Habang Kapiling Ka

Habang Kapiling Ka
Genre Melodrama, Action
Created by GMA Entertainment TV Group
Developed by Elmer Gatchalian
Directed by Maryo J. de los Reyes
Starring Angelika dela Cruz
Victor Neri
Albert Martinez
Snooky Serna
Tonton Gutierrez
Chin Chin Gutierrez
Ruffa Gutierrez
Zoren Legaspi
Alma Moreno
Amy Perez
Richard Gutierrez
Toni Gonzaga
Chynna Ortaleza
Railey Valeroso
Country of origin Philippines
No. of episodes 248
Executive producer(s) Redgynn Alba
Running time 30 minutes
Original network GMA Network
Original release November 4, 2002 (2002-11-04) – October 17, 2003 (2003-10-17)
Related shows Umulan Man o Umaraw

Habang Kapiling Ka (While I'm With You) is a Philippine primetime soap opera of GMA Network. The series was led by drama actress Angelika dela Cruz fresh from the success of her top-rating primetime drama series Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin.

The powerhouse cast includes Albert Martinez, Snooky Serna, Tonton Gutierrez, Ruffa Gutierrez, Alma Moreno, Chin Chin Gutierrez, Zoren Legaspi, Amy Perez and Victor Neri. This series marked the career beginnings of TV host-actress Toni Gonzaga, Chynna Ortaleza and Richard Gutierrez. It became the first TV drama premiered under the Kapuso banner after releasing GMA Network's current official heart logo a week ago. The series was successfully shown in Malaysia and Singapore via TV3. In 2008-2009, it was re-aired on GMA Life TV.


Habang Kapiling Ka initially plunges us into the world of three young people Erica (Angelika dela Cruz), Emilie (Toni Gonzaga), and Pierre Paolo (Railey Valeroso) whose lives become necessarily intertwined by fate and a moment’s decision during a stormy night.

On one level, this is the story of women, mothers, daughters, lovers who are out to get the best in the world for the people they love.

It is also the story of fathers, sons and brothers, who must come to terms with each other and accept the animosity and conflict that brews in their relationships.

Olivia Malvaroza (Snooky Serna) gives birth to an apparently stillborn child. In the other room, Paulina (one of Olivia’s servants) dies after giving birth to Pierre Paolo. Paulina’s sister, Salve Capistrano (Alma Moreno), upon seeing a boy destined to grow up without a mother, and a mother who will be devastated with the death of her child, only had a split second to make her decision. With only the best interest in mind, Salve switches the children, assuring Pierre Paolo of the sure, easy life of the Malvarozas. What she did not expect is that Olivia’s child Erica is still alive and that Paulina carries a second child, a baby girl (Emilie), in her womb. Later, they will learn of Marius Malvaroza’s (Tonton Gutierrez) death in a plane crash who had been hurrying to be with his wife.

Unknown to them, Marius is still alive but kept prisoner by the possessive Medea (Camille Roxas), with whom he will have a son. Meanwhile, Alejandro Javellana (Albert Martinez) will usurp everything that Marius had: his business, his hacienda, even his wife and son.

Erica and Emilie both create a bond with Pierre Paolo, but it is Emilie who forms an unexplainable attachment to the boy, not knowing that they are twins. The idyll of childhood is broken when Pierre Paolo is sent abroad to study and Erica and Emilie have to face the harsh realities of the working class. Even so, these young people will find their way to each other again. Erica will cross paths with Julius Javellana (Victor Neri), Alejandro’s half-brother, and they will find themselves drawn to each other more and more. At the same time, Emilie and Pierre Paolo will realize that time has not broken the bond between them, and they will grow an even understanding of each other. But coming together will not easy for any of them, as complications will arise from their entanglements.


Main cast

Actor Character Character Description
Angelika dela Cruz Erica Malvarosa A sweet girl who was deprived of luxurious life when she was swapped at birth with Pierre Paolo. She will be used against her family and against the man she loves: Julius.
Victor Neri Julius Javellana The man who loves Erica since their childhood. He is also the half brother of Alejandro whom he hates.
Albert Martinez Alejandro Javellana Marius' best friend who is in love with Olivia. He tried to kill Marius just to get everything that he has including his wife.
Snooky Serna Olivia Malvarosa The loving wife of Marius who married Alejandro because of the thought that he was the right man to replace her husband. She was made to believe that Pierre Paolo is his son, later is Erica her daughter.
Tonton Gutierrez Marius Malvarosa/Xandro/Kenji Ogata Olivia's husband who will take his revenge to the people who betrayed him.
Richard Gutierrez Basilio Malvarosa Erica's half brother who will take his revenge against Marius because of abandoning him and her mother.
Chynna Ortaleza Donna Javellana-Capistrano Alejandro's daughter who longs for his attention. She puts her life to waste just to be noticed by her father until he met Basilio, the guy she will love.
Toni Gonzaga Emillie Capistrano - Bravo A young lady who dreams of becoming a singer. She believes that Erica was her twin sister. She also fell in love with Julius.
Railey Valeroso Pierre Paolo Capistrano - Bravo Emilie's real twin brother who will first fall in love with Erica but soon found out that he has a different feeling for Donna.
Chin Chin Gutierrez Helga Lamermoore The mother of Donna who is madly in love with Alejandro. She is willing to do everything just to be in Olivia's place.
Ruffa Gutierrez Venus Paraiso Helga's beautiful sister who will take care of Donna when Helga abandoned them. She will be Alejandro's lust and Jonas' love.
Alma Moreno Salve Capistrano Olivia's long-time friend and the reason behind the switching of the two babies.
Zoren Legaspi Jonas Capistrano Salve's nephew and the protector of Emilie and Erica. He will fall for the beautiful Venus.
Amy Perez Divine Ogata The woman who helped Marius to rise and will help him in his revenge against Alejandro. But when she found out that he still in love with Olivia, she uses Erica to get him back.
Yul Servo Nonoy Bautista The man who fell madly in love with Erica. He is also Emilie's secret past. He will do anything just to get Erica's love.
Jaime Fabregas Fausto Bravo The real father of Emilie and Pierre Paolo who will help Marius in his revenge.
Aleck Bovick Liway The sexy woman who was hired by Divine to spy on Olivia's family and will fall in love with Jonas.
Tootsie Guevara Bunny Bravo The singing superstar who is adored by Emelie. She will do anything to keep her position.

Special participation

Awards and nominations

Theme song

Kahit Na was used as the series' theme song. It was composed by Willie Cruz and originally sung by Zsa Zsa Padilla; Joey Albert was chosen to sing the theme song for the series. However, Angelika dela Cruz, Toni Gonzaga and Tootsie Guevara performed the song during the promotion of the TV series.

The song Kahit Na was also covered by Anja Aguilar for the theme song of 2016 TV5 primetime drama Bakit Manipis ang Ulap?.

Production credits


See also

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