Bridges of Love
Bridges of Love is a 2015 Philippine soap opera romance television series directed by Richard V. Somes and Will Fredo, starring Jericho Rosales, Paulo Avelino and Maja Salvador. The series was aired on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida evening block and worldwide on The Filipino Channel from March 16, 2015 to August 7, 2015, replacing Two Wives, and was succeeded by On the Wings of Love (TV series).
|Bridges of Love|
|Created by||Henry King Quitain|
|Creative director(s)||Johnny Santos|
|Opening theme||"Pusong Ligaw" by Michael Pangilinan|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|No. of episodes||103|
|Executive producer(s)||Kristine P. Sioson|
|Producer(s)||Myleen H. Ongkiko|
|Running time||30-45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Star Creatives|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||March 16 –|
August 7, 2015
The story follows the lives of two brothers, Gael and Carlos, bound by their promise to support each other, but separated by an unfortunate accident. Carlos is adopted by a wealthy architect and developer and grows up in wealth. Gael returns to his parents who are poor. He grows up to fulfill his dream to build bridges and becomes a successful and sought after engineer. They cross paths as adults but do not recognize each other. They will be bridged together by love for the same lady-of-interest — Mia, who is Gael's greatest love, and the woman who completes Carlos' broken heart.
Cast and characters
- Antoinette Taus as Arch. Camille Panlilio
- Janus del Prado as Romulo "Muloy" Angeles
- Isabel Oli-Prats as Atty. Malaya Cabrera-Nakpil
- Lito Pimentel as Manuel Nakpil, Sr.
- Maureen Mauricio as Marilen Mendoza-Nakpil
- Malou de Guzman as Manang Vida
- William Lorenzo as Ramon Sandoval
- Max Eigennmann as Georgina Calix
- Justin Cuyugan as Henson Lee
- John Manalo as Manuel "Tres" Nakpil, III
- Jopay Paguia as Venus de Castro
- Joross Gamboa as Toto Rosales
- Marilyn Villamayor as Chanda de Castro
- Manuel Chua as Abner Carillo
- Nikka Valencia as Tiyang Des Carillo
- Bugoy Cariño as young Gabriel "Gael" Nakpil
- Izzy Canillo as young Manuel "JR" Nakpil, Jr.
- Desiree del Valle as young Marilen Mendoza-Nakpil
- Jason Abalos as young Manuel Nakpil, Sr.
- Baron Geisler as young Lorenzo Antonio
- Grae Fernandez as teenage Manuel "JR" Nakpil, Jr. / Carlos Antonio
- Jairus Aquino as teenage Gabriel "Gael" Nakpil
- Lance Lucido as young Romulo "Muloy" Angeles
- Jerould Aceron as teenage Romulo "Muloy" Angeles
- Janice Jurado as Nancy Angeles
- Encar Benedicto as Teacher Yolly
- Kyle Blanco as Kyle
- Lorenzo Mara as Tony Meyers
- Toby Alejar as Robert Panlilio
- Alvin Anson as Willy
- Carla Humphries as Ivanka Valera
- Hiyasmin Neri as Priscilla Angeles
- Lei Andrei Navarro as Wolfgang Angeles
- Jordan Herrera as Bernard Briones
- Johan Santos as Enrique Hidalgo
- AJ Dee as Louie Sandejas
- Menggie Cobarubias as Chairman Luna
- Bing Davao as Robert Torralba
- Eda Nolan as Michelle
- Maria Isabel Lopez as Veronica Sandoval
- Niña Dolino as young Veronica
- Akiko Solon as Alisa Almeda
- Charles Christianson as Eugene
- Inez Bernardo as Ms. Pierre
- Mike Lloren as Lorenzo's friend
- Ces Aldaba as Malaya's grandfather
Dubbed as "a story like no other", Bridges of Love is a soap opera directed by Dado Lumibao of the critically acclaimed melodrama, The Legal Wife, and Richard Somes of the highly successful horror-fantasy drama, Imortal. It is written by G3 San Diego from Magkaribal, and head writer Benjamin Lingan from Apoy Sa Dagat. Filming of the series began in September 12, 2014.
During commercial gap of the romantic-comedy series, Forevermore, the teaser released on February 18, 2015, and the full trailer premiered on February 25, 2015.
Prior to its unveiling, the soap opera made headlines because of changes in its casting. John Lloyd Cruz was originally part of the main cast, who at the time could not commit as he had yet to renew his contract with ABS-CBN. Cruz was later replaced by Xian Lim, but was eventually reassigned by management to co-star anew with Kim Chiu for a third series together. On January 10, 2015, Lim was officially replaced by Paulo Avelino. This was Avelino second time playing an antagonist role since Walang Haggan in 2012.
The series marks the reunion of Rosales and Salvador, who previously starred together as husband and mistress respectively in The Legal Wife in 2014. It is also the first team-up of Rosales, Avelino and Salvador as previous Gawad Urian awardees. Meanwhile, the soap opera is Edu Manzano and Antoinette Taus' comeback project as returning Kapamilya stars. Meanwhile, this is Carmina Villarroel's return to primetime after the success of Got to Believe in 2013, opposite Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, the series ended on March 7, 2014.
|PILOT EPISODE||FINALE EPISODE||PEAK||AVERAGE||SOURCE|
Awards and recognitions
|2015||1st GIC Innovative Awards for TV||Most Innovative TV Actor 2015||Paulo Avelino||Won|
|PMPC Star Awards for Television||Best Primetime Drama Series||Bridges of Love||Won|
|Best Drama Actress||Maja Salvador||Won|
|Best Drama Actor||Paulo Avelino||Nominated|
|Golden Screen TV Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama Program||Maja Salvador||Nominated|
|HAU's Paragala Central Luzon Media Awards||Best Actress in a TV Series||Maja Salvador||Won|
|2016||14th Gawad Tanglaw Award 2016||Best Drama Actor||Paulo Avelino||Won|
|44th International Emmy Awards||International Emmy Award for best telenovela||Bridges of Love||Nominated|
- "G3 San Diego on Instagram". g3cafe. Instagram. March 16, 2015. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
- BRIDGES OF LOVE Full Trailer: This March on ABS CBN!
- Star Creatives unveils 'Bridges of Love'
- ""Bridges of Love" fights for family, identity, and love on Primetime TV". Archived from the original on 2015-03-06. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
- "Bridges of Love" sizzles on primetime TV, grips viewers' interest with fierce, fast-paced narrative
- Maja starts taping for soap with Jericho, John Lloyd
- WATCH: Maja goes daring in 'Bridges of Love' teaser
- Maja, John Lloyd, Jericho in one soap opera
- John Lloyd at Jericho mag-aagawan kay Maja
- Paulo Avelino replaces Xian Lim on ‘Bridges of Love’
- "'Got to Believe' treats fans; show ends Friday night - Inquirer Entertainment".
- NATIONAL TV RATINGS (Urban + Rural): May 28 – June 2, 2015
- NATIONAL TV RATINGS (Urban + Rural): July 23 – August 2, 2015