Wildflower (TV series)

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Wildflower
Wildflower-titlecard.jpg
Genre
Created by Willy Laconsay
Developed by Ruel S. Bayani
Written by
  • Carmela L. Abaygar
  • Jones Castro
  • Thea Magbanua
  • Edeline Romero
  • Carol Navarro
  • Melchor Escarcha
  • Arlene Tamayo
  • Jose Ruel L. Garcia
  • Bridgette Ann Rebuca
Directed by
Creative director(s) Willy Laconsay
Starring
Opening theme Wildflower
by Arnel Pineda
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s)
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 257 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jason Aracap Tabigue
Producer(s) Maru R. Benitez
Production location(s)
Editor(s)
  • Alexces Megan Abarquez
  • Jake Maderazo
  • Ronald Aguila
  • Christian Domingo
  • Kristine Hortaleza
Running time 25–35 minutes
Production company(s) RSB Unit
Release
Original network ABS-CBN
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release February 13, 2017 (2017-02-13) – February 9, 2018 (2018-02-09)
External links
Website

Wildflower is a 2017 Philippine revenge drama television series starring Maja Salvador, together with an ensemble cast.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The series premiered on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida evening block and worldwide on The Filipino Channel on February 13, 2017 to February 9, 2018, replacing Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky Season 7 - Mga Kwento ng Dream Team ni Kuya.

Series overview[edit]

The story revolves around Lily Cruz, a girl whom herself and also her family who fell victim into the ruthless Ardiente family. Emilia Torillo, the matriarch of the Ardiente family, ordered an assassin to murder Camia Cruz and Dante Cruz, Lily's parents. Unknown to Emilia, Lily survived the massacre, and was brought unto and adopted by Prianka Aguas, a billionaire businesswoman. Lily then changes her identity to Ivy Aguas, a strong-willed woman. She then returns to the Poblacion Ardiente as Ivy Aguas and plans to avenge her parents, and also everyone else, who was victimized by the evil Ardiente family.

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
173February 13, 2017 (2017-02-13)May 26, 2017 (2017-05-26)
254May 29, 2017 (2017-05-29)August 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)
380August 14, 2017 (2017-08-14)December 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)
450December 4, 2017 (2017-12-04)February 9, 2018 (2018-02-09)

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

The story follows Lily Cruz, a beautiful and smart heiress who wants justice for her parents' deaths by seeking revenge against the evil Ardiente family, a powerful political dynasty in the fictional province that bears their name. The Ardiente family is the most powerful political dynasty in the province under the jurisdiction of the governor ,Julio Ardiente, and his daughter, Emilia, who is the mayor of the province. With the entitlement of the powerful, Raul assaults Camia prompting Dante to file rape charges against him. Lily's world crumbles when Dante suspiciously dies from a heart attack and she witnesses her mother's rape. Though targeted to be killed herself, the assassins feel compassion for the 9 year old and frees her instead.

Prianka legally adopts Lily and raises her to become tough, providing her with the resources to seek justice for her parents. With a billion dollar conglomerate behind her, Ivy is a magnet for the Ardiente's who are preparing their campaign for the gubernatorial and congressional re-elections.

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

First, Ivy seduces their weakest link, Arnaldo. He becomes obsessed with her while she drives him crazy until he finally commits suicide in front of Lily at the resort where the newly married Torillos are honeymooning. After several retaliatory attempts by Emilia against Ivy fails, Emilia is committed to a psychiatric facility. Third, she unseats Julio Ardiente from his re-elected governor seat and weakens his powerhold in the province and then robs him of the only person he loves, his grandson, Arnaldo.

Season 3 (2017)[edit]

When Ivy reveals her real identity as Lily Cruz after she cripples the Ardiente's powerful influence, a new enemy surfaces. Also known in the criminal world as Red Dragon, Helena controls the country's largest crime syndicate operations. Notwithstanding the sinister résumé, Helena is no match to Ivy's cunning and superior skills, and after several conflicts, Lily brings Red Dragon's operations to a halt, too.

Season 4 (2017-18)[edit]

In the mental asylum, Emilia is haunted by the evil ghosts of Helena and Arnaldo exhorting her to avenge their deaths by killing Lily and Diego. Meanwhile, Emilia rises from her insanity and obtains the support of the Asian syndicate with the password her mother gave her. The group approach the Torillos with information about a mass grave the Ardiente's began using in the mid-50s when the family first seized power. Jepoy and Ana contact local media about the mass grave and stirs up the neighbors to do the same. The media frenzy covering the atrocities committed by the Ardiente's emboldens whistleblowers and other victims to speak up, including former accomplices and political supporters like Natalie, ex-bodyguards, former assassins, and Judge Lustre.

A Power People revolution topples the power family. With solid evidences and witnesses no longer afraid to speak out, the people of Ardiente file cases of multiple murders, frustrated homicides, Estafa, plunder charges that would send them to prison for a long time, but Julio and Emilia escape capture. Their joy does not last long when Julio assassinates and kills Diego with a sniper rifle, and escape once again to a Triad safe house.

Emilia finally realizes her father's direct hand in the murders of her aunt, Claire, and mother Helena, and that he never respected her as an equal. As Lily tries to stop Julio from escaping, Emilia comes face-to-face with her father, shooting him several times until he dies. Emilia gunshot wounds sever her spine, paralyzes her and serves her time in prison. Lily visits Emilia in prison extending an Olive branch and forgives her.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Maja Salvador as Lily Cruz-Torillo / Ivy P. Aguas (seasons 1-4)
  • Tirso Cruz III as Julio Ardiente (season 1-4)
  • Zsa Zsa Padilla as Helena Montoya (season 3, special guest; season 4, main) / Red Dragon (season 3, special guest; season 4, main)
  • Aiko Melendez as Emilia Ardiente-Torillo (season 1-4)
  • Joseph Marco as Diego Torillo (season 1, supporting; seasons 2-4, main)
  • Sunshine Cruz as Camia Delos Santos-Cruz / Jasmine (season 1)
  • Wendell Ramos as Raul Torillo / Fake Jaguar (seasons 2-4)
  • RK Bagatsing as Arnaldo Ardiente Torillo (season 1, supporting; seasons 2-4, main)
  • Vin Abrenica as Jepoy Madrigal (season 1, supporting; seasons 2-4, main)
  • Yen Santos as Rosana "Ana" Navarro-Madrigal (seasons 2-3, supporting; season 4, main) / Fake Lily Cruz (seasons 2-3, supporting)
  • Christian Vasquez as Atty. Dante Cruz (seasons 1, 4, special guest) / Damian Cruz (season 3, supporting; season 4, main) / Real Jaguar (season 3, supporting; season 4, main)
  • Roxanne Barcelo as Natalie Alcantara (seasons 1-3, supporting; season 4, main)
  • Miko Raval as Marlon Cabrera (season 2-3, supporting; season 4, main)

Supporting[edit]

  • Malou de Guzman as Lorena "Loring" Cervantes (seasons 1—3)
  • Bodjie Pascua as Leopando "Pandoy" Cervantes (seasons 1—3)
  • Isay Alvarez-Seña as Clarita "Claire" De Guzman (seasons 1—3)
  • Ana Abad Santos as Carlotta Navarro (seasons 1—2, supporting; season 4, special guest)
  • Chinggoy Alonzo as Pablo Alcantara (season 1)
  • Jett Pangan as William Alvarez (season 1)
  • Arnold Reyes as Arthur Vergara
  • Sheila Valderrama as Atty. Georgina Fisher
  • Richard Quan as Col. Jose Sanggano (season 3)
  • Bobby Andrews as Mateo Ruiz (seasons 3—4)
  • Alma Concepcion as Divine Oytengco (season 3)
  • Maika Rivera as Stefanie Oytengco (season 3)
  • Mark Rafael Bringas as John Gonzalez (season 3)
  • Biboy Ramirez as Jude Asuncion (season 3)
  • Nina Ricci Alagao as Mercedes Palacio (season 3)
  • Jun Urbano as Ramon Lim (North) (season 3)
  • Bernard Laxa as Silverio Victoria (East) (season 3)
  • Bong Regala as Carlos Isidro (West) (season 3)
  • Matthew Mendoza as Oscar Evangelista (South) (season 3)
  • Dawn Chang as Maila Lomeda / Ms. Moran (seasons 3—4)
  • Jeffrey Santos as Col. Magbanua (seasons 3—4)
  • Jong Cuenco as Judge Manuel Lustre (seasons 3—4)
  • Michael Flores as NBI Agent Noel Salonga (seasons 3—4)

Recurring[edit]

  • Raul Montessa as Fernan Naig
  • Vivo Ouano as Raul's ally (seasons 2—4)
  • June Macasaet as Raul's ally (seasons 2—4)
  • Prince De Guzman as Raul's ally (seasons 2—4)
  • Angelo Ilagan as Raul's ally (seasons 2—4)
  • Menggie Cobarubias as Atty. Sebastian (season 3)
  • Justin Cuyugan as Mr. Paterno (seasons 3—4)
  • Alex Castro as Rufo Cruz (season 3)
  • Carlos Morales as Romulo
  • Zeus Collins as Damian's ally (seasons 3—4)
  • Luis Hontiveros as Damian's ally (seasons 3—4)
  • Lito Pimentel as Cong. Ruel Cansiao (season 3)
  • Richard Lopez (season 3)
  • Alvin Nakassi (season 3)
  • Vanessa Wright (season 3)
  • Kris Janson (season 3)
  • Epi Quizon as Stefano dela Torre (season 4)
  • Jojo Riguerra (season 1-4)

Guest[edit]

  • Johnny Revilla (season 1)
  • Precious Lara Quigaman as Rosario (season 1)
  • Carla Martinez as Hon. Alice Rivera (season 1)
  • Uncredited as Maria (season 1)
  • Rodolfo Madrigal Jr. as Portunato "Pot" David (season 2)
  • Anthony Taberna as Himself (season 2)
  • Dolores Bunoan as Belen (season 2)
  • Rolly Innocencio as Witness (season 2)
  • Juan Rodrigo as Ramon Montoya (season 3)
  • Victor Silayan as Enrique (season 3)
  • Christopher Roxas as Apollo (season 3)
  • Matrica Mae Centino as Montona (season 3)
  • Allan Paule as Ben (season 4)
  • Gio Alvarez as Ronald (season 4)
  • Tess Antonio as Edna (season 4)
  • Gerald Pizarrras as Efren (season 4)

Special guest[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Outcome Ref.
2017 7th EdukCircle Awards Best Actress - TV Series Maja Salvador Nominated
31st PMPC Star Awards for TV
Best Drama Actress Maja Salvador Nominated [7][8]
Best Drama Supporting Actress Aiko Melendez Won
Best Primetime Drama Series Wildflower Nominated
RAWR Awards 2017 Actress of the Year Maja Salvador Won [9]
Ultimate Bida Maja Salvador Won
Ultimate Kontrabida Aiko Melendez Won
Teleserye of the Year Wildflower Won
8th TV Series Craze Awards 2017 Best Primetime TV Series Wildflower Won [10]
Lead Actress of the Year Maja Salvador Won
Kontrabida of the Year Aiko Melendez Won
Most Promising Actor(s) RK Bagatsing Won
3rd (Global Innovative College) Illumine Innovation Awards for Television Most Innovative TV Actress Maja Salvador Won [11]
22nd Asian Television Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Tirso Cruz III Nominated [12]
2018 2nd Guild of Educators, Mentors, and Students (GEMS) 2017 Best Actress in a TV Series Maja Salvador Won [13]
Best Actor in a TV Series RK Bagatsing Won
Bulacan State University Batarisan Awards 2018 Best Female TV Personality Maja Salvador Won [14][15]
Platinum Stallion Media Awards 2018 Best Primetime TV Series Wildflower Won [16]
Best TV Actress Maja Salvador Won
Best Supporting Actress Aiko Melendez Won
Best Supporting Actor RK Bagatsing Won
Trinitian Media Practitioner for Television Tirso Cruz III Won
Trinitian Media Personality Joseph Marco Won
Gawad Tanglaw Awards for TV Best Actress in a Drama Series Maja Salvador Won [17]
Best Actress in a Drama Series Aiko Melendez Won
Best Actor in a Drama Series Tirso Cruz III Won
Best Actor in a Drama Series RK Bagatsing Won
LPU Manila UmalohokJuan Media Awards 2018 TV Drama of the Year Wildflower Won [18]
TV Actress of the Year Maja Salvador Won
49th GMMSF Box Office Entertainment Award Most Popular TV Program Daytime Wildflower Won [19]
TV Actress of the Year Maja Salvador Won
TV Supporting Actor of the Year Tirso Cruz III Won
Golden Laurel LPU Batangas Media Awards 2018 Best Primetime Series Wildflower Nominated [20]
Best TV Actress Maja Salvador Won
17th Kabantugan Awards (Mindanao State University) Best TV Actress Maja Salvador Won [21]

Reception[edit]

Kantar Media National TV Ratings
(5:45PM PST)
Pilot Episode Finale Episode Peak Average
20.1%
February 13, 2017[22]
24.3%
February 9, 2018
35.2%
October 10, 2017[23]
23.8%


Production[edit]

Filming[edit]

Filming for Wildflower began in December 5, 2016.

Timeslot[edit]

Wildflower was originally planned to replace the long running drama Doble Kara as part of Kapamilya Gold afternoon block. However, due to the longing request of the fans, the management eventually decided to air the series in the evening block. Two days before the premiere, the timeslot was announced on February 10, 2017. Wildflower airs on a Primetime Bida evening block timeslot at 5:45pm, before TV Patrol.

Casting[edit]

Danita Paner was the first choice to play the role of Natalie. However, she refused because the role would require cutting her hair short. The role eventually went to Roxanne Barcelo.

Extension[edit]

ABS-CBN has announced that Wildflower will be extended until February 9, 2018.[24] The series was said to be extended until March 2018 for Book 5 as announced by Vice Ganda in her late night show Gandang Gabi Vice, but it was pull out to give way for The Blood Sisters.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Zsa Zsa Padilla joined the cast in the middle of book 3 and was promoted as main cast starting in book 4.
  2. ^ Ejay Falcon first played the young Julio Ardiente in a special participation capacity.[25] Patrick Garcia continued on this role starting in book 3.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wildflower Trade Trailer: Coming in 2017 on ABS-CBN!. YouTube. ABS-CBN. November 23, 2016. Retrieved January 27, 2017. 
  2. ^ Wildflower Full Trailer: Coming Soon on ABS-CBN!. YouTube. ABS-CBN. January 26, 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2017. 
  3. ^ Wildflower: The Making Of A Teleserye. YouTube. ABS-CBN. February 10, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 
  4. ^ Patrol, Showbiz [@Showbiz_Patrol] (November 16, 2016). "@showbiz_patrol: "Drama Princess @dprincessmaja is Back as the lead actress of the newest teleserye WILD FLOWER. @RSBDramaUnit. SOON 2017"" (Tweet). Retrieved November 19, 2016 – via Twitter. 
  5. ^ ""EXCLUSIVE: Tirso Cruz vows to make life hard for Maja Salvador in 2017". Push. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "MAJA, LALABAN PARA SA PAMILYA AT PAG-IBIG SA "WILDFLOWER"" (Press release). ABS-CBN Social Media Newsroom. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 
  7. ^ Anarcon, James Patrick (October 30, 2017). "31st Star Awards for TV nominees revealed; JoshLia, JakBie to receive special awards". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved November 12, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Nominees for 2017 Star Awards for TV revealed". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved October 31, 2017. 
  9. ^ "ABS-CBN wins big at 3rd LionhearTV RAWR Awards". ABS-CBN News. November 19, 2017. 
  10. ^ "The 8TH TV Series Craze Awards 2017 - The Full List of Winners!". TV Series Craze. 
  11. ^ "ABS-CBN shows at personalities, pinarangalan sa 3rd Illumine Innovation Awards for TV". The ABS-CBN Knights. January 8, 2018. 
  12. ^ "22nd Asian Television Awards 2017 Nominations Announcement". Markets Insider. November 8, 2017. 
  13. ^ http://roammanila.blogspot.com/2018/01/gems-awards-2017-winners.html
  14. ^ {https://www.facebook.com/rsbunit/photos/a.454130194766794.1073741828.454024144777399/893861974126945/?type=3&theater}
  15. ^ https://www.facebook.com/pg/batarisanawards/posts/?ref=page_internal
  16. ^ {http://www.tua.edu.ph/university-news/trinity-university-of-asia-to-stage-the-2018-platinum-stallion-media-awards/}
  17. ^ {http://news.abs-cbn.com/entertainment/05/06/18/abs-cbn-dominates-16th-gawad-tanglaw-awards-for-tv}
  18. ^ "LPU Manila UmalohokJuan Media Awards 2018". facebook.com/rsbdramaunit. Retrieved July 4, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Guillermo Foundation Reveals List Of Winners For 49th Box-Office Entertainment Awards". philnews.ph. Retrieved July 4, 2018. 
  20. ^ "Golden Laurel LPU Batangas Media Awards 2018". instagram.com/rsbdramaunit. Retrieved July 4, 2018. 
  21. ^ "ABS-CBN wins big in Mindanao State University's Kabantugan and the 20th Pasado Awards". LionhearTV. June 26, 2018. 
  22. ^ "WILDFLOWER TV RATINGS (February 13, 2017)". instagram.com/wildflowerabscbn. February 14, 2017. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  23. ^ "WILDFLOWER TV RATINGS (October 10, 2017)". instagram.com/wildflowerabscbn. October 11, 2017. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Maja Salvador's Wildflower might just be extended until 2018". LionhearTV. August 5, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Kapamilya Spotlight: Ejay Falcon". 8 September 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017.