Their piercing gaze would have you running for the hills, if their sharp tongues have not petrified you yet.
They may not be the main characters that everyone loves and roots for, but without an antagonist our favorite stories would not be as entertaining to watch. Some would even agree that the success of a project relies on the effectiveness of a villain. The Primera Kontrabida Bella Flores said it herself, “Walang bida kung walang kontrabida.”
You wouldn’t want her to be your mother-in-law. As Madam Claudia in Pangako Sa’Yo, she did everything in her power to ruin the relationship of her son Angelo (Jericho Rosales) and their maid Yna (Kristine Hermosa). Jean’s believable acting is the reason why some people are afraid to meet the in-laws.
The phrase “If looks could kill” was probably invented because of Gladys. She has become an iconic antagonist. And what solidified this career path was bagging the role of Clara Del Valle from the classic soap opera Mara Clara. Her effective portrayal of the ultimate brat is greatly contributed to the drama’s success.
Having Gladys Reyes as a predecessor might be an intimidating challenge for others, but like a true kontrabida, Julia did not back down. She took on the part Clara for Mara Clara’s 2010 remake and earned many praises making this the big break she had been looking for.
Another perfect example of a villainess. Her name may be Princess, but believe us, she’s the Princess of Evil, if any. One of her most memorable works is as Selina on Mula Sa Puso back in the late ‘90s. Most recently, she went face to face with Kim Chiu and Zsa Zsa Padilla on The Story of Us.
She has one of the most beautiful faces in the industry. Which is no surprise since her mother is Gloria Diaz, the first Filipina to win the Miss Universe crown back in 1969. So, you can imagine the irony that Isabelle’s most unforgettable roles is being the other woman Clara in Tubig at Langis.
Before being the kindhearted Eva in Ngayon at Kailanman, there was the diva Trixie in And I Love You So. Julia was everything an evil popular girl in school is. Beautiful and even captain of the women’s volleyball team. But she’s extremely territorial, who isn’t willing to share her crown.
As Madam Claudia in the 2015 remake of Pangako Sa’Yo, she had very big shoes to fill. The role was originally portrayed by Jean Garcia. Not only that, Angelo and Yna would be played by the biggest love team in show business KathNiel. But leave it to Angelica to steal the spotlight.
When she entered the industry back in 2015 as the winner of Star Circle National Teen Quest, Erich didn’t waste time in earning supporting roles. Soon, her break out role came in the form of Camille on Sana Maulit Muli. This paved the way for one of fans’ favorite character of hers, Janine from Two Wives.
If there’s a fierceness contest, she’s the clear champion. Who could forget her as Nicole from The Legal Wife. As if that wasn’t enough, she also became the icon of bida-kontrabida on Wildflower.
How can we end this list without including the arguably legendary villainess Emilia from Wildflower? She is evil incarnate. After months since the drama ended, the unparalleled level of intensity is still in our minds. Aiko’s performance will surely make her the idol and benchmark of many future antagonists to come.