Coffee Prince is a Filipino romantic-comedy series developed by Des Garbes Severino, which premiered on GMA Network on October 8, 2012 replacing One True Love on GMA Telebabad block and October 9, 2012 worldwide via GMA Pinoy TV. The series is based on Sun-mi Lee’s novel and MBC’s 2007 hit Korean television series, The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince. It headlines Kris Bernal and Aljur Abrenica as the lead characters and under the direction of Ricky Davao.
The series is also part of the networks set of shows for the last quarter of 2012, along with Aso ni San Roque, Mariposa and Temptation of Wife.
The series follows the lives and loves of Andy, a girl who disguises herself as a man just to get the job in a coffee shop and Arthur, a happy-go-lucky and wealthy bachelor whose paternal grandmother pushes him to settle down and start a family. In order to avoid the constant request from his relatives, he will hire Andy to pretend as his gay lover without even knowing that the latter is a real woman.
The series chronicles the comedic lives and loves of the main characters, Andy and Arthur. Andy is a hardworking young woman who supports her mother and sister after the death of their father. To sustain their daily needs, she earns a living as a tricycle driver. Arthur, on the other hand, is a happy-go-lucky and wealthy bachelor whose family owns the biggest coffee factory in the country. His grandmother constantly pressures him to settle down but Arthur is not yet ready to tie the knot.
To avoid the dates arranged by his domineering granny, Arthur hires Andy to pretend to be his gay lover. He doesn’t know that Andy is just pretending to be a guy to keep her job in Arthur’s coffee shop. Desperate to pay off her family’s debt, Andy is left with no choice but to agree with Arthur’s plan and to continue with her charade.
Complications arise when Andy starts to fall in love with Arthur. He is likewise unable to control his feelings for Andy and he starts questioning his sexuality.
Cast and characters
Andrea “Andy” Gomez – the female protagonist; character played by Kris Bernal. Because of her tomboyish mannerism and ala “boy next door” looks, Andy always mistaken for a man. But in spite of this, Andy is the epitome of the loving and caring daughter and sister. She is the breadwinner of her family, trying every job to make ends meet and pay her family’s outpouring debts. She ends up pretending as a guy to bag a job in a coffeehouse. She eventually fall in love with his boss, Arthur, who’s unaware that she is actually a girl.
Arthur Ochoa – the male protagonist; character portrayed by Aljur Abrenica. Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Arthur is known for his happy-go-lucky and impulsive personality. As the heir to a huge coffee company, he struggles to meet all lofty expectations of him, particularly by his over domineering granny, Mamita. And to prove his worth, he ends up taking over a rundown old coffee shop, he named as “Coffee Prince”. He is secretly in love with his brother’s girlfriend. But unexpected turn of events will lead him to meet his perfect match.
Errol Ochoa – Benjamin Alves portrayed the role. Errol is the priggish and more responsible half-brother of impulsive Arthur. He is an established music producer and considered as the most favoured child in the family. His involvement with Arlene will cause a rift/rivalry between him and his brother, Arthur.
Arlene Manahan – the character played by Max Collins. Arlene is the beautiful and talented girlfriend of Errol and Arthur’s childhood sweetheart. With her kindness and sweet nature, she accidentally captured Arthur’s heart, which eventually cause a rift between the two brothers.
Mamita Ochoa – portrayed by veteran actress, Celia Rodriguez. The Ochoa matriarch, known for her perfectionist, bossy and controlling nature. She is considered as one of the most respected and well-known businesswoman in the world of food business. Mamita is very proud of her humble beginnings. It was only through hard work and diligence that she was able to achieve all the luxuries in life – things she also expects for her grandson, Arthur to follow.
Elizabeth “Beth” Gomez – played by veteran comedienne, Tessie Tomas; Beth is a widow who raises her daughters Andy and Mylene the best way she knows. Desperation for money forces her to rely on easy money schemes but always ends up running to Andy to bail her out of trouble.
Ernie Muling Tapang – portrayed by veteran comedian, Leo Martinez. Manong Ernie is a “confirmed bachelor”. He is Arthur’s business partner in coffeehouse and also served as the senior barista there. His Ill-tempered and fearless nature seems useless when it comes to Beth, whom he has a secret crush.
Lorna Ochoa – the character portrayed by Ces Quesada; She is Arthur and Errol’s warm and loving mother. Lorna will do everything she can to keep her family intact. She will eventually resent Andy for his son Arthur.
Oliver Ochoa – played by Ronnie Henares. Oliver is the business-minded father of Arthur and Errol. He is somewhat a disciplinarian, but seems biased when it comes to his two sons, as he always compares the happy-go-lucky Arthur to the goody-good Errol. He often doubts Arthur’s ability and worth, convinced that his youngest son is nothing but a freeloader.
Ervin Tanchinko – portrayed by Boy 2 Quizon. Ervin is the very gay bestfriend and confidante of Arthur. He works at Arthur’s coffee shop as interior designer and barista.
Bamboo Buendia – the character played by Steven Silva. Bamboo is Errol’s ever loyal and dependable best friend.
Leo Bonito – the character played by Fabio Ide. Leo is a Brazillian national who used to sell Brazilian desserts in the mall. He applied as a barista in Coffee Prince in order to finish his studies.
Baldo – portrayed by Sef Cadayona. Baldo is the ever loyal and overly submissive suitor of Andy’s sister, Mylene. He also works as a barista in Coffee Prince and the only one who knows the secret behind Andy’s identity.
Mylene Gomez – portrayed by teen actress, Kim Komatsu. Mylene is the bubbly and fashionista younger sister of Andy.