Los Bastardos

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Precious Heart Romances Presents:
Los Bastardos
Los Bastardos-titlecard.jpg
Created byCarmela L. Abaygar
Based onCardinal Bastards
by Vanessa
Written by
  • Genesis Rodriguez
  • Bridgette Ann Rebuca
  • Margarette Labrador
  • Carol Navarro
  • Jones Castro
  • Kay Conlu-Brondial
Directed by
Country of originPhilippines
Original language(s)
No. of episodes173
Executive producer(s)Louver Asuncion-Galarrita
Producer(s)Maru R. Benitez
  • Shyra Marie Joaquin
  • Godwin Lucena
  • Ray Ann Kristelle Endaya
  • Ronald Aguila
Running time25–36 minutes
Production company(s)RSB Unit
Original networkABS-CBN
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseOctober 15, 2018 (2018-10-15) –
present (present)
External links

Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Los Bastardos (Lit: The Bastards) is a 2018 Philippine drama television series under Precious Hearts Romances loosely based on the Filipino pocket book novel Cardinal Bastards by Vanessa, starring Ronaldo Valdez, Jake Cuenca, Diego Loyzaga, Marco Gumabao, Albie Casiño, Joshua Colet, Joseph Marco, and Gloria Diaz.[1] The series premiered on ABS-CBN's Kapamilya Gold afternoon block and worldwide via The Filipino Channel on October 15, 2018, replacing Araw Gabi.[2][3]

Plot summary[edit]

Book One[edit]

Los Bastardos is based on the Cardinal Bastards series of Precious Hearts Romances Presents. The story follows the lives of five brothers struggling with one another for their rightful place in their father's heart. The root of their conflict stems from betrayals and secrets surrounding the individuals surrounding Don Roman Cardinal.

Don Roman is the illegitimate son of Don Ismael Cardinal, a wealthy coconut plantation owner of the fictitious region of Victorino in the rural outskirts of Manila, Philippines. He reunites with his father as an adult, eventually inherits his father’s Jr.hacienda and starts a life with his small family when tragedy strikes and he loses his wife Soledad and son, Roman

Despite the tragedy, Don Roman pursues their dreams to expand and diversify the Hacienda and build a liquor distillery using ingredients from his coconut crop produce.

Throughout his unhappy and lonely life, Don Roman builds a successful empire and sires five sons from four different women. All his sons inherit his handsome physique, tenacity, superior physical strength and astuteness that serves them well in their respective fields, but two sons do not benefit from his inherent kindness because of the family environment they grow up in.

Roman Jr, later known as Isagani, is Don Roman's legitimate firstborn son with his wife Soledad, his true love. Don Roman and the town folks fear his young family perished in the mudslide. In fact, Soledad slips him into a passing produce truck. She pins her wedding ring on his shirt praying it would lead him to his father someday, but fails to get on the truck as it picksbup speed to escape the oncoming mudslide. The child is raised by the farmers who discover the infant in their truck. Isagani Esperanza inherits his father's good qualities of kindness, compassion and bravery, as well as his father's physical strength, entrepreneurship and unique taste buds, essential for developing fine brandy. He formulates an arrack he calls Coco Brandy, when he was a student in Manila. Isagani buys a small coconut farm to set up his own distillery. He has the opportunity to realize his dreams when he is sought after by two major distilleries to partner with: the Cardinals and Silverios. Isagani chooses to partner up with the Cardinals because he admires Roman’s kindness and fairness. A bond forms between Roman and Isagani though neither are aware of their kinship.

Joaquin is Alba Santillan's son. Alba is a spoiled heiress obsessed with Roman but fails to win his affection. She gets rid of Soledad and her infant by pushing them off the cliff. While grieving for Soledad, she seduces him one night and then tells him she is pregnant with his second son, Joaquin. In truth, she is already pregnant by her parent's gardener, Enrico. Roman loves the infant like his firstborn, and brings Alba and their son to live in his estate where he is raised as Roman's natural son. He never marries Alba but allows her to live as the mistress of the mansion for the sake of their son. Among the five brothers, Joaquin is the only son who grows up under his care. Joaquin has a strong and loving relationship with his father and inherits his father's fairness and kindness. Joaquin does not have the malevolent and selfish traits of his mother. He grows up to lead the management team of Cardinal Distillery, loved by all. Alba tries her best to poison Joaquin’s mind against Isagani, but Joaquin's innate goodness prevails and he decides not to listen to his mother. He leaves for America to sort out his feelings. But tragedy strikes when Joaquin dies in a plane crash on his return. Alba's liaisons with the gardener is revealed at his memorial services. Despite the revelation Roman mourns Joaquin's passing and sends Alba away.

Matteo is Maddie Asuncion Silverio's son. Maddie is the emotionally abused socialite wife of Menandro Silverio and sole heiress of the Asuncion fortune. Drawn to the lonely Don Roman, their affair produces a son, Matteo, but she ends their relationship and raises the child as a Silverio, business rivals of the Cardinals; Aware of his wife's and Roman's betrayal, Menandro uses Matteo as his secret pawn for revenge against them. He raises the child to fear him, devoid of character and moral values, encourage his greed and teaches him to despise the Cardinals. Matteo yearns for his father's approval but never gets it as his father is abusive to his children and wife. Matteo grows up in a household filled with cruelty, hatred and fear.

Connor is Pilar's son, Roman's childhood friend who becomes a prostitute. Roman tries to save her from this life, and in their loneliness, they have a relationship. When Alba learns that Pilar is pregnant with Connor, Alba confronts her, and successfully taunts Pilar into leaving Roman for a wealthy client in Japan. Disillusioned with her life, she takes her pain out on Connor and abuses him. She tries to sell him to a stranger for sex but is rescued by Fausto, a con artist, who raises Connor along the same path. The trauma of his mother’s rejection changes Connor, his longing for a family is replaced with hatred towards his parents, especially his father who he believes left him.

And finally there is Lucas, Sita’s son. Sita is an orphan raised in the Santillan household. She grows up as Alba’s personal maid and witnesses Alba’s duplicitous actions to ensnare Roman. In love with Roman herself, they have a brief affair and produce Lucas. When Alba discovers their relationship, she threatens to take Joaquin away. As a concession, Roman agrees not to acknowledge Lucas as his natural son but is firm that Lucas and his mother live in the estate where Lucas is raised as companion to his son Joaquin. As a result, Lucas grows up in the Cardinal household, treated like family but never knowing the man he serves is his own father. Roman loves Lucas and treats him with respect. He also teaches Joaquin to treat Lucas like a younger brother. Lucas inherits his father’s leadership skills, and his mother’s patience and gentle nature. He later learns about his paternity, and though conflicted at first, steps into his role as a Cardinal with strength and grace and serves his father well.

Ultimately, the five brothers’ lives collide as they learn who their true father is.

Connor is the first son to discover his father’s identity. Renowned in the criminal underworld as the best con artist, he makes it his personal mission to bring his father down, believing his mother’s lies that Don Roman abandoned them. He ingratiates himself with Isagani and Lucas to get close to Don Roman. Isagani and Lucas expose his dubious activities prompting Connor to admit his true identity, but surprisingly, he gains the protection of Roman Cardinal, who is more than happy to reconcile with his son. Connor bides his time to win his father’s trust. His ulterior motive is to gain access to all of the Cardinals’ bank accounts, which he intends to transfer to his secret account. But his agenda changes after several attempts fail. He softens towards his father as he learns to trust and believe his father’s unconditional love and acceptance of Connor, who always wanted a family to belong to.

Matteo, motivated at first to please his father Menandro, learns the truth that Roman is his real father. His keen astuteness that allows him to swiftly figure out situations, in this case, Menandro’s real agenda. He is furious when he discovers that Menandro's treachery then he discovers he is the sole beneficiary of his mother’s wealth, promptly stripping his father of his power and takes over the Silverio machinery. But his hatred for Menandro equals his hatred for Don Roman, who he blames is the root of his miserable life. He plans to destroy him and take over the Cardinal empire.

Soon after Roman learns about his three sons, he discovers his lost first born son Roman Jr is Isagani Esperanza. The news is welcomed by Lucas but not by Matteo and Connor who realize Isagani is the legitimate son and another barrier to their evil plans.

Although they come from different worlds, the discovery that they are siblings affects each of the sons who carry the baggage of their fatherless youths.

Unlike Isagani and Lucas who embrace their kinship, Connor and Matteo blame their miserable lives on their father.

But as Roman attempts to reunite his sons, the greedy and vengeful individuals in his life make sure he fails: Menandro Silverio is determined to use Matteo to destroy him; and Roman’s two former lovers - Alba and Pilar are equally set on seizing the Cardinal wealth.

Book Two[edit]

While Don Roman tries to get his four sons to reconcile, a wealthy young man in Los Angeles is preparing for a trip to the Philippines. Lorenzo Cuevas wants to destroy Roman Cardinal too. He is Don Roman’s second son with Soledad.

Flashback to a few years ago, his adoptive father reveals to him on his deathbed the truth that his real father is Don Roman Cardinal, the powerful ’’Hacendero’’ (landlord) of the Cardinal Plantation and Cardinal Distillery. Don Pedro Cuevas tells Lorenzo of coming across Soledad a few days after typhoons and mudslides devastate the southern region of the Philippines, wandering the countryside, distraught, disheveled, with no memory of who she is or where she comes from. A few weeks pregnant, she suffers bruises and serious injuries sustained from a violent assault. He cares for her and search for her family but initially, no information surfaces.

Suffering from memory loss as a result of her traumatic escape, unaware of the full facts about Alba’s attempts on her life, Don Pedro Cuevas assumes she is running away from an abusive relationship. Upon investigating further, he traces her former husband to the powerful hacendero (or Hacienda owner, plantation owner) Don Roman Cardinal, who by now is living with a new family (Alba and a their infant son). Believing she is in danger and seeking to protect her, he takes the pregnant Soledad away from the Philippines and they move to California to start a new life. He renames her Consuelo and gives her and Lorenzo his surname. Consuelo recovers from her physical injuries, but her memory of her life with Don Roman and her first born son remains buried. Lorenzo believes Don Pedro Cuevas' story about Don Roman’s abusive treatment towards his mother and seeks to avenge her.

He conducts an investigation of the Cardinals and learns about his four other brothers. He arrives in the Philippines and arranges to meet his father and his brothers under the pretext of a business partnership with his own multinational hotel and resort corporation. He ingratiates himself with them through his previous business deals with Joaquin while the latter was in America.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, Soledad is uneasy and decides to return to the Philippines and join her son. As she arrives in Victorino, the scenic drive down the countryside gives her a sense that it was a part of her past. Unknown to all including herself, Consuelo Cuevas is the true matriarch of the Cardinals. Soledad Cardinal returns to Victorino.

Inside the Silverios' crumbling empire, Matteo decides to use his sister Dulce to get Lorenzo to partner with them. Lorenzo, on the other hand, uses Dulce to undermine Isagani, to make it easier for him to destroy his siblings and ultimately Roman.

As Consuelo gets acquainted with Victorino and San Jovita, she is inexplicably surprised by its familiarity and happy with the peacefulness and beauty of its surroundings. She tells Lorenzo that she sees herself retiring there. She meets new friends and discovers a Nipa hut which she finds vaguely familiar. The caretaker tells her it is uninhabited but maintained by Don Roman Cardinal, a name that doesn't mean anything to her yet.

In the meantime, Connor begins to self destruct. Drowning in his anger towards his father and jealous of his brothers' better stations in life, he drives himself into a downward spiral. In a drunken stupor, he attempts to rape Isay who is on her way home, but his partner Lupita intercepts him, renders him unconscious, and forcibly removes him from the site. Isagani finds her on the roadside and as he tries to get help, Matteo drives by and side swipes him off the ravine. This is how Consuelo Cuevas, on her way home from a day of sightseeing, finds him. Alarmed at his condition, she instructs her driver to pick him up and brings him to the Cuevas resort to be treated.

News of the unconscious man rescued by Consuelo reach the Esperanzas who rush to the Ashton Resort, overjoyed to see Isagani. Consuelo remembers Irma from the Carinderia (Filipino term for a roadside cafeteria) where she enjoyed a delicious Ginata-án a visit stirring a pleasant yet still unknown memories.

The Esperanzas take their son home, thankful to Consuelo for her compassion. But Consuelo is suspicious about Lorenzo's over cautiousness and his lack of compassion bothers her, and believes something's not right.

Alba is busy planning to get rid of Soledad again. She kills Enrico whose extortion attempts were distracting her, and joins forces with Menandro and Pilar, who share the same goal to destroy the Cardinals and steal their wealth.

Meanwhile, Consuelo’s and the Cardinals’ worlds become smaller as their orbits grow closer. She is equally puzzled over her overwhelming emotions when Isagani shows her a photograph of Don Roman.

Certain that Consuelo would come face to face with Don Roman soon, Lorenzo steps up his plans for revenge. He rejects the business merger with the Cardinals and join forces with the Silverios.

Meanwhile, Consuelo seeks the help of specialists in Manila, certain her dreams are related to her past.

Alba's mental illness declines further, plagued by nightmares of Enrico and other heinous crimes she committed. Isagani witnesses her hallucinating a conversation with Joaquin, as she confesses of Enrico's murder.

Meanwhile Roman is trying to piece things together, determined to get answers as to why Lorenzo is bent on keeping Consuelo away from the Cardinalsas. When he catches up to the woman interested in Soledad's Bahay Kubo, he is shocked when he recognizes Soledad! He tries to catch up with her at the Resort, where he is first denied entry. His imposing personality intimidates the security and staff as he goes in unchallenged. Searching every room in the resort, he finds her photograph with Lorenzo, and recognizes Soledad, his long lost wife. As Lorenzo and Isagani follow after him, Lorenzo reveals the truth that he is Soledad's second son, and that his adoptive father told him that his real father is Don Roman Cardinal, the abusive husband of Soledad Cardinal, who thought he killed her and then quickly took another woman and son to live with him

While Don Roman tells him the real truth, he receives a call from Alba who has Soledad as hostage. Alba wants Roman to find her so she can kill him. Soledad tries to escape from Alba when she recognizes Alba as the woman who tried to kill her and her infant son decades back. She knocks down Alba with a large dead branch and renders her unconscious.

Meanwhile, Roman and his two sons reach Alba's home and find Soledad. She immediately recognizes Don Roman and they are reunited. Alba awakens from her unconsciousness but loses her balance, falls off the cliff and is impaled on a dead tree trunk.

Reunited at last, Soledad and Lorenzo move into the mansion, and the brothers make an effort to adapt to the new family dynamics. Soledad accepts Roman's illegitimate sons and plans to get them together as a family. But their first family dinner is a disaster when Lorenzo and Matteo comes to blows after Lorenzo terminates their partnership.

Meanwhile, Gigi who is still reeling from Matteo's rejection, joins forces with Menandro to bring down the Cardinals and ultimately take revenge on Matteo. Gigi is highly connected with the hardcore criminals and the underworld.

Soon after the family dinner, Lorenzo hosts an Ashton Resorts' grand opening with members of the business and social community attending, everyone except Matteo. Unfazed, Matteo hires an assassin to bomb the resort to create chaos and mayhem. His instructions were to plant the bomb outside the building, ensuring no one gets hurt.

Menandro takes this opportunity to derail Matteo. He overrides Matteo's instructions and pays the bomber-assassin to shed blood, maim the victims and then point the blame on Matteo.

That evening, Matteo arrives at the resort, gleefully anticipating to witness the commotion caused by the bomb. He catches the bomber on his way out and realizes the bomber planted the weapon inside. Matteo rushes in and tries to warn people away but it is too late for many guests, especially Sita.

While everyone enjoys the festivities, Sita notices a man leaving hastily and as she tries to get closer to him, notices a glowing contraption he left in a flower bush. At the same time she sees Matteo from the upstairs window waving her away and realizes the presence of a bomb near her. Though she tries to run away to warn everyone, it detonates, hitting her with shrapnel and knocks her down.

Sita dies soon after she is rushed to the hospital, but not before she is able to speak to Roman and Soledad, entrusting Lucas to them. She also gets to say goodbye to Lucas, who is devastated. Her death changes Lucas.

Although the police are gathering evidences surrounding the bombing, Lorenzo and Connor suspect Matteo is involved so they investigate on their own. Lucas also suspects Matteo since he saw him at the resort. To avenge his mother's death, Lucas joins the criminal underworld of Gigi where he learns how to fight. Lucas successfully captures Matteo, tortures him in an abandoned mine and plants a bomb and detonating device to kill him. As his siblings find him, Matteo accidentally trips the detonator and a large explosion seals the cave entrance. He escapes and leaves his siblings trapped inside. They are rescued by Connor.

Fully recovered, it's business as usual for Lorenzo who takes over the Silverio Distillery angering Menandro and kicks him out.

Lucas, meanwhile, tormented over his mother's death, succumbs to Gigi and her dark criminal world. Lucas shaves his head and becomes rebellious turning his back against his family.

Elsewhere, Matteo is in danger as the Silverio mansion is set on fire by Menandro and Pilar. Don Roman orders Lorenzo and Connor to rescue Matteo.

Don Roman and Soledad, decide to take Matteo into their home. He pretends to get into their good graces but continues his sinister plans to destroy the Cardinals.

Meanwhile, Isagani asks Connor to help him infiltrate Gigi's gambling den where Lucas is. Isagani enters the gambling den and confronts Lucas, but gets a brutal beating by Lucas before escaping the premises. Don Roman decides to call the authorities with Matteo’s assistance and Gigi is captured.

While attempting to rescue Lucas, Don Roman is shot and damages his liver. Matteo feigns change and interest in helping his family. It turns out Lucas is the only match for Roman's liver transplant.

Gigi is shot and killed by a mysterious assassin in the presence of Lupita and Fausto. Lucas, Fausto and Lupita flee the scene. Menandro and Pilar discuss the shooting but are unaware who did it. The mysterious shooter turns out to be Catalina Silverio's henchmen. Catlin is Menandro's lost sister, also seeking revenge against Don Roman.

Matteo attempts to kill Soledad but is foiled by his siblings. Matteo escapes to hide in an old Silverio vacation home to regroup and recuperate from his injuries.

In the midst of all the conflict, Isagani proposes to Isay who accepts.

Lucas vows to change and rejoin the family and also donates part of his liver to save Roman.

Book Three[edit]

While the four Cardinal sons search for Matteo, their lives face a new character - Catalina Silverio Pacheco who carries a long feud with Don Roman. Her father was one of the bandits who ambushed Roman and Soledad. He was sent to prison for it and later killed in a prison brawl. Her father's death leaves her an orphan, together with her older brother Menando Silverio. Menandro sells her to Eduardo Pacheco, a wealthy criminal boss, who marries and abuses Catalina. She loses her child, poisons him and inherits all his wealth upon his demise.

After Menandro fails to destroy the Cardinals, Catalina decides to take on the task and arrives with her army of female assassins, and joins the war against the Cardinals at Isay's and Gani's engagement dinner by way of a mystery gift: a dead rat.

Although Lorenzo and Lucas want to get back to Matteo to pay for his crimes, Don Roman is adamant about giving him one more chance to shape up and bring him back into their fold. So the brothers continue to search for Matteo with mixed feelings - Isagani is prone to compassion, Connor is open to giving him a second chance as he was given the same, while Lucas and Lorenzo harbor deep anger against him.

Meanwhile, it is revealed that Catalina is Dulce's mother, taken from her by her jealous husband and given to Menandro to kill. Unable to kill his infant niece, he legally adopts her as a Silverio.

Catalina locates her but does not reveal herself. Instead she ingratiates herself to Dulce, hoping to gain her trust, and use her as a pawn in her revenge plan. She befriends Dulce while she is at her most vulnerable, when she feels left out, disappointed with Lorenzo and jealous of Isay and Isagani's upcoming engagement. Catalina plants seeds of jealousy, driving Dulce to encourage Matteo to gate crash Isagani and Isay's 'Pamanhikan', or "parental marriage proposal", a solemn and formal Engagement Party to ask the bride's parents for her hand, which is a very much respected custom in the Philippines.

As Dulce had hoped, the Engagement dinner is a disaster. Matteo arrives at the dinner and announces to everyone that Connor had attempted to rape Isay in the past. Nante is furious that Isay was placed in such peril, but is infuriated when he believes Matteo's claim that Isagani covered it up to protect his brother. Nante calls the engagement off and instructs Isay to cut ties with the Cardinals. Nante files attempted rape charges against Connor and obstruction of justice against Isagani. The relationship between Isay's father and the Cardinals as well as the Esperanzas quickly deteriorates.

Meanwhile, Don Roman decides he has had it for his lost son and will no longer help Matteo. The brothers gather all their evidence and witness statements and file multiple charges against Matteo where he is finally arrested.

While Matteo is incarcerated, and the Cardinal brothers face the charges against them, Catalina continues to wreak havoc on the Cardinals who at this point are not aware of her evil intentions. She manipulates Dulce who is now estranged from the Cardinals and is trying to help get Matteo out on bail.

Meanwhile, Nante decides to take Isay to Catbalogan, away from the Cardinals and Isagani. He makes Isay choose between Isagani or her father and family. She seeks advise from her trusted friend, Dulce, who urges her to make the difficult choice to choose her father, happy to keep Isagani all to herself. Isagani refuses to give up on their love and convinces Isay to elope, have a church wedding and then face Nante’s ire together. They believe he will have no choice and eventually come to terms.

On the other side, Matteo fails his insanity act to get out of a jail sentence. Dulce advises him to make an attempt on his life and trust her since she is following a plan hatched by Catalina.

At the resort, Diane gets wasted after being stood up on her blind date. Losing control, she becomes an easy prey to three men who try to take advantage of her drunk state. Lorenzo sees her and rescues them from their aggressive advances which Diane was helpless to fight off. As resort owner, he has security kick them off the premises. As he tries to knock some sense into Diane, they become intimate and end up sleeping together.

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Kantar Media National TV Ratings
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Pilot Episode Finale Episode Peak Average
October 15, 2018[13]
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