Kapamilya Snaps: Teleseryes that stirred us with illicit love affairs through the years

While illicit love affairs are despised and unacceptable in society, viewers are still so engrossed with it that any depiction of such in teleseryes would always be a compelling watch, making them express their intense feelings on the topic.

Thus, in this episode of Kapamilya Snaps, let’s take a look back at the 10 Kapamilya teleseryes in the past decade that indeed made us all hooked with the thorny romances they featured!

Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo (2012)

Topbilled by Shaina Magdayao, Jake Cuenca, and Bangs Garcia, Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo followed the love story of Sarah (Magdayao) and Paul (Cuenca) whose marriage got tested after he flew to Qatar to become an overseas Filipino worker. He unexpectedly got reunited with his ex-girlfriend Mia (Garcia) there, to whom he eventually had an extra-marital affair.

A Beautiful Affair (2012)

Marking the 10th anniversary of their team-up, perennial loveteam John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo made us fall in love with them anew as they starred as Leon and Gen in A Beautiful Affair. Both brokenhearted due to their respective personal issues, they found solace, hope, and love in each other during their short sojourn in Vienna, Austria. Unfortunately, romance wasn’t able to push through for them as they had to part ways and go back to reality. A year after, fate brought them together again, but Gen was already engaged with Leon’s adoptive brother Edward (John Estrada).

Precious Hearts Romances: Paraiso (2012)

Precious Hearts Romances: Paraiso chronicled the story of two strangers, Brennan (Matteo Guidicelli) and Yanie (Jessy Mendiola), who got stranded in an island after their ship got wrecked.

Since there’s only the two of them in the island, romance eventually bloomed between them, putting their respective baggage from the “real world” on the backseat – Brennan’s marriage to his dedicated wife Megan (Jewel Mische) while Yanie’s childhood best friend Justin has untold feelings for her. Their whirlwind romance set off a slew of twists and conflicts as soon as they returned to their own lives in Manila.

The Legal Wife (2014)

One of the most iconic teleseryes ABS-CBN has ever produced, The Legal Wife followed the struggle of the titular character Monica (Angel Locsin) as she fought for her right as the legitimate wife Adrian (Jericho Rosales). They may be madly in love, but the couple still faced obstacles, such as the disapproval of her family and his eventual illicit affair with her best friend Nicole (Maja Salvador) that got us all hooked with this narrative.

Two Wives (2014)

A Filipino remake of the Korean drama of the same title that was also broadcast by the network in 2009, headliners Erich Gonzales, Kaye Abad, and Jason Abalos indeed stirred us with their compelling portrayals that shook our daytime drama viewing.

Happily married with a son, Victor (Abalos) and Yvonne’s (Abad) relationship suddenly got strained upon the arrival of Janine (Gonzales) in their lives, looking for a perfect partner for herself and a stepfather for her daughter.

Tubig At Langis (2016)

Based on the 1980 film of the same title, Tubig At Langis featured the complicated love affair of its lead characters amazingly played by Zanjoe Marudo, Cristine Reyes, and Isabelle Daza.

 Because of his huge love for Irene (Reyes), Natoy (Marudo) initially had no problem being a stepfather to her son with another man, more so when she failed to conceive a child of their own. However, that gradually changed when he met Clara (Daza), to whom he shared an offspring with after having a one-night stand.

The Better Half (2017)

Starred by Shaina Magdayao, Carlo Aquino, JC de Vera, and Denise Laurel, The Better Half was definitely not your typical love affair.

An accident left Marco (Aquino) without any memory of his wife Camille (Magdayao), who was then still hoping that he’s alive and waiting for his return. As she gradually moved on with her own life with the help of Rafael (de Vera), little did she knew that her husband is already in the arms of Bianca (Laurel), who took advantage of the situation and introduced herself as his wife.

Pusong Ligaw (2017)

Pusong Ligaw followed the story of best friends Teri (Beauty Gonzalez) and Marga (Bianca King) who eventually became rivals after loving the same man Caloy (Joem Bascon) in their younger years.

Many years have passed, their rivalry amplified when both of them put up their respective couture businesses and were the top competitors in the local fashion industry, as well as when it was revealed that Caloy still harbored feelings towards Teri.

Halik (2018)

Halik is one of the most talked about teleseryes in the recent years. Many of us were probably enraged with and, at the same time, astounded by Yam Concepcion as she compellingly portrayed the now-iconic character Jade.

As we all know, Jade was the adulterer wife of Lino (Jericho Rosales), whose married life began to crumble as their lives collided with his former sweetheart Jacky (Yen Santos) and her womanizer husband Ace (Sam Milby). Blinded by her ambition of living a well-off life, Jade engaged in an illicit affair with Ace. Meanwhile, as they tried to fix their respective marriages, Lino and Jacky struggled to fight the urge in rekindling their past romance.

Love Thy Woman (2020)

Love Thy Woman is a well-loved series comprised of a powerhouse cast ensemble led by Kim Chiu, Yam Concepcion, and Xian Lim.

Their family was a result of an affair. And as if they did not learn from the lessons of the past yet, half-sisters Jia (Chiu) and Dana (Concepcion) found themselves repeating the mistake of their parents by falling in love with the same man, David (Lim). As Dana went unconscious after a fatal accident, his husband David and sister Jia had a relationship that gave birth to a son, who was eventually adopted by Dana without them knowing.

Which of these dramatic love affairs did you enjoy watching, Kapamilya?