Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay

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Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay (International title: The Long Wait / Template:Translation) is a Philippine soap opera, produced by ABS-CBN and Star Cinema. It started July 8, 2002 and ended November 14, 2003. The critically acclaimed and top-rating teleserye won the CMMA Best Drama Series and the PMPC Star Awards Best Primetime Drama Series. It is the first local soap opera that became a finalist to the Best Drama Series category of the International Emmy Awards. It was also part of the top five drama series of the Asian TV Awards.

The series was re-aired internationally in 2012 via The Brand New Cinema One Global (Movie Entertainment Channel) after 8 years.


Lorrea and Lorrinda Guinto (Lorna Tolentino) are twins. Lorrea accidentally takes the place of her twin sister in the world of the drug lords. After many trials and tribulations she finds her missing son, Andrei/Yuri (John Lloyd Cruz).

Plot and synopsis

The Story revolves on twins Lorrea and Lorrinda Guinto (both portrayed by Lorna Tolentino). Lorrea grows up feeling abandoned by her mother (Perla Bautista) who loves Lorrinda more. Lorrea does all that she can to save her family from a series of events that threaten to tear the family apart. This includes her rape at the hands of Francis Ventaspejo (Ricky Davao) who lives in the same village and hometown. Lorrea has a child and names him Andrei but loses him. She tries to get him back but is, in the process, blamed for murdering Francis' father. A remorseful Francis enters the seminary and becomes a priest

As she is thrown in jail by the powerful family Lorrea comes face to face with Lorrinda who offers to help her escape. To do so, Lorrea must enter the world of the drug lords and as a step mother and wife to Henri Argos (Edu Manzano) a powerful and influential character, and meets Brigitta (Bing Loyzaga), an associate of Henri who secretly has feelings for him. Lorrea turns into Lorrinda, known to the people of the underworld as "Red Butterfly" or "Red". She is also plunged into meeting a long lost love Boris Archangel (John Estrada) the man that Lorrea and Lorrinda once loved, who works for Henri as his right-hand man.

Her son Andrei grows up as Yuri Orbida (John Lloyd Cruz) the son adopted by Mirdo Orbida (Ronnie Lazaro) whom he grows to love as a real father. Yuri becomes accepted at a new school in Manila and meets Helaena Argos (Rica Peralejo) at the university; the two meet and form a bond. Helaena falls for Yuri, to the dismay of Kayla (Dimples Romana) Yuri's childhood friend and even crush. Meanwhile, Yuri and his childhood friend Ivan (Jhong Hilario) reunite. Ivan's adoptive mother dies in suicide and Ivan retaliates by revealing to Lorrea that her son Andrei died.

Henri Argo's criminal empire is ruined, Yuri vows revenge upon "Red" for killing his adoptive father, Kayla is attacked, and the truth is finally revealed about Henri being the drug lord, syndicate, leaving the family penniless. Helaena is heartbroken after overhearing Yuri's true feelings for her and his true love for Kayla. Helaena, a longtime love of Anilov Mijares (Bernard Palanca), eventually tries to support her family and becomes a prostitute.

Lady Morganna (Jean Garcia), Brigitta's evil sister and now Boris' wife, enters the picture and plans to make "Red's" family all suffer. Helaena is connected to Anilov and has sessions with him as Mister X, an Alter Ego. Unknown to Yuri is that Dimitri (Johnny Delgado), who was once his professor and taught him law, is the one who is also connected to his plans for revenge. He grows to hate Anilov, for not stopping his older sister who eventually dies overdosing on a drug made by Henri's family.

After 8 years, Lorrea is still alive and Lady Morganna's old enemies resurface. Yuri falls for Katrina (Bea Alonzo) Henri's younger daughter who has just finished becoming a lawyer the two eventually fall in love. Kayla is successful as well but suffers from jealousy. Dimitri adopts Yuri and takes him under his wing. On the other hand, Lady Morganna becomes insane and eventually tries to shoot Lorrea, but shoots Boris instead. Yuri is unwilling to forgive Lorrea because there is not enough proof to make him believe she is the real Lorrea and not Lorrinda. Lorrea's face is fixed after surgery after the bomb explosion that is planted by Lady Morganna. The real Lorrinda/"Red Butterfly" is alive having suffered from a head trauma and amnesia after the bombing in the jail. Lorrinda then defends her twin and says that the series of events that took place will truly reveal that everything was staged and that everything was her fault. Yuri then accepts the truth. Helaena and Anilov marry and have a child while Lorrea takes care of Alyssa, both Lady Morganna and Boris' child. Lady Morganna takes full responsibility for all the attempts and killings, and later on commits suicide in jail due to the guilt for Boris' death. Yuri becomes a law lecturer in a university and accepts Lorrea and Francis as his parents and all is forgiven.


  • Lorna Tolentino portrays two roles:
    • Lorrea Guinto / Lea Mijares - (the female protagonist) is the good twin trying to find her lost son Andre.
    • Lorrinda Guinto / Ingrid Medrano / Red Butterfly - (the female antagonist) has always wanted more than life had to offer for her so she became a part of the drug syndicate and adopted the names Ingrid Medrano and Red Butterfly. They both fall in love with Boris.
  • John Lloyd Cruz as Yuri Orbida / Andre Guinto – The lost son of Lorrea. He grows up to be a lawyer and seeks justice for the deaths of his foster fathers.
  • Rica Peralejo as Helaena Argos – The eldest child of Henri Argos. She does everything in her power to raise her brother and sister after her father dies. She gets seriously hurt from her first love which is Yuri but will learn to love again with Anilov.
  • John Estrada as Boris Arcangel – He becomes the man that both Lorrea and Lorrinda love. He becomes the right-hand man of Henri Argos.
  • Edu Manzano as Henri Argos – Father of Helaena, Katrina, and Niko. One of the leaders of the drug syndicate.
  • Jean Garcia as Lady Morgana Frost-Arcangel – The female antagonist of series. She will make Lorrea, Yuri, and the Argos children's lives miserable as hell.
  • Bea Alonzo as Katrina Argos – The middle child of Henry Argos. She grows up to be a lawyer and falls for her sister's first love.
  • Ronnie Lazaro as Mirdo Orbida – The first foster father of Yuri who raised and taught him right from wrong up to his adolescent years.
  • Johnny Delgado † as Dimitri Mijares – The father of Anilov and the second foster father of Yuri who educate him to a law school after Mirdo died.
  • Bing Loyzaga as Brigitta – She pretends to be a caring friend to Henri but underneath of it is the will to do anything to be his one true love. The older sister of Morgana.
  • Shaina Magdayao as Guinevere "Gwenn" Martinez – The foster child of Lorrea.
  • Alwyn Uytingco as Nikolai "Nikos" Argos – The youngest Argos child and the closest to Lorrea.
  • Ricky Davao as Francis Ventaspejo – A struggling priest who tries to make up for all the mistakes he has done to Lorrea. The biological father of Yuri.
  • Bernard Palanca as Anilov Mijares – Son of Dimitri but they do not get along. He does the exact opposite of what his father wants even when it comes to his personal life.
  • Dimples Romana as Kayla "Pards" Reneza – She is the childhood friend of Yuri and loves him from a far.
  • Rafael Rosell as Tiborce – He is the man who Kayla married despite her love to Yuri.
  • Jhong Hilario as Ivan – Childhood friend to Yuri.
Other cast
  • Andre Tiangco as Father Lorenz – He stood as Francis' spiritual voice of reason while Lorrea was recuperating from the blast that destroyed her face.
  • Ariel Reonal and Don Rivera as the two young NBI agents – Assisted Boris in tracking down a list of people suspected to be connected to Dimitri's death.
  • Snooky Serna as Maida Ventaspejo
  • Romeo Rivera as Don Feudor Ventaspejo
  • Gloria Sevilla as Doña Tilda Ventaspejo
  • Jennylyn Mercado as Aira
  • Kathleen Hermosa as Erika
  • Eunice Lagusad as Alyssa

Additional information

The soap also was featured on the 2003 Starstudio Magazine cover of all casts including inside secrets and scoop on the locations and homes of each character portrayed in the series which was the first soap to have a whole magazine based on the series as a farewell special.


  • Highest Household (Mega Manila) Ratings: 40.2% (June 17), 40.7% (June 23), 43.7% (July 28)
  • Kakai Bautista, a recordholder of 10 takes before getting the scene right.
  • For Lorna Tolentino, it takes 1 hour to get her hair for Lorea's role; 4 hrs. to do Tolentino's prostethics for Lorrinda's role and 20 minutes to do makeup.

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