (Micko Laurente), Maribel (Karla Cruz), Crisencio (Jon Michael) and Michael (Raikko Mateo). However, it took a long while before they learned to accept and love Jose because of the uncomfortable situation at first.
Less than a year after her exceptional debut in Dream Dad, promising child star Jana Agoncillo delighted us with her exhilarating comeback in the 2015 daytime comedy-drama Ningning as the cheerful and witty titular character.
Ningning and her family indeed taught us a lot of significant morals to which we can really relate with. They attested how possible it is to still to have a happy and contented life despite not having much, as long as you have your beloved family by your side and you know how to appreciate the cheap thrills in life.
Aside from that, they also reminded us that all thing are indeed achievable through hope, perseverance, and the love and inspiration brought by family and friends, and that we should never lose the child in us so that we’re still able to have “an innocent perception full of beautiful relationships, second chances, forgiveness, and love.
Oh My G! (2015)
Not only the young people were indeed able to relate with the inspiring story of Sophie Cepeda, impressively played by Janella Salvador, as many of surely doubted or blamed God at some point in our lives. Her struggles came after both of her parents died, which made her condemn God until He, whom she addressed as “G”, showed up and spoke with her in different forms to guide and enlighten her on the obstacles she was facing.
Sophie’s story only proves that even though there were times that we can’t feel the presence of God in our lives, let’s keep in mind that He will never ever forsake us because it’s Him who genuinely loves us more than anyone else. We might have to confront a lot of challenges, but everything will turn out fine in the end.
Langit Lupa (2016)
Xia Vigor and Yesha Camile starrer Langit Lupa featured the friendship of Princess (Xia) and Esang (Yesha), whose mothers were also best of friends. Esang was the child of Dey (Alessandra de Rossi) and Joey (Jason Abalos), and Princess was the daughter of Lala (Yam Concepcion) and Ian (Patrick Garcia). Although she doesn’t come from a well-off family, Esang was very blessed to be part of a very loving family, while Princess was very fortunate to live with a wealthy family although she did not feel the love from them because of the lack of time for each other.
My Dear Heart (2017)
This 2017 primetime drama indeed taught us the value of sacrifice, unconditional love, and forgiveness. It narrates the stirring journey of Heart de Jesus (Nayomi “Heart” Ramos), a young girl with a rare heart condition who’s able to uncover the truth behind her real identity when she was able to create an unexpected bond with her estranged domineering grandmother – as a soul.
While her body was in comatose, her soul was able to navigate and even talked to her doctor Margaret Divinagracia (Coney Reyes), who turned out to be the mother of her biological mom Gia (Ria Atayde). Through her and her bestfriend Bingo’s (Enzo Pelojero) relentless efforts, they were able to help patch things up among her family.
The latest among this list, this kid serye is “a story about renewed hope, warmth of home, love for family, wishes that come true, and impeccable forgiveness.”
It followed the journey of the wandering boy Buboy (Enzo Pelojero) who discovered and befriended an unruly wishing star named Starla (Jana Agoncillo). Together, they were able to bring renewed hope to their town and save their townsfolk from those trying to displace them, as well as fixing the relationship of his foster parent Mang Greggy (Joel Torre) and his estranged daughter Tere (Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo).
It also reminded us that there’s definitely always room for second chances and, although it’s hard, we should always have a heart that’s willing to forgive and humble to ask for it in order for us to achieve a harmonious and peaceful life.
With these inspirational teleseryes , we certainly could find hope amid all the hardships and ordeals we encounter daily as they strengthen and renew our faith in God and in ourselves.