After losing her daughter, Vida, Camila (Maja Salvador)’s redemption eventually came in the person of Emma (Janella Salvador), the street kid who brought the daylight back into her gloomy world. Camila had Emma to feed her yearning for a true daughter, to soothe the anguish at the end of each nightmarish dreams, and to give her the courage to hold on even while in the brink of death.
The merciless Dela Torre surprisingly turns loving to those who treat Emma well, evidently shown when she thanked Manay Ichu (Malou de Guzman) and the Dako Pa Roon crew for being Emma’s shelter in Las Espadas.
Camila may have been perceived as a 'demon' in her hometown but her harsh actions are often laced with subtle hints of genuine concern when Emma’s welfare is at risk. Camila’s strictness was not meant to completely fence Emma from the world but to simply protect her from the enemies.
Camila has put her adopted child in a special place in her heart, a spot that’s only meant for families. They share an undeniable bond, displayed when Camila kissed Emma on the forehead as they both wept beside Fabio (Miko Raval)’s hospital bed.
A series of revelations – Luna (Alexa Ilacad) is Camila’s daughter and Emma’s biological mom was the culprit behind the prison fire – sparked a slight tension in their relationship. But even with the real Vida’s presence back in her life, Camila still longed for Emma’s unconditional love and she still wanted Emma by her side. The both of them finding each other wasn’t just a mere stroke of luck but a plot serendipitously orchestrated, as Camila said.
They continued working hand in hand against the villains. They’ve always been an image of a mother and daughter willing to go through hell for each other’s sake.
Now that a series of tragedies have stood and created a wide distance between them, Camila is devastated by Emma’s rage.
The recent episodes of The Killer Bride exhibited how Camila’s indestructible facade breaks down when it comes to Emma, the foster daughter who grew up to be both her strength and weakness. Behind the strict and unflinching exterior, one thing is for sure, Camila is scared of losing Emma. To Camila, Emma may not be Vida but she is still hers and she loved her nonetheless.