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The Legal Wife is a 2014 Philippine melodramatic family drama television series directed by Rory B.

Quintos and Dado C. Lumibao,[2] that served as a primetime comeback for Angel Locsin who had last
starred in the fantasy drama television series Imortal in 2010, and the first television series for JC de
Vera on ABS-CBN.[3] Together with Locsin and de Vera, the series is also topbilled by Jericho Rosales and
Maja Salvador.[2] The series was aired on ABS-CBN and worldwide on The Filipino Channel from January
27, 2014 to June 13, 2014, replacing Maria Mercedes.[3][4][5]

[hide] 1 Plot
2 Cast and characters 2.1 Main cast
2.2 Supporting cast
2.3 Guest cast 2.3.1 Recurring
2.3.2 Cameo

2.4 Special participation

3 Production 3.1 Scheduling

4 Reception 4.1 Critical reception
4.2 Television ratings

5 Theme song
6 See also
7 References


The story revolves around Monica Santiago (Angel Locsin). Due to the past she encountered with her
mother Eloisa (Rio Locsin), her life is put through the test in a whole new environment with her father
Javier (Christopher de Leon), and her two brothers Javi (Joem Bascon) and Jasper (Ahron Villena).
Through a set of circumstances, she will meet and fall in love with Adrian (Jericho Rosales), the man who
will teach her how to love again, and the man who can also break her heart.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]
Angel Locsin as Monica Santiago-de Villa[4]
Jericho Rosales as Adrian de Villa[4]
Maja Salvador as Nicole Esquivel[4]
JC de Vera as Max Gonzales[4]

Supporting cast[edit]
Christopher de Leon as Javier Santiago
Rio Locsin as Eloisa Santiago
Mark Gil as Dante Ramos
Maria Isabel Lopez as Sandra de Villa
Joem Bascon as Javi Santiago
Ahron Villena as Jasper Santiago
Janus del Prado as Bradley
Matet de Leon as Rowena
Frenchie Dy as Keri
Sonjia Calit as Gwen
Gabriel Sumalde / Louise Abuel as Bunjoy de Villa

Guest cast[edit]

Bernard Palanca as Miguel Zapanta
Vandolph Quizon as Samboy
Joe Vargas as Andrew de Villa
Pamu Pamorada as Trish de Villa
Odette Khan as Yaya Krising
Leo Rialp as Eduardo "Gramps" Esquivel
Pinky Marquez as Emma Alvaro
Michael Flores as Bob Rivera
Thou Reyes as Jon
Dionne Monsanto as Rhea
Zeppi Borromeo as Anton
Carla Humphries as Audrey
Johan Santos as Vincent "Vince" Madriaga
Jesse James Ongteco / Yogo Singh as Thirdy Santiago

Jaime Fabregas as Leo Zapanta
Ricardo Cepeda
Eslove Briones as Jack
Toby Alejar as Ronnie Estrella
Bodjie Pascua as Uncle Judge
Dianne Medina as Tanya Tamayo
Darla Sauler as himself
Raquel Monteza as Marissa Gonzales
Nia Dolino as Digna
Brent Javier as Marco de Leon
Kalila Aguilos as Teacher
Nina Ricci Alagao
Arthur Acua as Monica's lawyer
Mickey Estrada as Erwin

Special participation[edit]
Xyriel Manabat as young Monica "Ikay" Santiago[6]
Neri Naig as young Eloisa Santiago[6]
Matt Evans as young Dante Ramos[6]
James Blanco as young Javier Santiago[6]
Aaron Junatas as young Javi Santiago
Bugoy Cario as young Jasper Santiago
Clarence Delgado as young Samboy
Dang Cruz as young Yaya Krising
Menggie Cobarrubias as Jacob Santiago
??? as young Adrian de Villa
Bangs Garcia as young Sandra de Villa
Casey da Silva as young Nicole Esquivel
Liza Dio as Camilla Esquivel
Manuel Chua as young Ronnie Estrella


Prior to the official airing of the show, its working titles were originally known as Hanggang Kailan Kita
Mamahalin,[7][8] and as Tubig at Langis.[9] Jake Cuenca was originally part of the main cast,[10] but was
replaced by JC de Vera. Paulo Avelino was also reported to be part of the series but later backed out due
to personal reasons.[11] Avelino was later replaced by Jericho Rosales.[12]

Filming of the series began in October 2013.[13]


The Legal Wife was originally planned to air on October 28, 2013.[14] It was later pushed back to
November 2013 and was set to replace Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin. But due to the request of
Koreanovela fans and taping conflicts because of Typhoon Yolanda, the airing was postponed because of
Korean drama When a Man Falls in Love.[2][15] Eventually, the series had its pilot episode broadcast last
January 27, 2014 as part of ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida block. Initially, the series was supposed to replace
When a Man Falls in Love, but later ends up taking over the timeslot vacated by Maria Mercedes due to
the demanding request of Koreanovela fans.[16][17]


Critical reception[edit]

Prior to the official airing of the television series, ABS-CBN launched several teasers of the show. One
was the slapping scene between Angel Locsin and Maja Salvador's characters aired on January 1, 2014.
The trailer was well received and went even viral all over the web, creating parodies and memes.[18]

Since the first episode, the show became a hot topic online and even trended on Twitter worldwide.[6]

Television ratings[edit]

Basing on the data gathered by Kantar Media, the pilot episode earned 21.1% of national viewership,
making it the 5th most watched primetime program. It also topped its timeslot beating its rival program
Rhodora X of GMA Network which garnered a rating of 11%.[19] From the data gathered by AGB Nielsen
Philippines, the program registered of 23.9% Mega Manila viewership, beating Rhodora X which only
registered a viewership of 15.8%.[20] During the month of January, the show garnered an average rating
of 21.5%basing on Kantar Media's national ratings surveylanding as the 8th most watched
primetime program.[21] The show received an all time high rating on April 24, 2014 with a whopping
29.4%, higher than average in a show in its time slot based on Kantar Media. On June 11, 2014, The
Legal Wife beat its previous all time high rating, and garnered a staggering 31.7% compared to its rival
show, Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real from GMA Network, which only received 9.6%, based on Kantar Media.
The Legal Wife's finale episode beat its previous all time high rating again, and clocked in at a high
36.2%. It became a heated trending topic on social media with the hashtag #TLWTheEndOfAnAffair and
was the highest rated show that day.









Kantar Media
January 27, 2014 June 13, 2014 21.0%/36.2% #1/#1 #5/#1 [22]

AGB Nielsen
23.9%/32% #1/#1 #4/#1 [23]

|[24] The Finale of ABS-CBN's hit family drama series "The Legal Wife," starring ANGEL LOCSIN, Jericho
Rosales, Maja Salvador and JC De Vera topped the list of the most-watched TV Programs nationwide last
Friday (June 13). According to the data from Kantar Media, the episode dubbed as 'The End of Affair,' hit
its all-time national TV rating of 36.2%, which was a record-breaking achievement for a show aired on
the 9:15PM time slot. The finale ratings was four times higher than GMA's "Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real"

Theme song[edit]

The song Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin? was originally performed by Sharon Cuneta and served as
the theme song for the 1996 film Madrasta, which also starred Cuneta alongside Zsa Zsa Padilla and
Christopher de Leon. The film was produced by Star Cinema.

See also[edit]
List of programs broadcast by ABS-CBN
List of telenovelas of ABS-CBN


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