Anna Luna is an afternoon Philippine soap opera which aired on ABS-CBN from November 27, 1989 to September 30, 1994. The series was the longest Philippine drama series on ABS-CBN until 2022 when FPJ's Ang Probinsyano surpassed it. Anna Luna was transferred to RPN from October 3, 1994 to September 29, 1995. Anna Luna made a comeback during the glory days of Philippine drama and became a contemporary for some other series like Mara Clara, Agila and Valiente.

Anna Luna
Soap opera
Created byZenaida O. Soriano
Written bySalvador M. Royales[1]
StarringMargarita Fuentes
Ricky Belmonte
Melissa Mendez
Country of originPhilippines
Original languageFilipino
Running time25–30 minutes
Original release
NetworkABS-CBN (1989–1994)
RPN (1994–1995)
ReleaseNovember 27, 1989 (1989-11-27) –
September 29, 1995 (1995-09-29)
Anna Liza

Plot edit

Separated from her mother after an accident at sea, Anna Luna is forced to live in the city with her estranged grandmother, Doña Martina Dominguez.

Anna Luna is unwanted in the Dominguez mansion. To the old woman, she is a constant reminder of her daughter's disobedience by marrying a poor man. To a greedy aunt and an irksome cousin, she is a threat to the inheritance.[2]

Cast and characters edit

Main cast edit

  • Margarita Fuentes as Anna Luna D. Tecson / Anna Luna D. Corpuz
  • Ricky Belmonte as Arnulfo Corpuz
  • Melissa Mendez as Emily Dominguez-Tecson / Pilar

Supporting cast edit

  • Suzanne Gonzales as Elvira Dominguez
  • Charmi Benavidez as Claire Corpuz
  • Joanne Miller as Eunice Corpuz
  • Wilma Dela Rosa as Aleli Corpuz
  • Em-em Mabanglo as Macy
  • Lorraine Schuck as Sister Lourdes Dominguez
  • Dennis Baltazar as Erwin Dominguez
  • Hugo Linsangan as Joey
  • Victor Neri as Edmond
  • Gloria "Mona Lisa" Yatco as Doña Martina Dominguez
  • Metring David as Cita
  • Vangie Labalan as Tarsing
  • Ronnie Lazaro as Pinong
  • Errol Dionisio
  • Sylvia Sanchez
  • Tita de Villa
  • Jessa Zaragoza
  • Beverly Vergel
  • Perla Bautista

Production edit

Judy Ann Santos was the first offered to play the titular role but she was chosen to portray the main role of soap opera Ula, Ang Batang Gubat. The production later conducted an audition and chose Margarita Fuentes to portray Anna Luna.

Timeslot edit

Anna Luna aired on ABS-CBN from November 27, 1989 to September 30, 1994, from 2:00 pm until 2:30 pm. Then it aired on RPN from October 3, 1994 to September 29, 1995

Controversy edit

In 1994, Jose Mari Gonzales, the president of RPN at that time, was accused by ABS-CBN of copyright infringement on this soap opera. He believed that Anna Luna was the intellectual property of Zenaida O. Soriano, the wife of Anna Liza director Gil Soriano. Gonzales also believed that ABS-CBN only acquired Soriano to line-produce the series and that the network attempted to buy its airing rights but the production company behind Anna Luna refused which led to its removal. However, RPN continued to air Anna Luna, with a new title Hanggang Kailan, Anna Luna?: Ikalawang Aklat (English title: Anna Luna, Until when?: Second Book) to become part of the network's relaunch on October 3, 1994. The series ended on September 29, 1995, after a year of broadcast on RPN, and almost 6 years on the air.

Award edit

  • PMPC Star Awards for TV's Best New TV Personality (1990) – Margarita Fuentes

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Salvador M. Royales". Hanggang sa Muli. Cultural Center of the Philippines. Retrieved 13 November 2022.
  2. ^ "Shows on TFC". Archived from the original on 16 June 1997. Retrieved 12 January 2022.

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