Teleserye enthusiasts love it best when the lead actress and the antagonist deliver elaborate dramatic scenes. And the thrill thickens all the more when the ‘bida’ and ‘kontrabida’ are two equally feisty women with the same measure of ferocity to win their own fights. Irene (Cristine Reyes) and Clara (Isabelle Daza) from Tubig at Langis are perfect examples. So, in this Kapamilya Toplist, we rounded up their ‘catfights’ that will remain etched on Pinoy teleserye culture.
To kick off this montage, we begin with that iconic confrontation scene where the legal wife Irene would stress that she holds all necessary documents proving that she has every right to own Natoy (Zanjoe Marudo). But not wanting to raise the white flag, the mistress Clara would fight back by using her pregnancy with Natoy’s child as weapon. She would rub it in, certain that Natoy would choose his own flesh and blood over mere papers.
We knew Irene meant serious vendetta when she ditched the boring fashion sense for a more sophisticated look. Irene version 2.0 was fiercer, cruel enough to subject her desperate rival to insulting words. “Huwag mo akong paandaran na para kang nanalo dahil isa ka lang pusang kalye na nagtitiyaga sa mga tira-tira ko,” Irene told Clara, enough to trigger the latter’s rage. To be tagged as who will never become the legal wife, Clara failed to control her anger and ignited a physical clash, in front of an audience.
These women wouldn’t really mind making a scene for Natoy, like when they engaged in an intense altercation complete with screaming and slapping each other’s faces outside a hospital’s building.
Sometimes Irene’s loyal besties add more to the gigil by backing their heroine. Altogether, they would gang up on Clara and her lone sidekick. It’s always been deliciously entertaining to watch Irene’s group knock Clara down such as what happened inside the hospital’s ICU (Intensive Care Unit) while Natoy wass unconscious, unaware that the two women in his life were, once again, fighting over him; not that he could do anything about it.
When the fearsome Lucy (Dionne Monsanto) stood by Irene’s side as soon as Clara appeared at Jaime (Victor Silayan)’s wake, we could definitely smell the intense commotion brewing up. True to our gut feel, Irene and Lucy joined forces to punish Clara for allegedly murdering Jaime.
Add to that the scene where Irene had no choice but to keep up with Clara in a bikini war. Irene pierced her nemesis’ sanity by rubbing in her stand as the legal wife. By that time, Irene already learned how to play with her rival’s weakness.
Yet, despite the emotional wounds and bruises, Clara declared she will never stop at nothing to steal Irene’s husband. Ending this Toplist with a bang is the immortal confrontation scene where Irene’s wrath translated to defeating Clara in another round of intense ‘sampalan’ and ‘sabunutan’ by the beach. Natoy tried to act as the referee and stop the commotion but to no avail.
Which among these scenes are your favorites?