Lobo (TV series)
|Also known as||She Wolf: The Last Sentinel|
|Format||Drama, Supernatural, Horror, Action, Romance|
|Developed by||Star Television|
|Directed by||Cathy Garcia-Molina
Jerry Lopez Sineneng
|Ending theme||Ikaw Ang Pangarap
by Martin Nievera
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|No. of episodes||118 (total)|
|Camera setup||Multi-camera setup|
|Production company(s)||Star Creatives, Inc.|
|Picture format||NTSC (480i) SDTV|
|Original run||January 28, 2008 – July 11, 2008|
|Followed by||Iisa Pa Lamang|
Lobo (lit. Wolf) is Philippine supernatural–fantasy horror TV series produced by ABS-CBN that premiered January 28, 2008 and ran through July 2008. It was topbilled by Piolo Pascual with Angel Locsin and was the most expensive teleserye made by ABS-CBN.
In 2004, Lobo was already planned as a project by ABS-CBN with the original storyline centering on siblings who are both wolves. Robin Padilla was the first choice of ABS-CBN for the role "Noah" with Claudine Barreto as "Lyka". Kristine Hermosa and Bea Alonzo were also considered but these pairings was scrapped when Padilla transferred to GMA-7. In early 2007, John Lloyd Cruz and Anne Curtis were also offered the lead roles but turned them down due to a prior commitment to return to their roles for the sequel to the television drama Maging Sino Ka Man. The show finally began formal preparations, training, and filming with the transfer of Angel Locsin to ABS-CBN. The management decided to pair her with Piolo Pascual. Heart Evangelista was also offered "Gabriella"'s role now played by Shaina Magdayao. The choice of the dog who portrays Lyka's white wolf alter-ego brought about ABS-CBN's decision to buy a purebred dog named Brasca all the way from France costing P200,000.
The plot revolves around young lovers Lyka Raymundo and Noah Ortega. Lyka is a young woman aspiring to be a fashion designer and works as a fashion assistant in the House of Elle. Her decision to pursue the arts is frowned upon by her Tita Clara Rivero because, according to her, it is not a practical choice.
Noah becomes a second lieutenant of the Philippine Army. During a crucial mission, he saves Don Manolo Sebastian and becomes involved in the battle between the Luna and the Waya.
Lyka's position as fashion assistant to Lady Elle is foreshadowed by the fact that she is believed to be the last hope of her fellow White Wolves (a faction/clan of Filipino werewolves): "Ang Huling Bantay". It is through the House of Elle that Lyka crosses paths with Noah, Lady Elle's bodyguard and driver. Little does she know that he is actually her childhood friend, "Jay-Jay" who she thought was long dead. When Lyka and Noah finally meet and fall in love, something had to tear them apart. Something that Noah can never accept. The blossoming romance between the two is hindered by the presence of Gabrielle Dizon and Anton Rivero. Gabrielle is a deep-penetration agent who attempts to distract Noah while Anton is in love with Lyka and will do anything to prove his love.
There are two opposing groups in the story—the Luna and the Waya. The members of the Luna organization have a grudge against the werewolves while the Waya are the protectors of the Lobo (the werewolves), and they want them to co-exist harmoniously with normal humans.
|Angel Locsin||Lyka Raymundo-Ortega||She is strongly motivated by her dreams to become a famous fashion designer. But for now, she enjoys her job as a fashion assistant in the "House of Elle". However, her zest for life will be dimmed by the harsh truth of her real nature. On the brighter side, she will capture the elusive heart of Noah. Is her love stronger than the decree of fate?|
|Piolo Pascual||Noah Ortega||Working both as a Second Lieutenant in the Philippine Army also a personal guard for Eleanora Blancaflor, Noah is known for his intelligence, skills and speed in combat. Behind his quiet and mysterious look lies a man who is capable of loving deeply. Will he defy everything he believes in for the sake of love?|
|Shaina Magdayao||Gabrielle Dizon||An asset of the military who belongs in the Intelligence Division, Gabrielle is Noah's mistah and best friend. But her dedication to her craft will push her to fight against Noah who happens to be the man she secretly loves. She will do anything to make Noah happy even if it hurts her in the process.|
|Geoff Eigenmann||Alec Aragon / Remus||He's a wolf also and he came to help Lyka save their lives. Unexpectedly, he ended up loving Lyka who can't love him back. On the other side of the character, Remus is the god of the white wolves.|
|Ryan Eigenmann||Anton Rivero||He is deeply in love with Lyka whom he grew up with as a cousin. Hence, he will hinder the romance between Noah and her. Using his intelligence as a chemist and his innate ferociousness, Anton will do everything in his power to have Lyka even if one of the choices is to kill Noah.|
|Pilar Pilapil||Eleanora Blancaflor a.k.a. Lady Elle||Her fabulous contribution in the fashion insdustry is famed across Asia. She works as the president of the "House of Elle" as well as the leader of an organization called "Waya". angd was tagged as the strongest Waya next to Lyka. Hidden beneath her glamorous image and lifestyle is her ultimate secret known to a selected few. Lady Elle is also the stern protector of Lyka. She will discover that Lyka has her own secret.|
|Agot Isidro||Nessa Raymundo||Her dangerous nature forces Nessa to abandon her only child (Lyka) for the sake of the latter's safety.|
|Dante Rivero||Gen. Leon Cristobal||He is known for raising his kids with an iron hand. He takes his responsibility at work more seriously though, to the point that his mysterious mission comes first than his duty as a father to Noah and Zoe.|
|Robert Arevalo||Manolo Sebastian||Owner of the "House of Elle" and a former member of an organization called "Luna". He is willing to risk everything he owns in the name of love.|
|Dimples Romana||Trixie||Works as a costume mistress in the "House of Elle". She is the closest friend of Lyka and is hiding a secret that she doesn't know but is haunting her. This secret is something that'll change the plot of the story.|
|Irma Adlawan||Clara Rivero||She acts as surrogate mother to both Lyka and Anton. Clara's world mainly revolves around Anton since she sees him like a real son while Lyka suffers from her callousness. In one point of the story, she has to decide if she will kill Lyka for Anton while revealing who will save the lobo species.|
- AJ Perez as Bayani "Yani" Mendoza
- Lauren Young as Zoe Cristobal
- Spanky Manikan as General Crisostoco Silva / Alberto de la Rama
- Nash Aguas as Tikboy Kabigting
- Gio Alvarez as Elton
- Maritoni Fernandez as Dr. Vivian Lee
- Simon Ibarra as Father Ben
- Cris Villanueva as Minyong
- Ahron Villena as Andrew
- Archie Adamos as Leo
- Evelyn Buenaventura as "Mananangal"
- Janus del Prado as Choy
- Eric Fructuoso as Rodolfo
- Dionne Monsanto as Clarrise
- Eri Neeman as Dan
- Crispin Pineda
- KC Aboloc as Annie
- Timmy Cruz as Ylvana Zaragoza
- Kier Legaspi as Nicholas Raymundo
- Liza Lorena as Mrs. Blancaflor
- Susan Africa as older Savannah
- Bobby Andrews as Emilio "Emil" Ortega
- Angel Aquino as young Savannah
- Sheryl Cruz as young Elle Blancaflor
- Diether Ocampo as Lorenzo Blancaflor
- Christian Vasquez as young Leon Cristobal
- Chinggoy Alonzo as Mr. Blancaflor
- Alexander Romano as young Anton
- Beatriz Saw as young Trixie
- Jacob Dionisio as young Noah Ortega / Jay-Jay
- Sharlene San Pedro as young Lyka Raymundo / Ulay
The show premiered on January 28, 2008 with a rating of 26.4%. This registered a higher pilot reception compared to Palos and Kung Fu Kids in Mega Manila ratings. The series finale got the high ratings of 33.4% (together with The Singing Bee, which garnered 33.2% in the nationwide ratings game according to the NUTAM (Nationwide Urban TV Audience Measurement) conducted by AGB Nielsen.
Lobo's theme song, Ikaw Ang Aking Pangarap, (Literal English translation: "You Are My Dream" or "You Are My Desire") was composed by Ogie Alcasid and was originally sung by Martin Nievera. Halfway through the season, a duet version of the song, performed by Martin Nievera and Raki Vega, was introduced.
Awards and Recognitions
|2008||22nd PMPC Star Awards for Television||Best Primetime Drama Series||Won|
|2008||22nd PMPC Star Awards for Television||Best Drama Actor (Piolo Pascual)||Won|
|2008||22nd PMPC Star Awards for Television||Best Drama Actress (Angel Locsin)||Nominated|
|2008||7th Gawad Tanglaw||Best Primetime Drama Series||Won|
|2008||Anak TV Seal Awards||Most Well-Liked TV Program||Won|
|2009||BANFF World Television Festival||Best Telenovela Program||Won|
|2009||37th International Emmy Awards||Best Performance by an Actress (Angel Locsin)||Nominated|
|2010||National Commission for Culture and the Arts of the Philippines||Recognition (Angel Locsin)||Won|
According to ABS-CBN International Sales & Distribution, the series will soon be shown in different countries in Asia with the English title of She Wolf: The Last Sentinel. ABS-CBN Teleseryes penetrate TV landscape in other countries as it was also set to be aired in Thailand television. The series re-aired again on Jeepney TV starting March 11, 2013.
|Country||Alternate title/translation||TV network(s)||Airdate||Weekly schedule|
|Uganda||She Wolf||Bukedde TV 1||January - May 2013||Thursday-Friday at 17:30|
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- "ABS-CBN teleseryes penetrate TV landscape in other countries". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 2013-12-30.
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