ABS-CBN, through its online streaming platform iWantTFC, is ringing in 2021 with a fantastic treat for avid Kapamilyas around the world as it’s bringing back the legendary “Moonstone trilogy” that captured our hearts and dominated television through the years.
Comprised by hit iconic teleseryes Lobo (2008), Imortal (2010), and La Luna Sangre (2017), the “Best of ABS-CBN Moonstone Trilogy” can be binge-watched by subscribers not just on mobile devices, but also on select smart TV brands, ROKU streaming devices, and Telstra TV for global users with their family and friends.
And as a teaser, here’s the compilation of the pilot episodes of this series that will surely excite you to see them again this year!
Those who were able to see the first book of the trilogy could recall that Lobo follows the love story of childhood friends Lyka Raymundo and Noah Ortega, impeccably portrayed by Angel Locsin and Piolo Pascual, who meet up again in their 20s and then fall in love. However, their relationship got tested when she transforms into the last savior of the werewolves in order to fulfill her destiny, while he got enlisted by Luna, an organization whose mission is to eliminate werewolves. These made their affair complicated as their differences become bigger and harder to ignore.
But before we get to witness their love story, it was the affair of their parents Nessa (Agot Isidro) and Emil (Bobby Andrews) which we first saw on the inaugural episode. Just when they thought that they’re going to last forever, Nessa’s curse – her being a half-blooded werewolf – got in the way. She may be a “Nilaktawan” after transforming past her scheduled time, yet her dangerous nature made her accidentally kill her mother. As her fiancé Emil saw her morph into a werewolf one fateful evening, he abandoned her with immense fear.
It was also traced that Nessa is the daughter of Lorenzo Blancaflor (Diether Ocampo), a half-human and half-werewolf and the scion of a powerful family of werewolves. Due to his love for her daughter, he sought the help of his twin sister Eleanor (Sheryl Cruz) for him not to pass on his being werewolf to her. But because he killed a human, it was already impossible. Their reunion led to his tragic death.
Angel Locsin starred anew in its sequel – Imortal – wherein she got paired with John Lloyd Cruz. They continue the theme of forbidden love as they played Lia Ortega and Mateo Rodriguez, who came from the warring groups of werewolves and vampires. As their clusters engaged in an endless war after the birth of their most powerful members who would become mortal enemies, the two meet and eventually fall in love. However, they have yet to know that their growing bond will activate their powers and drive them apart, as dictated by their fates.
The series commenced with a group of vampires raiding what seemed to be the house of Lyka and her family. She singlehandedly fought them and protected her daughter as the leader Magnus (Jake Roxas) almost killed the young Lia, which led to her demise.
The narrative then went back in 1572, the year when the first batch of vampires arrived in the Philippine shores. Their menace quickly spread throughout the land, but little did they know that there’s a clan who can transform themselves into powerful wolves and protect humans from their fatal threats – the Taong Lobos.
We were also introduced to Roman Rodriguez (Jomari Yllana), the father of Mateo who, from being a mortal, became a vampire after Magnus bit him as he plead for his life. But instead of sucking on human blood like what vampires usually do, he founded a community of good vampires who only drank animal blood.
As the vampires laid dormant to organize and fortify their numbers, a dangerous prophecy foretelling an epic battle between vampires and Taong Lobos that will ultimately decide the fate of their respective bloodlines is relayed to Magnus by a seer.
After a few decades, Roman meets and falls in love with a human named Ceres (Lara Quigaman), who eventually becomes the mother of his child Mateo. Unfortunately, Ceres died upon giving birth to Mateo. On the other hand, Magnus relied on biting a pregnant woman in pursuit of fulfilling the prophecy.
Meanwhile, Lyka also gave birth to her and Noah’s daughter Lia. However, while he was on his way home to celebrate the fifth birthday of their unica hija, he got killed in a road accident after a vampire attacked him.
La Luna Sangre (2017)
The final installment – La Luna Sangre – was topbilled by reel-to-real sweethearts Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla who didn’t fail to thrill and amaze us with their portrayal of Malia and Tristan. Being the daughter of the most powerful werewolf and vampire Lia and Mateo, Malia is presumed the “chosen one” who will save their kind from an evil vampire king (or “Supremo”).
As she failed to show her powers after turning 21 years old, a disgraced Malia decides to leave behind her responsibility and lives in the world of mortals. But the prophecy continues to haunt her and meets Tristan, a young man who seeks revenge against a vampire who killed his father.
It commenced with a vampire attacking a young man (Paulo Angeles) in broad daylight. Then it proceeded on Baristo (Joross Gamboa) narrating to the young werewolves how the allegiance of their race with the vampires began many years ago and how the evil vampires seem to begin attacking again.
We’re also given a glimpse of the simple and happy provincial life of Mateo and Lia, who have both lost their powers after bringing their adorable daughter Malia (Erika Clemente) to life. The gumptious and lovable young Tristan (Justin James Quilantang), who is harshly protected by his strict father Tonio (Romnick Sarmenta) and will be her eventual partner in the future also lives at the same area.
As the eclipse occurred on the day of their town fiesta, the couple and La Liga Unida leader Frederick are awaiting if Lia and Mateo are going to transform back to being immortals. The new leader of the vampires Sandrino (Richard Gutierrez) is also unleashed.
Aren’t you excited to see the entire Moonstone trilogy again? You can binge-watch the first 21 chapters of Lobo, Imortal, and La Luna Sangre for free on iWantTFC on its iOS and Android mobile apps or on iwanttfc.com.