Mara Clara

Mara Clara
Genre Family drama
Created by Emil Cruz, Jr.
Developed by ABS-CBN
Starring Judy Ann Santos
Gladys Reyes
Opening theme "Mara Clara" by Therese Amper
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Filipino, English,
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 1,167
Camera setup multicamera setup
Running time 30 minutes
Original network ABS-CBN
Picture format 480i SDTV
Original release August 17, 1992 (1992-08-17) – February 14, 1997 (1997-02-14)
Related shows Mara Clara (2010)
Ina, Kapatid, Anak (2012-2013)

Mara Clara is a Filipino television soap opera on ABS-CBN, which ran from August 17, 1992 to February 14, 1997. It was re-aired on Studio 23 (now ABS-CBN Sports+Action) and Kapamilya Channel (now Bro), both ABS-CBN subsidiaries.[1] It was adapted into a feature film released by Star Cinema in 1996. This soap opera made Judy Ann Santos the Queen of Pinoy Soap Opera and Gladys Reyes as Primera Kontrabida on Philippine television.


Mara and Clara were switched at birth, and the details of this event were recorded by Kardo (Dan Fernandez), a hospital staff, in his diary. Mara (Judy Ann Santos) lived as the poor daughter of the couple Susan (Susan Africa) and Gary Davis (Eruel Tongco/William Martinez) while Clara (Gladys Reyes), their real daughter, was brought up the rich Amanthe (Juan Rodrigo) and Alvira Del Valle (Beverly Vergel).

The good-natured Del Valle couple (Juan Rodrigo and Beverly Vergel) takes in Mara (Judy Ann Santos) as a servant and decides to spend for her education, not knowing that she is their real daughter. Gary (Eruel Tongco/William Martinez), who is actually a gang and syndicate leader, approves of the idea that Mara lives with the Del Valles to extort money. Clara (Gladys Reyes) makes life for Mara difficult. But, as time progresses they find out their true identity in the spotlights, damages are paid, and they all know where to stand.


Main cast

Supporting cast

Extended cast


The series originally aired at 2:30 p.m. from August 17, 1992 until January 27, 1995 after Eat Bulaga! and before Valiente (both of which are produced by TAPE Inc.) It went to a 2:00 p.m. timeslot on January 30, 1995 since Eat Bulaga! moved from the said network to GMA Network in make way for the new daily noontime variety show 'Sang Linggo nAPO Sila, premiering February 6. The show once again moved to a primetime slot on July 1, 1996 after TV Patrol to challenge GMA's Villa Quintana and RPN's Tagalog-dubbed of Mexican telenovela, Marimar. Until it ended on February 14, 1997 in make way for Esperanza as the replacement on February 17.

A 2010 remake, starring Kathryn Bernardo as Mara and Julia Montes as Clara, aired on ABS-CBN from October 25, 2010 to June 3, 2011.


Film adaptation

Mara Clara: The Movie
Directed by Emil Cruz, Jr.
Jerry Lopez Sineneng
Produced by Charo Santos-Concio
Malou N. Santos
Starring Judy Ann Santos
Gladys Reyes
Music by Nonong Buencamino
Cinematography Ricardo Jacinto
Edited by Joyce E. Bernal
Distributed by Star Cinema
Release dates
  • September 18, 1996 (1996-09-18)
Running time
114 minutes
Country Philippines
Language Tagalog

In 1996, a movie was produced based on the television series. The Mara Clara movie adaptation was the first television series created by ABS-CBN to be adapted by Star Cinema. On the adaptation, the only cast changed was the character of Gary Davis who was portrayed by Eruel Tongco in the television, and was played by William Martinez in the movie due to the former's death from a car accident in 1996.


During the ABS-CBN trade event held last August 24, 2010 at the World Trade Center Manila, it was announced that a remake of the series will start its production this 2010.[2] Kathryn Bernardo is slated for the role of Mara, with Julia Montes as Clara.[3]


The series re-aired in 2007 by affiliates Studio 23 and Kapamilya Channel (internationally) through 2008.

Production staff

See also


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