The Legal Wife
|The Legal Wife|
|Genre||Melodrama, family drama, romance|
|Created by||Henry King Quitain
|Developed by||Malou N. Santos|
|Written by||Ronalisa Co
Reign Andre Loleng
|Directed by||Rory B. Quintos
Dado C. Lumibao
|Creative director(s)||Johnny delos Santos|
JC de Vera
|Narrated by||Angel Locsin as Monica|
|Opening theme||Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin
by Angeline Quinto
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|Original language(s)||Filipino, English|
|No. of episodes||98|
|Executive producer(s)||Sackey Prince-Pendatun|
Ayen del Carmen-Gulang
John Ryan Bonifacio
|Running time||30-45 minutes
Monday - Friday at 21:15 (PST)
|Production company(s)||Star Creatives Group|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
|Original run||January 27, 2014– June 13, 2014|
The Legal Wife is a 2014 Philippine melodramatic family drama television series directed by Rory B. Quintos and Dado C. Lumibao, that served as a primetime comeback for Angel Locsin who had last starred in the fantasy drama television series Imortal in 2010, and the first television series for JC de Vera on ABS-CBN. Together with Locsin and de Vera, the series is also topbilled by Jericho Rosales and Maja Salvador. The series was aired on ABS-CBN and worldwide on The Filipino Channel from January 27, 2014 to June 13, 2014, replacing Maria Mercedes.
The story revolves around Monica Santiago (Angel Locsin). Due to the past she encountered with her mother Eloisa (Rio Locsin), her life is put through the test in a whole new environment with her father Javier (Christopher de Leon), and her two brothers Javi (Joem Bascon) and Jasper (Ahron Villena). Through a set of circumstances, she will meet and fall in love with Adrian (Jericho Rosales), the man who will teach her how to love again, and the man who can also break her heart.
Cast and characters
- Angel Locsin as Monica Santiago-de Villa
- Jericho Rosales as Adrian de Villa
- Maja Salvador as Nicole Esquivel
- JC de Vera as Max Gonzales
- Christopher de Leon as Javier Santiago
- Rio Locsin as Eloisa Santiago
- Mark Gil as Dante Ramos
- Maria Isabel Lopez as Sandra de Villa
- Joem Bascon as Javi Santiago
- Ahron Villena as Jasper Santiago
- Janus del Prado as Bradley
- Matet de Leon as Rowena
- Frenchie Dy as Keri
- Sonjia Calit as Gwen
- Gabriel Sumalde / Louise Abuel as Bunjoy de Villa
- Bernard Palanca as Miguel Zapanta
- Vandolph Quizon as Samboy
- Joe Vargas as Andrew de Villa
- Pamu Pamorada as Trish de Villa
- Odette Khan as Yaya Krising
- Leo Rialp as Eduardo "Gramps" Esquivel
- Pinky Marquez as Emma Alvaro
- Michael Flores as Bob Rivera
- Thou Reyes as Jon
- Dionne Monsanto as Rhea
- Zeppi Borromeo as Anton
- Carla Humphries as Audrey
- Johan Santos as Vincent "Vince" Madriaga
- Jesse James Ongteco / Yogo Singh as Thirdy Santiago
- Jaime Fabregas as Leo Zapanta
- Ricardo Cepeda
- Eslove Briones as Jack
- Toby Alejar as Ronnie Estrella
- Bodjie Pascua as Uncle Judge
- Dianne Medina as Tanya Tamayo
- Darla Sauler as himself
- Raquel Monteza as Marissa Gonzales
- Niña Dolino as Digna
- Brent Javier as Marco de Leon
- Kalila Aguilos as Teacher
- Nina Ricci Alagao
- Arthur Acuña as Monica's lawyer
- Mickey Estrada as Erwin
- Xyriel Manabat as young Monica "Ikay" Santiago
- Neri Naig as young Eloisa Santiago
- Matt Evans as young Dante Ramos
- James Blanco as young Javier Santiago
- Aaron Junatas as young Javi Santiago
- Bugoy Cariño as young Jasper Santiago
- Clarence Delgado as young Samboy
- Dang Cruz as young Yaya Krising
- Menggie Cobarrubias as Jacob Santiago
- ??? as young Adrian de Villa
- Bangs Garcia as young Sandra de Villa
- Casey da Silva as young Nicole Esquivel
- Liza Diño as Camilla Esquivel
- Manuel Chua as young Ronnie Estrella
Prior to the official airing of the show, its working titles were originally known as Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin, and as Tubig at Langis. Jake Cuenca was originally part of the main cast, but was replaced by JC de Vera. Paulo Avelino was also reported to be part of the series but later backed out due to personal reasons. Avelino was later replaced by Jericho Rosales.
Filming of the series began in October 2013.
The Legal Wife was originally planned to air on October 28, 2013. It was later pushed back to November 2013 and was set to replace Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin. But due to the request of Koreanovela fans and taping conflicts because of Typhoon Yolanda, the airing was postponed because of Korean drama When a Man Falls in Love. Eventually, the series had its pilot episode broadcast last January 27, 2014 as part of ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida block. Initially, the series was supposed to replace When a Man Falls in Love, but later ends up taking over the timeslot vacated by Maria Mercedes due to the demanding request of Koreanovela fans.
Prior to the official airing of the television series, ABS-CBN launched several teasers of the show. One was the slapping scene between Angel Locsin and Maja Salvador's characters aired on January 1, 2014. The trailer was well received and went even viral all over the web, creating parodies and memes.
Basing on the data gathered by Kantar Media, the pilot episode earned 21.1% of national viewership, making it the 5th most watched primetime program. It also topped its timeslot beating its rival program Rhodora X of GMA Network which garnered a rating of 11%. From the data gathered by AGB Nielsen Philippines, the program registered of 23.9% Mega Manila viewership, beating Rhodora X which only registered a viewership of 15.8%. During the month of January, the show garnered an average rating of 21.5%—basing on Kantar Media's national ratings survey—landing as the 8th most watched primetime program. The show received an all time high rating on April 24, 2014 with a whopping 29.4%, higher than average in a show in its time slot based on Kantar Media. On June 11, 2014, The Legal Wife beat its previous all time high rating, and garnered a staggering 31.7% compared to its rival show, Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real from GMA Network, which only received 9.6%, based on Kantar Media. The Legal Wife's finale episode beat its previous all time high rating again, and clocked in at a high 36.2%. It became a heated trending topic on social media with the hashtag #TLWTheEndOfAnAffair and was the highest rated show that day.
|Kantar Media||January 27, 2014||June 13, 2014||21.0%/36.2%||#1/#1||#5/#1|||
| The Finale of ABS-CBN's hit family drama series "The Legal Wife," starring ANGEL LOCSIN, Jericho Rosales, Maja Salvador and JC De Vera topped the list of the most-watched TV Programs nationwide last Friday (June 13). According to the data from Kantar Media, the episode dubbed as 'The End of Affair,' hit its all-time national TV rating of 36.2%, which was a record-breaking achievement for a show aired on the 9:15PM time slot. The finale ratings was four times higher than GMA's "Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real" (8.8%).
The song Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin? was originally performed by Sharon Cuneta and served as the theme song for the 1996 film Madrasta, which also starred Cuneta alongside Zsa Zsa Padilla and Christopher de Leon. The film was produced by Star Cinema.
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