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Directed byDominic Zapata
StarringGlaiza de Castro
Opening theme"Kapalaran" by Glaiza de Castro
Composer(s)Tata Betita
Country of originPhilippines
Original language(s)Tagalog
No. of episodes85
Production location(s)Philippines
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time30-45 minutes
Production company(s)GMA Entertainment TV
Original networkGMA Network
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 13, 2010 (2010-09-13) – January 7, 2011 (2011-01-07)

Grazilda is a Philippine television drama fantasy romance series broadcast by GMA Network. The series is a loose adaptation on Drizella, the stepsister of Cinderella. Directed by Dominic Zapata, it stars Glaiza de Castro in the title role. It premiered on September 13, 2010 on the network's Telebabad line up and worldwide on September 15, 2010 on GMA Pinoy TV.[1] The series concluded on January 7, 2011 with a total of 85 episodes. It was replaced by Dwarfina in its timeslot.


In Fantasia, Grazilda's mother, Matilda falls in love with Fernando who comes from the mortal world. The two elope and have two daughters, Fernanda and Anatalia. Fernando promises not to leave Matilda for the mortal world and past love, Veronne. This all changes however when the Fairy Godmother banishes Fernando to the mortal world as this disrupted the peace in Fantasia.

Matilda is heartbroken when her parents tell her that Fernando had left her. Angrily, she renames Fernanda as Grazilda and a few years later, Matilda marries the father of Cinderella to forget about Fernando. Grazilda hoped to have a father figure in her stepfather but Cinderella was the only one he took care of. This makes Grazilda long for her own father and treasure a tape recorder with her father's lullaby.

Matilda, upon learning of the tape recorder existence, reprimands Grazilda as Cinderella is not supposed to see anything related to Fernando and the mortal world. This, along with Grazilda's jealousy over Cinderella, leads Grazilda to maltreat Cinderella.

Cinderella's father dies and the family inherits his debts. Grazilda takes charge and sells all of her stepfather's old belongings, including a painting of Cinderella's mother, much to Cinderella's dismay. Cinderella also becomes the family's chambermaid.

Grazilda hears about the Prince's ball and hopes to attend despite not being wealthy or royalty. She gains the opportunity, after saving the Prince's life from a sink trap where the Prince invites her personally. She brings along her mother and Anatalia but refuses to bring along Cinderella. The Fairy Godmother sees to it that the Prince will be with Cinderella and not Grazilda.

At the ball, Grazilda is asked to be the Prince's first dance. Matilda whisked her away to groom her. Upon Cinderella's arrival, the Prince forgot about Grazilda and falls in love with Cinderella. At the stroke of midnight, Cinderella leaves the glass slipper, sealing her fate to the Prince, whereas Grazilda is left disheartened.

Grazilda tries to disrupt Cinderella and the Prince’s wedding, reminding the Prince of how she saved his life and the promise he made. Fairy Godmother,as keeper of the peace and ensurer of destiny, banishes her to the mortal world.

In the mortal world, she meets her long-lost father, Fernando, and ends up dealing with his evil wife, Veronne, and mean daughter, Cindy. She finds solace in Jikjik and her grandson Eric, who becomes Grazilda's prince charming.

Grazilda does demeaning jobs, similar to Cinderella's old situation, while in Fantasia Cinderella herself struggles with her new role as a princess. She also competed with Cindy for Eric's love, but despite the cruelties that life gave her, Grazilda remained brave and steadfast with the help of none other than Fairy Godmother.

Both Matilda and Anatalia underwent a hard life in Fantasia, grieving for the loss of Grazilda from their world. This all changes when Anatalia falls in love with Vicente while Matilda finds a way to follow her daughter to the mortal world through Fabiola.

Fabiola, being empowered by playing Fairy Godmother to Matilda, decides to challenge the real Fairy Godmother and take control of Fantasia. In the process, she kills Anatalia, takes Fairy Godmother captive, and obtains sovereignty over the kingdom. In a twist of fate, Grazilda is brought back to Fantasia by Fairy Godmother to face her destiny: to defeat Fabiola as only a half-blood (her father Fernando is a mortal) can vanquish her kind.

As she was preparing for the battle, Grazilda met another prince charming in Kasmir, Fabiola's brother. Falling for Grazilda and disheartened by his sister's actions, Kasmir vowed to help Grazilda. He stole the magical baton, transporting Grazilda and himself to the mortal world.

Cast and characters[edit]

Glaiza de Castro portrays Grazilda.
Yasmien Kurdi portrays Cindy.
Cherie Gil portrays Veronne.
Main cast
Supporting cast
Recurring cast
  • Gwen Zamora as Cinderella
  • Benedict Campos as Prince Charming
  • Stef Prescott as Tonette
  • Bodie Cruz as Ben
  • Ernie Zarate as Don Leon
  • Jobelle Salvador as Stella
  • Gene Padilla as Elias
  • Sherilyn Reyes as Weng
  • Sarah Lahbati as Esmeralda
  • Dang Cruz as Celia
  • Sunshine Garcia as Precious
  • Djanin Cruz as Anatalia


According to AGB Nielsen Philippines' Mega Manila People/Individual television ratings, the pilot episode of Grazilda earned a 14.5% rating.[3]


  1. ^ Glaiza de Castro gets her star turn in primetime's Grazilda
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  3. ^ Santiago, Erwin (September 17, 2010). "AGB Nielsen Mega Manila People Ratings (Sept. 13-16): Grazilda spells magic; Survivor and Noah lead primetime race". Retrieved March 6, 2018.

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