Why do we all watch OTWOL?
Who would think On the Wings of Love, which ends its six-month run this week, could have gone this far and actually captured every viewer’s heart and soul?

Yes, everyone is spellbound. Not only the mostly teen to twentysomething JaDine fans who follow the now real-life couple James Reid and Nadine Lustre with every step, but even affluent executives, high-brow intellectuals, mushy tinderas, and, yes, hard-nosed males.

How can watching this simple tale of two people immersed in their own difficulties in life find love amid complex circumstances become one national pastime, and a daily top trending topic?

While one can presume a formula similar to other shows featuring fellow popular love teams—where kilig and chemistry are the key ingredients—there’s truly something distinct about OTWOL that make people stay glued, shriek at every climactic scene, and talk about each episode on social media with utter passion.

For them, what they have witnessed transpiring on OTWOL was special, hits them to the core, affectual in every sense of the word. How did that happen?

1) The story has a premise close to every Filipino’s heart

At the onset, the premise is very much close to a Filipino’s heart: sacrificing oneself for the betterment of family. We all saw how Leah did her best to take the cudgels in supporting her family, which is so real in daily Filipino life. And televiewers would just feel for Leah (Nadine), and eventually Clark (James), as they face hardship and distress to bring smiles to their loved ones.

2) Characters are relatable and identifiable

Characterizations throughout the series were created, developed and amplified with so much realism, you’d think they are your next-door neighbors. From Leah’s Tatang Sol (Joel Torre), Nanang Rona (Isay Alvarez) to her Ate Tiffany (Bianca Manalo), and Clark’s Tita Jack (Cherry Pie Picache), Lola Panchang (Nanette Inventor), and cousin Jigs (Albie Casiño) to the reliable Tolayts (Nico Antonio) and the reviled third wheel Simon (Paulo Avelino), one can really get involved, understand and comprehend what all went through individually and with each other. Televiewers just see themselves in them and, in effect, feel they are truly part of the show.

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