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Logo used since 2010
Genre Action, adventure, drama, fantasy, comedy
Created by ABS-CBN
Ending theme "Wansapanataym" by Michelle Ayalde (1997–2004)
"Wansapanataym" by Nyoy Volante (2004–2005, 2010–present)
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Filipino, English
No. of episodes 659 (as of October 4, 2015)
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) CineMedia (since 2011)
Original channel ABS-CBN
Picture format (1080i) 16:9
Original release Original series:
June 22, 1997 (1997-06-22) – February 27, 2005 (2005-02-27)
Revival series:
September 11, 2010 (2010-09-11) – present
External links

Wansapanataym (Filipinization of the English phrase "once upon a time") is a Philippine fantasy-drama anthology produced and aired by ABS-CBN. It is aired every Sunday after Goin' Bulilit and before Rated K The series aired from 1997 until 2005, then re-aired from 2006 to 2007. On September 11, 2010, the series began airing again on ABS-CBN's weekend primetime block with new episodes, and remakes of past episodes.


The series was launched in 1997, then was moved to a weekend primetime slot until February 27, 2005, having genre similarities with the ABS-CBN Foundation-produced education program Hirayamanawari (which features Filipino short stories for children) and the 1980s series, Pinoy Fantasy. On May 8, 2006, the show was re-aired on weekday mornings until 2007. A film was also produced based on the series' genre, which starred Shaina Magdayao, Serena Dalrymple and Christopher de Leon.

Judy Ann Santos and the late Rico Yan graced the first episode of this program. In 2004, the series had two child characters (Nash Aguas and Sharlene San Pedro) and a magical book inside a chest in every prologue and epilogue of the show.

1999 film[edit]

Directed by Johnny Manahan
Produced by Charo Santos-Concio
Malou N. Santos
Screenplay by Shaira Mella Salvador
Starring Christopher de Leon
Shaina Magdayao
Angel Aquino
Serena Dalrymple
Music by Jaime Fabregas
Distributed by Star Cinema
Release dates
  • May 26, 1999 (1999-05-26)
Country Philippines
Language English/Tagalog

The movie adaptation of only one episode was made in 1999. The story is about an orphan named Anna (Shaina Magdayao) who searched for her long-lost father (Christopher de Leon). With the help of the guardian angel Barbiel (Serena Dalrymple), Anna was able to see her father for a moment.

Film cast and characters[edit]

2010 revival[edit]

During the ABS-CBN Trade Launch in August 2010, it was announced that Wansapanataym would return with new episodes, replacing Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla. Unlike previous revivals, this one focuses on adaptations based on "komiks" in the first season. It began on September 11, 2010 with its first episode, "Inday Bote", starring Melai Cantiveros. The succeeding seasons will focus on the original format. The revival aired on Saturday nights, but starting from May 25, 2014, Wansapanataym started to air on Sunday nights again.


Main article: WansapanaSummer

Wansapanataym Classics[edit]

Wansapanataym Classics is a re-run of past episodes from 1997 to 2005. It airs on Saturday nights on Jeepney TV.


Theme song[edit]

The theme song was sung by Michelle Ayalde and Roselle Nava in the movie. It was composed by Homer Flores, with lyrics by Jose Bartolome. The song was used from 1997 until 2004. In 2004, the theme song was changed and was also sung by Nyoy Volante until 2005. This version was also used in the revival.

Awards and recognitions[edit]

  • PMPC Star Awards 2000 for TV's Best Horror-Fantasy Program
  • PMPC Star Awards 2001 for TV's Best Horror-Fantasy Program
  • PMPC Star Awards 2002 for TV's Best Horror-Fantasy Program
  • PMPC Star Awards 2003 for TV's Best Horror-Fantasy Program
  • PMPC Star Awards 2004 for TV's Best Horror-Fantasy Program (tied with Nginiig)
  • Catholic Mass Media Awards: Hall Of Fame 2004
  • PMPC Star Awards 2005 for TV's Best Horror-Fantasy Program (tied with Nginiig)
  • Catholic Mass Media Awards: 2011 Best Children and Youth Program
  • PMPC Star Awards 2011 for TV's Best Horror-Fantasy Program Bugoy in Chalk Boy
  • Catholic Mass Media Awards: 2012 Best Children and Youth Program[1]
  • PMPC Star Awards 2012 for TV's Best Horror-Fantasy Program
  • 21st KBP Golden Dove Awards 2013's "Best Children’s Program"[2]
  • 8th UP Gandingan Awards 2014's "Best Development Oriented Children's Program".
  • 12th Gawad Tanglaw 2014's "Best Educational Program"[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ABS-CBN rules 34th Catholic Mass Media Awards retrieved via 09-27-2012
  2. ^ Dimaculangan, Jocelyn (27 April 2013). "Charo Santos Concio, Sarah Geronimo, Gerald Anderson and other ABS-CBN stars score major wins at 21st Golden Dove Awards". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Gawad Tanglaw awards for Inquirer". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 

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