One True Love (TV series)
One True Love is a 2012 Philippine television drama romance series broadcast by GMA Network. Directed by Andoy Ranay, it stars Alden Richards and Louise delos Reyes. It premiered on June 11, 2012 on the network's Telebabad line up replacing My Beloved and worldwide on June 12, 2012 on GMA Pinoy TV. The series concluded on October 5, 2012 with a total of 85 episodes. It was replaced by Coffee Prince in its timeslot.
|One True Love|
|Created by||Suzette Doctolero|
|Directed by||Andoy Ranay|
|Theme music composer||Ogie Alcasid|
|Opening theme||"Pangarap Ko ang Ibigin Ka" by La Diva|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|No. of episodes||85|
|Cinematography||Juan Lorenzo Orendain III|
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Running time||30-45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||GMA Entertainment TV|
|Original network||GMA Network|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||June 11 –|
October 5, 2012
Cast and charactersEdit
- Lead cast
- Supporting cast
- Agot Isidro as Leila Samonte
- Raymond Bagatsing as Carlos Samonte
- Jean Garcia as Ellen Balute-Sandoval
- Ana Capri as Dyna
- Bembol Roco as Henry Sandoval
- Caridad Sanchez as Matilda Bulaong
- Wynwyn Marquez as Marla
- Lucho Ayala as Troy Sandoval
- Frencheska Farr as Violy Balute
- Tia Pusit as Brittany
- Benjie Paras as Douglas
- Guest cast
- Nathaniel Britt as young Tisoy Bulaong
- Edelweiss Tuzons as young Elize Samonte
- Carlene Aguilar as Candice Buenafe
- Rita Iringan as Mavic
- Odette Khan as Sioneng Balute
- Ana Abad Santos as Vivi
- Paolo O'Hara as Teban
- Mayton Eugenio as Iza
- Jhoana Marie Tan as Aireen
- Ping Medina as Jun Manabat
- Nomer Limatog Jr. as Zeus Pajarillo
- Annicka Dolonius as Carla Cabrera
- Robin Da Roza as Johnny
On May 18, 2012 at the end of the network's flagship national news broadcast, 24 Oras, the series was formally announced via a cinema plug. The said cinema plug, with the title "Pushing Drama Beyond Limits", contains the three new primetime shows of the network for the second quarter of the year, which are One True Love, Luna Blanca and Makapiling Kang Muli. The full trailer of the series was launched on June 8, 2012, three days before its premiere telecast.
Early production of the series started in May 29, 2012, with Suzette Doctolero (who had recently written and finally aired on the show Hiram Na Puso) working as the creator, and at the same time, the head writer of the series, executive producer Nieva Sabit, creative director Jun Lana, director Andoy Ranay and Lilybeth Rasonable headed as the overall in-charge of the production. The series films in part in Lipa, Batangas and Manila. It is set in a fictional docks and port terminal, where the Shipping company of Carlos Samonte, the character portrayed by Raymond Bagatsing, and where the lead character Tisoy, is located.
On July 24, 2012, the lead star Alden Richards happily announces that the series is extended into 15 weeks. It is originally slated to air for just 8 weeks, and considered only as a filler [for the timeslot] for the next television series of the network. But because of the positive feedback and consistent high ratings, the network decided to extend One True Love for another 7 weeks.
On August 17, 2012, director, Ranay announced during the series' thanksgiving/victory party, that the network has decided to extend One True Love for another week. The 8 weeks [as originally planned] were doubled and, all in all, they will run for 16 weeks. Ranay also assured viewers that the story will not suffer because of the extensions. "Our headwriter made sure that the story is "thick" from the start and everything remains the same", he added.
Late April 2012, GMA Network announces that they will give Alden Richards and Louise delos Reyes their own drama series, as the network pushes the love team into full stardom. The Alden-Louise tandem started gaining popularity and huge fan base after their first ever project together, the drama-fantasy series, Alakdana, which was a hit. It followed by several hit series, such as, the popular teeny-bop series Tween Hearts and its movie version Tween Academy: Class of 2012, and the recently concluded primetime series My Beloved, a Dingdong Dantes-Marian Rivera starrer, which they played supporting characters. In one of his interviews, Richards said that he is overwhelmed with the network's support for the love team. He further stated:
I’m sure there were a lot of meetings before the network arrived at this big decision to give Louise and myself the opportunity to lead an evening drama, so I'm really hopeful that the fans who supported our tandems in the afternoon would be there for our biggest project yet—and I'm also hopeful that we win new fans as well.— 
On the other hand, Delos Reyes finds this drama series as a dream come true. She stated... "I'm fine with whatever project that is offered to me. I did horror last year [referring to the horror flick The Road], this time, I'm into drama. They told me they see depth in my acting. I cannot pass up projects that have been given to me, like One True Love because of its interesting characters and engaging plotline."
This television series also marks Agot Isidro's first plunge into GMA Drama after she transferred and inked two-year exclusive contract with the network. In one of her interviews, the actress stated that her decision to switched network rooted on her cravings to work in a different environment, work with some old folks again, and try something new and more challenging roles.
The production people also cast versatile actors, Jean Garcia and Raymond Bagatsing, both of them had recently completed Alice Bungisngis and Her Wonder Walis and The Good Daughter. Prior to this series, Garcia and Bagatsing paired in the so-called "dancerye" Time of My Life in 2011. In an interview, Garcia said that she is grateful in doing both damsel-in-distress and anti-hero roles for she is able to show her versatility as an actress.
One True Love consists of various themes, such as love, family, friendships, rivalries, betrayal, and vengeance and explores the reasons behind them. The creator and head writer, Suzette Doctolero explained that the series is a fresh and absorbing drama, more on about enduring power of love between two people from two different walks of life.
The series' producer uses an original Filipino music (and somewhat a classic), which is "Pangarap Ko Ang Ibigin Ka" (lit. My Dream is to Love You) as the theme song. It was composed by the award-winning singer/songwriter Ogie Alcasid, re-arranged by Mon Faustino for the series, and interpreted by all-female trio La Diva. The song's lyrics tell of a woman confessing and expressing her secret feelings to someone she loves the most and wishing that person feels the same way too.
Prior to One True Love, the song has been used several times in the soundtracks for film and television series. Originally sung by Asia's Songbird, Regine Velasquez, "Pangarap Ko Ang Ibigin Ka" was first used as the theme song of the 2003 romantic comedy flick with the same title, which starred Velasquez opposite Christopher de Leon and Dingdong Dantes, directed by Louie Ignacio and produced by VIVA Films. The song was also included in Velasquez's album Regine: Silver Series, the singer's 25th anniversary album, released by VIVA Records on August 29, 2006. The said album reached platinum status. Because of its popularity, the song became one of Velasquez's trademark songs. The same year, singer/actress Sharon Cuneta did her own version of the song for her Sharon sings Alcasid album under Sony BMG Music Entertainment. The same year, 2006, GMA Network used that version of the song as the theme for Korean series My 19 Year Old Sister-in-Law. The following year, 2007, singer Sarah Geronimo did her own version of the song for her television series Pangarap na Bituin. Two years later, GMA Network uses the song, this time as one of the soundtracks of their 2009 primetime series Totoy Bato which also starred Regine Velasquez and Robin Padilla in the title role.
Ricky L. Calderon, writer of Cebu-based newspaper, The Freeman, stated that the series is getting very good feedback in terms of the acting being dished out by the lead casts, especially Alden Richards, giving credence to the observation that the young man has the makings of a potential matinee idol.
While Jerry Donato of The Philippine Star, finds One True Love as the melodramatic version of that Shakespearean tragedy and possesses the charm of Hollywood's Love Story. "It is not surprising why One True Love is doing well in the ratings' game. This can be attributed to Alden and Louise's chemistry as perennial onscreen partners", he added.
- 2013 Golden Screen TV Awards
- Outstanding Original Drama Series Nomination
- Outstanding Supporting Actor Nominee: Raymond Bagatsing
- Outstanding Supporting Actress Nominee: Ana Capri
- Outstanding Supporting Actress Nominee: Jean Garcia
- Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series Nominee: Alden Richards
- Santiago, Erwin (June 13, 2012). "AGB Nielsen Mega Manila Household Ratings (June 8–12): Pacquiao-Bradley boxing match scores a knockout". Retrieved March 2, 2018.
- Santiago, Erwin (October 9, 2012). "AGB Nielsen Mega Manila Household Ratings (Oct. 5-8): One True Love ends on top; Ina Kapatid Anak and Coffee Prince debut strongly". Retrieved March 2, 2018.