Ilustrado (TV series)

Genre Historical drama, Epic
Created by GMA News and Public Affairs
Directed by King Mark Baco
Starring Alden Richards
Kylie Padilla
Solenn Heussaff
Opening theme Para Sa Bayan
by Gloc-9 and Lirah Bermundez
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Filipino, English, Spanish
No. of episodes 20 episodes
Executive producer(s) Jason Bernard Santos
Location(s) Philippines
Original network GMA Network
Original release October 20 (2014-10-20) – November 14, 2014 (2014-11-14)
Preceded by Katipunan
Related shows Amaya
External links

Ilustrado is a Philippine epic docudrama about Pepe's early life as teenager and his tragic first love which created Maria Clara. It is topbilled by Alden Richards.[1][2] Tagged as the first BayaniSerye, it is the first primetime drama series under GMA News and Public Affairs. The series premiered on the network's GMA Telebabad primetime block and worldwide via GMA Pinoy TV on October 20, 2014, replacing My Destiny The show ended on November 14, 2014 on its 4-week run with the total of 20 episodes overall it will be replaced by More Than Words on its timeslot.


Near the end of the 19th century, 35-year-old José Rizal turned into the Philippines’ most beloved hero when he was martyred by the Spanish colonial government at Bagumbayan. He died an extraordinary man of his times: renowned novelist, poet, ophthalmologist, journalist, and linguist. But behind these achievements, there remained the story of a man every Filipino can relate and connect to. Like today’s overseas Filipino, Rizal needed to leave his family to fulfill his studies and career abroad, suffering from homesickness, and enduring a long-distance relationship with the woman he loved most. He was also the best example of the Filipino who came back home and used the knowledge and skills he learned abroad to help improve the lives of his family and countrymen.


Main cast

Supporting cast

Special participation


In December 2014, Ilustrado was televised on GMA News TV as part of its Rizal Day celebration.

Ilustrado footage featuring Alden Richards as Jose Rizal was shown in the pilot episode of the 2015 GMA Network comedy series Juan Tamad.

The series was re-aired on GMA News TV starting on September 21, 2015.

On March 2016, Ilustrado limited edition DVDs was released by GMA Records Home Video.[6]

Awards and Recognitions

Year Award-giving Body Category Nominee Result Source
2015 PromaxBDA Global Excellence Awards Best Art Direction/Design: Program Open/Titles Ilustrado Finalist [7]
2015 US International Film and Video Festival Documentary: Craft/Production Techniques: Cinematography Certificate [8]
2015 NAMIC Excellence in Multicultural Marketing Awards (EMMA) Social Media (Third Place) Ilustrado World Premiere Tweet Up Promo Won [9][10]
37th Catholic Mass Media Awards Best Drama Series/Program Ilustrado Won [11]
29th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Drama Mini-series Won[12]
Best Drama Actor Alden Richards Won
Best Supporting Actress Eula Valdez Nominated
PromaxBDA Asia 2015 Best Program Opening Sequence (Silver Award) Ilustrado Won [13]
2016 New York Film Festivals Awards Entertainment Program Open & Titles Ilustrado Open Finalist [14]
Mini-Series Ilustrado Finalist

See also


  6. "GMA Records on Facebook" (in Filipino). 1 March 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2016. Isa ka ba sa mga sumubaybay sa first ever bayani TV series “Ilustrado” (starred by Alden Richards) na nilikha ng GMA News and Public Affairs? Ito na ang iyong pagkakataon magkaroon ng LIMITED EDITION DVDs. Get the complete series for only P600 (regular price in-stores is P725) from March 2 to 15, 2016 only.
  13. Caligan, Michelle (5 December 2015). "Opening sequence of 'Ilustrado' wins silver in PromaxBDA Asia 2015". GMA Network Inc. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  14. "New York Festivals Awards - International TV Programs and Films 2016 Finalists". New York Films Festival.
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