The Making of Princess and I
Princess and I Official Trailer
Mikay or also known as Princess Areeyah (Kathryn Bernardo) is the daughter of King Anand (Albert Martinez) and Queen Isabel (Precious Lara Quigaman), and is the long-lost crowned princess of the fictional Kingdom of Yangdon (based on real world Bhutan). As a child, she was brought to Manila after Ashi Behati (Gretchen Barretto), a high ranking influential official and a royal blood who desires the crown of being the next queen of the Kingdom of Yangdon and desires for being the next crown prince of her own son Prince Jao (Enrique Gil) who is now a then vowed himself to search for the long-lost princess and love her. His mother attempts to get rid of Mikay and her mother.
In order to protect her from being killed, a woman named Esmeralda brought her in the Philippines growing up in a adoptive poor family, then she meets Kiko (Khalil Ramos) whom has a crush on her, becomes her best friend, and Gino (Daniel Padilla), a boy described to be swaggering and arrogant, and from a rich and influential family. (his mother seemed to be a counselor from Yangdon) Mikay hated his attitude whenever he teases her even almost considering him as her enemy, yet little did she know that Gino also fell in love with her, even asking her to be his girlfriend (he confessed to her many times, some are through songs), and sometimes he feels really jealous whenever she's with other guys.
Jao arrived at the Phillipines with his royal butler Han (Ketchup Eusebio), to find the girl shown in his stolen picture from his digital camera. There he finally met Mikay, the girl from the picture and Gino, his loyal best friend back at Yangdon. He also fell in love with her. However, When Ashi Behati learned that her son left Yangdon, Jao was shocked to see his mother following him and threatens Mikay to stay away from him.
When King Anad grew suspicious of Ashi Behati in teaming up with the rebellion. He, also follows her in Phillipines with his counselor in order to question her about the rebellion in Yangdon, and also the same time he interviewed Esmeralda and there he knew that his daughter is alive.
Esmeralda believed that Mikay's stepfather, Dinoy (Dominic Ochoa) was the one who adopted the baby left in front of his house, she also stated that the blanket brought with the baby from Yangdon served as the evidence about Mikay being the long-lost princess of Yangon. Dinoy, however, was scared of the king taking her away, he attempt to forget and ignore Esmeralda and even planning to move out from the city for his family, to keep his stepdaughter's true identity. But when the fire invaded their house which made King Anad to convince his family to live with them, he finally told him the truth behind her identity.
In one of the latest episodes, Jao finally confessed his love to her, at that time Gino was about to pass by the hall but instead he overheard their conversation. After that, he considers Jao no longer friends but as rivals when Gino confronts him and they agreed a fearless competition: Who will win her heart?
Behind all the King's wealth, power and title, is a saddening empty space in his heart that is yet-to-be filled by his long-lost daughter Princess Areeyah, who will grow up in an unfortunate life not knowing who she really is. It will be about her journey of searching for her true identity and, possibly along the way, finding love. Will Mikay finally meet her destiny as Princess Areeyah of Yangdon? Who is the real "I" in "Princess and I"?
Kathryn Bernardo as Mikay Maghirang/Princess Areeyah Hwan Chuk
Gretchen Barretto as Ashi Behati
Albert Martinez as King Anand Hwan Chuk
Enrique Gil as Dasho Jao Rin Poshe
Daniel Padilla as Gino Dela Rosa
Khalil Ramos as Kiko Salamat
Dominic Ochoa as Dinoy Maghirang
Sharmaine Suarez as Esmeralda Ortiz
Karen Timbol as Stella Cruz-Maghirang
Yayo Aguila as Des Salamat
Beverly Salviejo as Anna Salamat
Frances Ignacio as Ellen Salamat
Marina Benipayo as Alice Dela Rosa
Jong Cuenco as Edward Dela Rosa
Bianca Casado as Bianca Maghirang
Sofia Andres as Dindi Maghirang
Shey Bustamante as Vicky Ortiz
Leo Rialp as Don Julio Dela Rosa
Ketchup Eusebio as Han
Nina Ricci Alagao as Chumi
Niña Dolino as Yin Hwan Dee
Allen Dizon as Pratchit
Ian Galliguez as Noime
Patrick Sugui as Warren
Young JV as Jonas
DM Sevilla as Romeo
RS Francisco as Dorji
Arthur Acuna as Drukpah Minister Shivaji
Jerry O' Hara as Drukpah Minister Bibek
Levy Ignacio as Drukpah Minister
Jonic Magno as Drukpah Minister
Roeder Camanag as Ambet
Rex Lantano as Rex
Angeline Quinto as Herself
Manuel Chua as Ahmet
Piero Vergara as Rio
John Manalo as Pema
Linn Oeymo as Maddie Olivarez
Tippy Dos Santos as Adriana
EJ Jallorina as Tom
Phytos Kyriacou as Pelden
Jaco Benin as Kinley
Izzy Canillo as MacMac
Maxine Misa as Mean Girl
Kyra Custodio as Mean Girl
Christian Bautista as Priam
Dante Rivero as King Maja Raja Hwan Chuk
Precious Lara Quigaman as Queen Isabel
Christian Vasquez as Dasho Kencho Rin Poshe
Spanky Manikan as King Chen Mo
Casey Da Silva as Young Mikay Maghirang/Princess Areeyah Hwan Chuk
Louise Abuel as Young Jao Rinpoche
Russiane Jandris Ilao as Young Gino Dela Rosa
Jelo Echaluce as Young Kiko Salamat
Belle Mariano as Young Bianca Maghirang
Dexie Daulat as Young Dindi Maghirang
Princess and I, then coming as working title You're Always in my Heart, was announced during an ABS-CBN trade event as one of the upcoming television series of the network to be shown on primetime. After the success of her previous show Mara Clara, the project was given to teen star Kathryn Bernardo as her counterpart Julia Montes was given the lead role for another show, Walang Hanggan.
On March 31, 2012 on the network's primetime newscast TV Patrol, the show was formally announced as Princess and I and will be shown April 16, taking the timeslot of then concluding television show E-boy. Along with Kathryn, other teen actors to star include her Growing Up onscreen team-up partner Daniel Padilla, Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3 Finalist Khalil Ramos, and Enrique Gil, whom she co-starred with in the movie Way Back Home.
Albert Martinez and Precious Lara Quigaman were announced to be the royal parents of Bernardo's character. Gretchen Barretto also joins the cast after her previously announced project Alta was shelved. Other cast announced include Dominic Ochoa, Yayo Aguila, Niña Dolino, and Sharmaine Suarez. Primetime first-timer Dado Lumibao and My Binondo Girl director Francis Xavier Pasion are hired as directors for the show. Star Television will produce the television series. Star Television is the small-screen production arm of Star Cinema, the biggest film production firm in the Philippines, and the makers of primetime hits such as Pangako Sa 'Yo, Imortal, and Magkaribal.
In an interview, Bernardo said that it was an unforgettable experience to shoot abroad in what is anticipated to be one of ABS-CBN’s biggest and grandest teleseryes for 2012. Since the story revolves around a fictional rich kingdom in Asia, costume and prop designers were hired to create authentic but stylized and evidently Bhutanese-influenced costumes that were fit for royalty. Notably also, to make the fictional kingdom seem more authentic, while shooting, actors portraying Yangdonese characters had to learn how to deliver their lines in Dzongkha, the language of the Bhutanese, and they would dub themselves in post editing. The cast and crew also had to fly to Bhutan to shoot scenes for the show. It took them two weeks to finish shooting in Bhutan, and they continued shooting in the Philippines after they arrived. Bernardo said it has helped her character that she looks like the princess of Bhutan, and that it would help the viewers appreciate the show more.
The full trailer was released on April 2, 2012 via the primetime series Walang Hanggan. Soon after, the trailer became a top trending topic nationwide on Twitter. Two days later, the official poster was released.
Since its premier, the show has garnered consistent high ratings. Last June 25, it hits the 40 percent mark.
By August 7, the series was at number one tied with heavyweight, Walang Hanggan, according to Kantar Media Total Philippines Household TV Ratings.
Princess and I once more reigns the Philippine primetime TV shows garthering 40% TV rating last Wednesday, September 19. For three straight weeks now, Princess and I has been dominating primetime which was usually topped by phenomenal Walang Hanggan. Based on the latest data of Kantar Media last Wednesday (September 19) the drama series topbilled by Kathryn Bernardo garnered 40% national TV ratings, or almost a 25-point lead versus its newest rival program in GMA Network entitled Aso ni San Roque which only got 15.3%.
Due to high ratings, the program was aanounced to be extended until November, but was again extended until 2013, following the life of Princess Areeyah during her stay at Yangdon.
1. "Nag-Iisang Bituin" Christian Bautista 3:54
2. "Hinahanap Hanap Kita" Daniel Padilla 4:02
3. "Kung Ako Ba Siya" Khalil Ramos 3:40
4. "Mula Noon Hanggang Ngayon" Kathryn Bernardo 3:40
5. "Tunay Na Ligaya" Enrique Gil 3:45
6. "Now We're Together" Khalil Ramos 4:03
7. "Gusto Kita" Daniel Padilla, Khalil Ramos and Enrique Gil 3:29
8. "Nag-Iisang Bituin" Angeline Quinto 3:54
ABS-CBN: Princess and I - Starring Kathryn Bernardo, Enrique Gil & Daniel Padilla