We spent 5 weeks spazzing over the Journey-Towards-Nandito-Ako. Now we are invited to another stretch of five weeks to witness the actual unfolding of that same journey. Perhaps even more witnesses, we are enjoined to be collective participants of this once-in-a-lifetime trek to international stardom.

If you missed watching the livestream, here is a set of uploads. Enjoy while it lasts:

 

WEEK ONE

Episode 1 (2/20/12) with English Subtitles

PART 1

PART 2

 

Episode 2 (2/21/12) with English Subtitles

PART 1

PART 2

 

Episode 3 (2/22/12) with English Subtitles

PART 1

PART 2

 

Episode 4 (2/23/12) with English Subtitles

PART 1

PART 2

 

Episode 5 (2/24/12) with English Subtitles

PART 1

PART 2

Other links where you can watch replays of Nandito Ako:

http://www.pinaswinnawin.com/2012/02/nandito-ako-pilot-episode.html
or from here
http://www.phnoy.com/2012/02/nandito-ako-february-20-2012-pilot.html
or from here
http://www.watchfilipinotv.com/2012/02/nandito-ako-first-episode-tv5-20-february-2012/

See, there are plenty more 🙂

“‎Love is just one word and yet, it means everything in this world. We find it everywhere. but true love thus the hardest to find. Some people live and die without finding their true love, or maybe they have, but didn’t know until it was too late. So when we find our true love, hold on to it and never let go. Cause that’s what I would do.”

~ Josh Bradley; Nandito Ako

MEDIA BUZZ

01 FROM TODO ENTERTAINMENT.COM POST PILOT EPISODE

DAVID ARCHULETA’S NANDITO AKO EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS By EDGAR O. CRUZ
Feb 21, 2012

The best expectations for Nandito Ako’s pilot last night happened without too much effort!

On its first airing, lead actor David Archuleta appeared when the mini-serye opted to start with David singing the team song in a grand concert in the present time. This effective technique avoided fans from waiting in case of a straight retelling of the story.

Nandito opted for straight narrative allowing logical storytelling and avoiding the use of flashbacks that could be confusing to young viewers.

A fast-paced series, the first edition managed to summarize a plausible start-up story in all of 45 minutes, from the back story of Josh Bradley, David’s character, how he got separated from his mother (as played by G Tongi) to live abroad and his decision to return to the country as a singing idol. Director Mac Alejandre effectively mixed big and small scenes to recreate the story, mixing tenderness and tension to kick off a story worth following.

Early at this point, it shows that Nandito Ako is enjoying heavy placements from advertisers. Even before it could start, commercials started airing. This distribution scheme was effective enough to prevent viewers from thinking/feeling they were watching TVCs instead of the drama series.

Willie Revillame’s Wil Time Big Time ended right on time at exactly 9:15 p.m., preventing viewers from waiting which could have led them to channel surf or dose off if it aired overtime.

Nandito Ako should set up a model for TV5 how to do its shows. Instead of keeping up with competition, it must create its own rules. By featuring an actor with real instead of expected demand, TV5 effectively focused on the show’s promotion instead of creating demand for it.

If I were you, I will not rely on the ratings charts as Kantar Media / TNS and People’s Rating will naturally report ABS-CBN and GMA-7 ratings respectively as superior to TV5’s for the timeslot. If you enjoyed Nandito Ako, that’s enough proof it’s a blockbuster hit!

02 FROM MANILA BULLETIN ARTICLE

FROM SINGING TO ACTING TO SERVICE By RONALD S. LIM
February 22, 2012, 10:56am

MANILA, Philippines — The past month has been replete with new milestones for American Idol grad David Archuleta.

For one, there is his first turn as an actor for the new TV5 serye “Nandito Ako” alongside local talents Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Eula Caballero.

The 21 year-old also recorded his own version of the song “Nandito Ako”, a bestselling tune that was composed by Aaron Paul del Rosario and first popularized by OPM legends Ogie Alcasid and Lea Salonga. The only other foreign artist to record it was Mexican songstress, Thalia, and it resulted in a bestselling album for her here in the country.

By next month, Archuleta will be experiencing yet another milestone as he takes a two-year break from showbiz to become a Mormon missionary. Just like his decision to pursue acting in the Philippines, it’s not the most conventional way to go about with a Hollywood career – but that’s exactly how Archuleta wants to do it.

“It’s always a scary thing when you make a decision that everybody tells you doesn’t make sense. You never know what’s going to happen. But it was kind of the same thing with American Idol. I didn’t know what was going to happen. It ended up being so fulfilling for my life. This is just another one of those things,” he explains.

A NEW EXPERIENCE

Archuleta says it was with the very same trepidation that he took on his hand at acting here in the Philip-pines. While he has already appeared on shows like “iCarly” and “Hannah Montana” playing himself, his role in the TV5 serye as international artist Josh Bradley is his first time actually acting as a character.

“I was very reluctant because I didn’t know what this experience would be like. I would have to go out and be such a long way from home for such a long time. It was something that I’ve never done before,” he says. “But TV5 was always very open and easy to work with and they made things very easy and comfortable for me. It just showed even more when I arrived here.”

That arrival back in January was the beginning of what would be almost two months of acting workshops, recording sessions, and shooting scenes in Metro Manila.

Being a newbie actor working with far more seasoned thespians presented a lot of challenges, not the least of which is the fact that he had to interact with them in Filipino – a language he only knows bits and pieces of.

“Coming into it I was very nervous since I’m not an actor. It’s a job that I don’t really know how to do. They tried to keep the Tagalog words as simple as they could so it could sound natural. It was a challenge be-cause the rest of the cast most of the time would be speaking in Tagalog and I would respond in English for the most part. It was a challenging experience,” he shares.

Doing the serye, says Archuleta, opened his eyes to an entirely new way of expressing himself, and is something that he intends to pursue even further after he has served his time as a missionary for the Church of the Latter Day Saints.

“I do lay myself bare to an audience when I sing, but it’s in a different way. Acting and singing are very similar in that way where you become very vulnerable and you open yourself up and express an emotion,” he explains. “I’m not the best actor out there. But I can’t wait to keep growing. It’s so much fun and a lot of work. I think that if I keep on working on it I can get better, because it’s just a great thing to share with people.”

PREPARING FOR MISSIONARY LIFE

More than just opening up new avenues for artistic expression, Archuleta says that his months-long stay in the country has prepared him for the rigors of missionary life. A rigid set of rules are in place for Mormon missionaries, who are encouraged to limit their phone communication with their family, dress conservatively at all times, and stay away from television, movies, the Internet, and most secular music.

“The fact that I’ll be going on a mission, it’s nice that I’m here, in a way. It’s taught me a lot about myself as a person as well. I started to get more out of my comfort zone. This is the most difficult thing that I’ve done and it was great to take on the challenge,” he shares.

Fans also shouldn’t worry about him disappearing from the scene while he fulfils his obligations to his church. While here, Archuleta says he has written and recorded songs that he hopes will fill the space that he is going to leave behind.

“I’ll be gone for two years, and I don’t want to leave my fans with nothing. I just feel like it would be so disrespectful after all they’ve done to support me,” he says. “I want to make sure that the songs will be there. Even though I’m not here physically for my career, I still want to have the music there.”

His two year absence may cast a long shadow of uncertainty on his artistic career, but Archuleta says it something that he is ready to face.

“This is a decision that took a couple of years to make and finally make happen. Even though it’s scary, I know that it’ll be worth it. I’ve learned to trust that feeling in my life. I just have to keep following that feeling,” he declares.

03 FROM PHILIPPINE ENTERTAINMENT PORTAL (PEP.PH)

Eula Caballero sheds tears as David Archuleta says goodbye
by Rommel Gonzales
22 Feb 2012

Makabagbag-damdamin ang paalamang Eula Caballero at David Archuleta sa set ng TV5 mini-series na Nandito Ako.

Kuwento ni Eula sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), “Yung pinaka na-appreciate ko, yung depth nung pagkatao niya. [What I appreciate the most is the depth of his character]

“Nung nagkukuwentuhan kami, wala lang… parang nung una, sobrang light lang ng kuwentuhan. [We would talk, at 1st, just light exchanges] ‘How are you, have you slept well?’ Ganun [Things like that] …

“‘Tapos biglang napunta sa family… ‘tapos alam mo yung ganun siyang klase ng tao.[Then the talk would shift to his family.. he is that kind of a person]

“Natanong ko siya about his mission, kasi kung narinig ninyo yung tungkol sa mission niya, so natanong ko siya.” [I asked him about his mission]

Ang tinutukoy ni Eula ay ang two-year mission ni David para sa The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Patuloy ng Kapatid young actress, “Sabi niya, ‘I’m happy that I’m doing this for my religion.’

“Parang nabubuo daw siya lalo, mas lalo siyang nabubuo. [He feels whole. He feels the mission will complete him]

“‘Tapos sabi niya, ‘It’s just making me sad because I’m afraid that everyone might move on with their lives without me.’

“Na parang masanay na lang na wala siya kasi sobrang haba daw ng two years. [They might get used to without me cos 2 years is a long time]

“Sabi niya pa… Lalo na yung mga sisters niya, na may isa daw na sister niya na magsi-sixteen, ‘tapos yung isa, parang magdyu-junior high, sabi niya, ‘I wish I could be there with them when that happens.’ [Esp my sisters. One of them will just turn 16 and another is about to ente junior high]

“Sabi ko, ‘Oh, my God!’

“Naiiyak na talaga ako habang sinasabi niya yun kasi siya mismo, teary-eyed din.” [I got choked up with what he was sharing and even he was teary-eyed]

Dagdag pa ni Eula, “Alam mo yung ang lalim ng pagkatao niya, ang dami niyang iniisip… yung pamilya niya. [You know,when you consider the depth of his character… he has a lot on his mind, but most of all his family]

“‘Tapos sabi niya, may last month pa daw siya bago siya mag-mission, gusto daw sana niya i-spend sa Philippines kasi sobrang napamahal na siya. [He still has a month to go on his mission. If given a choice, he wanted to spend it here in the Philippines because he has grown to love this place]

“Sabi ko, ‘Yeah, of course! We would be happy.’

“Sabi ko nga sa kanya, ‘TV5 would love that you can do guestings in other shows.’

“‘Tapos sabi niya, ‘I’d love to but I just want to spend it with my family in Utah.’”

Mami-miss daw ni Eula si David.

“Sobra, sobra!” bulalas niya. [I will terribly miss David]

“‘Tapos nung nag-Batangas kami, nung first night in Batangas, sabi niya… ayun na naman, iyon na naman yung nakakaiyak, kasi namumula na yung mata niya. [Then during our trip in Batangas, on our 1st night there… he started to get sentimental again cos he started getting teary-eyed again]

“Sabi niya, ‘I’m gonna miss this, guys.’

“‘We’ve been like taping every day, we’re filming every day and we’re together every day, we’ve been together lunch break and dinner break and all that.’

“‘Tapos sabi niya, ‘I’m gonna miss this because I know you guys have other projects to do after this…’ and eventually daw mada-divert namin yung attention namin.

“Sabi niya, ‘But me, I’m just gonna miss this and I hope I can see you guys again.’

“Sabi ko, ‘Oh David, you’ll be very missed by us.”

To rest of the article talks about Eula – http://www.pep.ph/news/33097/eula-caballero-sheds-tears-as-david-archuleta-says-goodbye/1/2

 

05 FROM RANDOM REPUBLIKA

David Archuleta’s Nandito Ako: The Big Deal on this Mini Serye
Saturday, February 25, 2012

TV5’s newest mini serye Nandito Ako premiered this week with a bang. The show which stars American Idol Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta and the network’s primetime princesses Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Eula Caballero was a worldwide trending topic last Monday. The show’s title and related keywords also trended every single day during its pilot week! Looks like TV5 has created a new record. With this buzz the show has created, things seem to be turning out well for the Kapatid network as a primetime player. Will it be able to sustain the momentum? That we have to find out in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, in case you missed the first week of airing, read on for some random stuff on the characters and try to catch up on the story through our synopsis.

 

MAIN CAST

Jasmine Curtis-Smith, David Archuleta, and Eula Caballero Images: phstars.com

David Archuleta as Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley is an international singer with Filipino-American roots. Due to a hotel fire when he was six, Josh got separated from his mother Cara and was brought to the US by his American uncle. Through a Philippine concert tour years later, Josh is bound to meet the girl who once tried to save his life and find out about the truth that his mother is still alive.

Jasmine Curtis-Smith as Anya Dionisio
Anya Dionisio is the daughter of Teresa, a GRO. Her father was an American who died in a hotel fire. It was during this tragic fire incident that the young Anya first encountered same-aged Josh whom she tried to save from falling off a building. Both were saved by the rescuers and are about to meet again years after.

Eula Caballero as Holly Posadas
Aside from being pretty and popular in school, Holly Posadas also comes from a rich family. She always aims to please her mother but often fails to reach her high expectations. She and Anya eventually became friends after a rough start. Based on the preview, a love triangle is looming as they will both fall for the same guy.

Gelli De Belen as Teresa Dionisio
Teresa Dionisio was a GRO at Clark Air Base when she bore a child to an American. She and her daughter Anya were supposed to go to the United States until a tragic hotel fire killed Anya’s father.

G Toengi as Cara Aguilar Bradley
Cara Bradley is Josh’s mother who fought for her child’s custody but got separated from him because of a hotel fire. Josh was made to believe his mother Cara died from the tragedy.

Aiko Melendez as Margareth Posadas
Margareth Posadas is the snobbish and inconsiderate mother of Holly. Holly always falls short in her attempts to win Margareth’s love and affection.

 

SYNOPSIS

Led to believe that his mother Cara died in a hotel fire, Filipino-American Josh Bradley had no choice but to move to the United States when he was just six years old. He later on became an international singer and this career allowed him to return to the Philippines for a concert tour. He will soon discover the truth about his mother’s survival and cross paths again with Anya, the girl who once tried to save his life during that fateful fire incident.

The only link Josh and Anya have since the hotel fire — parts of a broken watch from Josh’s mother Images: Nandito Ako pilot episode (February 20, 2012) screencaps

MORE MEDIA BUZZ

06 David Archuleta (subtitled) Follow his Week04 Sked @ Paparazzi (18 Feb 2012)

07 Anne Curtis (sister of Jasmine) on DA @ Paparazzi

08 DA bits & pieces in a clip of TV5 Trade Launch =feat @ Paparazzi

09 David Archuleta (subtitled) – Happy with his Pinoy Experience @ Juicy! (20 Feb 2012)

10 Nandito Ako (subtitled) Trends WW @ Juicy (22 Feb 2012)

 

Nandito Ako – Week 2 Epis w/ Subtitles

Nandito Ako – Week 3 Epis w/ Subtitles

Nandito Ako – Week 4 Epis w/ Subtitles

Nandito Ako – Week 5 Finale Week Epis w/ Subtitles