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Ipagawas ang lechon!

Inday Will Always Love You is a Romantic Comedy Filipino drama television series directed by Monti Puno Parungao and Rember Gelera and is broadcasted on GMA Network. The pilot episode was shown on May 21, 2018 on the network's Primetime Telebabad block. The series stars Barbie Forteza (as Happylou "Inday" Magtibay-Fuentes), Derrick Monasterio (as Patrick Melendez) and Juancho Trivino (as Ernest Pascual) as the main characters.

Happylou finds work in Cebu as an assistant in a lechon store in order to support her family living along train tracks in Manila as well as to search for her father whom she never met. She eventually finds the answers to her life-long questions alongside various characters who would either make life sweeter or more difficult for her.


Inday Will Always Love You contains trope examples of:

  • Anime Hair: Kimberlou's gravity-defying 'do.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Sunshine does whatever she can to get her father's favor and constantly tries to make Happylou look bad
  • Beach Episode: Cebu's got a lot of beautiful beaches which the characters often visit.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While Happylou is known to be a nice girl, she doesn't allow anyone to take advantage of her kindness. Not even Sunshine.
  • Big Fancy House: The Fuentes Mansion where Amanda used to live in and is now occupied by Happylou and her family as well as Sunshine and her Grandmother.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: What viewers would expect of a show that is also set in Cebu.
    • Happylou's mother Marta mostly speaks Cebuano which Happylou seems to understand but can't speak. She seems to be the only one speaking it regularly though others understand her without speaking it themselves.
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  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Sunshine, especially after being threatened by Amanda
  • Bromantic Foil: Paeng is the complete opposite of the main male lead Patrick in terms of looks, build, intelligence and economic standing but pursues Happylou with all he's got anyway.
  • Catchphrase: This show's got a bunch of it mostly by Happylou herself:
    • "Ipagawas ang lechon!"
    • "Happy lang!"
    • "Ilaban natin 'yan!"
    • "I'm pretty... sure..."
  • Cat Fight: Mostly started by Ericka and Amanda earlier in the series. Later on, by Sunshine.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kimberlou and Paeng are the best examples of this though Happylou can be this at times.
  • Doomed Hometown: Happylou's family and their neighbors used to live beside train tracks in Manila, but their entire community was demolished via a city order so they go live elsewhere.
  • Disappeared Dad: Happylou never knew her father but she wants to find him so their family can be all together.
  • Easily-Overheard Conversation: Mostly the protagonists' plans are overheard by the antagonists.
  • Ensemble Cast: While the main focus of the show is on Happylou, her family members, friends, enemies and old neighbors in Manila get their own focus
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Amanda tries not to get her son Patrick harmed by her evil plans for Happylou's family she almost gets him killed though
  • Everyone's Baby Sister: Happyliz. Due to her disability, her entire family is overprotective of her. Her older sister even gets on a plane to Manila from Cebu when she goes missing. She is also often targeted by Amanda as she cannot defend herself.
  • Faking the Dead: Philip pretends to be dead to look for a chance to catch Amanda red-handed.
    • Amanda pretends to have died from the helicopter incident from the other cast members except for her son Patrick.
  • Family Business: The Fuentes Group of Companies, which owns several businesses including the lechon store Happylou worked at. Philip later hands over control of the Fuentes Group of Companies to his daughters.
  • Family Man: Happylou's father Philip, especially now that the family is all together.
  • Fashionable Evil: Amanda throughout the show, including some of the disguises she wears while carrying out her evil plans.
  • Forging the Will: Amanda tries to do this just so she could get her hands on Philip's wealth.
  • Genki Girl: Happylou is a typical example of this.
  • Happily Adopted: Happylou's younger sister Happyliz
  • Hilarity in Zoos: The characters visit the local safari place for enjoyment and relaxation though their visits don't always go as expected
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Amanda set up the helicopter trap to kill Happylou and make it look like an accident. Amanda is the one who gets thrown overboard instead.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Paeng considers Happylou to be the love of his life but Happylou only sees him as a friend. He has yet to give up though. Ernest also actively pursues Happylou but keeps getting rejected though one time he almost loses his life in a car accident after a rejection
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Patrick may be a snobby rich kid, but he cares deeply about his family and later falls for Happylou.
  • Long-Lost Relative: It turns out that Philip has another daughter named Sunshine. Happylou now has another younger sister.
  • Misery Builds Character: Happylou had to endure having their house demolished, being pushed around by Ericka, almost getting killed several times by Amanda, covering for Sunshine's business incompetence and dealing with her antics.
    • Sunshine's English skills come from working in a call center before she was found by Philip's lawyer and sent to live in luxury in Cebu.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Happylou's main love interest Patrick (he occasionally takes his shirt off) as well as her best friend Ernest
  • Nice Guy: Ernest, which sends him to the Friend Zone
  • Not What It Looks Like:
    • Happylou was offering to make a sandwich while holding a butter knife in front of Sunshine after getting threatened with it but their father thinks that she's the one threatening Sunshine with it.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Patrick's Ex Ericka who refuses to be away from him. She almost gets either her or Happylou killed with her antics. She even tries to marry Patrick by force by kidnapping him but they were stopped.
  • Old Retainer: Madonna to the Fuentes household though she's not that old.
  • Persona Non Grata: Amanda becomes this after her many crimes against Philip and his family and company. She's a fugitive.
  • Promotion, Not Punishment: Sunshine keeps getting this despite having Happylou working hard to cover for her incompetence in business.
  • Punbased Title: The title is a pun on the song "I Will Always Love You" which was popularized by Whitney Houston particularly the chorus part.
  • Rags to Riches: Happylou and her family and later, including Sunshine and her grandmother.
  • Romantic Comedy: What this show essentially is.
  • Running Gag: Paeng keeps being pursued by attractive women he's not interested in. Different guest stars play these roles.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Sunshine and Happylou compete for their father's favor both in business and family life.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: Amanda has sworn to get rid of Happylou from the face of the earth since the day they met and she won't stop until that happens.
  • Tell Me About My Father: Happylou pesters her mother for information on him and eventually learns that he's from Cebu. She then looks for him once she gets there.
  • The Cameo:
    • Hip-hop group Ex Battalion first appeared on the show as Happylou's neighbors and appear throughout the show later
    • Paeng's pursuers include stars such as Solenn Heusaff, Kim Domingo and Katrina Halili
  • The Pawn: Sunshine becomes this after Amanda almost throws her off a yacht.
  • True Companions: Happylou's family with their former neighbors at the train tracks.
  • Unexpected Successor: Philip turns out to be Happylou's long-lost father and leaves all of his properties and assets to her in his will. Happylou (and especially Amanda) is genuinely surprised to find out about it.
    • Sunshine also gets a piece of the pie later on.
  • Unwanted Harem:
    • As a running gag in the show, Paeng is actively pursued by super attractive women who find him handsome but turns them all down out of his loyalty to his one true princess Happylou.
    • Happylou technically has one since she decided not to have a boyfriend for now with all the work she's doing.
  • We Do the Impossible: Happylou and her friends succeed at their endeavors even if they're constantly bombarded by Amanda's evil plans.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit:
    • Commonly used by Sunshine especially when their father's around.
    • Used by Amanda in her first encounters with Happylou.