Believe it or not, it’s been exactly 20 years since we first met the eight teenagers who accompanied us in our lazy Sunday afternoon siesta. Tabing Ilog followed the story of best friends Anne de Guzman (Paula Peralejo), James Collantes (Patrick Garcia), Corrine Ledesma (Desiree del Valle), Badong Magtibay (Paolo Contis), George Fuentebella (Jodi Sta. Maria), Fonzy Ledesma (Baron Geisler), Eds Delos Santos (Kaye Abad), and Rovic Mercado (John Lloyd Cruz), and how their friendship helped each one of them to conquer the challenges of adolescence.
PHOTOS: Major Throwback: The cast of Tabing Ilog in 22 photos
The weekly series didn’t only amuse and thrill the viewers with their adventures and the romances sparked among them, but it also opened the eyes of everyone regarding the prevalent issues confronted by the teenagers during that era. Tabing Ilog tackled how the personal angst and problems of young people take a toll not only to themselves, but also to their relationships with their families, with one another, with their other friends, and with the other people they encountered along the way.
It is quite thrilling to note that there are several things we didn’t know about Tabing Ilog, which cast member Kaye Abad told us in this fun video.
And there are eight of them:
1) That famous dock with a tire swing where the characters hung out wasn’t originally there
In the video, Kaye tells us that the dock was only constructed and setup for the show, but has since been there as a “tourist attraction.” She also added boaters use it to stamp their feet to push their vessels forward against the opposite tide in the river.
2) The house of Eds was so tiny.
Kaye revealed that the house of her character Eds was so miniscule that they were only to able to shoot scenes in the kitchen.
“Di n’yo napapansin ‘pag may eksena ako, laging kusina ang eksena ko. Kasi ‘yung kusina ang pinakamalaking area doon na may dalawang camera ang setup,” she said.
3) Barbie Almabis sang the show’s theme song.
We only hear that scintillating song to accompany those dramatic and kilig scenes, but not many knew that Barbie Almabis and her band Barbie’s Cradle sang the theme song, “Tabing Ilog.”
And Kaye actually was delighted to learn that Barbie continues to include the song in her setlists in her present concerts, and one shocking fact.
“Minemessage ko siya, kinakanta mo pa rin pala, sabi niya yes, you will always be my favorite in Tabing Ilog, wow,” she disclosed.
4) Shooting was done in Pagsanjan, Laguna
Those subtle yet majestic scenery perfect for the story was actually shot, week after week, in this pristine tourist attraction, Kaye said.
5) Tabing Ilog has 244 episodes
Kaye said she actually counted the show’s episodes ever since.
6) Tabing Ilog lasted for four and a half years
Unbeknownst to many, Tabing Ilog is actually one of the longest dramas on ABS-CBN, lasting for four and half years.
“We started 1999 ng March hanggang 2003 ng October,” Kaye said.
7) Eds didn’t change her pants
While we were so engrossed with her scenes, Kaye divulges a somewhat surprising fact: her character Eds had not changed her pants during a stretch of their taping days.
Kaye explains: “Kasi maliit ang bahay ni Eds so kung magpapalit…change costume sa mga eksena. Sabi ko, ‘pantaas na lang Ate para mabilis.’”
However, she was informed that many viewers had noticed it.
“Sinabihan ako ng EP (executive producer) ko na ‘Kaye, marami na nakakapansin, si Eds ‘di raw nagpapalit ng pantalon.’ Sinabi ko, ‘‘Di ba mahirap lang naman si Eds, walang pambili ng pantalon,’” she retorted.
But since then, she said, they had given her “alternate” pants to wear.
8) Tabing Ilog is now available on iWant
Yes, you can all turn back time and binge watch all those iconic scenes that have remained in your mind for years: Tabing Ilog, 20 years after, now streaming on iWant!
Are you excited as us to reminisce moments and relive the feels Tabing Ilog had brought two decades ago? Watch this classic series all over again, now streaming on iWant!
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