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‘Bridges of Love’ has the Right Mix of Everything

After the success of ‘Two Wives’ comes another series titled ‘Bridges of Love’ that is dubbed as a soap that has a ‘story like no other’. When it premiered on Monday, March 16—it created a lot of buzz since it brings together three Gawad Urian awardees—Jericho Rosales, Maja Salvador, and Paulo Avelino, respectively.

Of the four previous episodes—none of which bored me. Rosales plays Gabriel ‘Gael’ Nakpil, a man who dreams and who is willing to do everything just to make his loved ones happy and is hoping to realize his father’s dream [of him] becoming an architect. Apart from that, there is one thing that is lacking in him—he still feels guilty of losing his brother—Manuel ‘JR’ Nakpil Jr., who eventually became Carlos Antonio and is portrayed by Avelino.

Its Conflicts make the Audience Want for More.

In ‘Bridges of Love’, the conflicts presented two traditional breakdowns such as: man versus man (external) and man versus self (which is internal). It cannot be denied that for a story to exist—or at least be worth following—it must contain conflict[s]. Putting together the three main characters—Gael, Carlos, and Mia—it provided the right flavor for its intended audience to savor every bit of the scenes and episodes on its weekday timeslot.

In the coming days—the intersecting lives of the separated brothers and the center of their attraction and affection—Mia Sandoval, Salvador’s character would definitely further the conflict between the two brothers. One can expect a roller-coaster ride between the three main leads. The writers in of the series have brilliantly created the characters to contribute in moving forward the story and it make the audience effectively identify and appreciate the struggles presented.

Two Irresistible Leading Men.

Another winning formula in this series is having two equally gorgeous and intense actors—Rosales and Avelino. Having them as the separated brothers and are reunited by one woman, which serves as the literal bridge between the two ensure another hit for the TV network.

Jericho has proven many times over how good he can be in assuming certain roles and is predicted to his best ever after his stint on a previous drama hit series–‘The Legal Wife’ (2014). He is able to tackle the emotions needed for the ‘charades’ in his character’s journey. As for Paulo, even if he plays a ‘bida-kontrabida’ role—he is like any third party in Koreanovelas—as someone who is hard to let go and set aside.

A Gathering of Fine Actors.

Apart from Rosales, Avelino and Salvador—the series also include both Antoinette Taus and Edu Manzano as returning Kapamilya stars. The two stars will definitely play key roles in the newly-aired drama.

Also, Carmina Villaroel as Alexa Meyers is part of the lead cast members. Other actors in the series are Lito Pimentel, Maureen Mauricio, Malou de Guzman, John Manalo, Joross Gamboa, Janus del Prado, Max Eigenmann, Nikka Valencia, Justin Cuyugan, Jopay Paguia, and Manuel Chua.

Rosales, Salvador, and Avelino are the three leads in 'Bridges of Love'. Images courtesy of ABS-CBN as screen-captured via IWanTV.

Rosales, Salvador, and Avelino are the three leads in ‘Bridges of Love’. Images courtesy of ABS-CBN as screen-captured via IWanTV.

‘Bridges of Love’ is one series that guarantees another quality entertainment from Star Creatives written by Benjamin Lingan, G3 San Diego, and Henry King Quitain. Dado Lumibao, Richard Somes, and Will Fredo are the directors.

The Kapamilya Network very well know how to capitalize on pain and suffering as well as characters caught up in conflicts. It has the right mix of everything, if I may say so. Their writers understand the role of conflicts in both building a plot as well as defining the characters in their soaps.

Cinderella’s Magic of Having Courage and Being Kind

Many stories were told about the adventures of Cinderella, but with the latest offering from Walt Disney Pictures and produced by David Barron, Simon Kinberg and Allison Shearmur–it is one moving fairytale about the lead character named Ella or Cinderella portrayed by Lily James opposite Richard Madden as Prince ‘Kit’ Charming.

The teaser poster of Cinderella 2015 movie.

The teaser poster of Cinderella 2015 movie.

This 2015 American romantic fantasy film directed by Kenneth Branagh, from a screenplay written by Chris Weitz is reminiscent of the Disney’s 1950 animated musical film of the same name. It certainly borrowed elements from the mentioned film and is also inspired by the tale created by Charles Perrault with some references from the Brothers Grimm’s version.

In the film, after Ella was left orphaned and was under the cruel guardianship of her evil stepmother Lady Tremaine, which breathed into by Cate Blanchett. Ella had no choice but to also serve the two stepsisters—Drizella (Sophie McShera) and Anastasia (Holliday Grainger), respectively.

The former comfortable lifestyle of the lass has turned into a nightmare, but she still held on to her promise she made to her mom (Hayley Atwell) to ‘have courage and be kind’ and to her dad (Ben Chaplin) to stay in their ancestral home and take care of it.

The moral of the story is—the good will always triumph in the end. Perhaps, Blanchett’s interpretation of the role is quite refreshing as an evil stepmother and could rival Meryll Streep’s Witch in ‘Into the Woods’. However, the one thing that the Filipino moviegoers would love about this Cinderella re-telling is its element of being melodramatic in a good way.

Ella who suffered by the hands of Lady Tremaine displayed an admirable disposition until she met her fairy godmother played by Helena Bonham Carter (whom I would say I also adore here). She got rewarded after doing a good deed; she was able to attend to the Prince’s Ball and eventually met again with the man who captured her heart.

Seeing Lily James as Cinderella reminded me of two equally gorgeous and queenly bearing personalities—one is Megan Young the first Filipina to become the Miss World in 2013 and Julia Abueva who assumed the character in Resorts World Manila’s production of ‘Cinderella’ in 2013.

(L-R): Young was declared Miss World 2013 and Abueva alternated as Cinderella in Resorts World Manila's production on 'Cinderella', also in the same year.

(L-R): Young was declared Miss World 2013 and Abueva alternated as Cinderella in Resorts World Manila’s production on ‘Cinderella’, also in the same year.

James was perfect and moved with such ease and regal as Kit’s apple of the eyes. Many highlights in the film include the transformation of the pumpkin into a glittery coach, the lizards, the goose, and the mice to be her companion in heading to the ball in the Prince’s castle.

The blue gown glimmered as well as the glass slippers that seems to create varied colors when Ella wore it. The choreography in the ball, particularly the dance of Cinderella and her Prince Charming was splendid and impeccable in its movement.

Everything in the film—its cinematography, the detailed costumes, and sets were simply a delight and feast to the eyes for the moviegoers. Though the story has been told and re-told, one can still enjoy what this film can offer.

‘Cinderella’ opened on Friday the 13th of this month and is now showing in theaters nationwide. To know more about the film, click here!

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The Finale: #TwoWives, #TwoWidows, and #TwoWonderfulWomen

The series ‘Two Wives’ that topbilled two of the country’s promising dramatic young actresses in their generation—Kaye Abad and Erich Gonzales as Yvonne Aguilluz-Guevarra and Janine Arguello-Guevarra, respectively—had its final episode yesterday, March 13.

From Left to Right: Erich Gonzales as Janine Arguello-Guevarra and Kaye Abad as Yvonne Aguilluz-Guevarra. Images courtesy of IWanTV.

From Left to Right: Erich Gonzales as Janine Arguello-Guevarra and Kaye Abad as Yvonne Aguilluz-Guevarra. Images courtesy of IWanTV.

It was a five-month, full of drama in the lives of the families related to the two wives.

Despite the struggles that Yvonne and Janine faced in the many episodes of the said series; where they battled over one husband—Jason Abalos as Victor Guevarra–in the conclusion, the two women found peace.

One reason that viewers should realize in this series is that love is not just merely a feeling, but it is a decision. Love is something that no one can comprehend no matter how one would try or attempt to define it. There is truth to the scriptural passage in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (with emphasis, added) that says: “Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude; it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.”

Yvonne and Janine became two widows when they both lost Victor and even came to the point of fighting over who should claim the dead body of their former husband. But because of love, everything changed. It allowed them to forgive and slowly move on as they eventually found new loves.

Another strong point that this series have emphasized is that—women are the strongest species because it can bear all the pains, the wounds, and everything that men could not. Thus, the conclusion was more meaningful because both women have finally accepted their strengths and weaknesses—coming from the space of love.

The family melodrama series was loosely based on the 2009 Korean drama of the same title, and was directed by FM Reyes. It was aired on ABS-CBN Channel 2 and on The Filipino Channel from October 13 last year. It also featured three equally stellar appearances of Dina Bonnevie, Tanya Gomez, and Isay Alvarez.