Filipino Drama: ‘On the Wings of Love’ Episode 16-20 Review


After this past week’s episodes of On the Wings of Love, I have plenty to talk about, but I had to condense my feelings. Between Jiggs getting into an accident and blowing his condition out of proportion to Tita Jack’s confession, it seems things only grow more complicated and difficult for our beloved characters. Don’t worry… there’s some sweeter, happier moments as well.

 
 
It seems these two are still uncomfortable with crossing the line and make their relationship completely believable. It’s clear that they have feelings for one another, but I wonder if they’ll be able to create the intimacy the the immigration officers think they should have. Leah seems the most hesitant, and to be honest, I thought Clark would be the one more likely to pull away and distance himself. Surprisingly, that wasn’t the case. Clark is going to have to take the reigns and subtly start adding more skinship to help Leah become comfortable.

They also had their second interview with the immigration officer. Unfortunately, he wants to have a follow up interview as he doesn’t buy their “couples intimacy.” Give it some time, immigration officer! They’re working their way, slowly and steadily, towards intimacy.

There is also the fact that Clark has the guilt of his promise to Jiggs. He promised not to fall in love with her, and I think he’s feeling mighty guilty because Clark most definitely has strong feelings for Leah. The way he reacted when he found out Leah was lost and in a bad part of the city was very telling. I can’t wait to see how all of that plays out this week.

 
 
 
Clark goes to work at the hotel sick. It gets bad enough that Clark’s friend and fellow co-worker calls Leah to pick him up. She runs to his side and takes him home and nurses him back to health. And even when he was cold, she jumped under the covers and used her body heat to warm him up. I…I’m just so mesmerized with these two. It’s the little, thoughtful moments that make me tear up the most. Cue the feels from their cuddling session. Can they get anymore precious? I really need to know. When it comes down to it, I don’t think these two would carry on normally if they were separated.

Tita Jack returns to the Philippines and now Clark and Leah are left to their own devices. I’m sure she’s hesitant to leave as she caught the two in somewhat compromising situations, twice. Immigration officer or not, you’d have to be blind not to see the chemistry between Clark and Leah, and even Tita Jack sees that. She’s loyal to her son, but the problem is that she’s not taking Leah’s feelings into account here. Leah no longer thinks of Jiggs romantically; she’s even told Jiggs this directly. So, I also dislike how Leah is going to feel the guilt from both sides when her and Clark eventually admit their feelings for one another. Oh, and let’s not even touch base on what happens when her father finds out.

They also attended a wedding. At the wedding, Leah learned that the bride and groom were originally married, but they didn’t like each other at first. It was an arranged marriage, and a lot of it mirrors Leah’s and Clark’s circumstances. The bride and the groom, who are also friends of Tita Jack, grew together and eventually started to care about each other. This turned into love. Doesn’t this sound familiar? Even Leah is thinking about this as she eventually starts questioning if she actually likes Clark or not. Leah, the answer is a resounding yes. She even confesses to Clark on the way home. Of course she was drunk, but Clark was sober. Things are surely developing nicely.

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Oh, Jiggs. What can I say about him?

While I do feel bad for this guy as he seems to suffer from something similar to “abandonment issues” thanks to his mother being in the US for a long time, I also feel a smidgen bad that Leah likes Clark, but I can’t help but feeling like Jiggs need to get his act together. He’s acting like a child, and like Tita Jack said, he’s only thinking of himself. He continues to act recklessly and he’s only hurting himself and everyone around him. I love that Tita Jack returned to the Philippines to look after her son, and while I expected him to be cold with her, he’s been unnecessarily cruel. And with Tita’s Jack confession (to everyone) that she’s a lesbian, it seems that Jiggs is pulling even further away from her. I really hope these two get past all of this because I’m exhausted by Jigg’s behavior and martyr act.

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This has been a hard time for Leah’s family. I’m still so frustrated that she doesn’t know how dire her father’s condition is, but I’ll save that ranting for another day. While Mang Sol was angry and embarrassed when he learned of the fundraiser heralded by his daughter, Tiffany, I was over the moon when he finally understood and accepted her method. People want to help Mang Sol because of how good he is to everyone around him. Thank goodness he let go of his pride.  They even had that successful concert with celebrity Anne Curtis in attendance. They still don’t have enough money for the surgery up front, but I hope the accounting staff at the hospital will work with Tiffany.

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There were plenty more of things that happened last week, but I was unable to review each episode individually, so I just mentioned the moments that stood out for me. In episodes 16-20, what were your favorite scenes? Please feel free to share in the comments.

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2 thoughts on “Filipino Drama: ‘On the Wings of Love’ Episode 16-20 Review

  1. Hi Andrea! I’m so happy to have found your blog!

    I’m a Filipina but I don’t usually watch our local series because they’re often very dramatic – the usual soap opera. But this is definitely a game-changer! I can’t believe how strong James and Nadine’s chemistry is! It’s unbelievable! Makes me feel like a teenager all over again ❤ :)) I hardly have time for anything (I'm a law student) but this show is really my reprieve after the end of a long day. I'm so happy to find out it's the same for a lot of other people as well – even for non-Filipinos! That just goes to show how incredible JaDine is. And you have to give props to the director and writers. They're definitely a cut above the rest. It's so refreshing to finally have a show on local TV that isn't laden with heavy drama with kidnapping and revenge plots. I also love the fact that there isn't really a "bad guy" or "villain" here (although Jigs *is* a pain in the ass). It all seems so natural and easy and light. But it allows room for the characters to grow. The "normalcy" of their situations makes the characters, especially Clark and Leah, three-dimensional.

    I can't wait for you to catch up with the rest of the upcoming episodes! In Filipino, the word is "kilig" — it means, the warm, fuzzy feelings and the butterflies in your stomach you get when you're so unbelievably happy with something you love or like. And this show definitely encapsulates that word! Happy watching! Will be looking forward to your reviews 🙂

    • Hi Kars! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I agree that OTWOL is a game-changer. I am not a fan of soap operas myself, so this series was a pleasant surprise. JaDine and the writers definitely deserve lots of credit. I’m not exactly easy to please, but this drama has been the one thing I look forward to all week long. While it is a lighter drama, it’s also grounded in reality enough that the situations these characters go through actually seem plausible.

      Also, can I say that I had some reservations after I started watching this one? I know that Filipino dramas typically have a lot of episodes, so I was curious to see how this series could handle the story and content without it turning into a soap opera. I’m pleased to say that they’ve done a great job – the pacing is just so well done. As I said, the characters and their situations are mostly very realistic, and that’s why I give OTWOL such high marks. Also, I can’t forget that it wouldn’t be this amazing without JaDine and everything they’ve brought to their characters. Here’s to hoping that future dramas will be inspired by the style and success of this one. I’d be watching Filipino dramas all the time if that were the case!

      I finished all of last week’s episodes; I’m just working on getting a review together. Then I’m going to binge-watch this week’s episodes and hopefully get a review out before the weekend is over. Real life makes it hard to keep up, but knowing there are people interested in my reviews and thoughts makes all of this worth it. 🙂

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