Habang May Buhay
Habang May Buhay is a medical
Medical drama
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Soap opera
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 series that aired on ABS-CBN
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. This is the story of a strong-willed nurse who undergoes family, career, and love challenges in the Philippines
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 and the United States
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Habang May Buhay is the first-ever Filipino "nurse-serye" set in the dramatic setting of a hospital (and various prisons) that mirrors life at its most intense. This series will also bring back the arch-rivalry of Judy Ann Santos and Gladys Reyes from the big hit teleserye, Mara Clara
Mara Clara
Mara Clara is a Filipino primetime television drama that was boned ABS-CBN which ran from August 17, 1992 to February 14, 1997. It was re-aired on Studio 23 and Kapamilya Channel, both ABS-CBN subsidiaries. It is based on a novel of the same title by Emil Cruz Jr...



Jane’s childhood dreams to become a nurse to help her mother, who is also a nurse, will be shattered by one tragic incident caused by someone she truly loved. From then on, Jane vowed to heal her mother and seek truth and justice for her mother’s heartbreaking state above anything else. Jane vowed to never love and trust again. As time passes, Jane struggles to heal her mother and become the nurturing nurse that her mother hoped her to be. And Jane’s journey into the Filipino medical world leads her to meet David – the arrogant heir to the hospital, who becomes her worst enemy but secretly pines for, and Raon, the street urchin whom she constantly saves and heals.Will Jane heal in time to love again?


The series opens with a terrible vehicle accident. Luckily, Nurse Rose Caparas (Gina Alajar) and her young daughter Jane aka Jing-Jing, are there to witness the incident and aid those who are hurt from the terrible wreck. Rose has a secret affair with a general physician, Dr. Manuel Corpuz (John Arcilla); Manuel's wife, Ellen (Tetchie Agbayani), is aware of her husband's infidelity and tries to unravel the identity of her husband's mistress. Jane befriends Sam and his adopted brother Nathan, the two children of Manuel and Ellen. Sam instantly falls for Jane and apparently so does Nathan; the three of them form a bond and promise to be friends forever. However, an unexpected revelation breaks their pact. One fateful day, Nathan sees his father Manuel kissing Rose and catches this moment on film. Sam becomes furious upon seeing the photo of his father's unfaithfulness and quickly jumps to conclusions. Out of rage, Sam and Nathan confront Rose. Rose tries to explain herself but Sam accidentally pushes her off a cliff, setting the story in motion. Upon learning the crime their sons have committed, Ellen convinces Manuel to go abroad for their family's safety. Nathan, however, is unable to travel abroad due to complications with his adoption papers. This causes Nathan and Sam to get separated - with Sam traveling to America with his parents and Nathan running away. Nathan changes his name to Raon, in hopes of forgetting about his past. While in the states, Ellen and Manuel continue to have marital problems, forcing them to get separated. Later on, Ellen marries a rich doctor named Martin Briones and also inherits a stepdaughter, Clarissa Briones. As an act of embracing his new future and letting go of the tragedy of his past, Sam changes his name to David Briones. Meanwhile, Rose's accident leaves her mentally ill, leaving her and Jane no other choice but to live under the care of Rose's bitter cousin and Jane's aunt, Aida (Jobelle Salvador). After Rose attacks Aida, Aida decides to have Rose locked up in a mental institution, much to young Jane's chagrin. While under the care of her cruel aunt, Jane befriends Nonoy, a young boy who hopes to reconcile with his long lost mother. Jane and Nonoy would visit Rose at the mental institution at every chance they get, but another unfortunate event causes Jane's friendship with Nonoy to end abruptly. Jane, therefore, uses all the pain she had endured as her motivation to reach her dreams of becoming a nurse and to one day restore her mother.

Unbeknownst to Jane, her other aunt named Cora (Rio Locsin) is also looking for Jane and her mother in order to help them; as a promise to Jane's father. Cora sends money to Jane and Rose, ignorant of the former and the latter's situation with Aida. Instead of giving the money to Jane, Aida takes it for herself and her daughter, Grace. The all-grown-up Jane (Judy Ann Santos) finishes high school, and luckily she gets a college scholarship for the course she has always dreamed of—nursing. Since her wicked aunt opts to deprive her even with tertiary education, Jane has to work her way to college. Regularly, she still visits her mentally challenged mother in the mental institution. After an altercation with Grace over stolen money, Jane accidentally discovers all the letters her Aunt Cora had sent. Completely raged, Jane finally decides to move out from Aida's care and move in under Cora's wing. Now that everything is starting to fall into its rightful place, tragedy then strikes. On the day they are about to release Rose from the mental institution, the deranged lady runs off. Jane eventually graduates and becomes the nurse that she hoped she would be. As a nurse, Jane is very dedicated, strong-willed, and selfless. However, all of this is challenged when she meets David Briones (Derek Ramsay) - the arrogant and womanizing owner of the hospital Jane works for. Both Jane and David are unaware of each other's true identity. Meanwhile, Raon (Joem Bascon), finds Rose and does everything in his power to try to restore her back to her normal state. Overtime, Jane and David grow close, despite their constant annoyance of one another. Though none are willing to admit it, Jane and David have fallen in love with one another but are still ignorant from the truth. Trouble, however, comes in the form of Clarissa Briones (Gladys Reyes), David's stepsister who also harbors deep romantic feelings for David. In his attempt to heal Rose, Raon runs into his father Manuel at a community hospital but does not reveal his true identity to the doctor. Manuel and Rose are reunited, with Manuel acting as Rose's doctor. Jane and David become an official couple, but Clarissa continues with her constant meddling.

Raon learns that Jane is Rose's daughter and therefore hatches a plan to reunite the mother and daughter who were torn apart by tragedy. Now that two are reunited, Jane finds Manuel at the hospital and tries to talk to him. However, the troubled doctor still does not have the courage to face Jane and does everything he can to hide from her until the time is right. On the other hand, David finally discovers Jane's true identity after he pays a visit to Jane's mother (not knowing that her mother is Rose). Upon seeing David, Rose tells Jane that David is the one that pushed her down the cliff. Jane dismisses the truth by telling her mother that the person responsible is Sam, not David. David, now hurting from what he discovered, tries to find a way to tell Jane his secret: That he is in fact Sam and the one responsible for her mother's accident. Clarissa, on the other hand, is still trying to come up with plans to rid Jane from David's life.

David's mother, Ellen, becomes aware of David's relationship with Jane and opposes this, all thanks to Clarissa. Ellen, therefore, returns to the Philippines to take matters into her own hands. David tells his mother that Jane is Rose's daughter and that she mustn't do anything to jeopardize their relationship because if she does, David will never speak to her again. Clarissa overhears their conversation and later threatens Ellen that she will expose the truth to Jane; Ellen retracts by telling Clarissa that she, too, will expose something from Clarissa's past that will put her in jail if she ever tells Jane the truth. Jane's friend, Nonoy (Will Devaughn), suddenly returns to Jane's life, causing much jealousy within David. Happy to be reunited with her long lost friend, Jane is unaware of the fact that Nonoy is sick. Ellen is also reunited with Manuel, after a run-in with each other at the community hospital. Manuel wants nothing more to do with his ex-wife, but Ellen plans on winning back Manuel. Ellen soon discovers that Rose is still alive after following Manuel on his way to see Rose. To ensure that nothing can get in between her and Manuel, Ellen kidnaps Rose and takes her somewhere far away where Manuel won't be able to reach her.

Main cast

  • Judy Ann Santos
    Judy Ann Santos
    Judy Anne Lumagui Santos-Agoncillo , popularly known as Judy Ann Santos or Juday/Judai, is Philippines film and television actress, product endorser, recording artist, and film producer....

     as Jane C. Alcantara (dead of Final Episode) / Adult Mary Jane A. Briones - Jane grew up with only her mother to raise and guide her, and all her life she had but one dream— to be a nurse just like her mom. But fate would test her strength and determination when her mother met an accident due to the people she trusted. Jane then promised herself to search for the truth and hopefully find justice for what happened to her mother and to continue her lifelong dream, but along the way Jane will find love instead. But what if the one she truly loves is also the one causing her suffering? How long will she be able to continue to fight for her mother? Can love heal the wounds of a broken heart?

  • Gladys Reyes
    Gladys Reyes
    Gladys Reyes-Sommereux, or Gladys Reyes-Roxas , is a Filipina actress best known for her role as "Clara," the antagonist to "Mara" from the 90's ABS-CBN hit teleserye, Mara Clara.-Background:...

     as Dr. Clarissa R. Briones (dead of Final Episode) - The stepsister of David and the stepdaughter of Ellen. Dr. Clarissa Briones is a general surgeon and is harboring a secret love for David. Where would her possessive love for David lead her?

Supporting cast

  • Derek Ramsay
    Derek Ramsay
    Derek Arthur Ramsay is a Filipino-British model, actor, host, and VJ in the in the Philippines. Amongst his hobbies is collecting cars. Ramsay is at times simply called Derek Ramsay....

     as Samuel David Corpuz / David C. Briones - Because of the tragedy of his past, he was forced to forget where he came from and change his over all identity. On his return, he will meet a woman who will challenge him. What he doesn’t know, that this time, he will once again be reunited with his childhood friend who he have wronged before. Can he owe up to his mistakes? Even if doing this could make him lose the woman he truly loves?

  • Joem Bascon
    Joem Bascon
    Joem Bascon is a Filipino actor. He is currently under ABS CBN's talent management arm, named Star Magic....

     as Nathaniel "Nathan Corpuz / Raon - He took responsibility for the mistake of his brother. He will again come across Rose. Nathan will do everything to restore her back to health to make up with his childhood friend Jane. But what if in the end Jane won’t still choose him? How long can he give way for the one he loves?

  • Will Devaughn
    Will Devaughn
    William "Will" Devaughn Stumpf is a popular Filipino commercial model and actor. He entered the Pinoy Big Brother house, during its Celebrity Edition 2, and became the fourth big placer of that season. He arrived in the Philippines in 2004 without knowing a single word of Tagalog...

     as Patrick "Nonoy" Esteban" - The best friend and protector of Jane since they were young but they suddenly got separated. On his return as a patient of Jane, will he be able to finally admit his feelings towards the woman he has loved all these years and he died by the brain cancer?

  • Rio Locsin
    Rio Locsin
    Rio Locsin is the daughter of the movie actress Charito Garcia. Locsin appeared in sexy movies with Lorna Tolentino as her rival.She married Al Tantay, but they separated after a few years. Now she's married to a former basketball player, Padim Israel. She had 3 daughters, Paula & Jabba , and...

     as Cora Alcantara -The auntie of Jane. Cora is a nurse of principle and courage and a true friend to Jane. She thinks of nothing else but Jane’s benefits. How long can she be devoted to Jane? Up to what extent would she be willing to do to protect Jane?

  • Tetchie Agbayani
    Tetchie Agbayani
    Visitacion Parado, who is better known by her screen name Tetchie Agbayani, is a Filipina movie and television actress, Mutya ng Pilipinas, psychology instructor and Playboy model. She appeared in a regular issue of German Playboy and a special American edition entitled "Women of the World"...

     as Ellen Corpuz (dead of May 6 Episode) - The mother of Sam and adoptive mother of Nathan. She came from a rich and very influential family. Ellen won’t allow anyone or anything to come between her and her husband Manuel. How long will she fight for the love of her husband Manuel? Later revealed by Manuel to be emotionally unstable and psychotic.

  • John Arcilla as Dr. Manuel Corpuz (dead of April 30 Episode) - The father of Sam and adoptive father of Nathan. Dr. Corpuz is a general physician and a family man. He chose his ambition and dream to be a successful doctor with his wife over the first woman he once really loved. Until when can he endure being separated from the love of his life?

  • Gina Alajar
    Gina Alajar
    Regina Alatiit also known as Gina Alajar was born on in Manila, she is a FAMAS and Gaward Urian Award winning Filipino film actress and television director.-Present Career and Issue:...

     as Rose Caparas - The widowed mother of Jane. Rose raised Jane by herself alone even with difficulty. She’s a nurse whom Jane looks up to and gets her inspiration. She will be thrust into a tragedy all because of love… and mistakes. Will she be able to finally correct the mistakes of the past?

Extended Cast

  • Gee-Ann Abrahan
    Gee-Ann Abrahan
    Gianina Maria "Gee-Ann" Sta. Maria Abrahan is a Filipina actress and former reality show contestant. She came to prominence from her stint in the second season of Pinoy Big Brother, hailed as the 4th Big Placer, placing behind Wendy Valdez, Mickey Perz and season big winner Beatriz Saw.-Early...

     as Tammy (dead of April 30 episode)
  • Jaymee Joaquin
    Jaymee Joaquin
    Jaymee Joaquin is a Filipina actress, model, and host. She made a career in the Philippines as a TV and print commercial model during her younger years and ventured in events promotion and hosting on the side.After years of auditioning in the modeling scene, she became a part of ABSCBN Star Magic,...

     as Ciara
  • Marc Abaya
    Marc Abaya
    Ramon Marcelino "Marc" Diaz-Abaya is a Filipino musician, TV host, VJ, and occasional actor. Abaya appeared in the 2009 Philippine release of Tinker Bell....

     as King (dead of April 30 episode)
  • Kian Kazemi
    Kian Kazemi
    Kian Reza Kazemi is a Filipino-Iranian actor, reality show contestant and TV host. Kian Kazemi also appeared in several TV shows before he had appeared on Tayong Dalawa.-Personal life:...

  • RJ Ledesma as Dr. Arden (dead of May 3 episode)
  • Michael Conan as Chief Reyo
  • Josh Ivan Morales
  • Jeffrey Santos

Guest stars

  • Dominique Roque as Mark (dead of April 30 episode)
  • Melanie Marquez
    Melanie Marquez
    Melanie Marquez , , is a Filipina personality development coach, actress, film producer, author, and celebrity endorser...

     as Dra. Victoria Samaniego
  • Joyce So as Kaye
  • Cai Cortez as Debbie
  • Dang Cruz as Norma
  • Lloyd Samartino as Martin
  • Jobelle Salvador as Aida (go back there house in Feb 12 episode)
  • Kathleen Hermosa as Grace (go back there house in Feb 12 episode)
  • Merry Harrison as Shirley
  • Sid Lucero
    Sid Lucero
    Timothy Mark Pimentel Eigenmann better known by his stagename Sid Lucero , is a Filipino television and film actor. He won the 31st Gawad Urian Best Actor award for his role in Selda.-Career:...

      as Francis
  • Mariel Pamintuan as Young Jane
  • John Manalo  as Young Samuel
  • Paul Salas
    Paul Salas
    Paul Andre Solinap Salas is a Filipino child actor. He is the son of Michelle Solinap and Jim Salas....

      as Young Nathan
  • Makisig Morales
    Makisig Morales
    Makisig Morales appeared on the TV reality-show Little Big Star and is the lead singer of the boy band Mak and the Dudes. As a child actor, he played the lead role in Super Inggo'....

      as Young Nonoy
  • William Martinez
    William Martinez
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     as Ben Alcantara - Jane's father (appears only in photograph)
  • Mickey Ferriols
    Mickey Ferriols
    Michelle Forster , better known by her stage name Mickey Ferriols, is a Filipino actress.-Personal life:She has a son with ex-partner Archie Alemania named Brent Marcus Alemania and she is the older half-sister of Jackie Foster and youngest biological granddaughter of actor and former NFL tight...

     as Dra. Jamarilla Agustin - Jane's doctor
  • Ejay Falcon
    Ejay Falcon
    Ejay Lasap Falcon is a Filipino-French model and actor who is currently a contract artist of ABS-CBN. He is also the Big Winner of Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus....

     as Nenok
  • Erika Padilla
    Erika Padilla
    -Biography:Born Erika Padilla to father General Ricardo Ilagan Padilla. Her mother is a businesswoman while her father is the current Regional Director of Region 4 Calabarzon....

     as Michiko
  • Zeppi Borromeo as Frank
  • Dianne Medina
    Dianne Medina
    -Career:Medina was one of the 12 finalist of Wazzup Wazzups 2006 Tadjock Search. After winning the search, she became a regular segment host of the satirical comedy news program and appeared as a guest host of Studio 23's morning news and talk show, Breakfast.In 2007, she was cast as Dianne in the...

     as Mara
  • Matet De Leon as Yolly
  • John Wayne Sace
    John Wayne Sace
    John Wayne Sace is a Filipino actor.Sace is a member of ABS-CBN's circle of homegrown talents named Star Magic.-Filmography:TelevisionMovies-External links:* Internet Database...

     as Christopher
  • Sophia Barrs as Shirley
  • Yohan Agoncillo as Urina
  • Joshua Cadelina
  • Macy Garcia
  • Rubi Rubi as Nurse
  • Rhap Salazar
  • Arlene Tolibas
  • Sharmaine Buencamino as Rowena Esteban - Nonoy's mother
  • Matthew Mendoza
  • Christian Vasquez
    Christian Vásquez
    Christian Vazquez is a Negros Occidentalese actor, model and a former housemate of ABS-CBN's Pinoy Big Brother: Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition. During his stint at Pinoy Big Brother, he was one of the comedian housemates. He graduated from high school at the University of St...

  • DJ Durano
    DJ Durano
    DJ Durano is a Filipino actor, model, singer and recording artist.-Career:DJ’s early career in entertainment started as part of That’s Entertainment of German Moreno. During the show, he is termed as the lady killer and obviously, it is true...

     as Rod (dead of April 29 episode)
  • Edgar Allan Guzman as Henson
  • Jommy Teotico as Arnold
  • Jose Sarasola as Rod's Friend
  • Ram Sagad
  • Carlos Morales as Dino
  • Gerard Pizzarras as Pilo
  • Bangs Garcia as Mindy the Pharmacist
  • Maricar De Mesa as Dra. Pamintuan - Clarissa's friend/doctor
  • Che Ramos as Candy - Wedding Planner
  • Minco Fabregas as Clarissa's lawyer
  • Allan Paule as Kardo
  • Mike Lloren as Jane's lawyer
  • Danilo Barrios as Lando
  • Nikki Bacolod
    Nikki Bacolod
    Nikki Bacólod , is a Filipina singer, television host, swimmer and actress. She is best known for placing as first runner up in the 2005 season of ABS-CBN's Search for the Star in a Million...

     as Julie
  • Ana Capri
    Ana Capri
    -Biography:Capri was named Best Actress in the Cinemanila International Film Festival for the 1999 film Pila-Balde. She won her second Best Actress award for the 2005 Briccio Santos film Ala Verde, Ala Pobre...

     as Susan
  • Karla Estrada as Bona
  • Ina Feleo as Fiona Enriquez (dead of May 5 when Jane is in America)
  • Cheska Biliones as Young Mary Jane Briones


The project was announced in mid-2007. Production started January 2008 under the direction of Andoy Ranay, Mark Meily, and John Lazatin. The series had a working title Himala but the management did not want the viewers to think that it was a remake of the Nora Aunor
Nora Aunor
Nora "Guy" Aunor is a multi-awarded Filipino actress, singer and producer. Aunor has also topbilled several stage plays, television shows, and concerts. She is regarded as the "Superstar in Philippine Entertainment Industry"...

 movie Himala
Himalâ is a Filipino film directed by the late National Artist Ishmael Bernal of the Philippines in 1982. The film's script was written by multi-award winner screenwriter Ricky Lee based on a true incident on a teenage girl in Cabra Island in the province of Occidental Mindoro between 1966 and 1967...

The title was then changed to Humingi Ako Sa Langit. On ABS-CBN's Trade Show, '08 Accelerate!, a trailer of the show was released. It was also announced that the show will be part of ABS-CBN's 2009 new shows line up, but ABS-CBN management then decided to scratch the whole project and start over again. After having seven different directors, new production started middle of 2009 under the direction of Wenn Deramas. In November 2009, ABS-CBN held its trade show for its upcoming programs for 2010 where it was announced that Habang May Buhay will begin airing during the first quarter of 2010.

Production Crew

  • Director: Wenn V. Deramas
  • Executive in Charge of Production: Enrico Santos
  • Production Manager: Rizza Ebriega
  • Executive Producer: Grace Ann Casimsiman
  • Headwriter: Francis Xavier Pasion, Agnes Gagelonia
  • Writers: Shugo Praico, Lobert Villela, Bridgette Rebuca, Genesis Rodriguez, Maribel Ilag


Habang May Buhay was launched as one of the ABS-CBN offering for the 60th celebration of Filipino Soap Opera ("Ika-60 taon ng Pinoy Soap Opera"). Together with series such as Rubi
Rubi (Philippine TV series)
Rubi was a television series in the Philippines that is a remake of Televisa's Rubí and produced by ABS-CBN which premiered February 15, 2010.-Beginning:...

, Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo
Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo
Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo is a Philippine primetime drama series that aired on ABS-CBN.It became the part of the 60th Year of Pinoy Soap Opera Celebration for its First Roaster of Primetime Drama's it won 3 ASAP awards for Best TV Series of the year Favorite TV Couple characters played by Gerald...

, Tanging Yaman
Tanging Yaman (TV series)
Tanging Yaman was a Filipino political drama program that aired in ABS-CBN Primetime Bida.-Casting:Erich Gonzales got her second main character role as Fina on the series. Gonzales will also be reunited with her co-stars from Katorse, Ejay Falcon and Enchong Dee...

, Kokey @ Ako
Kokey @ Ako
Kokey @ Ako is a Filipino comedy-fantasy primetime series to be aired in ABS-CBN. The series is the sequel to the 2007 series, Kokey...

, Magkano Ang Iyong Dangal?
Magkano Ang Iyong Dangal?
Gilda Olvidado's Magkano Ang Iyong Dangal? is a Filipino daytime drama produced by ABS-CBN that premiered on January 25, 2010....

, Agua Bendita and a series of Precious Hearts Romances Presents
Precious Hearts Romances Presents
Precious Hearts Romances Presents is an ABS-CBN program mainly focusing on adaptations of the best-selling pocketbooks distributed by company holder, Precious Hearts Romances.-Bud Brothers:-Ang Lalaking Nagmahal Sa Akin:-Somewhere In My Heart:...

seasonal episodes. The shows were launched during the ABS-CBN Trade Launch for the first quarter of 2010, entitled "Bagong Simula" (New Beginning).

Theme Song

The show's title was derived from its theme song, "Habang May Buhay" sung by Sharon Cuneta
Sharon Cuneta
Sharon Cuneta-Pangilinan, better known as Sharon Cuneta, is a popular and multi-awarded Filipino singer, actress and TV host dubbed as Megastar of Philippine Entertainment, fondly called Mega by fans and people from the entertainment industry....

. The song was composed and originally sung by Wency Cornejo, who recorded it with his band, Afterimage
Afterimage (band)
Afterimage was a Filipino Alternative Rock / pop rock band who was active in the 1990s. The group disbanded after 11 years and made three studio albums. After disbanding, Wency Cornejo, the band vocalist, pursued a solo career...



  • It reaired on IBC-13
  • It won 4 Awards
  • Became Gladys Reyes and Judy Ann Santos' comeback as a tandem
  • it was originally named Humingi Ako Sa Langit in 2008 when it was shot but decided to fix the program with same plot new cast and new drama because it would open as the First Quarter of 2010's 60th Year Of Philippine Drama Campaign.

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