A revenge-drama series will never be as satisfying without the no-holds-barred confrontation extravaganza. In that case, La Vida Lena didn’t disappoint as it delivered nothing but only the most scathing confrontations punctuated with biting sarcasm, ruthless revelations, and sometimes rapid slaps and hair-pulling, courtesy of its powerhouse cast.
Let the battle begin with the fearless barrio girl Magda, later on Lena (Erich Gonzales), hitting back at the Narcisos for coming to Lolo Dado (Soliman Cruz)’s wake. She gave a quick rundown of the Narcisos’ desperate, evil moves leading to her grandpa’s death. Then, she ordered them to leave because deep in their conscience, they all knew why Lolo Dado died.
In another iconic face-off scene from the teleserye, Magda expressed her frustrations asking why Lukas (Raymond Bagatsing) had to be so invested in her downfall to the point of driving her to jail. His response was short but utterly bone-chilling: “Dito sa Salvacion, I am God.”
However, Lukas’ sovereignty over Salvacion turned history when Magda rose from the ashes to take on her new identity as Lena, with a comeback oozing with power and warning. We knew Lena meant serious vendetta when she joined forces with Ramona (Janice de Belen) to build their own empire that would rival that of Lukas.
Now she’s more equipped with boldness and receipts to confront Vanessa (Agot Isidro) about her mother Helen (Isay Alvarez)’s death. According to Lena, Vanessa locked a then-pregnant Helen in a chemical storage room and the exposure to toxins harmed the unborn baby, hence, the big scar on Lena’s face.
In another scene, Lena enjoyed a little game of blackmail. Taking a hold of the truth, she threatened to spill Vanessa’s affair with Conrad (Christian Vasquez). She also showed an envelope containing evidence that Conrad is Adrian’s biological father.
How satisfying it felt to see the underdogs finally carrying out their plans. If bullies deserve a little karma, then, Rachel (Sofia Andres) got her own dose of medicine thanks to Lena’s vengeful schemes. The story progressed to Lena breaking Rachel and Miguel’s marriage to get revenge, resulting in rioting scenes. There was a time they went all-out at a pool area because Rachel got jealous. It transpired when Lena moved into the same place Rachel and Miguel live. There’s also a scene where Lena provoked and called Rachel desperate for using her suicidal drama to gain Miguel’s sympathy.
Karmic payback looked so real when Rachel stormed to Lena’s mansion looking for Miguel. Then, she desperately asked why the desire to see her suffer. Lena casually replied that it’s also how Rachel made her feel back in high school. “Ngayong ikaw na nakakaranas nito, masakit ba? Nasa punto na ba na gusto mong mawala, maglaho dahil sa kahihiyan? Dahil kung hindi pa, wala pa ‘yan sa kalahati ng pinaranas mo sa akin. Kawawa ka naman, Rachel. Iiyak mo na ‘yan,” Lena said, in a tone full of exasperating sarcasm.
Throughout the teleserye, we also counted on Ramona to deliver cut-throat dialogues that put Vanessa to shame. There’s the rapid back-and-forth between the two equally ferocious women calling each other names from haggard to ‘sinungaling,’ ‘kriminal,’ and ‘retokada.’ Vanessa claimed that her beauty is all natural. But, really, how could she deny in front of the doctor who made her nose?
Another exciting round of female showdown transpired at a restaurant. Vanessa was triggered when Ramona came to dine in. She asked the waiter to background check their customers as they might be feeding ex-convicts. Ramona walked up to a reserved table, then called Vanessa “squatter na retokada.” She poured wine on Vanessa, who looked so pathetic trying to attack with a knife.
We’re all for Ramona’s killer dialogues that could break a fragile soul into pieces. In a washroom confrontation, for instance, she shut flew at Vanessa by telling the latter, “Hindi ako retokada, Wala akong kabit. Wala akong anak sa labas.” Vanessa knew she’d be kicked out of her throne once Ramona and Lena spill her deepest secret that Conrad is Adrian’s real father. Round two happened in a restaurant where Ramona threatened to expose Vanessa’s skeletons if the latter refused to take Lena back to Lukas' mansion.
Even the male characters had their own share of showdowns. Adrian (JC De Vera) and Miguel (Kit Thompson) often get into confrontations complete with castigating punches. And the constant issue is either Lena or their positions in Royal Wellness.
Lukas and Conrad (Christian Vasquez) likewise got into a full-on clash when the truth about Adrian’s identity was finally revealed. The erstwhile business partners and friends spitted mockery and threats at each other. But Lukas had the upper hand in a scene shown in this Kapamilya Toplist. He pointed a gun at Conrad, who only had two options to either live or die. And the final decision belonged only to Lukas.
To mark a new chapter, the key players gathered in one of the grandest confrontation scenes in the teleserye. Everyone kept their eyes peeled for Lena and Lukas’ enthralling face-off at a party. One held a knife while the other ordered his men to keep their guns in battery. Ramona threw the curveball, announcing that Lukas is Lena’s biological father. Who doesn’t love thick and dramatic reunions on TV?
The final scene witnessed Ramona learning from Lukas himself that he killed Don Luis, although he called it just an accident. Ramona exploded with rage. She suffered in jail paying for a crime she did not commit while the real culprit, the evil that is Lukas Narciso, remained untouched. Ramona vowed to make Lukas pay and if she has to, she’d kill him herself.
You’re in for a ride as Lena takes on her “Final Rampa” in the last few episodes of La Vida Lena on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, and A2Z.