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 by||Inés Rodena|
by Inés Rodena
|Developed by||Dode Cruz|
|Theme music composer||Tata Betita|
|Opening theme||"MariMar" by Regine Velasquez|
|Ending theme||"Mahal Kita" by Maricris Garcia|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|No. of episodes||155 + 4 specials|
|Executive producer(s)||Wilma Galvante|
|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||August 13, 2007 –|
March 14, 2008
|Related shows||MariMar (2015)|
The series was released in DVD by GMA Records.
Cast and characters
- Lead cast
- Supporting cast
- Katrina Halili as Angelika Santibañez / Angelika Aldama
- Richard Gomez as Renato Santibañez
- Jestoni Alarcon as Gustavo Aldama
- Rita Avila as Lupita Aldama
- Boboy Garovillo as Padre Porres
- Leo Martinez as Pancho Perez
- Caridad Sanchez as Cruz Perez
- Bing Loyzaga as Esperanza Aldama
- Michael V. as Fulgoso's voice
- Nigel as Fulgoso
- Manilyn Reynes as Corazon
- Gabby Eigenmann as Nicandro Mejia
- Sheena Halili as Monica
- Bianca King as Natalia Montenegro
- Marky Lopez as Arturo
- Rufa Mae Quinto as Fifi's voice
- Nadine Samonte as Innocencia Arcega
- Mike Tan as Choi
- Mel Kimura as Perfecta
- Extended cast
- Arthur Solinap as Diego
- Marvin Agustin as Rodolfo San Jinez
- Francheska Salcedo as Cruzita Aldama–Santibañez
- Dino Guevarra as Antonio
- Carmina Villaroel as Rhia Concepcion
- Lani Mercado as Vanessa Mae Cruz
- Hayden Kho, Jr. as Hayden Miranda
- Paolo Paraiso as Carlitos Solis
- Shermaine Santiago as Brenda
- Victor Aliwalas as Adrian Alasco
- K Brosas as Rowena
- Pocholo Montes as Vitug
- Raquel Montessa as Leonor Arcega
- Joseph Ison as Rodrigo
- Mike Gayoso as Angelika's bodyguard
- Guest cast
- Jaime Fabregas as Augusto Aldama
- Pilar Pilapil as Dolores Aldama
- Cristine Reyes as Kim Chan
- Irma Adlawan as Selva
- Soliman Cruz as Berto
- Bruno Folster as Bruno
- Gwen Garci as Olga
- Ailyn Luna as Cecilla
- Jan Marini as a DSWD officer
- Kirby de Jesus as a mental hospital patient
- Joanne Quintas as Jemma
- Ronnie Lazaro as Jose
- Nicole Dulalia as young Angelika
- Ella Cruz as young MariMar
Marimar was a Mexican TV telenovela that was first aired in 1994 on Televisa with singer-actress Thalía in the title role. 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.
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.
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. While the final episode scored a 52.6% rating which is the series' highest rating.
- 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
- Phenomenal TV Star – Marian Rivera
- Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Philippines 2008
- Favorite TV Show
- "Marian Rivera gets role of Thalia in Marimar". GMA News Online.
- "The same sensuality in a more contemporary setting". Tessa Mauricio-Arriola. August 22, 2015.
- marimar audition. YouTube. March 13, 2008.
- "Marian Rivera has '80 percent' chance of playing Marimar". pep.ph. June 15, 2007.
- Ancheta, Michael (August 17, 2007). "TV Ratings (August 16): "Marimar" continues to dominate primetime viewing". Retrieved March 8, 2018.
- Santiago, Erwin (March 17, 2008). "TV Ratings (March 14-16): "Marimar" finale breaks records; Pacquiao-Marquez rematch posts 48.5 percent". Retrieved March 8, 2018.
- "FIRST READ ON PEP: John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo named Box-Office King & Queen for 2007". pep.ph. March 13, 2008.