Marimar (2007 TV series)

Marimar is a Philippine television drama romance series broadcast by GMA Network. The series is an adaptation of a 1994 television series of the same title. Directed by Joyce E. Bernal and Mac Alejandre, it stars Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes. It premiered on August 13, 2007 on the network's Telebabad line up and worldwide on GMA Pinoy TV. The series concluded on March 14, 2008 with a total of 155 episodes.

Created byInés Rodena
Based onMarimar
by Inés Rodena
Developed byDode Cruz
Written by
  • Benedict Miguel
  • Denoy Punio
  • Kit Villanueva-Langit
Directed by
Voices of
Theme music composerTata Betita
Opening theme"MariMar" by Regine Velasquez
Ending theme"Mahal Kita" by Maricris Garcia
Country of originPhilippines
Original language(s)Tagalog
No. of episodes155 + 4 specials
Executive producer(s)Wilma Galvante
Production location(s)Philippines
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time30–45 minutes
Production company(s)GMA Entertainment TV
Original networkGMA Network
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseAugust 13, 2007 (2007-08-13) 
March 14, 2008 (2008-03-14)
Related showsMariMar (2015)
External links

The series was released in DVD by GMA Records.

Cast and characters

Marian Rivera portrays Marimar Perez.
Dingdong Dantes portrays Sergio Santibañez.
Katrina Halili portrays Angelika Santibañez.
Richard Gomez portrays Renato Santibañez.
Nadine Samonte (left) portrays Innocencia Arcega.
Lead cast
Supporting cast
Extended cast
Guest cast


Marimar was a Mexican TV telenovela that was first aired in 1994 on Televisa with singer-actress Thalía in the title role.[2] The series had 75 forty-five-minute episodes, and is the second part of a "Maria" trilogy. The first was Maria Mercedes, and the final was Maria la del Barrio.


The contract with Televisa for the rights stipulates that GMA Network should start the series in 2007. It was originally offered to Angel Locsin, as a follow-up to the big-budgeted action series Asian Treasure with Robin Padilla. However, Locsin rejected the offer. The network was prompted to give auditions to their roster of young actresses for the role. On March 13, 2008, a video of the fifteen actresses who auditioned for the role of MariMar leaked on YouTube. These actresses are Bianca King, Nadine Samonte, Jennylyn Mercado, Ryza Cenon, Jewel Mische, LJ Reyes, Rhian Ramos, Camille Prats, Pauleen Luna, Katrina Halili, Valerie Concepcion, Nancy Castiglione, Cheska Garcia and Karylle.[3]

The role eventually went to Marian Rivera, who beat her closest rival for the role, Jennylyn Mercado. Some actresses who took part in the audition also landed major and supporting roles in the series. The antagonist role of Angelika Santibanez went first to Bing Loyzaga but was replaced by Katrina Halili. Her character Ashley was killed off from Lupin which would replace it, so the role of Esperanza went to Bing Loyzaga instead. The role of Natalia and Inocencia went to Bianca King and Nadine Samonte respectively.[4]

Farewell TV special

A farewell special entitled "MariMar: Isang Pasasalamat" was aired on March 9, 2008 prior to the finale week of the show. This is the second time that GMA Network made a farewell special, the first was for Encantadia. It got a 52.9% rating in Mega Manila which is the highest for that date according to AGB-Nielsen. It rated a higher 38.1% in the March 2008 ranking of AGB Nielsen's Nationwide Urban Television Audience Measurement (NUTAM).


According to AGB Nielsen Philippines' Mega Manila household television ratings, the pilot episode of Marimar earned a 36.6% rating.[5] While the final episode scored a 52.6% rating which is the series' highest rating.[6]

International broadcast

Country Network Title
United States KIKU TV Marimar


1st Filipino-American Visionary Awards (2008)
4th USTv Students' Choice Awards (2008)
  • Most Popular Drama/Miniseries
  • Most Popular Actor in a Drama/Miniseries – Dingdong Dantes
  • Most Popular Actress in a Drama/Miniseries – Marian Rivera
  • 38th Box-Office Entertainment Awards (2008)
  • Most Popular TV Program
  • Most Popular TV Directors – Mac Alejandre & Joyce Bernal
  • Most Promising Female Star - Marian Rivera[7]
  • Phenomenal TV Star – Marian Rivera
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Philippines 2008
  • Favorite TV Show


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