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#1 maea_maie


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Posted 06 September 2007 - 04:20 PM

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MariMar (Philippine TV series)

MariMar is a Philippine drama airing on GMA Network starring Marian Rivera, in the title role, and Dingdong Dantes. It is a remake of the Mexican telenovela with the same title starring Thalia which was aired in 1994. It started on August 13, 2007 as part of GMA Network weeknights primetime presentation, under the direction of movie directors Joyce E. Bernal and Mac Alejandre. On this remake, much liberty had been taken to provide back story to the characters, tweaking and twisting some plot elements to avoid it being too predictable, and adapting it to Philippine setting.


1994 TV series
Main article: Marimar

Marimar was a Mexican TV telenovela that was first aired in 1994 on Televisa with singer-actress Thalía in the title role.

Popularity in the Philippines
The original Mexican telenovela was massive hit in the Philippines with ratings peaking on 46.5%, when it first aired on Radio Philippines Network (RPN) in 1996. The series' success paved way to another Thalía telenovela Rosalinda which has the highest rating show ever recorded in the Philippine TV with a peak of 57.8% which aired on ABS-CBN. In April 2002, the original Marimar was re-aired on GMA as part of the Telebabad primetime block but was moved to a morning timeslot in June 2002. Maria la del Barrio also followed and re-aired on the same network.

2007 TV series

Casting Marimar

GMA VP Wilma Galvante reveals it took some time to get the story rights of "Marimar" from Televisa, the owner of story rights of the Mexican Telenovela. Angel Locsin was the first choice to play the title role but she declined. The contract required that the Pinoy version be made before 2007 is over which prompted the network to give an auidition for the highly profiled role. GMA female artists such as Nadine Samonte, Katrina Halili, Jennylyn Mercado, Marian Rivera, Valerie Concepcion, Bianca King, Rhian Ramos, Glaiza de Castro, Jewel Mische and Karylle have all gone to the audition.

The role eventually went to Marian Rivera, who had 80% chance of winning the role, beating her closest rival for the role Jennylyn Mercado.

Production Crew
This series is a comeback project for Joyce E. Bernal in TV and for GMA Network.

Directed by: Joyce E. Bernal and Mac Alejandre

Plot synopsis

Gustavo marries Lupita despite his mother's disapproval of their relationship. Things were further complicated when Lupita bore Gustavo a daughter - Marimar. Dolores, Gustavo's mother, believes that Lupita married her son only for their wealth, and thus, will do everything to separate the two of them.

Dolores drugs Lupita and hires a man to make it look like that Lupita is having an affair. Gustavo is devastated to find Lupita sleeping with another man, which unknown to him, is a plot by his own mother. Dolores then demands Lupita to leave their property and never to come back into her son's life.

It is too late, however, when Gustavo finds out the treachery of Dolores. He can no longer find Lupita or his daughter, who have gone into hiding. Lupita promises to her daughter that, one day, she, Marimar, will clear their names and claim what is rightfully hers.

Stricken with guilt, Gustavo leaves his parents and decides to live alone in Manila. He doesn't lose hope that, one day, he will be able to find Lupita and Marimar.

Seven years had passed, but Gustavo's efforts to locate the whereabouts of Lupita and Marimar remain fruitless. One day, Esperanza visits him, carrying with her the news of Gustavo's parents' fatal accident. Despite his ill feelings towards his mother, Gustavo went home to finally put closure to his past.

While visiting the grave of his parents, Silva came by to inform Gustavo the whereabouts of Lupita and Marimar. Gustavo doesn't waste any time in rebuilding his family again. Lupita manages to forgive Gustavo, and Marimar is delighted to finally meet her father.

On their way back to Manila, the passenger plane on which they are crashes into the sea. The whole family is separated from each other, and Gustavo once again loses the family he has tried hard to rebuild. Lupita is later found, but is dead. However, Marimar was nowhere to be found.

Marimar is washed ashore to the next island. She is found by a childless couple, Cruz and Pancho, and upon discovering that Marimar suffers from amnesia, decide upon themselves to raise Marimar as their own grandaughter. Lola Cruz would eventually name her Marimar after seeing Marimar's pendant necklace.

Marimar would then grow into an innocent naive young woman, whose innocence will be shattered by the world she thought was good to her.

Series ratings

Pilot episode of the Marimar remake on August 13 rated highly with more than 36.6 percent in Mega Manila, which GMA Network wants to sustain until the series ends by January 2008.

Cast and characters

Marian Rivera as MariMar Perez/ MariMar Aldama
Dingdong Dantes as Sergio Santibañez
Richard Gomez as Renato Santibañez
Katrina Halili as Angelika Santibañez
Manilyn Reynes as Corazon
Gabby Eigenmann as Nicandro
Nadine Samonte as Inocencia
Bianca King as Natalia Montenegro
Mike Tan as Choi
Mel Kimura as Perfecta
Marky Lopez as Arturo
Sheena Halili as Monica
Nigel (dog) as Pulgoso (Michael V. as voice)
Rufa Mae Quinto as Fifi (voice)
Jestoni Alarcon as Gustavo Aldama[12]
Rita Avila as Lupita Aldama
Bing Loyzaga as Esperanza
Caridad Sanchez as Lola Cruz
Leo Martinez as Lolo Pancho
Buboy Garovillo as Padre Porres
Pilar Pilapil as Donya Dolores Aldama
Jaime Fabregas as Don Augosto Aldama
Ella Cruz as Young Marimar
Nicole Dulalia as Young Angelika
Irma Idlawan as Silva
Soliman Cruz
Leandro Baldemor as Brando

Changes from the Original

MariMar's grandparents are now adoptive, instead of being her mother's parents as in the original.
The theme song is changed yet keeps certain elements from the original.
MariMar's dance will be incorporated into the show as a nod to the opening sequences of the original. In the original she dances in the opening credits but is not in essence a 'dancer' in the show itself.
Sergio is a professional NASCAR driver, whereas in the original he was a professional soccer player.
The Santibañez family is a resort tycoon, whereas in the original series, they own a hacienda.
Lupita Aldama's backstory as MariMar's mother is fleshed out, originally only seen in pictures. This is part of the flashback sequences that introduce MariMar's childhood, loss of her parents and arrival at the Perez's care.
Angelica is renamed to Angelika and is now MariMar's childhood friend, whereas in the original she is a couple of years older. A new subplot is included wherein Sergio, who was her lover, refused to marry her and she then marries his father. Sergio uses MariMar to embarrass the family in revenge.
It also appears that Natalia Montenegro won't be MariMar's future rival to Sergio's heart in the big city but also be a new character, from rich girl to provincial lass. It was mentioned that she will harbor feelings for Choi, a trait originally displayed by Angelika's sister, Antonietta. It remains to be seen if the subplot involving Bella Aldama (MariMar's 'rich girl' alias), the Casino, and Fernado Montenegro (Natalia's father and an ardent fan of 'Bella Aldama') will be played out as well.
Arturo (formerly Sergio's teammate in the soccer team) was rewritten to be his driver. Originally a playboy, he is now 'in the closet' harboring feelings for Sergio.


This is the second part of the three part International remake of GMA Network. The first one was Lupin, which was loosely based on the anime Lupin III and French novel Arsène Lupin. The third one is going to be the remake of Metal Hero Uchuu Keiji Shaider, Shaider.
Marian Rivera bested other actresses who auditioned for the role. Among those who tried out for the role were Katrina Halili, Bianca King, Nadine Samonte, Jennylyn Mercado, Iza Calzado, Jewel Mische, Glaiza de Castro, Rica Peralejo, Angelica Panganiban and Karylle, Dingdong Dantes’s real-life girlfriend.
Bing Loyzaga was earlier tapped to play the main villain 'Angelika'. She was given the role of Tia Esperenza.
Angel Locsin's refusal to accept the lead role sparked the feud between the actress and her home studio GMA Network. Angel and her manager 'Becky Aguila' left the network and signed up to rival ABS-CBN.
A search for MariMar’s trusted canine friend, Fulgoso, was launched on GMA’s morning program "Sis".
MariMar was Ines Rodena's original story. Rodena was a popular Spanish writer who also wrote many successful Spanish telenovelas including "María Mercedes", "Valentina", and "Marina", among others.
In 1996, when MariMar became a huge hit in the Philippines, 2,552 babies born that year were named after the hugely popular Mexican telenovela.
Dingdong Dantes wears an arial blue shirt in episode 5 of the series. This is strikingly similar in color to one of the jackets that the original Sergio, Eduardo Capetillo repeatedly wore in the original.

credits to Wikipedia

Edited by ♥ lavender rain, 16 May 2008 - 08:41 AM.
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Posted 26 October 2007 - 12:46 AM

Hey, does anyone know where I can get episode summaries of Marimar????? PLEASE!!!

I've only watched a bit of this drama and I LOVE it!!! I think it's AWESOME! The only thing is I don't understand Tagalog because I'm not philippino. I don't understand a word of what they're saying...soooooo frustrating!!! T__T

P.S. When I asked people on youtube this same question, youtuber myaw777 said this:
"I got crash info dun sa site ni PinkEspaniola b4, late na rin kasi ako nakahabol sa byahe ng Marimar, ginawa ko from episode 1 to 25 pinanuood ko in 1 sitting, hahaha"

Can someone please translate? What's she saying?

Edited by kitkatz23, 26 October 2007 - 12:47 AM.

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Posted 26 October 2007 - 10:04 AM

the translation: "i got a crash infor from PinkEspaniola's site before, me too, i cant catch up with marimar, so what i did was i watched episode 1 to 25 in 1 sitting, hahaha"

anyways i think there are some in youtube.

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Posted 26 October 2007 - 01:03 PM

modbreak: please stick to english when posting messages people. thank you!
that's so everyone can understand.

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Posted 26 October 2007 - 02:05 PM

In Youtube, One of the users says that they won't upload marimar anymore because one of the GMA staffs PMed him/her saying that they're planning to release a DVD of it that's why they want them to stop uploading the series in youtube. that's why i'm watching mine in veoh.com.

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 01:00 PM

omg!go MARIMAR!I loooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeee this series!go MARIAN! My WHOLE family watch this every night and we make sure that we won't miss any episode of it! We're absolutely hooked with it! And you know, in our school, we always talk about this series! It's indeed so popular now in the whole Philippines! I wanna have a copy of it's dvd if GMA would release one. :) Marian is so BEAUTIFUL!:)

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 01:48 PM

Marimar continues to dominate TV ratings
11/27/2007 | 11:47 AM

Game shows ruled the ratings game this weekend as ABS-CBN's Kapamilya, Deal Or No Deal and GMA-7's Whammy! Push Your Luck finished first and second, respectively, in the daytime slot last Friday, November 23. Meanwhile, another Kapuso game show, Tok! Tok! Tok! Isang Milyon Pasok tied with Kap's Amazing Stories at No. 1 last Sunday, November 25.

Kris Aquino's game show, Deal or No Deal, topped the daytime slot last Friday with 23.6 percent while the game show of Paolo Bediones and Rufa Mae Quinto came in second with 21.7 percent. Another Kapamilya game show, Pilipinas, Game KNB? grabbed the seventh spot with 19.4 percent.

Interestingly, after a long time, ABS-CBN's daily noontime show Wowowee once again beat its rival GMA-7's Eat Bulaga, although by a very small margin. Wowowee got 20.2 percent while Eat Bulaga! had 20.1 percent, good for No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.

In the primetime race, six Kapuso shows barged in at the Top 10 with Marimar, as usual, leading the pack with 46.1 percent. Kamandag (40.8 percent), Zaido (35.2 percent), 24 Oras (33 percent), and La Vendetta (31.1 percent) grabbed the second to fifth spot, while Hwang Jini (22 percent) took the last spot.

Among ABS-CBN shows, TV Patrol World was the highest rater with 28.9 percent, which is good for No. 6. This was followed by Princess Sarah (No. 7, 25.9 percent), Pangarap Na Bituin (No. 8, 22.8 percent), and Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition (No. 9, 22.3 percent).

Two other Kapamilya primetime shows, Lastikman (20.9 percent) and Ysabella (20 percent) just missed the Top 10.

In a surprise move, GMA-7 changed its daytime lineup last Saturday, November 25, by showing the first installment of the Enteng Kabisote franchise starring Vic Sotto. The move paid off as the movie topped all daytime shows with 28.1 percent.

Meanwhile, Eat Bulaga!—also co-hosted by Vic—came in second with 26 percent. Its rival, Wowowee, slipped to No. 6 with 17.3 percent.

Bitoy's Funniest Videos once again topped the primetime slot with 33.3 percent; closely followed by Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho with 33 percent.

Last Sunday, November 25, in the much-awaited battle of showbiz talks shows, Showbiz Central beat its rival, The Buzz, again with a convincing 17.7 percent rating compared to the latter's 15.1 percent. Aside from beating its competitor, Showbiz Central also ruled the overall daytime programming.

In the battle of musical variety shows, SOP had a very slim lead against ASAP '07—15.4 percent versus 15 percent, which is good for No. 3 and No. 5, respectively. Takeshi's Castle came in second with 15.5 percent.

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from November 23 to 25 according to the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households:

November 23 (Friday)


1. Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal (ABS-CBN) - 23.6%
2. Whammy! Push Your Luck (GMA-7) - 21.7%
3. Daisy Siete: Ulingling (GMA-7) - 20.6%
4. Pasan Ko ang Daigdig (GMA-7) - 20.3%
5. Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 20.2%
6. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 20.1%
7. Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 19.4%
8. My Only Love (GMA-7) - 16.5%
9. Couple or Trouble (GMA-7) - 14.6%
10. Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) - 13.8%


1. Marimar (GMA-7) - 46.1%
2. Kamandag (GMA-7) - 40.8%
3. Zaido (GMA-7) - 35.2%
4. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 33%
5. La Vendetta (GMA-7) - 31.1%
6. TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 28.9%
7. Princess Sarah (ABS-CBN) - 25.9%
8. Pangarap Na Bituin (ABS-CBN) - 22.8%
9. Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2 (ABS-CBN) - 22.3%
10. Hwang Jini (GMA-7) - 22%

November 24 (Saturday)


1. Kapuso Sine: Enteng Kabisote 1 (GMA-7) - 28.1%
2. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 26%
3. Super Inggo 1.5 (ABS-CBN) - 19.1%
4. Wish Ko Lang (GMA-7) - 17.7%
5. Cinema FPJ: Da King on ABS-CBN (ABS-CBN) - 17.5%
6. Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 17.3%
7. Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) - 13.9%
8. StarTalk (GMA-7) - 13.5%
9. Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 12.7%
10. Entertainment Live (ABS-CBN) - 12.3%


1. Bitoy's Funniest Videos (GMA-7) - 33.3%
2. Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (GMA-7) - 33%
3. Kakasa Ka Ba Sa Grade 5? (GMA-7) - 30.2%
4. Imbestigador (GMA-7) - 26.5%
5. Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2 (ABS-CBN) - 26.1%
6. 1 vs. 100 (ABS-CBN) - 25.5%
7. TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 20.8%
8. XXX (ABS-CBN) - 17.7%
9. Nuts Entertainment (GMA-7) - 15.6%
10. Pinoy Mano Mano (ABS-CBN) / Sine Totoo (GMA-7) - 10.4%

November 25 (Sunday)


1. Showbiz Central (GMA-7) - 17.7%
2. Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) - 15.5%
3. SOP (GMA-7) - 15.4%
4. The Buzz (ABS-CBN) - 15.1%
5. ASAP '07 (ABS-CBN) - 15%
6. Kay Susan Tayo (GMA-7) - 13.1%
7. Boys Nxt Door (GMA-7) - 11.7%
8. Your Song (ABS-CBN) - 11.6%
9. Love Spell Presents Cindy-rella (ABS-CBN) - 11.1%
10. Ka Pete Na! Totally Outrageous Behavior (ABS-CBN) - 8.9%


1. Kap's Amazing Stories (GMA-7) / Tok! Tok! Tok! Isang Milyon Pasok (GMA-7) - 31%
2. Mel & Joey (GMA-7) - 27.7%
3. Rated K (ABS-CBN) - 24.7%
4. Goin' Bulilit (ABS-CBN) - 21%
5. All Star K (GMA-7) - 20.8%
6. TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 20.1%
7. Sharon (ABS-CBN) - 15.8%
8. Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2 (ABS-CBN) - 15.6%
9. Ful Haus (GMA-7) - 14.4%
10. That's My Doc (ABS-CBN) - 13.3% - Philippine Entertainment Portal

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Posted 10 December 2007 - 05:57 PM

I hope they just sticked to the original storyline coz now its beggining to be Filipino like drama.

I still enjoy watching though. But there are alot of changes from the spanish one.

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 12:36 PM

a lot of viewers from Davao watch it,so i tried watching it but the storyline
didn't stick to the original story, so i stopped watching it.

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 01:45 AM

I don't really watch GMA shows because we don't have any GMA 7 channel in Europe, but my cousin works for that network and he told me to try it because his wife said that it was good. I tried watching an episode on the net - and I got hooked!! Its just so good - I heard that it has now been extended until March 2008. I'm happy to hear that GMA 7 plan to release it on DVD, like they did with Asian Treasures and Lupin. I'll make sure that I buy it so that I can watch from the beginning!!

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 02:40 AM

Marimar will officially end on March 14, 2008 that is tomorrow Philippine day and Time. It will be the wedding of the year!!! In a TV series per se, unfortunately, my love for the show went on slow drive when it got totally out of proportion when the destructiveness of Angelica's character was too much to bear. I still love the fact that GMA made a new star in their realm, Marian Rivera, a lady who is half Pinay and half Spanish, grew up in Spain, and can very well converse in the language.:)

I hope GMA makes a new original storyline like I luv NY. It's not that I hate the remakes of old movies into TV series, but it's entertaining to have new stories in primetime TV.

Edited by coffeeprincefan28, 13 March 2008 - 02:43 AM.

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 06:11 AM

^for some reason i agree with you.

well at the last week of marimar was the time i started watching but the ending was....lets just say gma overly done the ending it was like OA in my opinion and their are also lots of changes which i really dont like.




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Posted 01 April 2008 - 06:41 AM


i agree with you for some reasons, i liked marimar from the first few epy when she was still poor. , .
cause even if she's poor, carefree and a bit stupid...
serio is always there!!
that tickles my heart !!!

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Posted 13 May 2008 - 06:14 AM

I watch Marimar before, while it was being aired but not that often, coz I hate Dindong so much, he's too old for Marian to be with. I agree, that the ending is oa, it's too much for a drama. Marimar wasn't even a big hit,...well, a lot of people like the story, but then when I knew that joyce bernal, directs it, I was surprised, she's a kapamilya, that's maybe the reason why the story line is good