10 Observations From Pangako Sa 'Yo
Will it be just as riveting as the original?
(SPOT.ph) It’s probably safe to say that the 2015 remake of Pangako Sa 'Yo had its work cut out for it. It followed the highly successful romance of Xander and Agnes in Forevermore—and we’re still swooning over that proposal scene in the series finale.
Plus, it’s not not easy living up to a telenovela as iconic as the original show of the same name. Touted as the "first teleserye," Pangako Sa ’Yo first aired in 2000 and starred Jericho Rosales and Kristine Hermosa as Angelo and Yna, the young couple caught in a web of lies over the possibility that they might be half-siblings.
Flash-forward to today, with the remake topbilled by Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo. They will be joined by a stellar lineup that includes Jodi Sta. Maria as Amor Powers, Angelica Panganiban as Claudia Buenavista, and Ian Veneracion as Eduardo Buenavista.
Will viewers fall in love with KathNiel’s modern take on Angelo and Yna the same way they once did 15 years ago? It’s still too early to tell but for now, we break down the 10 things we learned (or didn’t) from the show’s pilot.
1. No sign of KathNiel...yet.
If you were hoping to catch a glimpse of the love team, you're out of luck. They probably won't show up until a few episodes in.
2. The cinematography is noteworthy.
Really, it's the first thing that grabs your attention. From the aerial shots of the town of San Felipe to the mouthwatering cooking sequence, the show has stepped up in that aspect.
3. The remake deviates from the original.
As expected, the remake took a few liberties with the original material, giving plenty of screentime to the backstories of Amor, Claudia, and Eduardo. The first Amor (played by Eula Valdez) was a maid in the Buenavista household. This time, she is a Nursing student with a penchant for cooking. Her skills in the kitchen supports her family, which includes cooking a luncheon for the Buenavista family. The original Claudia (played by Jean Garcia) was wealthy and sophisticated. This time, Claudia—who is the illegitimate and only daughter of the town governor—is less put-together, a Tourism student and aspiring beauty queen with a loud-mouthed persona.
4. Claudia delivers some laugh-out-loud lines.
The writers are probably going to make full use of Angelica's comedic timing. One particularly funny moment is during a pageant's question-and-answer portion where she responds, "Beggars can't be choosers but beggars always choose money, because you know, money can buy everything. Includes love and books to know everything, right? That's all, thank you."
It turns out that Amor is claustrophobic and she sings the children's song "Pakitong-kitong" to calm down. We don't know why it's this song, but it does make her more endearing.
6. Amor and Eduardo have a meet-cute in the elevator.
But that's not all! The elevator malfunctions, Amor is hit with a claustrophobia attack, and it's up to Eduardo to calm her down...through the power of a children's song.
7. They have so much chemistry that Eduardo even dreams about her later that night.
In his dream, he starts to kiss her and when they pull apart, she transforms into a mystery girl (possibly from his past) named Natalie. Will she eventually be part of the Amor-Eduardo-Claudia love triangle?
8. We already see signs of a sibling rivalry between Diego and Eduardo.
The show is already laying the groundwork for a sibling rivalry. It's obvious that Eduardo is the favored son, despite being younger than Diego (Bernard Palanca in another villanous role). Eduardo is tasked to save the failing mines owned by the Buenavista family through an eventual arranged marriage to Claudia. Diego has also taken a liking to Amor, who only has eyes for his brother.
9. Amor's character might remind you of someone.
Amor is everything a viewer would find likeable in a protagonist. She comes from a humble background, kind, hardworking, and optimistic despite her circumstances. She might actually remind you of another beloved character: Maya from Be Careful with My Heart. We know that she will eventually transform into the feisty Amor Powers, and it will be interesting to see how Jodi later sheds the Maya image.
10. There are a lot of cheesy lines
...mostly courtesy of Amor, which includes "Sa hirap ng buhay, hindi naman siguro masamang kiligin kahit sa panaginip lang." Also, "Kung isa kang panaginip Eduardo, ikaw ang pinakamagandang panaginip," and "Ikaw ang langit sa aking lupa. Palaging tinitingala pero hindi kayang abutin." Then we have this metaphor from Doña Benita Buenavista: "Everything he knows came from your father. Parang langaw na nakadikit sa kalabaw."