ABS-CBN's fantasy drama series La Luna Sangre has made quite an impression since it aired in June, boasting an intricately-woven narrative of two strangers bound by fate in a world where werewolves and vampires exist. But take note: This is not just some Twilight fan-fiction!
Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla's characters continue the saga of the battle between the mythical creatures. While the mysterious unraveling of events in LLS continues, along with its continuous triumph in the ratings game, here are five quick things you need to know about the show:
1. La Luna Sangre continues an almost decade-old saga.
LLS is the third installment of a narrative that started in 2008 with Lobo, where Piolo Pascual and Angel Locsin, as Noah and Lyka respectively, headlined their first roles as a tandem on TV. Imortal followed suit in 2010, where Angel Locsin took on the role as Lia, the daughter of Lyka (played also by Angel herself), as the Chosen Wolf, whose path intertwined with Matteo (John Lloyd Cruz), the strongest vampire. In 2017's La Luna Sangre, Lia and Matteo choose to live a normal life—away from vampires and werewolves—with their daughter Malia, played by Kathryn.
As the new Chosen One, Malia's life is at stake because of bloodsuckers ruled by Supremo or Sandrino (played by Richard Gutierrez), the King of Vampires. Along the way, Malia loses her parents in an epic battle and somehow crosses paths with Tristan (played by Daniel Padilla), a civilian who has led a life of hatred against vampires after witnessing his father's death.
Director Cathy Garcia Molina, who also co-directed the series' first installment, Lobo, disclosed in their press conference, "May iba po siyang timpla. Pinasukan po siya ng rom-com. Hindi po siya super dark. There will be parts that are dark especially kapag si Sandrino ang pinag-uusapan."
2. Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla were supposed to do LLS before Pangako Sa'Yo.
Following the success of their first Cathy Garcia-Molina-helmed series, Got To Believe in 2014, Kathryn and Daniel were slated to headline LLS. But due to the intricacies of the story and demands on the production, the show was pushed further and KathNiel, instead, starred in another soap, Pangako Sa'Yo, which aired in 2015.
In the La Luna Sangre press conference, Kathryn spoke about her being the lead actress of the franchise, "More than the kaba, sobrang tagal talaga naming hinintay ito." She added, "Feeling namin, perfect talaga this year na gawin siya kasi sa age namin, mas ready kami. More on excitement 'yung nafi-feel ko sa project."
3. There were BIG television comebacks in the cast.
LLS enjoyed a slew of celebrities who shared their acting prowess on television after a long lull from the scene. Angel Locsin and John Lloyd Cruz reprised their roles from Imortal, for instance.
Interestingly, Angel's long-time GMA Network on-screen partner, Richard Gutierrez, joined the roster of characters in LLS, a first after his long hiatus. He plays the role of Sandrino, the series' main villain. Angel and Richard first got paired as a love team in the 2004 fantasy series, Mulawin, enjoying a string of projects until 2007.
The show also enlisted the help of a cast of characters played by actors who made their comebacks—there's Romnick Sarmienta as Tristan's deceased father, Randy Santiago as Dok, Tristan's surrogate father, Gelli De Belen as Betty, Tristan's Aunt, Victor Neri as Punong Bantay Frederick, and Ina Raymundo as Veruska, his wife. Tanya Garcia and Wowie De Guzman also took roles in the show's pilot week, together with Nikki Valdez, Desiree Del Valle, Dennis Padilla, and Meryll Soriano.
4. You'll see several old and new faces in the series.
Apart from playing host to a number of comebacks, LLS also saw a number of crossovers. For starters, Tony Labrusca, fresh from his stint in Pinoy Boyband Superstar, took on the role of Jake, a swoon-worthy werewolf and long-time friend of Kathryn's character, Malia. Unfortunately, Tony received flak from some fans for playing the third wheel to KathNiel. He recently thanked the two for defending him against bashers.
Not long after playing his role in the recent GMA fantasy series, Encantadia, Joross Gamboa returned to his home network and joined LLS as Baristo, a confidante to Matteo and Lia and now the adoptive father of Malia. Sam Pinto, who moved to GMA Network after graduating from Pinoy Big Brother, moved back to ABS-CBN with a role as a civilian-turned vampire, Diana.
5. It is unpredictable.
In LLS, what you see is never what you get. Week by week, the show trends on Twitter, hyping plot twists and character introductions. When asked about the death of characters played by John Lloyd Cruz and Angel Locsin in its pilot week, Director Cathy Garcia Molina said, "Ah, soap po ito, e. So may mga namamatay na akala mong patay. May nabubuhay na ganyan, so I cannot tell for sure. I don't want to spoil."