Anna Luna is an afternoon Philippine soap opera which aired on ABS-CBN from November 27, 1989 to September 30, 1994, is the longest Philippine drama series on ABS-CBN until 2021 when FPJ's Ang Probinsyano surpassed it. It aired on RPN from October 3, 1994 to September 29, 1995. This drama series 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
GenreDrama
Soap opera
Created byZenaida O. Soriano
StarringMargarita Fuentes
Ricky Belmonte
Melissa Mendez
Country of originPhilippines
Original languageTagalog
Production
Running time25–30 minutes
Release
Original networkABS-CBN (1989–1994)
RPN (1994–1995)
Original releaseNovember 27, 1989 (1989-11-27) –
September 29, 1995 (1995-09-29)
Chronology
Related showsAnna Liza

BackgroundEdit

Anna Luna is one of the blocktime programs of ABS-CBN from 1989-1994. The said network have attempted to buy its airing rights but its production company refused that which leads to its removal from that network.

PlotEdit

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.[1]

Cast and charactersEdit

Main castEdit

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

Supporting castEdit

ProductionEdit

Judy Ann Santos was 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.

TimeslotEdit

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

ControversyEdit

In 1994, Jose Mari Gonzales, the president of RPN by that time was accused by ABS-CBN of copyright infringement on this soap opera. He believed that "Anna Luna" was an intellectual property of Zenaida O. Soriano, wife of director Gil Soriano, who directed Anna Liza, aired on GMA Network. He also believed that ABS-CBN only acquired Soriano to line produce the soap. 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 of almost 6 years on the air.[citation needed]

RemakeEdit

A remake of the series that will be air on Kapamilya Channel and A2Z on 2022 and the cast and crews are not confirmed.

AwardEdit

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Shows on TFC". www.abs-cbn.com. Archived from the original on 16 June 1997. Retrieved 12 January 2022.

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