February 29, 2016
Last Friday, Robi and I were called to do the documentary and exclusive 2-on-2 interview with James Reid and Nadine Lustre. Being a #CertifiedOTWOLista, you can just imagine how kilig I was when I found out we were going to do this! I was so ecstatic about it! Not just that, we were also being called in to host the OTWOL Finale itself. Robi and I honestly had no idea what we were in for, but we knew that it was going to be something really special.
We went to Jardin de Miramar in Antipolo to tape the spiels for the documentary and I thought the place was just perfect. Here are some behind-the-scenes photos of our day:
Right after taping the documentary and doing the interview, we immediately rushed to the Ynares Center for the OTWOL Finale. Thousands of fans greeted us as they were treated to a serenade by the TV series’ stars including BaiLona, Juan Miguel Severo, Paulo Avelino, Daryl Ong, Erik Santos, Kyla and more. As we all know, music played an integral part in the development of the story and it was really nice reliving all the moments of OTWOL through the songs.
The highlight of the show, of course, was the viewing party of the final episode itself. It was quite difficult shifting from one emotion to another as I was in tears in almost every gap, and then we had to get up and be happy to entertain the crowd. Robi was teasing me the whole time and telling me not to cry. I guess wedding scenes are so special for girls, even if it’s just on TV.
The last gap was the surprise that the OTWOL crew prepared for everyone. A wedding reception with all the OTWOL fans themselves in attendance. Whoever thought about this kind of ending was a genius. Never before seen on Philippine TV (as far as I know). I think that one of the best things about the series is that their storytelling is so connected with their audience. The different characters represent a different strand in Filipino life. Having the fans become part of the ending was the sweetest icing on the cake. Of course, for an OTWOLISTA like me, the best part of hosting the event was getting first row seats to this one!
What an unforgettable stint! Thank you so much Dreamscape and ABSCBN for entrusting us with this. Congratulations for a successful teleserye that will be remembered for ages. To all the OTWOL fans out there, it was a joy celebrating love with you.
‘Til next time!