Love & Lies

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Love & Lies
Love & Lies title card.jpg
Title card
Developed by
Written by
  • Jules Dan Katanyag
  • Christine Novicio
  • Luningning Ribay
Directed by Mark Reyes
Creative director(s) Jun Lana
Opening theme "Ngayo'y Naririto" by Jay-R
Composer(s) Vehnee Saturno
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Tagalog
No. of episodes 44 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Leilani Feliciano-Sandoval
  • Rebya Upalda
Cinematography Jay Linao
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 30-45 minutes
Production company(s) GMA Entertainment TV
Original network GMA Network
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original release April 8 (2013-04-08) – June 7, 2013 (2013-06-07)

Love & Lies is a 2013 Philippine television drama suspense action series broadcast by GMA Network. Directed by Mark A. Reyes, it stars Richard Gutierrez, Bela Padilla and Michelle Madrigal. It premiered on April 8, 2013 on the network's Telebabad line up replacing Temptation of Wife and worldwide on April 9, 2013 on GMA Pinoy TV. The series concluded on June 7, 2013 with a total of 44 episodes. It was replaced by My Husband's Lover on its timeslot.[1]


Edward Galvez, a Philippine Navy officer gets tangled in a web of lies and conspiracies when an organization kidnaps his wife. As the protagonist discovers the truth behind the crime, he uncovers a treacherous plot that threatens to turn his world upside-down. The true perpetrators of the crime may be closer to home than he dare think. As he thread to the maze of lies, blackmails, double-dealings, and betrayals, everyone becomes a suspect.[2]

Cast and characters[edit]

Bela Padilla portrays Denise Salvador.
Michelle Madrigal portrays Cathy Galvez.
Lead cast
Supporting cast
Guest cast

Production and development[edit]

The series—a fast-paced suspense-action drama, also dubbed as "suspenserye"—was conceptualized by RJ Nuevas and developed by Richard Cruz. The two began developing the show under the title Notorious in January/February 2013.[9] The title was changed to Love & Lies during the early stage of production.

In the pilot episode, the series features BRP Emilio Jacinto PS-35, one of the two warships of Philippine Navy.[10]

The production team picked the Philippine Navy as a major setting for the series. On March 13, 2013, the show's main casts Richard Gutierrez, Paolo Contis together with series' director Mark Reyes visited the Headquarters Philippine Navy (HPN) and paid a courtesy call on the Navy Chief, Vice Admiral Jose Luis M. Alano AFP.[11] Aside from that, Gutierrez and Contis also signed up as Philippine Navy Reservists. On the other hand, Vice Admiral Alano assured the network that the Navy will provide its full support and assistance to the series and said "We look forward to this project in which we can show and highlight what the Philippine Navy is all about." He likewise briefed Gutierrez and Contis about the rigid training and life of a Navy Seal.[12]

The series' director described the show as his "dream project".[13] Regarding the amount of action and drama being laced in the series, Reyes said that "The nearest thing that you can compare it to is Taken, the movie. There's a lot of suspense. But at the same time, there's drama that is interwoven with it. The pacing is reminiscent of 24. It is episodic. Actors will be seen repeating dialogues for others to catch up on the episode they have missed."[14]

The show is designed for a nine-week run, contrary to the usual one season of thirteen weeks. The creative and production team were "committed to tell all, within that time frame," regardless of its performance in the ratings' game. Reyes further stated, "We're geared up for nine weeks and beyond that, it will be hard to pull it off. [...] Unlike other television series that drag on because they rate, these nine-weeks have been planned from beginning to end so the audience will get hooked."[15]


Richard Gutierrez was cast as the series' main protagonist, Edward Galvez. Director Mark Reyes revealed that the actor came first before the concept of the show. Gutierrez had to undergo tactical shooting training [in preparation for the role] ahead of the other cast members. He also immersed himself the Philippine Navy way.[13] Gutierrez stated "I have to be careful with the details. They're very particular with everything down to the smallest details. The challenging part also is telling the story, fixing all the action scenes, fixing all the dramatic scenes. It's one big puzzle that we're trying to solve but we're on good track right now."

Michelle Madrigal, Sid Lucero and Paolo Contis were cast to play three equally important roles. Madrigal feels pressured, especially her character Cathy Galvez is the lynchpin of the series, said that "My goal for this role is to showcase my capabilities as an actor rather than show more skin."[16]

The character Denise Salvador was initially offered to Lovi Poe. But the actress reportedly thumbed down the project because she had already accepted an offer from rival network, TV5.[5] Bela Padilla officially takes over the role. Padilla finds her "kick-ass" character as "[...] very interesting. I would have auditioned for it if it weren't offered to me. Coming from the drama series Magdalena, it's refreshing to do a character who is strong, loud and bubbly."[5] In an interview, Padilla further stated that her character was pegged on a female version of Robin Padilla.[4]


The production began on March 21, 2013.[17] Some of the major scenes in the pilot episode were entirely shot in Philippine Navy headquarters in Sangley Point in Cavite City and in BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS 35) Philippine Navy warship.[18][19] Series' director Reyes described the pilot ala-Crimson Tide.[20] Other locations have also been featured, such as Antipolo, Rizal, Tagaytay, Binondo and in some part of Metro Manila.



According to AGB Nielsen Philippines' Mega Manila household television ratings, the pilot episode of Love & Lies earned a 22.8% rating.[21] While the final episode scored a 22.7% rating.[22]

Critical response[edit]

The series has generated a generally positive response from critics. Mercy Lejarde, an entertainment writer from the tabloid Balita praised Bela Padilla's acting performances, said that "Lovi Poe's lose is Bela Padilla's gain."[23] Dinno Erece of Show and Tell described the series "Exciting" and "he won't be surprised if the network extends it."[24]

International broadcast[edit]

Country Network Title Date
Vietnam SNTV SCTV6 Tình yêu và lừa dối August 20, 2014


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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
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  19. ^ "Abante-Tonite Online - Showbiz". Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
  21. ^ Tuazon, Nikko (April 11, 2013). "AGB Nielsen Mega Manila Household Ratings (April 8 to 10): Love & Lies and The Ryzza Mae Show debut strongly". Retrieved January 25, 2018. 
  22. ^ Tuazon, Nikko (June 14, 2013). "AGB Nielsen Mega Manila Household Ratings (June 7 to 9, 2013): Eat Bulaga records 12.8 percent lead over rival program last Saturday". Retrieved January 25, 2018. 
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