By JOJIE MAUFIT
There’s a scary series being shown every night on prime time television and yet despite of the vampire’s pangs and the maddening wolves, it is ironically and surprisingly getting raves and top ratings.
This show on ABS-CBN is “La Luna Sangre” which sees the return to television on a lead role of actor Richard Gutierrez, once a matinee idol, and in a supporting role singer Randy Santiago.
Richard’s new role is poles away from his previous shows and movies as he stars in “La Luna Sangre” as the “Supremo,” the leader of the vampires.
Initially, the show also featured top actors John Lloyd Cruz and Angel Locsin as Mateo and Lia.
What made the show really tiqued to nationwide and global viewers?
Some big factors are the story, superb cinematography and the fantastic work of award-winning director Cathy Garcia Molina.
La Luna Sangre is actually a horror-fantasy drama television series which is the third installment of the top rating show “Lobo” and the sequel to “Imortal.”
But many viewers credit the initial success of the show to the outstanding performance of actress Kathryn Bernardo.
The Box Office Queen is the top star of the show as Malia, playing a breathtaking action role as “the chosen one,” a big departure from the love stories she was previously known and became popular.
Kathryn appears with her perennial leading man Daniel Padilla, who plays Tristan, and together are showcasing their fiercer and bolder side in the fantasy-action serye, according to columnist Isah Red.
Kathryn reportedly shot daring scenes without a double as the show made its debut on prime time on June 26.
Reviews of the show indicated that Kathryn was most lauded during her performance on the June 28 episode with her enviable stunts and notable acting skills. The latter episode showed her character Malia being beaten up real hard in order to unleash her powers as the “Bagong Itinakda.”
Professor and columnist Isah Red wrote that netizens even raved about how she approached the said scene with some even calling her “The Best Actress of her generation” for “establishing herself with her astounding acting prowess.”
Kathryn, one of the country’s bankable actresses, revealed her versatility in the succeeding episodes even further as she nailed the combination of the action, drama and comedy scenes, it was reported.
Angel Locsin, who portrayed the role of Lia in the last I- installment, even praised Kathryn for being “on fire” as Malia.
Touted as “The Newest Primetime Action Queen,” Kathryn mentally and physically prepared for Malia by undergoing combat trainings like pekiti tirsia kali and wushu for the action scenes, according to producers of the show.
“Kathryn had drop her soft side since pekiti is a style of fighting that combines the use of arnis and daggers with close-combat maneuvers. She also had to learn to move with certain firmness while training in wushu as it helped in the choreography for big action movements,” the report added.
It was reported that the show was able to sustain its lead against its competition with steady 30s in ratings. Its second day garnered a 35 percent rating, it had 33.6 percent on Wednesday, and 33.9 percent on Thursday. The action-packed pilot week ended with the show’s record high of 35.2 percent on Friday.
The show’s June 26 episode, which happened to be the first day of Kathryn and Daniel’s appearance complete with action scenes garnered a total of 34.5 ratings, according to the report.
Since that episode, Kathryn and Daniel proved their bankability in primetime as the ratings stayed steadily in the 30s. For Tuesday the show had 34 percent ratings. By Wednesday the show had 32.8 percent, but it soared again on the following day to 35.1 percent and ended on a good note with 32.8 percent on Friday. The new week started with 34.8 percent ratings based on Kantar National TV Ratings.
Since its debut, “La Luna Sangre” has been a nightly topic in social media as it dominated the Twitter trending topics. The show not only raked in viewership on TV but even on the ABS-CBN content platform iWant TV. Two weeks in and La Luna Sangre has topped the Most Popular Shows chart in iWant TV with a roughly 2.5 million views, the columnist wrote.
The supporting case of the show includes Ina Raymundo, Isabelle Daza, Victor Neri, Randy Santiago, Gelli de Belen, Sam Pinto, Dino Imperial, Polo Ravales, Noel Trinidad, former Senator Freddie Webb and Maymay Entrata.
Special guests are Albert Martinez, Romnick Sarmienta, Tanya Garcia, Wowie de Guzman, Geoff Eigenman, Khalil Ramos, Arci Munoz, Maricar Reyes, Teresa Loyzaga and Danita Paner. (Jo Erlinda Maufit Gabot/PhilAmPress)