"The Broken Marriage Vow" Heads Into Series Finale
The cast members and the directors share their thoughts as the series enters its last three weeks
The Broken Marriage Vow is entering its last three weeks, and things are bound to get even more exciting. The Philippine adaptation of British drama series Doctor Foster premiered last January 24, much to the delight of Filipino viewers and even fans of the K-drama The World of the Married which is also based on the same series.
Now, the finale of The Broken Marriage Vow is almost here, and its cast members and directors participated in a press conference to share more about the series and their key takeaways from it.
The Broken Marriage Vow’s story takes off from a portrayal of a seemingly perfect family that was unfortunately tainted by betrayal and infidelity. It stars Jodi Sta. Maria as Dr. Jill Ilustre whose life unravels when she discovers her husband, David (Zanjoe Marudo), is having an affair with a younger woman named Alexis “Lexy” Lucero (Sue Ramirez); Jill and David have a teenage son, Gio (Zaijian Jaranilla), who’s caught between his warring parents. Dr. Jill’s anger intensifies and leads her to plot a revenge.
Among the series’ other cast members include Jane Oineza as Diane Riagon, Joem Bascon as Enzo Tierra, Ketchup Eusebio as Charlie Manansala, Rachel Alejandro as Nathalia Lucero, Angeli Bayani as Dr. Sandra “Sandy” M. Alipio, Bianca Manalo as Carol Manansala, and Art Acuña as Alfred “Fred” Lucero.
Currently, The Broken Marriage Vow is the most watched Asian series on VIU Philippines and is the most viewed show on iWantTFC. As the series heads to its finale, the cast and its directors, Connie Macatuno and Andoy Ranay, shared their thoughts on the series in a press conference that was also attended by cast members Jane Oineza and Ketchup Eusebio.
“It was a very, very challenging journey because we were doing an adaptation na marami nang gumawa sa ibang bansa. Nakakataba ng puso na nagustuhan nila ’yung interpretation natin,” shared Direk Andoy. “The vision that I had to push forward in the series is to create a very Filipino version of Doctor Foster. We were able to represent the Filipino identity globally,” said Direk Connie.
“The vision that I had to push forward in the series is to create a very Filipino version of Doctor Foster. We were able to represent the Filipino identity globally,” said Direk Connie.
“Nung in-offer ’yung project, sa totoo lang, nagulat ako. At una kong tinanong sa manager ko, ‘Huh? Bakit ako?’ Kasi napanood ko ’yung Korean version, pero para sa ibang proyekto. So parang hindi ko alam kung paano sisimulan. Na-pressure ba ako? Oo, sobra. Kasi ilang bansa na gumawa ng kanya-kanya nilang adaptation. Ang naging challenge talaga eh paano siya mapapaiba doon sa mga nauna. Paano ba natin ito iku-kwento bilang Pilipino?”
Jodi also took time to share some wise lessons she learned from playing Jill: “Our life will only move towards the directions of our decisions, so we really have to choose wisely, choose our battles. If you’re given the chance to fight or to let go, parang that’s up to you. But if you’re given the chance to treat the person the same way that that person treated you, I always hope that we choose the high road.”
On the other hand, Sue shared the value of listening to the people who love you: “You also have to learn how to listen to the people around you. ’Yung siguradong-sigurado ka na hindi ka ile-let down… your parents… how si Lexy was loved by her mom and her dad. Aabot ka talaga roon sa point na kailangan mo nang mag-decide at kailangan mong makinig sa mga taong nagmamahal sa’yo.”
Zanjoe also expressed his thoughts on learning to let go of hate: “’Wag ka nang maghiganti, ’wag mo na siyang dalhin sa susunod na chapter ng buhay mo kasi ikaw naman talaga magdi-direct kung saan ka pupunta… nasa sarili mong desisyon ’yun, lahat ng bagay. Kasi kung punong-puno ka ng galit at paghihiganti, pati mga taong kasama mo sa present, maapektuhan, madadamay lalo na ’yung magiging anak mo,” he said.
The Broken Marriage Vow is the Philippine adaptation of BBC’s Doctor Foster, which has adaptations in six other countries: France, Russia, India, South Korea, Turkey, and Indonesia.
The series airs weeknights on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, Jeepney TV, A2Z Channel 11, and TV5. It is also available on iWantTFC and Viu.
Lead photo from @dreamscapeph
Check out our "Metro Talks" exclusive interview with Zanjoe Marudo and Sue Ramirez, as well as the behind-the-scene video from our The Broken Marriage Vow cover shoot: