People often think that a hit TV series is usually measured by its dominance in nationwide TV ratings, but “On The Wings of Love” has proven that a hit TV series is not only defined by ratings.
Since the James Reid and Nadine Lustre starrer premiered in August, “On the Wings of Love” ruled its timeslot and has made avid fans patronize everything about the show and its lead stars –from its bestselling official merchandise to the sold out “Jadine In Love” concert.
As the top-rating show comes to an end on Friday (Feb 26), here’s a look back on eight things that have made Filipinos of all ages worldwide fall crazy in love with the story of Clark (James) and Leah (Nadine).
1. THE OVERFLOWING ‘KILIG’
Every night, OTWOListas get their daily dose of solid ‘kilig’ because of “On the Wings of Love.” Peppered with heart tugging ‘kilig’ moments of the main characters, fans in different countries express the happy emotions they feel on social media every time Clark and Leah have romantic, cheesy moments together.
In fact, “On the Wings of Love” has been a top trending topic on Twitter every night. Conversations about the show effortlessly generate thousands and at times, millions of tweets in a night –a proof of how fans are going wild with every episode, especially when Clark and Leah share sweet kisses.
But the most loved ‘kilig’ scene so far is The Most Approved Kiss episode which garnered the most positive feedback from fans, according to the “On the Wings of Love” creative team. The episode also thrilled celebrity fans of the show like Bianca Gonzalez, Myrtle Sarrosa, and John Lapus who took to Twitter to share their sentiments about the episode.
2. HUGOT LINES
“On The Wings of Love” has established itself as a melting pot of ‘hugot’ lines thanks to director Antoinette Jadaone who is known for relatable ‘hugot’ lines in blockbuster rom-com movies.
Even in its pilot episode, the series already showcased a number of memorable ‘hugot’ lines that are now popular among OTWOListas.
Lines such as ‘kapag mahal ka, babalikan ka’ and ‘bakit hindi nila tayo maintindihan? Why do I have to let you go?’ are now frequently used and are part of the vocabulary of solid OTWOListas.
3. HEARTBREAKING SCENES
Although “On The Wings of Love” is loaded with ‘kilig,’ it also has its share of heartbreaking scenes between Clark and Leah that had people talking about how they were an emotional wreck from shedding tears because of an episode.
Among the heartbreaking scenes in the series that has captured the hearts of avid fans was Clark and Leah’s emotional breakup. The breakup scene featured the engaged couple exchanging heated remarks on Leah’s decision to take the job in Dubai to pay for the medical expenses of Tatang Sol (Joel Torre).
Another memorable heartbreaking scene that was shown earlier in the series was Clark rushing to the airport and begging Leah to stay in San Francisco after they professed their love for each other.
4. THE CHOICE OF FEATURED LOVE SONGS
Aside from the show’s official soundtrack sung by RnB queen Kyla, “On the Wings of Love” has featured OPM love songs that are now part of loyal viewers’ favorite music tracks. The love songs also enjoyed a boost in popularity since it was featured in “On the Wings of Love.”
Erik Santos’ “Say You’ll Never Go” has turned into one of the requested love songs since it was used in the series, while the Carol Banawa original “Stay” performed by Daryl Ong, also became a hit and was even covered by online sensation and Kapamilya star Kristel Fulgar.
5. JUAN MIGUEL SEVERO’S SPOKEN WORD POETRY
“On the Wings of Love” has turned into a platform to promote other forms of art like spoken word poetry.
Artist and playwright Juan Miguel Severo who plays Rico in the series, has now successfully penetrated the mainstream audience for his beautifully written pieces that turn viral online because of “On the Wings of Love.”
“Kapag Sinabi Kong Mahal Kita,” is one of Juan Miguel’s most iconic spoken word poetry that he performed in the hit series.
6. AMAZING CINEMATOGRAPHY
ABS-CBN teleseryes are showcasing cinematic quality that is at par with the films they produce and this is evidenced in the cinematography of “On the Wings of Love.”
OTWOListas have fallen in love with the masterful shots in key locations in California including the Golden Gate Bridge, Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, the Palace of Fine Arts and even the scenic places in Ilocos and the Roxas Boulevard in the Philippines.
7. MUST-HAVE “OTWOL” MERCHANDISE AND BOOKS
The “OTWOL” experience is even extended in real life through The ABS-CBN Store’s “On the Wings of Love” merchandise that is adored by OTWOListas in the country and abroad.
Fans have catapulted “OTWOL” DVDs, luggage covers, shirts, mugs, keychains, and other collectibles to best-selling items.
Even ABS-CBN Publishing’s “On the Wings of Love” scrapbook became one of National Book Store’s best sellers in the Philippine Publication category since it was published, with thousands of fans flocking to the meet and greet of James and Nadine at the official “On the Wings of Love” scrapbook launch.
8. UNFORGETTABLE BEHIND THE SCENES IN OTWOLISTA.COM
OTWOListas also continue to have their dose of OTWOL through the otwolista.com website, where fans see first-hand never-before-seen photos and videos, special facegram entries of Clark and Leah, and other exclusive content.
One of the unforgettable outtakes that was featured in otwolista.com was Clark and Jigs’ shirtless scene in front of Leah that has earned over 800,000 views when it was uploaded on Youtube.
Don’t miss the finale episode of “On the Wings of Love” on Friday (Feb 26) only on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida.
OTWOListas who also want to be part of the “On the Wings of Love” Finale Viewing Party may subscribe to SKYcable’s pay-per-view of the finale viewing party live from the Ynares Stadium in full definition for only P149. To subscribe, visit mysky.com.ph/otwolfinale.