Baker King (Philippine TV series)

Baker King is a Philippine drama television series based on South Korean series King of Baking, Kim Takgu (also known the Philippines as The Baker King) starring Mark Neumann, Shaira Mae, Akihiro Blanco, and Inah Estrada. The series premiered on TV5 on 18 May 2015.[1]

Baker King
Based onKing of Baking, Kim Takgu
by Kang Eun-kyung
Directed byMac Alejandre
  • Mark Neumann
  • Shaira Mae
  • Akihiro Blanco
  • Inah Estrada
Opening theme"That Person" by Lee Seung-chul
Country of originPhilippines
Original languageFilipino
No. of episodes85
Executive producerWilma Galvante
Running time30 minutes
Original networkTV5
Picture format480i NTSC
Original release18 May (2015-05-18) –
11 September 2015 (2015-09-11)
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It is the first Korean drama adaptation to air on TV5. This is also TV5's first dramaserye since Beki Boxer ended its run July 2014 aside from Wattpad Presents which features a new story every week.


Takgu is the illegitimate son of Johnny Lee, president of Lee Han Seong Bread Factory. Because of this, the Lee family does not accept him. After his mother is kidnapped, Takgu leaves the Lee home and spends his teenage years looking for her while living on the streets and surviving though odd jobs. He ends up at the famous Lucky Bakeshop where he will unexpectedly face off against his half-brother, Michael. But in addition to learning how to become the best baker in the Philippines, Takgu will learn about life and love.


Main castEdit

  • Mark Neumann as Takgu San Miguel
  • Akihiro Blanco as Michael Lee
  • Inah Estrada as Eunice Bustillo
  • Shaira Mae as Sunshine Robles Gatchalian

Supporting castEdit

Lee familyEdit

The bakeryEdit

  • Joonee Gamboa as Master Javier Robles
  • Allan Paule as Rey Gatchalian
  • Anna Feleo as Peeta Gatchalian
  • Ian De Leon as Victor
  • Mon Confiado as Nando
  • Sergio Garcia as Tiny
  • Adolph Reyes as Bimbo

Other charactersEdit

  • Diana Zubiri as Sonia San Miguel
  • Via Antonio as Candice, Irene's best friend
  • Vangie Labalan as Vising
  • Patricia Ysmael as Monet
  • Antoinette Garcia as Chinggay

Special participationEdit

  • Nourish Icon Lapuz as young Takgu
  • Laurence Yuan Carrido as young Michael
  • John Manalo as teenage Michael
  • Kryshee Grengia as young Ally
  • Jim Pebangco as Gardo
  • Nanding Josef as Roger Buen
  • Jade Lopez as Lara
  • Sheng Belmonte as Ruby
  • Luke Jickain as James
  • Jacob Benedicto as Alex
  • Menggie Cobarrubias as Attorney Mendoza
  • Karla Pambid as Aling Dolor
  • Noel Urbano as Mang Cesar
  • Franchesca Salcedo as young Celine



King of Baking, Kim Takgu is a Korean drama series broadcast on KBS2 in 2010 starring Yoon Shi-yoon, Joo Won, Eugene and Lee Young-ah. It was declared a "national drama" after garnering high ratings, including topping 50.0% for its finale episode.

In 2011, GMA Network aired the series, dubbed in Tagalog, under the title The Baker King. For most of its run, it was the highest rated and most watched show in the Philippines.[2] GMA re-aired the drama on weekends in late-2011 and into 2012.


At its December 2013 trade launch to potential advertisers, TV5 announced it had acquired the Philippine adaptation rights to the drama. Baker King was revealed as one of two Korean drama adaptations (along with My Fair Lady) to air on the network in 2014.[3]

TV5 talent Vin Abrenica was initially reported to have either been cast as the lead or second lead on the series.[4] But in March 2014, a story published in the Journal group of daily tabloids reported that TV5 was interested in "borrowing" GMA talent Derrick Monasterio for Baker King in which he would star with TV5 talents Ritz Azul and Eula Caballero.[5]

There would be no news about the project until April 2015 when TV5 announced Baker King would premiere on 18 May with a cast including Boots Anson-Roa, Akihiro Blanco, Shaira Mae, and Inah Estrada.[6] Mark Neumann was cast in the title role, contrary to what had been reported. Abrenica admitted to being "hurt" after learning he had not been cast on the series.[7]

TV5 entertainment head Wilma Galvante said the Filipino adaptation would include Filipino "local flavor" based on the book Panaderia by Amy Uy which is a study of various local breads from different parts of the Philippines.[8]

The series uses several songs from the original Korean soundtrack of Baker King Kim Tak Goo as well as one original Filipino song performed and composed by Ogie Alcasid entitled "Saranghaeyo."


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  2. ^ GMA News (29 April 2011). "Top-rating Koreanovela, 'The Baker King' bids goodbye". GMA News. Retrieved 9 June 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Crispina Martinez-Belen (4 January 2014). "TV5 dares to be different with its programs this 2014". Manila Bulletin. Archived from the original on 9 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Nitz Miralles (5 December 2013). "Vin Abrenica hindi ginawang bida sa remake ng koreanovela ng TV5". Pilipino Star Ngayon. Retrieved 9 June 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Journal Online (1 March 2014). "DERRICK, GUSTONG HIRAMIN NG TV5 SA GMA7". Journal Online. Archived from the original on 9 June 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ James Patrick Anarcon (27 April 2015). "Mark Neumann and Shaira Mae to topbill Philippine adaptation of The Baker King". PEP. Retrieved 9 June 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Rommel Gonales (22 May 2015). "Vin Abrenica admits crying over The Baker King role that went to Mark Neumann". PEP. Retrieved 9 June 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Mario Bautista (29 April 2015). "Derek signs new contract for TV5, but makes movies at Star Cinema". Journal Online. Archived from the original on 9 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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