Katorse (International title: Fourteen) is a television primetime series that aired on ABS-CBN from August 24, 2009 to January 8, 2010, replacing Boys Over Flowers. It tells the story of a simple small-town girl who fell in love with a childhood friend who later fathers a child with her. It is loosely based on a 1980 film of the same name courtesy of Regal Films starring Dina Bonnevie, Gabby Concepcion and Alfie Anido.

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Created by
Based onKatorse
by Joey Gosiengfiao
Developed by
  • Roldeo T. Endrinal
  • Julie Anne R. Benitez
Written by
  • Noreen Capili
  • Ruby Leah Castro
  • Philip King
  • Siegfred Sanchez
  • Mariami Tanangco-Domingo
Directed byMalu L. Sevilla
Opening theme"Tamis ng Unang Halik" by Juris Fernandez
ComposerTina Paner
Country of originPhilippines
Original languageFilipino
No. of episodes100
Executive producers
  • Jennifer Soliman-Bolilan
  • Darnel Joy R. Villaflor
Running time30-45 minutes
Production companyDreamscape Entertainment Television
Original networkABS-CBN
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseAugust 24, 2009 (2009-08-24) –
January 8, 2010 (2010-01-08)
Preceded byBoys Over Flowers
Followed byTanging Yaman
Related showsAngelito: Batang Ama (2012)
Bagito (2014)
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The show stars 2005 Star Circle Grand Questor Erich Gonzales as teenage mom, Nene. This is Gonzales' first starring role in a primetime program. The series showcases showbiz newbies Ejay Falcon and Xian Lim in their first starring role in a primetime series. ABS-CBN picked the cast because they believe that primetime television needs to have new faces, to make it look fresh and better than the usual actors.[2]

In early July 2009, ABS-CBN released the program's trailer, which revealed the cast of Katorse to include veteran actors Malou de Guzman (as Nene's mother) and Cherie Gil as Gabby's mother, where she plays a less villainous role. Cherie Gil and Erich Gonzales had worked together in Pieta. Gil saw a lot of potential with Erich and believes that she will go far in the showbiz industry.

Sometime in August 2009, the management added Enchong Dee as an additional main cast.[3]

1968 filmEdit

The original Katorse starred 18-year-old Mercedes Galvez, which launched her to stardom in the late 1960s, and featured Antonio Gomez as Gabby and the late Roldan Cruz as Albert. Katorse is known for its sexy trademark “magic kamison” (magic chemise) donned by the young lead actress while out for a swim. Although there are only two male characters in the 1968 film, ABS-CBN management added a third character, played by Enchong Dee, in the television series. The film was remade in 1980 starring Dina Bonnevie.

Story and developmentEdit


Nene is an ordinary small-town girl whose once-happy childhood turns fatally tragic as she and her childhood friend Gabby supposedly fell in love, thus causing her teenage pregnancy when they have sexual intercourse. Nene also discovers many troubles involving her family.[2]

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The program's theme song, especially for Gabby and Nene, is "Tamis ng Unang Halik" ("Sweetness of First Kiss") sung by Juris of MYMP originally done by Kristina Paner. The song "My Love is Here" sung by Erik Santos is also featured in the show as a theme for Jojo and Nene.


The show was originally scheduled to air in early June 8, 2009, but was postponed as the producers reported having encountered shooting problems because of the weather. Because of this, the management have decided to replace Katorse's timeslot with The Wedding, a romantic-comedy series starring Anne Curtis, Derek Ramsay and Zanjoe Marudo.[4]

Teenage pregnancy issueEdit

MTRCB has shown concerns due to the show's main theme: teenage pregnancy. They claim that this matter is to be taken seriously and can easily influence viewers. They also referred to The Wedding, another program by ABS-CBN in which the character of Hiyasmin Neri have become pregnant at a young age. MTRCB proclaim that these shows are making teenage pregnancy a stereotype on everyday lives. Although frowned upon, MTRCB have decided that they will take a closer look on these shows.

International releaseEdit

Country/Region Network(s) Series premiere Series Title in Country
  Malaysia Astro Prima April 26, 2010 Fourteen
  Singapore Channel 5 December 7, 2010

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