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OTWOL, Pasion de Amor Enter Final Week

‘Pasion de Amor’ and ‘On the Wings of Love’ are down to their last five episodes.

The former, first premiered on June 1, 2015, was a remake of the original Colombian telenovela that once aired on ABS-CBN. While the original was a decent success, this localized version of ‘Pasion de Amor’ became an unexpected hit, and in the process blew out the competition (at least until ‘Wowowin’ entered the picture).

Throughout its run, viewers were constantly hooked to the sensually passionate, and at times unpredictable love story involving the Samonte brothers (Jake Cuenca, Ejay Falcon, Joseph Marco) and Elizondo sisters (Ellen Adarna, Coleen Garcia, Arci Muñoz). The presence of villains such as Gabriel (Wendell Ramos) and Gabriela (Teresa Loyzaga) only added fuel to the fire.

On the other hand, the latter, first premiered August 10, 2015, marked the first foray of the JaDine (James Reid, Nadine Lustre) love team into the small screen. Based on their success in films such as ‘Diary ng Panget’ and ‘My Hopeless Romantic’, a lot of expectations were raised for the duo.

These expectations were soon met and exceeded, as ‘On the Wings of Love’ became an immediate success in its timeslot. The series was not without controversy, however, as one stripping scene involving Clark (James) and Leah (Nadine) received negative remarks from the Philippine National Police.

With a final total of 194 and 145 episodes, respectively, there is no doubt that ‘Pasion de Amor’ and ‘On the Wings of Love’ have become one of ABS-CBN’s most successful teleseryes in recent years. While GMA’s own programs tried hard to keep up with the two series, the gap in the ratings proved too much to overcome.

As ‘Pasion de Amor’ and ‘On the Wings of Love’ head to their final week, what fate awaits the former’s Samonte brothers and Elizondo sisters, and the latter’s Clark and Leah? Find out this week as the two series conclude.

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Controversial OTWOL Scene Irks PNP, Apologizes

‘On the Wings of Love’ caught the attention of netizens and police officers following a controversial scene that supposedly disrespected the Philippine National Police. (Logo courtesy of ABS-CBN)

A controversial scene on the January 11 episode of ‘On the Wings of Love’ has caught the attention of the Philippine National Police.

During that scene, Clark (James Reid) stripped and danced in front of Leah (Nadine Lustre) during a bridal shower, while wearing the official uniform of the PNP. Most netizens and even police officers reacted negatively over the scene, claiming it to be disrespectful and irresponsible.

ABS-CBN later took notice of the incident and apologized for it. Here’s the full statement from the network.

“On the Wings of Love” would like to apologize for a short scene that aired last Monday (January 11), which unfortunately showed the main character Clark dancing as a policeman for Leah in her bridal shower. The program has called the attention of its production team and assures the public that there was no intention to disrespect the sanctity of the Philippine National Police (PNP) uniform. We do not want to jeopardize our good relations with the PNP and will make sure that it will not happen again.

The good thing is, though, ABS-CBN quickly responded to their feedback and no intervention from the MTRCB was needed. However, due to the negative reactions that surround the said scene, expect ABS-CBN to not upload the video on its official YouTube account, and could potentially pull the scene off the iWanTV website.

Still, ABS-CBN needs to learn a lesson from this incident. Taking a note from Coco Martin’s character in ‘Ang Probinsyano’ may even help them realize how hard-working, dignified and proud the men and women of the Philippine National Police are.