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Ilustrado (lit. Illustrated) is a 2014 Philippine television drama historical period series broadcast by GMA Network. Directed by King Mark Baco, it stars Alden Richards as José Rizal.[1] Tagged as the first BayaniSerye, it is the first primetime drama series under GMA News and Public Affairs. It premiered on October 20, 2014 on the network's Telebabad line up replacing My Destiny and worldwide on GMA Pinoy TV. The show concluded on November 14, 2014 with a total of 20 episodes. It was replaced by More Than Words in its timeslot.

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Title card
Genre Historical period drama
Directed by King Mark Baco
Starring Alden Richards
Theme music composer
Ending theme "Para sa Bayan" by Gloc-9 and Lirah Bermundez
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Tagalog
No. of episodes 20
Executive producer(s) Jayson Bernard Santos
Production location(s) Philippines
Cinematography Norberto "Nor" Domingo
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 22-29 minutes
Production company(s) GMA News and Public Affairs
Original network GMA Network
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release October 20 (2014-10-20) – November 14, 2014 (2014-11-14)
External links

The series is streaming online on HOOQ and YouTube.[2][3]



José Rizal needed to leave his family to fulfill his studies and career abroad, while also suffering from homesickness, and enduring a long-distance relationship with the woman he loved. He comes back home and uses the knowledge and skills he learned abroad to help improve the lives of his family and countrymen.[4]

Cast and charactersEdit

Alden Richards portrays José Rizal.
Kylie Padilla portrays Leonor Rivera.
Eula Valdez portrays Teodora Mercado.
Jaclyn Jose portrays Conchita Monteverde.
Main cast
Supporting cast
Guest cast


According to AGB Nielsen Philippines' Mega Manila television ratings, the pilot episode of Ilustrado earned a 17.4% rating, which is the series' highest rating.[8] While the final episode scored a 16.4% rating.[9]

Home media releaseEdit

On March 2016, limited edition DVDs of Ilustrado was released by GMA Records Home Video.[10]


Year Awards Category Recipient Result Ref.
2015 PromaxBDA Global Excellence Awards Best Art Direction/Design: Program Open/Titles Ilustrado Finalist [11]
2015 US International Film and Video Festival Documentary: Craft/Production Techniques: Cinematography Certificate [12]
2015 NAMIC Excellence in Multicultural Marketing Awards (EMMA) Social Media (third place) Ilustrado World Premiere Tweet Up Promo Won [13][14]
37th Catholic Mass Media Awards Best Drama Series/Program Ilustrado Won [15]
29th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Drama Mini-series Won [16]
Best Drama Actor Alden Richards Won
Best Supporting Actress Eula Valdez Nominated
PromaxBDA Asia 2015 Best Program Opening Sequence (Silver Award) Ilustrado Won [17]
2016 New York Film Festivals Awards Entertainment Program Open & Titles Finalist [18]
Mini-Series Finalist


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  2. ^ "Ilustrado - A million stories for a billion people - HOOQ". Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  3. ^ "Ilustrado (Full Episodes) - YouTube". Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  4. ^ "Ilustrado". Retrieved March 28, 2018.
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  8. ^ Ching, Mark Angelo (October 27, 2014). "AGB Nielsen Mega Manila Household Ratings (October 20-23, 2014): Ikaw Lamang beats Hiram na Alaala; Two Wives outperforms Ilustrado". Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  9. ^ Ching, Mark Angelo (November 27, 2014). "AGB Nielsen Mega Manila Household Ratings (November 10-16, 2014): Pure Love finale defeats Coffee Prince; Ilustrado ending week loses to Two Wives". Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  10. ^ "GMA Records on Facebook". March 1, 2016. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
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  17. ^ Caligan, Michelle (December 5, 2015). "Opening sequence of 'Ilustrado' wins silver in PromaxBDA Asia 2015". Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  18. ^ "New York Festivals Awards - International TV Programs and Films 2016 Finalists". New York Films Festival.

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