|Logo used since September 11, 2010|
|Genre||Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Comedy|
|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||615 (as of November 30, 2014)|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||CineMedia (since 2011)|
|Picture format||(1080i) 16:9|
|Original release||Original series:
June 22, 1997 – February 27, 2005
September 11, 2010 – present
Wansapanataym (Filipinisation of the English phrase once upon a time) is a Philippine fantasy-drama anthology produced and aired by ABS-CBN. The series aired in 1997 until 2005, then re-aired from 2006 to 2007. On September 11, 2010, the series aired 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 ABS-CBN Foundation-produced education program Hirayamanawari (which features Filipino short stories for children) and another 1980's 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 the chest in every prologue and epilogue of the show.
|Directed by||Johnny Manahan|
|Produced by||Charo Santos-Concio
Malou N. Santos
|Screenplay by||Shaira Mella Salvador|
|Starring||Christopher de Leon
|Music by||Jaime Fabregas|
|Distributed by||Star Cinema|
The movie adaptation had 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 guardian angel Barbiel's (Serena Dalrymple) help, Anna was able to see her father even for a moment.
During the ABS-CBN Trade Launch held at the NBC Tent @ The Fort last August 2010, it was announced that Wansapanataym will come back with new episodes replacing Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla. Unlike in the previous ones, the revival focuses on adaptations based on "komiks" on the first season. It was started on September 11, 2010 with its first episode "Inday Bote" starring Melai Cantiveros. The succeeding seasons focuses on the original format. The revival airs every Saturday night but starting from May 25, 2014, Wansapanataym started to air every Sunday night again.
Wansapanataym Classics is a re-run of past episodes from 1997 til 2005. It airs every Sunday night on Jeepney TV.
The theme song was sung by Michelle Ayalde and Roselle Nava in the movie. The song was composed by Homer Flores and 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 and it was also used in the revival.