Feisty confrontations, action-packed duels and heart-tugging confessions — these make up “Los Bastardos,” the TV adaptation of the hit “Cardinal Bastards” series from Precious Hearts Romances.
But beyond these factors that drew audiences every afternoon for the past year, at the heart of this TV show are love and family.
“Los Bastardos” showed the strength of the Cardinal family who endured all obstacles together. The love story of Don Roman (Ronaldo Valdez) and Soledad (Gloria Diaz) shared valuable lessons to viewers as they stood the test of time and proved that love conquers all.
Their invincible love for each other also served as inspiration to their sons to brave all hardships head on and never quit. They had a rough start, but Isagani (Jake Cuenca), Lorenzo (Joseph Marco), Lucas (Albie Casiño), and Connor (Joshua Colet) have learned to accept and treat each other as brothers. Despite Matteo (Marco Gumabao) remaining an ally of their enemies, his brothers still look forward to welcoming him back.
Admittedly, the stars had their fair share of nervousness when the series began especially at a time when viewers were yet to get hooked.
“I remember telling Jake, ‘Pare, maka-three months lang tayo of airing, okay na!’” Gumabao laughingly revealed at the show’s Thanksgiving media conference.
“Yes, I remember that. We were nervous especially when the ratings were not that high but we just told ourselves we should keep on doing our best for our viewers because TV ratings are out of our hands,” Cuenca admitted.
Thankfully for them, “Los Bastardos” picked up and soon became a top rater in its timeslot, peaking at the national TV rating of 20.3 percent, according to data from Kantar Media.
The show has also been a hit online as it constantly topped the trending topics on Twitter especially when the brothers are featured with their on-screen partners Isay (Maxine Medina), Dianne (Ritz Azul), Coralyn (Mary Joy Apostol) and Lupita (Mica Javier).
But as it is in the business, everything must come to an end. And for “Los Bastardos,” that end will be in two weeks.
“But we will give them an epic ending,” the cast said in agreement.
In the run-up to the finale, the Cardinal brothers will encounter the biggest battle of their lives —make their family whole again in the face of Catalina’s (Jean Saburit) evil plans using only their love for family and bravery as their strongest weapons.
Their tireless search for Connor and effort to win back Matteo from their enemies’ hands have given Isagani, Lucas, Lorenzo hope as Catalina’s forces begin fall one by one.
But the sly Catalina will try to hit the brothers where it will hurt them the most — the women they love — in an attempt to eventually kill them all.
Will the Cardinal brothers succeed in their quest in completing their family? Viewers will have to tune in.