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The Life and Times of the Cast of Tabing Ilog

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| October 17, 2013

The Life and Times of the Cast of Tabing Ilog

The Life and Times of the Cast of Tabing Ilog
After several “Where are They Now” lists involving child stars, TF stars, That’s Entertainment alumni, and Ang TV alumni, there have been numerous requests sent to yours truly for other similar lists, including one-hit wonders (Such as Janet Basco or Ella Mae Saison), voice talents, and even soap opera stars. What stuck out like a sore thumb, though, were people clamoring for a list about the cast of the Pinoy version of Dawson’s Creek, Tabing Ilog, which aired from 1999 to 2003 every Sunday afternoon.

The show was definitely great, and the opening theme performed by Barbie’s Cradle was nothing short of iconic. Despite that, virtually the entire cast of Tabing Ilog is still active in showbiz.

Nonetheless, looking at where they were then and today would be an interesting exercise in perspective, sort of the same way it feels when you consider what Bryan Cranston used to do before he became Breaking Bad’s Walter White.

Here are the life and times of the main cast of Tabing Ilog

Kaye Abad

Kaye Abad
Playing off her success in Gimik, the lovely Kaye Abad just continued to earn goodwill as the lead in Tabing Ilog. Her loveteam with John Lloyd Cruz definitely did wonders for both of their careers, and made both of them forces to be reckoned with in show business for a long time.

Present Day: After an erstwhile long-term relationship with Parokya Ni Edgar frontman Chito Miranda, and after a certain scandal erupted with Chito and his new lady love, Kaye revealed the secret why she could never have had a video scandal with Miranda: they never did the deed, much less record the non-existent deed on video. She’s still very active in showbiz to this very day, and constantly threatens to just burst right back into the top rank of stars with the next breakout role she stumbles upon.

If you recall, John Lloyd played a stereotypical probinsyano in his first high-profile role in Gimik, and most of that characterization carried over to his stint on Tabing Ilog. Out of the entire cast, it’s safe to say he was the breakout star, as his excellent acting and boy-next-door looks led to a popularity explosion that he still enjoys to this very day.

Present Day: Well, he’s still arguably the Kapamilya network’s top star, isn’t he? Though his lovelife and expanding waistline is often the subject of controversy, very few people could openly say a single bad thing about John Lloyd because he never fails to deliver the goods when the cameras are rolling.

Jodi Sta. Maria

Jodi Sta. Maria
Jodi played George, and was paired with Baron Geisler. She had a mostly nondescript showbiz career for the longest time, but was always a solid choice for “simpatika” characters.

Present Day: After a failed marriage with Senator Lacson’s son, Jodi stuck to her guns in show business and ended up bursting into the upper echelon as Maya in Please Be Careful With My Heart. And whatever you do, please never, ever confuse Sir Chief with Chicser. Please.

Patrick Garcia

Patrick Garcia
Probably the only original pairing in the show that did not cross over from reel to reel life or vice versa, Patrick Garcia was paired with Paula Peralejo in an effort to mutually boost their stock. Patrick was riding high at the time as a bona fide a-lister.

Present Day: A fall from grace came after public opinion turned against him during his erstwhile romance with Jenelyn Mercado, especially when it came out that he misses ponying up for child support. His last high-profile role was probably when he made a surprise cameo appearance in the John Lloyd-Angel Locsin vehicle, Unofficially Yours.

Paolo Contis

Paolo Contis
Paolo Contis definitely looks like a Badong, don’t you think? He was best friends with Eds in the show, and is also best friends with Kaye Abad in real life. His stint on this show went a long way in shaking off the child-star image he incurred by being a part of the long-running sitcom Oki Doki Doc.

Present Day: Still embroiled in an annulment with his wife, former EB Babe Lian Paz, but hasn’t missed a beat in his showbiz career as a character actor. Also criminally underrated, in my opinion.

Desiree del Valle

Desiree del Valle
A stunning beauty then and now, Desiree Del Valle never quite achieved super-stardom, but has always been reliable at playing villain characters throughout her career. Tabing Ilog was definitely instrumental to her development as a genuine talent, though.

Present Day: Still very active in showbiz, and still playing mostly villain characters, her last movie role of interest was as Leah in the lackluster Kimerald starrer, Till (sic) My Heartaches End. She was the third party in the film, albeit she was portrayed sympathetically.

• Paula Peralejo 

• Paula Peralejo 
Paula Peralejo was high profile during the time of the show, and was paired with Patrick Garcia. Having high hopes due to her sister’s success, ABS-CBN were betting that Paula would achieve similar levels of popularity, and to a large extent, she did get that.

Present Day: After graduating Magna Cum Laude from UP in 2008, Paula then got married just last February in Pinaglabanan Shrine. She’s more known nowadays for her insatiable desire to travel the country, which should have been a gimme to anyone who noticed that she minored in Tourism during college.  Her last showbiz appearance of note was in 2006, in Komiks: Si Pardina at mga Dwende.

Baron geisler

Baron geisler
Looking vaguely like Patrick Garcia, Baron was someone they were trying to build up at the time to perhaps be on par with his somewhat lookalike. It never quite caught on, because something about Baron’s look just screamed “villain.”

Present Day: If you feel sympathetic towards him, Baron may very well be the unluckiest man in Philippine Showbiz, especially when you realize who he was accused of harassing in a show that featured Cherry Pie Picache and Cristine Reyes. With his inner demons often getting the best of this clearly talented performer, you keep hoping that someday, he will finally just pull a Robert Downey, Jr. and clean up his life while still churning out top-level performances, but he just can’t pull it together. His performance in the 2008 Cinemalaya film Jay and as Asiong Salonga’s self-appointed right-hand man in the 2011 film were nothing short of impressive.

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