Magkaribal (International title: Rivals) is a 2010 Philippine drama television series starring Bea Alonzo and Gretchen Barretto. The series ran on ABS-CBN from June 28, 2010 to November 5, 2010.[1]

Magkaribal official title card
Created by
Written by
  • Jay Fernando
  • G3 San Diego
  • BJ Lingan
  • Christine Badillo Novicio
  • Genesis Rodriguez
Directed by
  • Nuel Crisostomo Naval
  • Mae Czarina Cruz-Alviar
Ending theme"Kapag Ako Ay Nagmahal" by Juris Fernandez
Composer(s)Larry Hermoso
Country of originPhilippines
Original language(s)
  • Filipino
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes94 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Lindsay Anne A. Dizon
Producer(s)Ellen Nicolas Criste
  • Dennis Salgado
  • Joy Buenaventura
Production company(s)Star Creatives
Original networkABS-CBN
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseJune 28 (2010-06-28) –
November 5, 2010 (2010-11-05)
Related showsTriunfo del amor
Pusong Ligaw
External links


Two sisters Anna and Angela are separated due to a tragedy caused by Their long family BackStory. Anna trained herself to be a perfect philippine model and fashion designer and changed her name into Victoria Valero. While Angela is adopted by a Couple and renamed her into Gelai Agustin. And it happened that both of them have the same ambition in fashion. So they cross paths in the fashion agency without knowing that they are sisters and greedily ended up as Rivals not just in career but also in love. While the woman in the past who is a Famous model - Fashion designer and also the tree of their family's destruction, She is Vera Cruz. And now she is ready to keep the two women fighting and destroy Victoria's image to Gelai to avoid their closure and in also to stop them helping against her to dethrone her.But what if the two eventually find out the truth? Can they heal the wounds out of their rivalry?

Cast and charactersEdit

Main castEdit

Bea Alonzo portrays Gelai Agustin / Angela Abella
Angel Aquino portrays Vera Cruz-Abella
Enchong Dee portrays Caloy Javier.
Derek Ramsay, portrays, Louie Villamor

Supporting castEdit

Special participationEdit



The show is set the fashion world and includes costuming and cameo appearances by local designers.[2] According to several executives behind the show's production, the series was originally planned to stage the comeback of actress Donna Cruz. During the course of pre-production, Cruz was to play Angela Abella/Gelai Agustin, and Angel Aquino was initially considered to portray the role of Anna Abella/Victoria Valera. Christopher de Leon was also tapped to play the role of Manuel, and Cherie Gil was shortlisted as Vera Cruz. The series also included Derek Ramsay as Louie, Enchong Dee as Caloy, and Erich Gonzales as Chloe. After Cruz backed out due to her commitments in Cebu where she permanently resides, ABS-CBN tapped real-life sisters Gretchen Barretto and Claudine Barretto for the roles of Anna/Victoria and Angela/Gelai respectively.[3] After the latter's transfer to GMA Network along with actors de Leon and Gil, the production was again delayed. It was only until Bea Alonzo's casting as Angela Abella/Gelai Agustin that the series continued to develop, with Barretto retaining the role as Anna/Victoria, and Aquino this time playing the role of Vera. Mark Gil took the role of Manuel in the final casting of characters. A young Kathryn Bernardo would be cast in the role of a young Anna/Vera, which she did she simultaneously with GMA Network series Endless Love wherein she played the role of young Jenny.[4] Following her performance in Magkaribal, she went on to be cast as Mara in the Mara Clara remake.[4]


Magkaribal received heavy promotion as competition for GMA Network's Endless Love, whose pilot aired at the same time (even though Magkaribal aired a little later than Endless Love).[5] The show premiered on June 28, 2010, with a 25.3% national household rating against its direct competition, Diva on GMA Network with a 19.4% national household rating (Endless Love scored a pilot rating of 22.9%, which aired earlier than Magkaribal).[6] Magkaribal posted a 30.0% national household rating on its finale against its rival show (direct competition in the timeslot), Beauty Queen, which only managed to score a 14.4% national household rating.[7]

Awards and recognitionsEdit

Year Award-giving body Award Recipient Result
2011 New York Festivals TV & Film Awards Best Telenovela Magkaribal Nominated
9th Gawad Tanglaw Awards Best Drama Series Won
Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series Gretchen Barretto Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series Derek Ramsay Nominated
Outstanding Original Drama Series Magkaribal Nominated
25th Star Awards for TV Best Primetime TV Series Nominated
Best Drama Actress Gretchen Barretto Won
Angel Aquino Nominated
Bea Alonzo Nominated
Best Drama Actor Derek Ramsay Nominated

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2010-06-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Battle for prime-time supremacy heating up Archived 2015-09-23 at the Wayback Machine Business World Online. June 28, 2010
  3. ^ "Gretchen, Claudine to unite in new ABS-CBN teleserye". ABS-CBN News. July 18, 2009. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Anarcon, James Patrick (May 15, 2020). "Remember when Kathryn Bernardo played young Marian Rivera in a GMA-7 series?". PEP. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  5. ^ Battle for prime-time supremacy heating up Archived 2015-09-23 at the Wayback Machine Business World Online. June 28, 2010
  6. ^
  7. ^ Santiago, Erwin. "Kantar Media-TNS National Household Ratings (Nov. 5-8): TV Patrol beats 24 Oras and Willing Willie". Retrieved 2012-01-07.

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