Currently writing this after watching the finale of On the Wings of Love(OTWOL) entitled #OTWOLTheLastFight to try to put into writing my raw emotions. After months of watching the soap, it is a bittersweet moment of wanting to see the conclusion of the CLeah love team and not wanting it to end. (JaDine, stop playing with my feelings, okay?)
Disclaimer: this is the first Pinoy teleserye after so long that I’ve been hooked after Encantadia(GMA’s fantaserye). I got tired of the repetitive plots of soaps during prime time so I didn’t bother to watch anymore. So what makes OTWOL special? I guess its because the characters are so relatable. Its not you typical rich-guy/girl-poor-guy/girl-against-all-odds tandem that has been the used and abused plot in Philippine television. Clark and Leah are normal people dreaming of a good life for them and their family. They face true-to-life challenges, just like most of us does. It is a story about different kinds of love: familial, platonic, romantic, etc. From Jigs-Leah, Clark-Leah, a little Simon-Leah and then finally Clark-Leah in the end, we were treated to a roller coaster ride of emotions.
OTWOL revolved around the theme “‘Pag mahal ka, babalikan ka.”(If someone loves you, they will come back for you.). Which the story portrayed well. Unlike most shows that tells us that love is enough, OTWOL on the other hand tells the people watching through crafty story telling that though love is important, its not enough to sustain a relationship. You have to work hard for it. It is a give and take process. Its not enough that only one is working. It will only result to burnout. (as in Clark’s case) It shows us than when two people get married, they should die to themselves and only think about what is best for the both of them. Because Clark and Leah entered in a relationship while both are broken (Leah finding her mother and looking for closure and Clark wanting the acceptance of his birth father), there remains unresolved issues within themselves. I loved what tita Jack said, “You don’t enter a relationship broken hoping the other one will make you whole”. Speaks truth as most of us have this wrong mindset that another person can complete you. Only God can. Enter a relationship whole so that you can have something to share to others.
The supporting characters were also not left out of the story. Leah’s sister, Tiffany, spiced things up by her complicated relationship with Gabby’s(her son out of wedlock) father and her long time suitor. In the end, she chose Tolayts, the long time suitor. Leah’s mother, her father, Jigs and his mother, tita Jack, Jigs and Angela, Simon, Clark’s cronies, Clark’s uncles, the whole tenement, a little Bailey-Ylona love team, the staff, the writers, Directors Antoinette Jadaone and Jojo Saguin, everything contributed to the success of the show. Nothing but praises to everyone.
Reid and Lustre’s on-screen chemistry also helped solidify their characters. (Clark Medina and Leah Olivar respectively) Watching them bloom and develop their acting prowess made every episode a must-watch every night. Juan Miguel Severo’s spoken word poetry through Rico, his character, makes every scene twice more effective. May it be happy or sad.
What I liked most about the show is it imparts good values, especially in portraying marriage. Time and again, Leah’s father, tatay Sol, always tell Leah that marriage is sacred. You do not do things that married couples do, even if you are married by law of men, unless you are married in front of God. Commitment to each other is also important.
Now that the series has come to an end, I know everyone will have withdrawal syndrome from the show. The picture below explains the fandom’s feelings all too well.
Again, congratulations to everyone involved for making OTWOL a show to remember. 🙂
Congrats to James and Nadine! from #TeamReel to #TeamREAL <3
Keep the love flowing! I’ll miss coming home excited to watch OTWOL!
*disclaimer: all photos in this post does not belong to me. Credits to the proper owners. No copyright infringement intended.