Pangako Sa 'Yo

Pangako Sa 'Yo (International title: The Promise / transl. Promise to You) is a Philippine primetime soap opera series that aired on ABS-CBN. It stars an ensemble cast led by Kristine Hermosa, Jericho Rosales, Eula Valdez, Tonton Gutierrez and Jean Garcia. It premiered from November 13, 2000 to September 20, 2002 replacing Labs Ko Si Babe and was replaced by Bituin. It was also broadcast worldwide on TFC from February 26, 2001, to January 3, 2003.

Pangako Sa 'Yo
Title card
Also known asThe Promise
Created byABS-CBN Corporation
Developed byStar Cinema
Written by
  • Tammy Bejerano
  • Dado Lumibao
  • Henry King Quitain
  • Emman Dela Cruz
  • Ted Boborol
Directed byRory B. Quintos
Creative directorOlivia M. Lamasan
Theme music composerRey Valera
Opening theme"Pangako Sa'yo" by Vina Morales
Country of originPhilippines
Original languageFilipino
No. of episodes481
Executive producerEllen Nicholas Criste
Running time44–47 minutes
Production companyStar Creatives
Original networkABS-CBN
Picture formatNTSC
Original releaseNovember 13, 2000 (2000-11-13) –
September 20, 2002 (2002-09-20)
RelatedPangako Sa 'Yo (2015–2016)

The series is streaming online on YouTube[1] and iWantTFC.[2]


The story begins with the romance between Amor de Jesús (Eula Valdez) and Eduardo Buenavista (Tonton Gutierrez). Eduardo's mother, Doña Benita (Liza Lorena), opposes the relationship since Amor was a housemaid and because she wanted Eduardo to marry Claudia Zalameda (Jean Garcia) for political reasons. Doña Benita asked Eduardo's older brother, Diego (Jestoni Alarcon), who was also attracted to Amor, to separate them. Upon seeing Diego trying to rape Amor, Eduardo mistook it as them having a relationship, breaking his heart and prompts him to marry Claudia. The now-pregnant Amor was banished from the Buenavista hacienda and she returns to her mother in Manila, who was living at the Payatas dumpsite. She vows revenge on the Buenavista family when she learns that Eduardo has married Claudia.

After giving birth to her daughter, María Amor (Kristine Hermosa), Amor and her friend, Lourdes (Amy Austria-Ventura), survived by working in clubs. Amor caught the eye of a rich American named James Powers (James Cooper), who brings her to the United States. She leaves María Amor and her mother, Chayong (Perla Bautista), behind at the dumpsite and sends money to them from time to time. James Powers proves abusive towards Amor, forbidding her from returning home when a landslide hit the dumpsite. Amor, thinking that her mother and daughter had died, and in retaliation for all his abuses towards her, does not get her husband medical help when he suffered a stroke. James Powers dies and Amor inherits his fortune.

Eduardo and Claudia have two children: Angelo (Jericho Rosales) and Lia (Jodi Sta. Maria). Eduardo is the governor of the province of Punta Verde while Claudia has become the ever-elusive queen of illegal gambling in Punta Verde. Angelo is a rebel who dislikes his father while Lia is a sweet, devout Catholic teenager who cares for the feelings of her loved ones.

Amor's daughter survives the landslide and is adopted by Isko (Cris Daluz) and Belen Macaspac (Eva Darren). The couple found drawings Eduardo made for Amor, signed "Ynamorata" near the abandoned child, so they decided to call the little girl they found Ynamorata. Isko and Belen have their own children: Caloy, who hates Yna, and teenager Flerida (Hazel Ann Mendoza).

Doña Benita regretted forcing Eduardo to marry Claudia, as her daughter-in-law turned out to be cruel. On her deathbed, she tried to explain that she was the one who broke Eduardo's relationship with Amor, but died before being able to do so. To atone for her sins, Doña Benita's spirit haunts the dreams of the grown Yna.

Twenty years later, Yna and Eduardo accidentally meet, and Yna dreams of Doña Benita showing her that her past lies in the Buenavista family. Intrigued, she gets a job working as a housemaid in Eduardo's household. Yna and Angelo fall in love, much to Claudia's chagrin. She looks down on housemaids and servants, and actively makes Yna's life a living hell.

Amor Powers returns to the Philippines after making a name for herself in the business world in the United States. Amor had been planning her revenge on the Buenavistas, whom she blames for her past sufferings, as well as the assumed death of María Amor. The dilemma was that, after finding out that Yna's true father was Eduardo, Angelo and Yna were therefore thought to be half-siblings. It was later revealed that Angelo's biological father was not Eduardo, nor was it Simon Barcial (John Arcilla), Claudia's former, impoverished lover. Angelo's biological father was later revealed to be Eduardo's brother, Diego (who was also revealed to be adopted), who sired Angelo with a poor woman named Thelma, who had later died.

It also turns out that Claudia had a daughter with Simon. Claudia's father switched the babies after Doña Benita demanded a male heir (the boy that replaced the girl was revealed to be Angelo). The daughter was Clarissa (Dianne dela Fuente) and she was raised by an old woman named Puríng (Anita Linda) as María Amor. Puring had Clarissa believe she was Maria Amor de Jesús, the daughter of Amor.

To exact revenge on Amor, Claudia kills María Amor/Clarissa, but was deeply crushed when she later learned the girl's true identity. Her heart filled with more anger towards Amor, as well as regret. Claudia, together with Coring (Minnie Aguilar) and her henchmen, planned to kill the entire Buenavista family at Yna and Angelo's wedding. Thus, confronting them while holding a gun. But everyone especially Angelo and Lia made her realize how important she is to them and how she should bring out the goodness in her heart that was once filled with evil, hatred, greed and revenge. She realizes everything after Lia and Angelo gave her a hug and reconciles with everyone at the wedding. People from the wedding especially Amor and Angelo also asked forgiveness from Claudia, which she immediately accepted. While she was kneeling in front of everyone, she sees Clarissa's spirit at the altar and begs forgiveness. Claudia was forgiven by everyone but because of her past crimes, she was sentenced to lifelong imprisonment. And a little while later, Amor gave her Clarissa's ashes.

Five years later, each of the major characters are happy and reunited with their true loves: Yna becomes pregnant and marries Angelo, Claudia meets her granddaughter from her now-deceased daughter, Lia. Afterwards, she and Simon married each other inside prison. Meanwhile, Amor and Eduardo decided to live happily as a couple and married each other after 27 years of their unbreakable love for each other.

Cast and charactersEdit

Main castEdit

Supporting castEdit

Extended castEdit


In June 2002, the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (FILSCAP) accused ABS-CBN of copyright infringement due to alleged unpaid royalties for its songs, with the Regional Trial Court 90 of Quezon City issuing a temporary restraining order towards ABS-CBN that prevented them from using "Pangako sa 'Yo" and other FILSCAP-owned songs in their programs for 20 days.[3]


The soap, which ran from November 13, 2000 to September 20, 2002, spanned 481 episodes at 30 minutes each then replaced by Bituin. The show posted an all-time high rating of 64.9% during its September 2002 series finale. This is the second highest rating for any Filipino-made TV series, behind one of the airings of Esperanza on ABS-CBN in 1997, and is the all-time highest rating for any TV series finale in the Philippines.[4]


  • Asian Television Awards 2001: Runner Up - Best Drama Series
  • Asian Television Awards 2001: Highly Commended - Best Direction (Long Form)
  • 15th PMPC Star Awards for Television: Best TV Series
  • 15th PMPC Star Awards for Television: Best Actress - Eula Valdez
  • 16th PMPC Star Awards for Television: Best Actress - Jean Garcia

International broadcastEdit

Pangako sa 'Yo was the first Filipino television program to air in Kenya on the national broadcaster KBC and Tanzania on national broadcaster TBC formerly known as TVT and gained National popularity that’s switched from the usual Latin American soap operas. It was immensely popular in Kenya too, resulting in its second run years later on Citizen TV. Moreover, it paved the way for the many teleserye that have been broadcast in Kenya. In Malaysia, through a local satellite TV channel, Astro Bella, starting November 22, will air Pangako sa 'Yo because of high demand. It airs in Tagalog with Bahasa Melayu subtitles. Airs Monday to Friday at 11:00am with encore on the same day and also on weekends with marathon. In Singapore through local satellite TV Channel from Malaysia, Astro Prima on mio TV Channel 602 starting April 10, 2013, will air Pangako sa 'Yo because of high demand in Singapore due to this series was first shown on MediaCorp Suria in 2007. It airs in Tagalog with Bahasa Melayu subtitles. Airs Monday to Friday from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM with an encore on the same day at 10:00 AM and also on 12 midnight on the same day.

Cambodian adaptationEdit

Cambodia's The Promise (2013) title card.

Pangako sa 'Yo was adapted in Cambodia when Cambodian Television Network (CTN) acquired rights from ABS-CBN.[5] Entitled The Promise (Khmer:សន្យាស្នេហ៍), the Cambodian version was produced by Khmer Mekong Films (KMF) and aired in Cambodia from 2013 to 2014 with 198 episodes. It was adapted to suit the Cambodian cultural context and audience sensitivities.

The Promise was broadcast peak-time on CTN, Cambodia's most popular TV channel, running three shows a week until July 2014.


The first remake of Pangako sa 'Yo debuted on May 25, 2015. It stars Jodi Sta. Maria, Ian Veneracion, Angelica Panganiban, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. Rory Quintos, who directed the original series, also directed the remake. The remake was produced by Star Creatives.[6][7] It ended on February 12, 2016 with a total of 190 episodes.

Jodi Sta. Maria, who played Lia Buenavista in the original, was cast as Amor Powers in the 2015 remake. Two other cast members from the original version were also part of the 2015 remake - Amy Austria (who played Lourdes Magbanua in the original series) was cast as Belen Macaspac; and Richard Quan (who played Benjie Gatmaitan, the investigative reporter, in the original series) was cast as Theodore Boborol, Eduardo Buenavista's political rival.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Pangako Sa'Yo Full Episodes. YouTube. ABS-CBN Entertainment. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Pangako Sa'Yo on IWant. YouTube. ABS-CBN Entertainment. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ Samio, Veronica R. (June 30, 2002). "Madamdaming religious film". (in Filipino). Philstar Global Corp. Retrieved February 10, 2022.
  4. ^ "10 Things To Know about Pangako Sa 'Yo: Then and Now". Philippine Entertainment Portal. December 8, 2014.
  5. ^ "Pangako Sa'yo gets Cambodian adaptation". ABS-CBN News. October 15, 2012.
  6. ^ PANGAKO SA'YO Teaser Trailer: Soon on ABS-CBN!. YouTube. ABS-CBN Entertainment. December 2, 2014. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21.
  7. ^ Cartalaba, Jude (June 2, 2015). "Pangako Sa 'Yo then and now, through the eyes of a fan". Rappler.

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