For almost two decades, ABS-CBN’s values-laden series “Wansapanataym” has inspired different generations of viewers and shared lessons that left a mark on their hearts.
Rondel Lindayag, the show’s business unit head, witnessed this firsthand when meeting fans influenced by the show through the years.
“When we attend award ceremonies, students come up to me and share their memories of ‘Wansa.’ They would tell me about a particular episode that stood out for them and de ned their childhood,” said Rondel.
However, despite the changing landscape of television and technology, viewers’ support for the show remains strong, shared Rondel.
“We go along with the changes in technology, but the story and our storytelling remain the same. We share the same lessons but adapt to what is current and on trend. I think love teams are a big hit today because the audience can relate to their struggles with their parents, and the feeling of falling in love for the first time,” he said.
The first episode of “Wansapanataym,” titled “Mahiwagang Palasyo,” also featured the popular love team of Judy Ann Santos and Rico Yan in 1997. It told the story of a boy and a princess who fought for their love despite their differences.
Notable episodes also include “Kapirasong Langit” which taught love and acceptance, “Bessy Basura” which tackled proper garbage disposal and “Mahiwagang Paru-Paro” which featured the unconditional love of parents for their children.
Meanwhile, the magic continues this month in “Wansapanataym Presents: Annika Pintasera” starring Julia Montes. She plays Annika, a young lady who has a high regard for herself, and was cursed to be trapped inside a painting. But she will have the chance to escape if she gets her true love’s kiss.
“Wansapanataym Presents: Annika Pintasera” every Sunday after “The Voice Teens” on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (SKYcable Ch. 167). (Story/Photos by: Kane Choa)