Rubi (Philippine TV series)
Rubi was a television series in the Philippines that is a remake of Televisa
Televisa is a Mexican multimedia conglomerate, the largest mass media company in Latin America and in the Spanish-speaking world. It is a major international entertainment business, with much of its programming airing in the United States on Univision, with which it has an exclusive contract...

's Rubí
Rubí is a Mexican telenovela that aired on Televisa in 2004. The plot is based on a short story by Yolanda Vargas Dulché, published as a serial on the 1960's Mexican comic book Lágrimas, Risas y Amor...

and produced by ABS-CBN
ABS–CBN Corporation is a Philippine-based media conglomerate. It is the Philippines' largest media and entertainment conglomerate. The corporation was the merger of Alto Broadcasting System which at that time owned by James Lindenberg and Antonio Quirino, and the Chronicle Broadcasting Network ...

 which premiered February 15, 2010.


Vivian gives birth to her daughter while she’s still in prison, thus, leaving her no other choice but to put the kid for adoption. Immediately after her release, she goes in search for the child. And to her surprise, she learns that her daughter is actually under the care of the child's real father, Arturo and his new wife Sylvanna. Insistent to get her daughter back, Vivian relentlessly kidnaps her. And in line with her plan of starting a new life, she brings the kid to a far away to the city and she changes their names to Rosanna and her daughter's into Rubi. After a surprise attack from Vivian's possessive lover Danilo, Rubi escapes and roams around Manila. And in order to survive, she knocks on car windows to ask for alms. For months, she spent time along the busy streets. But fortunately, her time alone is immediately cut short by her unexpected reunion with her mother who has been searching for her all those times. On the other hand, since Sylvanna is still longing for their lost daughter, Theresa (now Rubi), she then decides to adopt a child named Maribel. But unfortunately for the poor child, she encounters a terrible car accident while driving with her foster father, thus, marking a permanent damage on her left leg.

Years pass

Though they lack the cash, Rubi all grown up continuously lives in luxury. Apparently, her mother insistently spoils her with extravagance to make up for their uncalled for separation before. Rubi grew up to become a sexy young woman and she is not afraid to flaunt her looks. She has an ambition of marrying a wealthy man to get out of the slums that they live in and for her to finally afford all her luxuries. Even though she knows that she couldn’t practically afford it, Rosanna strives hard to send Rubi in a prestigious private school. On their way to inquire about admissions, Rubi accidentally comes across Maribel. She learns that Maribel has an inferiority complex because of her disability and upon realizing that the young lady is filthy rich, Rubi instantly decides to befriend the disabled young lady. Maribel invites Rubi over to her house so that she could meet her parents. And immediately, the charming young lady gains the couple’s favor. And since she had finally earned Maribel’s trust, Rubi gets a peep in her new friend’s life. Maribel gladly introduces Hector, her long-time chat-mate, to her. Aside from that, the young lady also discloses the fact that she is in fact an adopted daughter.

Things become more complicated

When Rubi set Maribel up on a date with Hector they immediately fell in love. Hector introduces his best friend Alejandro who soon falls in love with Rubi. After thinking Alejandro was rich, Rubi flirts with him and as time passes she develops feelings for him but when she discovered that Alejandro is not rich and is only a scholar, she breaks up with Alejandro and goes after Hector. The night before Hector and Maribel's wedding, Rubi gave herself to Hector. He then abandons Maribel at their wedding and marries Rubi instead. Upon realizing the truth, Alejandro and Maribel were left with each other. As time passed by, they slowly became attracted with each other. Alejandro in love with Maribel still harbors feelings for Rubi, which is the same with Rubi. Hector becomes insecure about his wife especially when she's with Alejandro. Rubi continues her scheming to get more money from Hector's family since she knows her husband is blindly in love with her and knows nothing about her secret plans. One of her plans backfire and her mother was killed. Instead of changing her ways because of the tragedy, Rubi is more determined than ever to get all that she wants. While Maribel is still dating Alejandro, she catches Rubi and Alejandro kissing. Maribel is devastated while Rubi is delighted by thinking Alejandro still loves her. Alejandro and Rubi meet one night and they have sex with each other. Maribel discovers this and decided to go away. Rubi soon becomes pregnant and questions the possibility that it could be Alejandro's baby instead of Hector's. Still unsure, Rubi tells Hector that the baby is his. Meanwhile, Alejandro goes to Maribel's house hoping that Maribel will forgive him, where he finds out that Maribel has left for Europe but still she came back because her love for Alejandro is still there and she doesn't want Rubi to see that she is affected of what happened. Hector finds the evidence of the one night Rubi and Alejandro made love and confronts Rubi upon her return home. They get into a heated argument and Rubi was abused by Hector. Hector punches her pregnant stomach and she had a miscarriage. After some tests, it was revealed that Hector killed his own baby. Because of this incident, Hector completely lost his mind.


After she recovered, Rubi then tried to get back with Hector for her to talk to him. Little did she know that Hector was now deranged. Hector takes Rubi to their unfinished would-be home still under construction and abuses her even more. Hector then calls Alejandro and pretends that he became nice, but it was just an act so he could kill him. Rubi tries to stop Hector but he accidentally pushes Rubi off the edge of the building. Rubi holds on for dear life while Alejandro arrives and him and Hector try to save her. Hector stumbles and falls to his death while Rubi falls down with him into the glass near the construction. Rubi is rushed to the hospital but she was amputated on her right leg to save her life. The accident also left a big scar on the right side of her face. Rubi's beauty which was her greatest asset, is now gone. She now realizes that she already had everything; her family, friends, the man that truly loved her, but she deemed it as all worthless just for her ambitions.

Rubi let Alejandro and Maribel get married even though it hurt her, but she finally accepted that they belonged together. Maribel decided to forgive Rubi for everything now that Rubi decided to change her scheming ways. At the end, Rubi is talking to her mother’s grave telling her about all the things that have occurred, and that although she lost her beauty and wealth, she was finally truly happy, that she can now rebuild her life, just different from before. One of the last lines was telling her mother's grave that if she sees Hector in heaven, tell him that she loves him, showing that in the end, she really did end up falling in love with Hector, only it was too late. Then Rubi who is crippled, walks out of the cemetery with the help of her father, and the scene slowly fades.

Main Cast

  • Angelica Panganiban
    Angelica Panganiban
    Angelica Panganiban is a Filipina film and television actress and comedian.-Early years:...

     as Rubi Perez-Ferrer / Theresa Dela Fuente
  • Jake Cuenca
    Jake Cuenca
    Juan Carlos "Jake" Leveriza Cuenca is a Spanish-Filipino actor and model. He started as a GMA talent center artist, and later transferred to ABS-CBN's talent center, Star Magic.-Early life:...

     as Alejandro Cardenas
  • Shaina Magdayao
    Shaina Magdayao
    Shaina García Magdayao , is a Filipina actress, dancer, singer and model. She is currently under ABS-CBN Management and a member of Star Magic.-Career:...

     as Maribel Dela Fuente
  • Diether Ocampo
    Diether Ocampo
    Diether Ocampo, born in July 19, 1974 in Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines is a Filipino actor, singer and model.-Background:Ocampo's elementary education and high school were spent in Bacoor,Cavite and he attended his college education in De La Salle University-Dasmarinas. He has German and Chinese...

     as Hector Ferrer

Supporting Cast

  • Cherry Pie Picache
    Cherry Pie Picache
    Cherry Pie Castro Picache is a Filipina actress and screenwriter who has starred T.V. and films and has worked as a model for modelling Palmolive, Camay, and Eskinol.Picache attended St. Mary's College in Mo...

     as Vivian Rodrigo/Rosana Perez - Rubi's mother.
  • Cherie Gil
    Cherie Gil
    Cherie Gil is a Filipino actress of Swiss German American, Spanish, and Filipino descent.-Biography:Cherie Gil is the daughter of Filipino actors Eddie Mesa and Rosemarie Gil and sister to actors Mark Gil and Michael De Mesa .She was formerly married to Rony Rogoff, an internationally-renowned...

     as Sylvana Velasco-dela Fuente - Arturo's wife.
  • Gardo Versoza
    Gardo Versoza
    Gardo Versoza, born Mennen Torres Polintan on November 8, 1969, is a popular Filipino actor who has appeared in over forty movies and dozens of television shows. He started out in roles such as Sabik Sa Halik, Machete II, Halimuyak Ng Babae and Kirot. Later, he went on to star in action movies...

     as Arturo dela Fuente - Rubi's father.
  • Allan Paule as Danilo Capili - a patrol officer
  • Kaye Abad
    Kaye Abad
    Katherine Grace Cosme Abad , better known as Kaye Abad, is a Filipino-American actress. She is the sister of former child star, Sarah Jane Abad-Contreras, Kaye's sister Sarah Jane now married to a Kamikazee lead singer Jay Contreras.She is a member of ABS-CBN's Star Magic...

     as Cristina Perez - Rosana's younger sister and Rubi's aunt.
  • Susan Africa as Yaya Pancha - trusted friend and the housekeeper of the Dela Fuente family.
  • Wowie De Guzman as Cayetano - the Dela Fuente family's driver.
  • Coney Reyes
    Coney Reyes
    Coney Reyes is an award winning Philippine Film/TV actress, television host and producer with Chinese and Spanish descent. She has been one of the co-presenters of Student Canteen and Eat Bulaga . She earned a degree of Bachelor of Arts major in Communication Arts at Maryknoll College...

     as Elisa Ferrer - Hector's mother.
  • Juan Rodrigo as Genaro Ferrer - Hector's father.
  • Dante Rivero
    Dante Rivero
    Dante Rivero is a FAMAS award-winning and Gawad Urian Award-nominated Filipino film and television actor.-Television :-Movies:*2002 Bro.....

     as Dr. Jose Bermudez - Hector's uncle who's a neurosurgeon.
  • Bing Loyzaga as Carla Cardenas - Alejandro's mother.
  • Rey "PJ" Abellana as Ignacio Cardenas - Alejandro's father
  • Megan Young
    Megan Young
    Megan Lynne Young is a Filipina-American actress who is a member of Star Magic Batch 15. She is best known for being a former celebrity housemate on Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 2 . Megan is an alumnus of ABS-CBN's rival television station GMA's StarStruck and also a member of GMA Artist...

     as Sophia Cardenas - Alejandro's younger sister.
  • Mel Martinez as Lorreto Valiente - Rubi's fashion design teacher, and best friend.

Extended Cast

  • Eva Darren as Mameng - a storekeeper in Rubi's neighborhood
  • Marvin Yap as Bibo - a vagrant in Rubi's neighborhood.
  • Xian Lim
    Xian Lim
    Xian Lim is a Filipino-Chinese model and actor. He landed his first major acting role when he was cast in the TV adaptation of the 2009 film Katorse. He is studying Management at the University of the East where he was also a member of the university's men's basketball varsity team.Lim is a...

     as Luis N. Ferrer/Luis G. Navarro - Sophia's boyfriend and is Hector's half-brother with his father's mistress.
  • Melissa Mendez as Elena Navarro - a woman Hector's father is having an affair with.
  • James Blanco as Marco - another medical doctor intern and is Alejandro's friend in the hospital.
  • Janus Del Prado
    Janus Del Prado
    Janus Del Prado born as John Mark Patrick Steve Jimenez Del Prado on September 8, 1984, is a Filipino actor and comedian.-Career:His first career started when he is in the "gag-variety" show for kids in the Philippines, Ang TV in 1992 with John Prats, Patrick Garcia, Kaye Abad and many others...

     as Wayne - Rubi's friend
  • Irish Fullerton
    Irish Fullerton
    Fatima Irish Fullerton is a singer and actress, she is a scholar of Pinoy Dream Academy.Irish is a member of ABS-CBN's elite circle of homegrown talents namely, Star Magic.-TV shows:-External links:*...

     as Nicole - Maribel's schoolmate who bullies her.
  • Regine Angeles as Lorena - another one of the female students bullying Maribel.
  • Arlene Tolibas as Hilda Marquez - Elisa's friend.
  • Mark Africa as Gabriel - Hector's evil co-worker.
  • Angel Sy as Nathalie N. Ferrer - Luis' little sister and Genaro's daughter.
  • Jon Avila
    Jon Avila
    Jon Avila, Jonathan Mullally is a Filipino-British actor, model and former housemate of Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 2.- Television :- Movies:-References:...

     as Saul - the school's most famous varsity basketball player.
  • Jake Ocampo as Stu - a male model.
  • Ryan Ramos as Toni - a doctor, who courts Cristina.

Guest Cast

  • Xyriel Anne Manabat
    Xyriel Manabat
    Xyriel Anne Bustamante Manabat is a Filipina child actress. She joined Star Circle Quest: Search for the Next Kiddie Idol in 2009 and became the 3rd runner up. It served as her stepping stone as she plays different minor roles on various TV shows after that...

     as Rubi/Theresa (5 years old)
  • Daniella Amable as Rubi (8 years old)
  • KC Aboloc
    Star Circle Quest
    Star Circle Quest was a reality-based talent search in where at least 10 teen-aged contestants, called as "Questors", will undergo talent training, physical enhancement and different challenges to test their talent skills. Every week, one will be eliminated and the last Questor who will remain...

      as Princess/Young Cristina


Rubí is a Mexican telenovela that aired on Televisa in 2004. The plot is based on a short story by Yolanda Vargas Dulché, published as a serial on the 1960's Mexican comic book Lágrimas, Risas y Amor...

 is a Mexican
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

A telenovela is a limited-run serial dramatic programming popular in Latin American, Portuguese, and Spanish television programming. The word combines tele, short for televisión or televisão , and novela, a Spanish or Portuguese word for "novel"...

 that was aired in 2004 on Televisa starring actress Bárbara Mori
Bárbara Mori
Bárbara Mori Ochoa is a Mexican actress and model. She became famous for being the female lead in the Bollywood film, Kites....

 in the title role, Eduardo Santamarina
Eduardo Santamarina
Eduardo Santamarina is a Mexican film, theater, and television actor.- Acting career :Santamarina took acting classes at the Centro de Educación Artística in Mexico City from 1989–1991. He made his acting debut in 1992 on the set of the telenovela De Frente al Sol, produced by Carla Estrada...

 as Alejandro, Jacqueline Bracamontes
Jacqueline Bracamontes
Jacqueline Bracamontes van Hoorde is a Mexican actress, model and former winner of Nuestra Belleza México.-Biography:...

 as Maribel, and Sebastián Rulli
Sebastián Rulli
-Biography:Before becoming the successful actor that he is today, Sebastián Rulli began his career modeling in many different countries in Europe, namely Spain, Italy and France as well as in Mexico and the United States...

 as Hector. The series had a total of 115 episodes.


Kristine Hermosa
Kristine Hermosa
Kristine Hermosa-Sotto on September 9, 1983 in Quezon City, Philippines) is a Filipina actress. She is well known for portraying the role of Yna Macaspac in the primetime drama series, Pangako sa 'Yo....

 and Angelika dela Cruz were rumoured to be cast as the title character Rubí, but the role eventually went to Angelica Panganiban
Angelica Panganiban
Angelica Panganiban is a Filipina film and television actress and comedian.-Early years:...



Rubi was launched as one of the ABS-CBN's offerings for the 60th Celebration of Filipino Soap Opera ("Ika-60 taon ng Pinoy Soap Opera") during the ABS-CBN Trade Launch for the first quarter of 2010, entitled "Bagong Simula" (New Beginning).


The theme song of the original Rubí series is used for the Philippine adaptation, "La Descarada" (lit: "The Shameless One"), performed by Reyli
Reyli Barba , most commonly known as Reyli, is a well-known Mexican singer-songwriter who has reached staggering success in the past few years all over Latin America and the Latin U.S....

. The song was not translated into a Tagalog
Tagalog language
Tagalog is an Austronesian language spoken as a first language by a third of the population of the Philippines and as a second language by most of the rest. It is the first language of the Philippine region IV and of Metro Manila...

version and was covered by Anton Alvarez.

In the series Rubi, Rubi and Alejandro's theme song is called "Di Lang Ikaw" (lit: "Not Only You"), performed by Juris Fernandez.It is not translated into an English version.

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