Home Along Da Riles
|Home Along Da Riles|
|Created by||ABS-CBN Entertainment Dept.|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|No. of episodes||n/a (List of episodes)|
|Running time||1 hour and 30 minutes|
|Picture format||480i SDTV|
|Original run||December 9, 1992 – August 10, 2003|
|Followed by||Home Along da Airport|
Home Along Da Riles (English: "Home Along the Railway [tracks]") was a Philippine situational comedy series that aired on the Philippine network ABS-CBN from 1992 to 2003. The title started out as a play on the feature film Home Alone and with the main character's first name taken as a direct copy from the film's main protagonist.
The show depicts the lives of a poor Filipino family, the Kosmes, living alongside the railroad tracks. The main character, Kevin Kosme, strives to raise his four children on his meager earnings. Despite their situation, the family remains tight-knit and keeps a very positive outlook on life. As a running gag in the show, their house shakes violently when a train passes by.
- Dolphy† as Kevin Kósme - A messenger/janitor in a placement agency who hopes to be sent overseas someday as a cook. He is a hard working, helpful, friendly, kind, widower with five children.
- Nova Villa as Corazón "Aling Ason" Madamba - Kevin's love interest who is working in the real estate industry. Over the course of the series, it is revealed that Kevin and Ason were once lovers who hoped to get married someday, but Kevin eloped with her twin sister Asuncion (also known as Sion) and married her instead. Despite their past, Ason spares no opportunity to proclaim her love for Kevin and also looks after his children.
- Babalu† (1992–1998) as Richy - One of Aling Asón's two half-brothers, Richy is greedy and determined to claim the land where Asón and Kevin live, insisting on his rights to the property. He makes a living as a pedicab driver claiming that it belongs to him.
- Carding Castro† (1998-2003) as Elvis - The second of Aling Asón's two half-brothers, Elvis is just as greedy as Richy and owns Richy's pedicab. He replaced the character Richy after Babalu's death in 1998.
- Smokey Manaloto as Bill Kósme - The eldest of Kevin's four biological children, Bill is a working student in college, taking up commerce. He is depicted in the series as a handsome man with a long string of failed courtships.
- Gio Alvarez as Bob Kósme - The second in the Kosme brood, Bob is a mass communication freshman in college, who also plans to work in a band to augment the family's income. However, he and his friends always get into trouble.
- Claudine Barretto as Bing Kósme - Kevin's only daughter, Bing is a pretty and smart high school senior who attracts many suitors. She moved out of the house upon entering college and went to the US with the help of paternal aunt Matilda Kósme (Celia Rodriguez). The latter was a plot hook inserted as Barretto left the show from 1997 to 1999 due to other showbiz commitments.
- Vandolph as Baldomero "Baldo" Kósme - Kevin's youngest son, Baldo loves to play and eat, and is spoiled by Aling Asón - despite getting low grades in school.
- Boy2 Quizon as Estóng Kósme - Kevin's only adopted child, Estong is the son of Asón's laundrywoman who died and passed down to Kevin the responsibility of taking care of him.
- Paula Peralejo as Bessie Kósme - One of Kevin's two nieces, Bessie was introduced to the show during Bing's temporary absence as a young teenager studying in Manila.
- Nikki Valdez as Becky Kósme - The second of Kevin's two nieces.
- Maybelyn dela Cruz as Maybe Madamba - Aling Ason's adopted daughter who is also Baldo and Estong's playmate.
- Aurora Halili as Lorie Kósme - Bob Kosme's wife.
- Ces Quesada as Bridge - Bob's mother-in-law.
- Rica Peralejo as Trisha - Bil Kosme's long-time girlfriend.
- Cita Astals as Hilary Lagdaméo - Kevin's boss at the Lagdameo Placement Agency, Hilary is very understanding of him.
- Bernardo Bernardo as Steve Cárpio - An assistant at the Lagdameo Placement Agency, Steve is also Hilary's cousin and enjoys putting Mang Kevin down.
- Dang Cruz as Roxanne - Aling Asón's househelp, Roxanne, she provides comic relief on the show.
- Tommy Angeles† as Mang Tomas - Owner of a sari-sari store right outside the Kósme residence, and one of Kevin's closest friends.
Star Cinema made two movies in junction to the series: Home Along Da Riles (1993) and Home Along Da Riles Part 2 (1997)
The first movie goes deeper into Kevin's history revealing he was an all-star chef at a hotel but was fired after the kitchen exploded. The second movie follows Kevin and his family after he inherits a family estate.
Home Along Da Airport
The show was retitled as Home Along da Airport in 2003. In the sequel, Kevin and his family, along with Ason, leave their home after Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Bayani Fernando announces that their property is now covered in a railway rehabilitation project. Despite the promise of a resettlement property, Ason invites the Kosmes to live with her in a house near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. As they settle in their new neighborhood, Kevin gets a new job in a local TV station as a maintenance man, while Ason sells her remaining properties to start a meat shop business. The show's running gag is recycled as noise from airplanes taking off, as well as their daily interactions with their new neighbors, most of whom hold jobs in the nearby airport.
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