"...My Girl..."

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Posted 10/5/08 , edited 10/5/08

[.pinoy version.]

My Girl is an adaptation of the hit Korean drama series of the same title. The original series was aired by ABS-CBN in 2006. This is the first and highly acclaimed adaptation of a Korean drama series (also called Koreanovela in the Philippines) for Philippine TV.

The story started with Jasmine, a girl working with her two friends Christine and Jeffery as tour guides to earn money for her and her father, Chito. They owe a few men a lot of money, which gets Jasmine into a chase everyday.

While on the other hand, Julian is introduced as the new owner of his grandfather's Amana Hotels. He had a girlfriend (Anika) who refused his proposal for engagement to pursue her career as a beauty queen.

When Jasmine and Julian's paths crossed, Jasmine became a translator for Julian. Apparently, his next project is building another hotel in China. When Jasmine earns enough money, she sends away her father into hiding, while she is handling the problem made by her father. After a while, Julian looked for his long lost cousin Hannah. He sees the resemblance between Jasmine and Hannah, he’s forced to ask Jasmine to pretend as his cousin so that his grandfather’s last wish can be fulfilled. So therefore, they both are bound in a lie that no-one in the family knows the truth.

But soon Jasmine gets strong feeling for Julian but wants him to be happy too. But at the same time Annika (Julian's ex-girlfriend) gets jealous of her and find a way to get rid of her.

Kim Chiu_Jasmine Estocapio - She is from Cebu. Carefree and optimistic, she manages to always get her and her father out of trouble. After pretending to be Hannah for Julian's sake, she falls in love with him. But when the secret spills out what will happen??

Gerald Anderson_Julian Abueva - Absorbed in work and tense, Julian just wants to please everyone and succeed. He hired Jasmine to pretend to be his long-lost cousin named Hannah to grant his grandfather’s dying wish. He loves Jasmine more than anything in the world but just can't admit it

Enchong Dee_Nico Legaspi - He is exactly the opposite of his best friend Julian. As someone who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Nico believes that life is all about pleasure and women. But his fickle heart soon begins to beat for just one girl because of Jasmine. Nico still hopes to make Jasmine fall in love with him. Nico has strong feeling for Jasmine. He's heartbroken because he wants him to be with jasmine, not julian.

Niña Jose_Anika Ramirez - A beauty queen who is Julian's ex-girlfriend. They broke up when she went to a beauty pageant. She still continues to hope for Julian to love her again. Anika has strong feeling for Julian and is counting on getting him back, no matter what comes in her way.

Support cast
Ronaldo Valdez_Greg Abueva - A self-made millionaire who had made cruel decisions in the past. Now that he’s suffering from a serious ailment, he wants to correct his mistakes by asking Julian to find his long-lost granddaughter: Hannah

Bing Loyzaga_Bel Abueva - She’s the only one her father could count on ever since her elder sister eloped with a poor man. Because of her unwavering dedication to their family, she ends up becoming a spinster who dotes on her nephew, Julian.

Lito Pimentel_Chito Estocapio - A widower who raises his daughter Jasmine the best way he knows. His lack of education, however, forces him to rely on gambling as a means of income. But because he often loses, he ends up running to Jasmine for help.

DJ Durano_John - Aside from being a loyal bodyguard/driver of Lolo Greg, he is also an aspiring sculptor who keeps his talent a secret. His stature in life stops him from revealing his long-hidden feelings for Auntie Bel.

K Brosas_Tessie Legaspi - Her late husband was Lolo Greg’s business partner in their hotel chains. This company vice president is an ambitious woman who desperately wants to take over the presidency of the business.

Regine Angeles_Shiela - She is Julian’s ever-efficient executive assistant and confidante in his search for his long-lost cousin. As her family’s breadwinner, her job is really important for her.

Cathy Gonzaga_Christine - If worse comes to worst, Christine is someone whom Jasmine can depend on whenever she’s in trouble. Aside from being a tour guide like Jasmine, Christine also works as a beautician in her mother’s salon parlor. Christine is looking for someone special

David Chua_Jeffrey - He is Christine's twin brother, as well as Jasmine’s close friend. This certified nerd undergoes a makeover when he meets Sheila and develops a huge crush on her.

Extended Cast
Nicole Uysiuseng_Hannah Abueva/Miranda Castro - She is long-lost grand daughter of Greg Abueva, the millionaire owner of the hotel. She is the cousin of Julian. She is staying with her step auntie named Nena, until Chito unveils the truth about who she really is.

Robi domingo_Vincent - A rich guy who met Hannah in school, also the cousin of Samboy. He owns the repair shop where Samboy currently works. He is also in love with Hannah.

Josef Elizalde_Samboy - He is the so called enemy of Tina Nena because he was courting Hannah although he is a boy without dreams and has no money and yet, he still pursues her love for Hannah.

Keanna Reeves_Nena Hannah's step aunt - who is taking care of her while her step parents are abroad. She dislikes Samboy.

Malou Crisologo_Tilde - The Mother of Cristine and Jeffrey.

The Pinoy version of the hit Korean drama series, My Girl, starring Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson, premiered last May 26. It became the number one show of ABS-CBN and ranked no. 4 in the Mega Manila.

Changes from the original
The Philippine version takes place during the summer/typhoon season. The original took place during the Christmas season.
Jasmine speaks Tagalog, Cebuano, and Chinese as opposed to Yoo Rin's Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.
Julian's cousin Hannah is said to be in Cebu not in Japan.
The mandarin orchard was replaced with mango orchard.
Anika is a beauty pageant queen. Seo Hyun was a professional tennis player.
Nico was touring around the Philippines while Jung-woo is touring around the world.
Jasmine picks a heart that was hanging from a pole by standing on top of a jeepney after she got drunk. Yoo Rin picks the star on top a Christmas Tree by climbing up a ladder.
Jasmine vomits directly on Julian after getting drunk. In the original, Yoo Rin only vomits on Gong Chan's jacket.
Jasmine mentions whenever it rains, its her birthday as opposed to the snow in the original.
Julian and Nico plays either basketball or boxing as opposed to Gong Chan and Jung-woo playing squash together
Hannah Castro's (Hannah's new name) life is shown as opposed to the original, when her character, Choi Ha-na, is shown in the final episode with her husband Lee Mong-ryong. Footage of her and her family is added to the storyline to extend the series.
A movie scene was used instead of the taxi scene when Julian (Gong Chan) lets Jasmine (Yoo Rin) lie on his shoulder, the day before the couple will be separated from one another.
The Philippine version shows a transition of Julian and Jasmine without each other for four years (footage of Christmas Day, New Year's, & Valentine's Day). Jasmine is in Baguio City with her father while Julian is still looking for Jasmine.
Julian keeps his spectacles on as opposed to Gong chan, who only wore them for part of one episode (episode 15) and is not shown wearing them for the final episode. Julian however, does takes his spectacles off for the wedding in the final episode.
Jasmine sees Julian at the bus station as opposed to Yoo Rin seeing Gong Chan at the airport after not seeing each other for awhile.
Julian is seen driving a BMW car in the first half of the series. The second half of it, he drives an SUV or a car. In the original, Gong Chan was driving a Land Rover SUV in the first half, then drives a black car in the second half. Jasmine (second half) drives a white Suzuki car as opposed to Yoo Rin driving a red SUV. Nico drives a Volkswagen Beetle in the first half, then drives a BMW SUV or another car in the second.
There are more snowglobes in this version, than the original. In the original, most of the snowglobes were Christmas ones (one of the globes featured a character from 'Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer'). In this version, most of the snowglobes are based on 'love and romance,' including one that shows a proposal.
The hug and kiss scene took place on the driveway of Nico's house as opposed to the elevator from inside a skyscraper in the original.
The proposal (at Lolo Greg's house) and wedding takes place for the final episode. Similarly to the original, it ends with the two forming a heart with one of their hands (the original at the grandpa's house and Philippine version after the wedding respectively)

ABS-CBN via Star Records Philippines released the "My Girl: The Original Teleserye Soundtrack" featuring its carrier single "Sabihin Mo Na" revived by Pinoy Dream Academy alumna Yeng Constantino originally sung by Top Suzara. The album also includes "Crazy Love (Chinese version)" performed by Kim Chiu, a duet of "Sabihin Mo Na" by Kim and Gerald, "My Girl" by Sam Milby, "Gulo, Hilo, Lito," by ex-Moonstar 88 vocalist Acel van Ommen and others. [2]

Here is the complete tracklist:

My Girl by Sam Milby
Sabihin Mo Na by Yeng Constantino
Crazy Love (Chinese Version) by Kim Chiu
Gulo, Hilo, Lito by Acel van Ommen
Kahit 'Di Mo Napapansin by Richard Poon
Pusong Lito by Kim Chiu
Sabihin Mo Na by Kim Chiu & Gerald Anderson

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