I Heart You, Pare!
|I ♥ You, Pare!|
|Also known as||I ♥ You, Bro|
Joyce E. Bernal
|Opening theme||"This Guy is in Love with You Pare" by Dingdong Dantes and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid|
|Ending theme||"True Romance" sung by Regine Velasquez|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|Original language(s)||Filipino, Tagalog, English|
|No. of episodes||78|
|Executive producer(s)||Wilma Galvante|
|Producer(s)||GMA Entertainment TV Group|
|Location(s)||Metro Manila, Philippines|
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Running time||30–45 minutes (approx. 25 minutes w/o commercials)|
|Original network||GMA Network|
|Picture format||480i NTSC|
|Original release||February 7 – May 27, 2011|
|Preceded by||Beauty Queen|
I ♥ You, Pare! or I ♥ You, Bro (international title) (known usually as I Heart You, Pare!, lit. I Heart You, Man!) is a Philippine romantic comedy directed by Andoy Ranay and Joyce E. Bernal for GMA Network. It premiered on February 7, 2011, starring Regine Velasquez and Dingdong Dantes. The love story contains pseudo-homosexuality elements, where a heterosexual man does not initially know of the woman pretending to be a homosexual man's true gender.
The show premiered on February 9, 2011, two days after its original premiere, on GMA Pinoy TV. Some of the musical sequences, particularly songs sung in "Club Love" in the story are being dubbed out on GMA Pinoy TV.
It ended in May 27, 2011, and was replaced by Amaya.
Tonya (Regine Velasquez and Iza Calzado) is a prim and proper country lass who lives a quiet, contented life in Vigan where she owns and manages a funeral home, when fate would have it that she meets Kenneth (Dingdong Dantes), an adventurous guy from Manila who always seems to get on the wrong side with his father. Kenneth, who is nursing a broken heart after learning that his father had arranged for his older brother to marry Kenneth's girlfriend, is swept away by Tonya's simplicity and candidness, and finds himself falling in-love with her.
A car accident which kills a young lady pushes Tonya to go into hiding as she is pursued by the young lady's gangster boyfriend on the mistaken conclusion that Tonya herself had caused the accident and subsequent death of the young lady. Tonya's uncle, Cesar (Sarsi), takes her to Manila where he and his old time gay friends decide that the best way to keep Tonya hidden from her pursuers is for her to assume a faux gay identity as Tonnette. To complete the disguise, they take her to Club Love, a top class act that features musical numbers featuring talented transvestites. As it turns out, Club Love is managed by Kenneth's colorful aunt who has recently hired him as co-manager.
Cast and characters
- Main cast
- Iza Calzado (Week 10 Onwards) / Regine Velasquez (until 9 weeks) as Antonia "Tonya" Estrella / Tonette
- Dingdong Dantes as Kenneth Castillo
- Extended cast
- Mark Anthony Fernandez as Chito Salazar
- Celia Rodriguez as Marita Castillo
- Tirso Cruz III as Cesar / Sarsi
- Ian Veneracion as Ramon Castillo
- Luz Valdez as Charito Castillo
- Chinggoy Alonzo as Carlos Romualdez
- Marc Abaya as Joel
- Ehra Madrigal as Mandy
- Via Antonio as Polly
- Paolo Ballesteros as Vodka
- Antonio Aquitania as Sonny Boy
- Carlo Gonzales as Caloy
- Peter Serrano as Vi
- Arthur Solinap as Chong
- Luanne Dy as Nikki Romualdez
- Butz Aquino as Henry Castillo
- Racquel Villavicencio as Corazon Romualdez
- Joey Paras as Serbeza
- Joel Camacho as Pepsi
- Boy Alano as Coka
- Special Participation
Velasquez role was given to Calzado who started appearing in the show beginning April 11, 2011. Some stated it was due to Velasquez's announcement of her pregnancy through Party Pilipinas. This is Calzado last show in GMA, before moving to ABS CBN.
The series will be released onto DVD-format by GMA Records. The DVDs are in volumes, there are six volumes total containing all of the shows episodes.
- Director Andoy Ranay works for the first time with Regine Velasquez and Dingdong Dantes in I Heart You Pare
- Regine Velasquez bids hectic work schedule goodbye to prepare for her wedding