Wildflower (TV series)
|Creative director||Willy Laconsay|
|Opening theme||"Wildflower" by Arnel Pineda|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||257 (list of episodes)|
|Producer||Maru R. Benitez|
|Running time||25–35 minutes|
|Production company||RGE Unit|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV) |
|Original release||February 13, 2017 –|
February 9, 2018
Wildflower is a Philippine revenge drama television series starring Maja Salvador, together with an ensemble cast. The show originally aired on ABS-CBN, and worldwide on The Filipino Channel, from February 13, 2017 to February 9, 2018.
The story revolves around Lily Cruz who (along with her family) falls victim to the ruthless Ardiente family. Emilia Torillo, the de facto matriarch of the Ardiente family, ordered an assassin to murder Camia Cruz and Dante Cruz, Lily's parents. Unbeknownst to Emilia, Lily survived the massacre. Lily was brought to Prianka Aguas, a billionaire businesswoman, who adopted her. Lily changed her identity to become Ivy Aguas, a strong-willed woman. She returns to Poblacion Ardiente as Ivy to avenge her parents and everyone else who were victimized by the evil Ardiente family.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||73||February 13, 2017||May 26, 2017|
|2||54||May 29, 2017||August 11, 2017|
|3||80||August 14, 2017||December 1, 2017|
|4||50||December 4, 2017||February 9, 2018|
Season 1 (2017)
The story follows Lily Cruz, a beautiful heiress who wants justice for her father Dante's death and mother Camia's assault and resulting insanity, 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, the mayor of the municipality (Poblacion Ardiente). 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 Aguas 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 Ardientes who are preparing their campaign for the gubernatorial and congressional re-elections.
Season 2 (2017)
Ivy seduces the Ardientes' weakest link, Arnaldo. He becomes obsessed with her and drives him near crazy. 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. However, throughout the sequence of events, the Ardientes have determined that Ivy is an adversary. Thus, they had her disposed of, by being buried alive in a wooden-coffin. She miraculously escapes death and returns with a vengeance.
Season 3 (2017)
In a carefully orchestrated hijacking, Ivy gatecrashes a celebration being held by the Ardientes and reveals her real identity as Lily Cruz, to the bemusement of the Ardientes who supervised her "burial" in the cemetery. Through a series of activities, she cripples Ardientes' powerful influence but a new hidden enemy is suddenly surfacing. It is later on revealed that this is Helena Montoya, the real mother of Emilia Ardiente. Also, known in the criminal world as "Red Dragon", she controls the country's largest crime syndicate operations. Notwithstanding the sinister résumé, Helena is no match to Ivy's superior skills, and after several conflicts, Lily brings Red Dragon's operations to a halt.
Season 4 (2017–18)
With Diego and Lily marrying off, Arnaldo suddenly came in to the resort where they were honeymooning. A confrontation ensued with latter reaching his limit and finally committed suicide in front of the two. 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. Later on, she regains her sanity and obtains the support of the Asian syndicate with the password her mother gave her. Lily gets hint of this and talks to the syndicate leader about the elderly Ardiente ordering the murder of Helena Montoya/"Red Dragon", to which they both agree that the daughter Emilia should know of. Meanwhile, they also discover valuable information about a mass grave the Ardiente began using in the mid-50s when the family first seized power. Jepoy and Ana contact local media about the mass grave and stir up the neighbors to do the same. The media frenzy covering the atrocities committed by the Ardientes embolden whistleblowers and other victims to speak up, including former accomplices and political supporters like Natalie, ex-bodyguards, former assassins, and Judge Lustre.
A People Power revolution topples the Ardiente 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 apparently died, but not before retaliating against her daughter, shooting her in the spine. Later, Emilia now a paraplegic can be seen serving her time in prison. Lily then visits her extending an Olive branch and forgives her. Meanwhile, Venus, the adopted daughter of Helena Montoya a.k.a. "Red Dragon" apparently rescued Julio from dying only to have him killed by herself as a revenge for the latter killing her adoptive mother, through burning via blowtorch. This character was played by actress Karylle, real-life daughter of Zsazsa Padilla (who played as Helena/"Red Dragon").
Cast and characters
- Maja Salvador as Ivy P. Aguas / Lily Cruz-Torillo
- Tirso Cruz III as Julio Ardiente
- Aiko Melendez as Governor Emilia Ardiente-Torillo
- Sunshine Cruz as Camia Delos Santos-Cruz / Jasmine (season 1)
- Joseph Marco as Diego Torillo (season 1, supporting; seasons 2–4, main)
- RK Bagatsing as Mayor Arnaldo Ardiente Torillo (season 1, supporting; seasons 2–4, main)
- Wendell Ramos as Raul Torillo / Fake Jaguar (seasons 2–4)
- 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 (seasons 2–3, supporting; season 4, main)
- Zsa Zsa Padilla[a] as Helena Montoya (season 3, special guest; season 4, main) / Red Dragon (season 3, special guest; season 4, main)
- Malou de Guzman as Lorena "Loring" Cervante (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
- Shiela 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 Agent Noel Salonga (seasons 3–4)
- 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 cast
- 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 stars
- Priscilla Meirelles as Prianka Patil-Aguas (season 1)
- Pinky Amador as Esmeralda De Guzman-Ardiente (season 1)
- Xyriel Manabat as Young Lily /Ivy P. Aguas (season 1)
- Ejay Falcon (season 1) and Patrick Garcia (season 3)[b] as Young Julio Ardiente (seasons 1, 3)
- Jesse James Ongteco as Young Diego Torillo (season 1)
- Izzy Canillo as Young Arnaldo Ardiente Torillo (season 1)
- Azi Villanueva as Young Diego Torillo (season 1)
- Kyline Alcantara and Jennica Garcia as Young Emilia Ardiente (season 2)
- Joseph Andre Garcia as Young Raul Torillo (season 2)
- Mutya Orquia as Young Rosana "Ana" Navarro (season 2)
- Ellen Adarna as Young Esmeralda De Guzman-Ardiente (season 2)
- Emmanuelle Vera as Young Helena Montoya (season 2) / Red Dragon (season 3)
- Karylle as Venus (season 4)
Filming for Wildflower began on December 5, 2016.
Wildflower aired on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida evening block at 5:45 PM PST, before TV Patrol and worldwide via TFC.
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.
On March 18, 2020, ABS-CBN announced that Wildflower will also rerun its episodes beginning March 23, 2020 via the network's Primetime Bida evening block, replacing A Soldier's Heart, as part of ABS-CBN's temporary programming changes due to the community quarantine done to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic This rerun was abruptly cut due to the temporary closure of ABS-CBN following the cease and desist order issued by the National Telecommunications Commission on account of its franchise expiration. As of June 15, 2020, Wildflower, no longer a replacement of A Soldier's Heart, the show returned on June 15, 2020. Wildflower is currently airing rerun its episodes in a different airtime.
ABS-CBN has announced that Wildflower will be extended until February 9, 2018. 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 pulled out to give way for The Blood Sisters.
|Pilot Episode||Finale Episode||Peak||Average|
February 13, 2017
February 9, 2018
October 10, 2017
Wildflower became a very controversial series during its run, with its unconventional depiction of nepotism, schizophrenia and human rights violations on primetime programming, and it even trended on social media. Its pilot episode in 2017 got 20.1%, 5.7% higher than rival show Wowowin. The show peaked in its October 10, 2017 episode with a 35.2% nationwide rating, placing it only behind ABS-CBN's TV Patrol and FPJ's Ang Probinsyano that same night as the country's most watched TV broadcast. The same figure also ranked Wildflower as the country's highest-rated TV show on the pre-primetime slot since the Philippines switched to nationwide TV ratings system in 2009.
The show ended in 2018 notching a final nationwide rating of 24.3% in its finale.
|Year||Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Outcome||Ref.|
|2017||7th EdukCircle Awards||Best Actress – TV Series||Maja Salvador||Nominated|
|31st PMPC Star Awards for Television|
|Best Drama Actress||Nominated|||
|Best Drama Supporting Actress||Aiko Melendez||Won|
|Best Primetime Drama Series||Wildflower||Nominated|
|RAWR Awards 2017||Actress of the Year||Maja Salvador||Won|||
|Ultimate Kontrabida||Aiko Melendez||Won|
|Teleserye of the Year||Wildflower||Won|
|8th TV Series Craze Awards 2017||Best Primetime TV Series||Won|||
|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|||
|22nd Asian Television Awards||Best Actor in a Supporting Role||Tirso Cruz III||Nominated|||
|2018||2nd Guild of Educators, Mentors, and Students (GEMS) 2017||Best Actress in a TV Series||Maja Salvador||Won|||
|Best Actor in a TV Series||RK Bagatsing||Won|
|Bulacan State University Batarisan Awards 2018||Best Female TV Personality||Maja Salvador||Won|||
|Platinum Stallion Media Awards 2018||Best Primetime TV Series||Wildflower||Won|||
|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|||
|Best Actor in a Drama Series||Tirso Cruz III||Won|
|LPU Manila UmalohokJuan Media Awards 2018||TV Drama of the Year||Wildflower||Won|||
|TV Actress of the Year||Maja Salvador||Won|
|49th GMMSF Box Office Entertainment Award||Most Popular TV Program Daytime||Wildflower||Won|||
|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|||
|Best TV Actress||Maja Salvador||Won|
|17th Kabantugan Awards (Mindanao State University)||Won|||
|4th Alta Media Icon Awards (University of Perpetual Help System- Dalta)||Best Actress for TV||Won|||
|5th Urduja Film Festival Heritage Films Awards||Best Actress||Won|||
|Asian Academy Creative Awards 2018||Best Actress in a Leading Role (National)||Won|||
|Best Actress in a Leading Role (Asia)||Nominated|||
|23rd Asian Television Awards||Best Actress in a Leading Role||Nominated|||
|2019||Push Awards 2018||Push Female TV Performance of the Year||Won|||
|1st Asia Contents Awards||Best Actress||Won|||
|Best Asian Drama||Wildflower||Nominated|||
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