Tayong Dalawa

Tayong Dalawa

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Also known as The Two Of Us
Genre Romance, Melodrama, Action
Created by Rondel Lindayag
Written by Reggie Amigo
Mark Anthony Bunda
Danica Domingo
Dindo Perez
Directed by Ruel S. Bayani
Trina Dayrit
Starring Jake Cuenca
Gerald Anderson
Kim Chiu
Theme music composer Rey Valera
Opening theme Tayong Dalawa
by Gary Valenciano
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Filipino, English
No. of episodes 178
1 special episode (The Untold Beginning)
Executive producer(s) Emerald C. Suarez
Kylie Manalo-Balagtas
Location(s) Philippines
Running time 30 minutes (Philippines)
60 minutes (Singapore, Malaysia, Uganda, Vietnam)
Production company(s) Dreamscape Entertainment Television
Original network ABS-CBN (Philippines)
Astro Prima (Malaysia)
Mediacorp Channel 5 (Singapore)
NTV Uganda (Uganda)
Todaytv (Vietnam)
Picture format NTSC (480i)
Original release January 19 – September 25, 2009

Tayong Dalawa (lit. The Two Of Us) is a Philippine primetime drama series broadcast on ABS-CBN and worldwide on TFC in 2009. The story revolved around two brothers (Jake Cuenca and Gerald Anderson) who share the same name, the same aspirations, and the same lady-of-interest (Kim Chiu). The title of the series was taken from one of Rey Valera’s classic songs, in a manner similar to most Filipino soap operas.[1]

Plot summary

David "JR" Garcia Jr. was born into a poor family. His father, David Sr., deserted his mother Marlene before he was born because his wife, Ingrid Garcia is pregnant with David "Dave" Garcia, Jr. When Audrey King and her family goes to Tagaytay for a visit, she falls from a set of high stairs. JR saves her life and introduces himself as David Garcia Jr. after she asks for his name. When she gets to the hospital and is asked by the witnesses and her family who saved her, she says it's David Garcia Jr. - but Dave is given the credit instead of JR.

As she grows up falling in love with Dave, Dave meets JR and they become the best of friends, but their families do not approve of their friendship. Dave's family thinks JR wants to use Dave just for the money. The siblings' mothers would not let the two hang out, although their father allowed the friendship to continue. Dave's grandmother, Elizabeth, and JR's mother, Marlene, suspects David Sr is keeping the two boys' friendship alive.

Audrey's father, Stanley Sr., sends her to Cebu to continue her studies. JR and Audrey have a chance encounter in the airport. Dave and JR enter the Philippine Military Academy where they graduate at the top of their class. The family rivalry becomes worse as everyone finds out that Dave and JR are half-siblings when David Sr. appears on graduation day. Elizabeth exerts all efforts to cover up the truth to the point that she engineers Marlene's imprisonment. Things become even worse as David Sr. dies from a gunshot wound during a raid by gun smuggling boss Leo Cardenas on his armory on the suggestion of Ramon Lecumberri, JR and Dave's estranged older half-brother. It would be followed by more events such as the death of Audrey's mother Loreta, Ramon killing Leo to save Lola Gets and the involvement of Audrey's younger brother, Stan Jr., in Ramon's syndicate. Further DNA testing confirms that Dave and JR are twins.

As things develop, Stanley kills Elizabeth over a financial dispute and frames JR. He is imprisoned and escapes with a former enemy, Ka Doroy, as part of a double agent operation with the military regarding the syndicate. He discovers that the syndicate's boss, "Hunyango", is actually Marlon Cardenas, Dave's godfather and Leo's father.

After JR is hit in a later incident, Dave agrees to a kidney transplant to save his twin in exchange for a civil wedding to Audrey, but the marriage turns out to be fake because of Mamita's machinations. Dave and Audrey plan a church wedding, but Dave backs out. Audrey ends up marrying JR in church and later bears him a son named Adrian. However, she dies of heart disease a few days after giving birth.

The brothers eventually face off in a final showdown with Ramon, who agrees to surrender after Marlene's appeals and completing a plan to bring down his syndicate. However, a mentally-insane Ingrid shoots Ramon in the head (while still believing that he killed her husband David) while being taken into custody. He survives the shooting but doctors said the bullets rendered him blind. Dave later commits Ingrid to a psychiatric hospital. Ramon is sentenced to life imprisonment and makes amends with Marlene, JR, and Dave behind bars. The three, who visit Ramon from time to time, now live together with Robert, Adrian, Ula, Angela and Lily. The story ends with a cliffhanger: a woman and her son appears at the Garcia house one evening. They introduce themselves as Emma Garcia (a third wife of David Garcia Sr.) and David Anthony Garcia III.


Main cast

Supporting cast

Guest cast




Citation from the Armed Forces

The production team of Tayong Dalawa and its three leading actors were cited by the Armed Forces of the Philippines for promoting a positive image of the Philippine military. The show is also credited for boosting the Philippine Military Academy's recruitment of prospective cadets by 300%,[2] with the show also advertising the academy's entrance examinations at the end of each episode. Many episodes were shot inside the PMA campus in Baguio City, where Anderson and Cuenca underwent training alongside the actual cadets. Anderson lamented that his and Cuenca's lack of Citizen Army Training experience was an initial problem in adjusting to the Academy's training regime.[3][4]


The show's title theme music is "Tayong Dalawa" by Gary Valenciano, and certain scenes use "Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin" ("I Will Love You Tomorrow") by Lani Misalucha. The song "Tayong Dalawa" was originally composed and performed by Rey Valera and also covered by Sharon Cuneta for the theme song of her film with same title.

DVD release

On August 27, 2009 an announcement was made that Tayong Dalawa will be available on DVD.[5] All volumes have been released. There are 20 volumes on DVD for the whole series.

Tayong Dalawa: The Untold Beginning (special episode)

On September 20, 2009, ABS-CBN aired Tayong Dalawa: The Untold Beginning. The made-for-TV movie features deleted scenes from the first few episodes of the series, which explores the origins of the rivalry between mother-daughter pairs 'Lola Gets'-Marlene and Elizabeth-Ingrid. It also expounds on Ingrid and Marlene's separate love stories with David Garcia Sr.[6]


Year Organization Category Result
2009 Catholic Mass Media Awards Best Drama Series Won
ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards Pop Kapamilya TV Show Won
Pop Theme Song (Tayong Dalawa by Gary Valenciano) Won
Pop Song of the Year (Tayong Dalawa by Gary Valenciano) Nominated
Pop TV Character of the Year (Coco Martin as Ramon) Nominated
Pop TV Character of the Year (Gina Pareno as Lola Gets) Nominated
Star Awards for Television Best Primetime Drama Series Nominated
Best Actor in a Drama Series (Coco Martin) Won
Best Actress in a Drama Series (Agot Isidro) Nominated
Best Actress in a Drama Series (Gina Pareno) Won
2010 8th Gawad Tanglaw Awards Best Television Drama Series Won
Best Ensemble Performance in a Television Drama Won
Presidential Jury Award for Excellence in Acting (Coco Martin) Won
6th USTv Awards Best Actress in a Daily Soap Opera (Kim Chiu) Won
Best Actor in a Daily Soap Opera (Gerald Anderson) Nominated
Best Daily Soap Opera Nominated
NSUU TV Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Mini-series or TV Movie (Gerald Anderson)Won
Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Mini-series or TV Movie (Kim Chiu)Won
Gandingan Awards Best Drama Series Won
41st GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards[7]Princess of Philippine Movies & TV (Kim Chiu)Won
Prince of Philippine Movies & TV (Gerald Anderson)Won

International release

Country/Region Network(s) Series premiere Series Title in Country
Malaysia Malaysia Astro Prima April 6, 2010 The Two Of Us
Singapore Singapore MediaCorp Channel 5 August 31, 2010
Uganda Uganda NTV
Cambodia Cambodia TV5 Cambodia យើងទាំងពីរនាក់


See also

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