'Got to Believe' stars Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. ABS-CBN
MANILA - "Heartbreaking."
This was how several fans of "Got to Believe" described the news of its impending conclusion, after nearly six months as a top-rating show on primetime and a trending topic online.
The series' March 7 finale was announced by ABS-CBN Monday, following the release of a teaser for the "Best Ending Ever" last Friday.
On Twitter, fans of the series aired their disappointment with the announcement, with some referring to it as a "shock." Others took to the micro-blogging site to ask producers to explain why "Got to Believe," which has consistently topped nationwide ratings in its timeslot, according to Kantar Media, is going off air despite its successful run.
"It's originally slated for two seasons talaga," Star Cinema advertising and promotions head Mico del Rosario told ABS-CBNnews.com on Tuesday. "Actually, we had two weeks extension na... We're very grateful for the immense support, but as the cliche goes, some good things must come to an end."
The second primetime series to be topbilled by Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, "Got to Believe" premiered on August 26, 2013, and started its second season last January 22.
Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, Richard Arellano, and Ricky Rivero, the series centers on Chichay (Bernardo) and Joaquin (Padilla), childhood friends who meet again as teenagers in unusual circumstances.
A simple girl with big dreams for her family, Chichay becomes a nanny for the rich and mischievious Joaquin, whose parents are on the verge of separating. Although the two fall in love, a tragic accident from their past resurfaces, threatening their relationship as well as Joaquin's life.
Throughout the six-month run of "Got to Believe," its episodes have consistently ranked first in nationwide trends on Twitter, with a number of pivotal scenes making it to the top worldwide topics on several occasions.
With the announcement of the series' finale on Monday, the same "Kathniel" fans who have actively discussed "Got to Believe" online took to Twitter and Facebook to react negatively, if not protest, the nearing conclusion.
But not all fans of the series were disappointed with the news.
Others expressed excitement for Star Cinema's upcoming film adaptation of the Bianca Bernardo book "She's Dating the Gangster," which will star Padilla as high school heartthrob Kenji and Bernardo as his pretend girlfriend Athena.