Actor Paolo Contis took to social media last Saturday to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1999 youth-oriented series Tabing Ilog, in which he starred as Salvador “Badong” Magtibay.
Having turned 35 just last Thursday, Paolo shared a throwback photo with former co-star John Lloyd Cruz, who played the character of Rolando Victor “Rovic” Mercado, taken from behind-the-scenes of the award-winning show many years ago.
“Nung March 14, nag celebrate ako ng birthday ko... pero 20 years ago, 1999, kasabay ng aking kaarawan pinalabas ang unang episode ng #TabingIlog. Eto ang litratong nagpapatunay na si Rovic at si Badong ang nagkatuluyan sa ending! Hindi lang pinalabas! #Batang90s,” he wrote.
Aside from Paolo and John Lloyd, other actors who joined the cast of Tabing Ilog were Paula Peralejo as Anne de Guzman, Kaye Abad as Eds/Ponyang delos Santos, Desiree del Valle as Corrine Ledesma, Jodi Sta. Maria as George Fuentebella. Patrick Garcia as James Collantes, and Baron Geisler as Fonzy Ledesma.
🎶🎶Sa ilog ang mundo'y may himig Di sana magpalit ang awit ng hangin Habang kayo'y hinihintay Mata'y may ngiti puso'y nananabik 🎶🎶 @jodistamaria @barongeisler @deslois @paolo_contis @kaye_abad @onlypatrickgarcia @paulatheexplorer #johnlloydcruz #jodistamaria #kapamilya #tabingilog @abscbnonline @starmagicphils @jeepneytv #tbt #throwbackthursday
The series, shown on ABS-CBN and which has won the PMPC Star Awards for Television's Best Youth-Oriented Program from 1999 to 2002, had a good run of over four years before they aired their final episode in October 2003.