Cielo de Angelina

Cielo de Angelina
Also known as Angelina's Sky
Created by GMA Entertainment TV Group and GMA Films
Written by Edith Asuncion
Joy Villanueva
Marijoy Valenzuela
Directed by Omar Deroca
Starring Bea Binene
Jake Vargas
Opening theme "Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos?"
sung by Jonalyn Viray & Jillian Ward
Composer(s) Nonong Buencamino
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Filipino, Tagalog
No. of episodes 55 episodes
Executive producer(s) Nora Javellana
Producer(s) GMA Network
Location(s) Montalban, Rizal Philippines
Manila, Philippines
Cinematography Butch Maddul
Editor(s) Jack Pilapil
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 30-45 minutes
Original network GMA Network
Picture format 480i NTSC
Original release October 22, 2012 (2012-10-22) – January 4, 2013 (2013-01-04)
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Cielo de Angelina or Angelina's Sky (international title) is a Filipino drama series created by Annette Gozon-Abrogar. The series premiered on October 22, 2012 on GMA Network's late morning timeslot and October 24, 2012 worldwide via GMA Pinoy TV. It is executive produced by Nora Javellana and directed by Omar Deroca. Cielo de Angelina is a co-production of GMA Network and its film production arm, GMA Films. The show is originally intended for an eight-week run but the management decides to extend it for another three weeks.[1]

The series is set in the fictional orphanage called "El Cielo" and stars Bea Binene as Angelina, a young orphan girl trying to find her place in the world and wants more than anything to have a family of her own. Also part of the series are Gloria Romero, Jake Vargas, Jessa Zaragoza, Isabel Granada, Hiro Peralta and Stephanie Sol. [2][3]

The series concluded on January 4, 2013. It ran for 11 weeks with 55 episodes overall.


The series follows the life and love of Angelina, an orphan girl who was left by the door of El Cielo Shelter for Destitute Women and Abandoned Children one stormy night. Marco, a four-year-old stowaway was there when Sister Margaret picked the baby. Because of being abandoned, Marco and Angelina treated the shelter as their home.

Through the years, Marcos serves as the older brother of Angelina especially when her best friend, Julie was adopted. Since then, it was Marco who helped Angelina on her longing for Julie. It was also Marco who will help Angelina in trying to find out what was left by her parents when she was abandoned. But when Angelina tries to get the clue inside Sister Margaret's office, a fire breaks out in another part of the shelter causing the latter to die.

Separation ensued when Angelina was adopted and in turn leaving Marco in the orphanage. While Angelina is living a tormented life with her stepmother Czarina and stepsister Rhoda, Marco now acts very distant from her.[4]

Cast and characters

Main characters

Supporting characters

Other characters

Production and development

Cielo de Angelina is the very first television production of GMA Films for GMA Network.[1] Film outfit’s key persons, Annette Gozon-Abrogar (President) and Jose Mari Abacan (Supervising Producer and GMA Network’s Vice President for Program Management) come up with the idea to produce a light yet inspiring drama series intended for the network’s morning timeslot, and to pit against the rival station’s romantic-comedy series, as well.[11] “It will be a test as to which genre between drama and comedy will really get public attentions,” Abacan said. The production team began developing the storyline in July 2012, under the title “Angelina del Cielo”,[12] with theme focusing on love, friendship, and family[13][14] The producer hired first-timer director Omar Deroca to helm the series. Production began on October 5, 2012 in Montalban, Rizal. Locations were chosen by the series’ production designer, Potchi Manda, due to the area's calmly and provincial-type surroundings.[15]


GMA Films chose teen actors Bea Binene and Jake Vargas to lead their first television venture. Before they started filming the series, Binene and Vargas talked about the acting they will do in the soap [including the approach to their characters]. “We didn’t attend workshops. But we are used to doing drama. We already have an idea on what to do. That’s perhaps our preparation,” Vargas said.[16]

Jessa Zaragoza was chosen to play Theresa Alfonso, the main protagonist’s biological mother. The singer-actress stated that it’s her first time doing a character of a politician and revealed that Lucy Torres is her peg for her role.[7] Mico Palanca was originally cast as Benjamin Nantes, but due to “unprofessionalism” and “he doesn’t want to play a father role” issues, he was replaced by Gerald Madrid. Drastic revisions were made to the script. The writers found that they had to adjust the character of Benjamin to suit for Madrid.[17]


The classic Filipino inspirational song, “Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos?” (lit. Is God Sleeping?) was used as the series’ theme song. It was written and composed by Nonong Buencamino. The lyrics tell of a person asking questions why difficulties exists in life, was God really sleeping.

The show used seven versions of the song throughout its run: the main theme, which was performed by Jonalyn Viray; duet versions of the song performed by Jillian Ward and Viray, and Ward and Bea Binene; solo versions of Binene, Jessa Zaragoza, and Jake Vargas; and the trio version of song performed by Viray, Ward and Binene.[18]

See also

External links


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  2. "Aga sa Bicol na nakatira! - ABOUT SHOWBIZ Ni Nitz Miralles - Pilipino Star Ngayon » Pilipino Star Ngayon Sections » Showbiz". 2012-09-15. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  3. "Bea Binene and Jake Vargas topbill GMA-7's new morning drama series Angelina del Cielo". Retrieved September 21, 2012.
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