MANILA, Philippines -- More than a decade since it first aired, the ABS-CBN primetime series that pioneered "teleseryes" on local TV is set to conquer Cambodian television.
This time, however, "Pangako Sa'yo" is getting an all-new cast.
First aired in 2000 as the Kapamilya network's first "teleserye," "Pangako Sa'yo" will be localized for Cambodian viewers by the Cambodian Television Network (CTN), ABS-CBN's International Distribution Division announced on Monday.
CTN's retelling of the love story of Angelo and Yna, originally portrayed by Jericho Rosales and Kristine Hermosa, is set to start production in early 2013.
This isn't the first time "Pangako Sa'yo" will reach international audiences. Since 2002, when it ended its original two-year run, the series has been aired in over 20 foreign territories.
The Chinese-dubbed version of "Pangako Sa'yo" rated second overall among local and foreign programs that aired in the country at the time.
Rosales, who continues to be a prized ABS-CBN leading man, earlier shared his fondness for his African fans, who also became followers of the dramatic showdowns of Amor Powers (Eula Valdez) and Claudia Buenavista (Jean Garcia) when the series enjoyed its TV run in Ghana.
Over the years, other Kapamilya series, along with "Pangako Sa'yo," have been dubbed in English, Khmer, Mandarin, Bahasa Melayu, Vietnamese, Turkish, Russian, and French. They have also been subtitled in Bahasa Melayu and Romanian.
CTN's adaptation of "Pangako Sa'yo," however, marks a milestone for Philippine television, as it is the first time a local series is being remade for another national audience.
Explaining the appeal of Kapamilya programs to foreign audiences, ABS-CBN International Distribution head Leng Raymundo said: "The global viewers recognize and demand for ABS-CBN programs as they remain true to local cultural sensitivities."
"It has a definite global appeal, heart-warming relatable stories that have high production values, and good-looking actors that cross borders," she added.