iWant versus TV: Bela and her friends in “Mea Culpa”

It only took one trip for a group of six friends – five of them newly minted lawyers – to sacrifice their values and commit years’ worth of mistakes that can’t be undone in ABS-CBN’s crime thriller Sino Ang Maysala?: Mea Culpa.

But on TV, what you see isn’t always what you get. This is why the show’s digital counterpart on iWant, “Mea Culpa: The Hidden Files,” is a must-watch for its eagle-eyed followers: it lets us in on the secret traumas and hidden exploits of the barkada of Juris (Bela Padilla), Drei (Tony Labrusca), Gaylord (Sandino Martin), Greco (Kit Thompson), Lolita (Ivana Alawi), and Bogs (Ketchup Eusebio).

While iWant’s “Mea Culpa” may not give us all the answers, it begs us to ask the question: Are they as innocent as we perceive them to be? Watch the iWant original series to know what they’re hiding!

1) Juris (Bela Padilla)

The barkada’s resident good girl is a Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) lawyer. An orphan until her teens, she has always had the heart to help other people. But underneath her squeaky clean image is a repressed problem rooted in childhood.

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2) Drei (Tony Labrusca)

The group leader, Drei is a charismatic politician and a loving husband and father to Juris and their daughter. While he looks like he’s got it all together, the way he carries himself has always been shaped by his unstable relationship with his politician mom.

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3) Gaylord (Sandino Martin)

Gaylord is the diplomatic one, and his choices are often guided by both reason and emotion. A gay man, he is extremely secretive and cautious especially towards his parents. In the iWant version, he is more open and allows himself to explore his sexuality.

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4) Greco (Kit Thompson)

Fearless, a bit cranky, but loyal to his friends, Greco never backs out of a challenge and is known to always stand his ground. He’s a bad boy with a not-so-pleasant family background, and this only fuels his insatiable need to prove himself.

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5) Lolita (Ivana Alawi)

The life of sultry Lolita is riddled with fear – fear of losing her family and her hard-earned career, and fear of her abusive husband.  She, however, lets out her much bolder and aggressive side on the iWant show.

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6) Bogs (Ketchup Eusebio)

Bogs has always been a dependable but happy-go-lucky friend, his life a series of failures and drug-ridden nights. After failing the bar, he made a conscious effort to pick up the pieces of his life and help as many people as he could.

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Who is to blame for their situation? See the other side of the story on “Mea Culpa: The Hidden Files” only on iWant. Download the app on iOs or Android or register via iwant.ph.