Dear Friend

For other uses, see Dear Friend (disambiguation).
This article is about the Philippines television drama. For the Paul McCartney song, see Wild Life (Wings album).
Dear Friend
Genre Drama, Romance, Advice, Anthology
Starring Jolina Magdangal
Marvin Agustin
Various Artists
Country of origin Philippines
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 92
Camera setup Multi-camera setup
Running time 1 hour
Original network GMA Network
Picture format 480i SDTV
Original release August 10, 2008 (2008-08-10) – May 16, 2010 (2010-05-16)
Related shows Obra
SRO Cinemaserye

Dear Friend is a television drama that has been broadcast on Philippine television since August 2008. It is a weekly drama anthology of inspiring stories of people who are having family and love problems. The show is an hour-long dose of hope for today’s problem-weary viewer. The most notable mention of the show in pop culture was in Bagagog Maglalang's hit single "Bak Your Baking Brains Out." The show is hosted by Concert Princess Jolina Magdangal and actor Marvin Agustin.[1] The show, after almost 3 years, will be making its finale with its series-ender Tisay.


The first season featured one story per episode. The stories came from the viewers who emailed those in their email address. The first episode was starred by Jennica Garcia and Mart Escudero.[2] Some of the stories were parted into two episodes like Jennylyn Mercado and Mark Herras' story. A two part special featured the host of the show, Jolina Magdangal and Marvin Agustin. The highest rating achieved until now was 18% which is Jennylyn Mercado and Mark Herras episode.

Artists featured in the first season

Second Season

The second season was now mixed stories of the senders and viewers. This first story of the season has 8 episodes but the following stories only had 4. These are the following stories:

Bulong ng Puso

Title Bulong ng Puso
Synopsis TBA
Director TBA
Writer(s) TBA


Title Magkaribal
Synopsis TBA
Director TBA
Writer(s) TBA


Title Igorota
Synopsis TBA
Director TBA
Writer(s) TBA


Air-date May 17, 2009 - June 7, 2009
Title Madrasta
Synopsis "Madrasta" tells the story of two women whose lives are intertwined by shades of intrigue, personal ambitions and resentment.

Gellie (Iwa Moto) is often misjudged as a flirtatious, easy to get type of girl by her schoolmates. Unknown to them, Gellie is trying to cope with her harrowing experience as a battered girlfriend.

During these trying times, she finds comfort in the arms of Arnold (Gary Estrada), the owner of the school where she studies. On one occasion, Shiela (Yasmien Kurdi) chances upon Gellie talking to Arnold and immediately gives the wrong impression that Gellie toys with older men. She brands Gellie as a gold-digger.

Gellie and Arnold start seeing each other and despite their age differences, they fall in love instantly. However, things get complicated on the day of their engagement. Gellie discovers that Shiela is Arnold's daughter, her former classmate who spread the false rumors about her.

Director Jay Altajeros


Air-date June 14, 2009 - July 15, 2009
Title Bakasyonistas
Synopsis Girlfriends Gina (Isabel Oli), Tracy (Sheena Halili) and Mia (Ryza Cenon) plan a vacation getaway to unwind and bond together. Similarly, buddies Aaron (Rainier Castillo), Troy (Chris Cayzer) and Alex (Mark Herras) hit the road to chill, de-stress and have fun.

They bump into each other at the same resort and are forced to stay in one rest house. To make matters worse, the six of them have different personalities and individual inhibitions with their new set of friends.

Will they gamble everything in love? Will this spark a new flame in their exciting love lives? Can these guys sweep these charming ladies off their feet and become the perfect sweethearts?

Director Gil tejada Jr.

Kay Tagal Kitang Hinintay

Air-date July 12, 2009 - August 2, 2009
Title Kay Tagal Kitang Hinintay
Synopsis After five years of running away from home due to a failed love life, Rachel (Sunshine Dizon) is back to start a new leaf on her life and career. Beautiful and successful, Rachel is staying at the top of her game as a famous and in demand wedding coordinator.

She perfectly knows what to do to make any wedding a fabulous and splendid event until she meets Dianne (Chynna Ortaleza), an ecstatic bride who picks Rachel as the wedding coordinator for her wedding.

Rachel's life is turned upside down when she discovers that Michael (Polo Ravales), her ex-boyfriend and former groom to be who didn't show up on their wedding day, is engaged to her client, Dianne.

How will Rachel confront her past and face the man who made her life miserable? Will there be a second chance for the former lovers to reunite?

Director Don Michael Perez


Air-date August 9, 2009 to September 20, 2009
Title Karibal
Synopsis Cheska (Jennylyn Mercado) falls in love with her boss Darrell (Wendell Ramos). But their age differences and Cheska's immature and childish nature hamper their relationship. The two constantly engage in verbal battles.

In a few chance encounters, Claire (Jean Garcia) meets Darrell and sparks fly between the two. During Darrell's predicament over his love life, he finds consolation in Claire, who is more mature and understanding beyond her years. What's more, Claire is smarter and more charming compared to Cheska.

Soon, Darrell discovers that Claire is Cheska's mom. And that's when things really get complicated. This revelation marks a deep estrangement between mother and daughter.

Can Claire and Cheska bridge the gap that tarnished their relationship? How will Darrell resolve the conflict between the two women who play important roles in his life? As the mother and daughter relationship is tested, can this still be saved

Director Andoy Ranay

Three Bachelors

Air-date September 27, 2009 to October 18, 2009
Title Three Bachelors
Synopsis The heart twisting drama starts with three devoted brothers Jaime Gonzales (Paulo Avelino), Miguel Gonzales (Mart Escudero) and Vince Gonzales (Jay-R) who suddenly find their bond threatened when their dying father, Don Vicente (Roy Vinzon) forces Vince to marry their family friend's daughter Sara (Kyla) who is coincidentally Miguel's object of affection.

Just when Miguel thought that Vince would remain loyal to him, Vince immediately and shamelessly married Sara, the bride that was supposed to be his! Feeling distraught over his brother's betrayal and his father's indifference, Miguel sought revenge by tying the knot with their maid Emily (Jennica Garcia) who, by a twist of fate, is hopelessly and desperately in love with him.

What will happen to these mismatched lovers and bitter brothers? Can a marriage that originated from betrayal or a marriage that was made out of revenge, survive amidst their personal struggles? Could betrayal and revenge, after all, be sweet?

Director Jun Lana


Air-date November 2009
Title Special
Synopsis TBA
Director TBA
Writer(s) TBA

My Christmas List

Air-date December 6, 2009 to January 24, 2010
Title My Christmas List
Synopsis My Christmas List follows the story of Abby (Barbie) and Enzo (Joshua). Abby's tough girl personality completely contradicts Enzo's modest demeanor.

A transferee from another school, Enzo tries his best to fit in with his new classmates. Abby, on the other hand, uses her bullying tactics to taunt Enzo and make him feel awkward. The two, however, became science project partners following their teacher's decision to pair them together.

Left with no choice but to spend more time together, Abby and Enzo soon discover friendship and eventually young love, prompting the two to swear their undying love for each other. Their love will be put to the test as Abby learns about Enzo's fragile health condition.

With Enzo's impending death on the horizon, the two young lovers decide to make a commitment: love each other every single day, forever—even after death.

In the end, in a cruel twist of fate, Abby is hit by speeding car and dies. Enzo's heart valve dies, and is in need of a heart transplant. Abby's Aunt offers Abby's heart, seeing that Abby would've wanted Enzo to have it. Afterwards, Enzo's parents explain to him what Abby did, but Enzo loses the will to live. Enzo visits Abby's grave one day and questions, what will he do now that Abby is gone? For a few days, Enzo locks himself in his room, and his worried parents approaches Abby's aunt to talk to him. Abby's aunt encourages him to get out of his room and live his life. After reading Abby's final letter to him, Enzo regains the will to live and tries to carry everything out in their wish list as Abby asked him to. Enzo later reveals that he won in a long distance running competition since it's one of Abby's wishes. Enzo visits the lake where he and Abby always hung out, he takes out his medal, and yells "I love you, Abby!". Afterwards, Otep and the others accept Enzo in their circle of friends. Enzo sometimes still hallucinates that Abby is still there. Enzo fulfills one of Abby's wishes; that he learns how to swim. A few years later, a now grown-up Enzo (Aljur Abrenica) is awarded a medal in a swimming competition. Adult Enzo is seen afterwards visiting Abby's grave. He explains that he and his family are going to the states, he's now a treasurer at a bank, he's going to visit Abby's dad, and that he's going to Disneyland, which is another one of her wishes. He leaves saying "Oh, paano, best friend, Kita na lang tayo sa Disneyland (Well, best friend, Let's just meet at Disneyland)."

Director Andoy Ranay

Almost A Love Story

Air-date January 31, 2010 to February 28, 2010
Title Almost A Love Story
Synopsis "Almost A Love Story" tells the story of Hannah (Rhian) and Rommel (TJ), two persons who have contrasting characteristics brought mainly by their eight-year age gap.

Hannah is a fun-loving go-getter type of girl who instantly struck a connection with Rommel's happy-go-lucky persona. The friendship between the two eventually develops into something more serious, even though Hannah was just 15 while Rommel was already 24.

Fate, however, intervened and the two lovers went their separate ways to pursue their individual dreams. Hannah then meets Luigi (Paolo Avelino) and they have a romantic relationship until they finished college. Things became even more serious when Luigi asked for Hannah's hand for marriage.

After six years, Hannah, now a fine lady at 21, works as a bank manager. But just when things are starting to look up, Rommel suddenly comes back to steal Hannah's heart once more.

Will Hannah give up her engagement with Luigi and give Rommel another chance? How will their respective parents and partners accept their love affair? Can they weather the various storms that come their way? Will Hannah and Rommel's romance be for keeps?

Director Topel Lee

My Stalking Heart

Air-date March 7, 2010 to April 11, 2010
Title My Stalking Heart
Synopsis Doris (Jennica) is thrilled. She expects a marriage proposal from her longtime boyfriend Eric (Marvin). But as soon as he returns, Doris is shattered to hear the news that he had found a new girlfriend. He wants to break up with her.

Devastated after being dumped by her beau, Doris wants Eric back in her life so she stalks him and rents a house to spy on Eric and his new girl Nina (Jeff).

Doris meets Julio (Carl), who happens to be Nina’s best friend and secret lover in the house. And like Doris, he is heartbroken to know that Nina is attached with someone else.

Wanting to win back their respective flames, Doris and Julio agree to secretly spy on Eric and Nina. They want to split up. Eventually, they will succeed and rekindle their romance with their partners.

But that’s when Doris and Julio realize that they miss and love each other. Destiny brought them together and proved that love can be found when and where you least expect it.

Will the newly-smitten lovers gamble everything on love? Will these guys become the perfect sweethearts for these charming ladies? Can someone fall in love with a complete stranger and be truly love struck with that person?

Director Mac Alejandre


Air-date April 18, 2010 to May 16, 2010
Title Tisay
Synopsis Ella (Jackie Rice) is a hardworking student who not only excels in academics but also has a good reputation in school. Unknown to many, she works as a club dancer by night so she can make ends meet for her family and support her studies. As Shiva, she gives sexy performances but she tries to keep distance from her customers.

Many guys in school are struck by Ella's beauty and one of them is Adrian (Joross Gamboa), a pre-med student who comes from a well-off family. He courts Ella but she refuses his love since her priorities are different. He doesn't stop pursuing her and, eventually, Ella is smitten by Adrian's charm.

Just when things seem to be going smoothly for the couple, she discovers that Adrian's father (Rez Cortez) is one of her regular customers. Ella's secret life is revealed to everyone and Adrian, devastated upon learning the truth, dumps her.

How will Ella handle the pressure of being reviled by the man she loves? Can Ella find inner peace and escape judgment from the people around her?

Director Jun Lana
Cast Jackie Rice, Chynna Ortaleza, Joross Gamboa, Ryza Cenon and Celia Rodriguez


See also

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