Finale dominates worldwide trends on Twitter
MANILA - "Got to Believe" weaved its final spell Friday with a wedding proposal touted as the "best ending ever," following a successful run as a top-rating program and consistent trending topic online across six months.
In the series' final episode aired on March 7, Joaquin (Daniel Padilla) stages an elaborate magic trick to ask for Chichay's (Kathryn Bernardo) hand in marriage. However, the wedding proposal, which involves a prank where Joaquin appears to fall off a building, doesn't sit well with Chichay.
At first upset over the apparent danger Joaquin put himself through, Chichay agrees to marry him, saying her only dream is to grow old with the childhood friend with whom she shared a fascination with magic.
The "best ending ever" follows the reconciliation between the Tampipis and Juliana (Carmina Villaroel), Joaquin's mom who blamed Chichay's father, Chito (Benjie Paras), for the stray bullet that remained lodged for a time in her son's brain.
Juliana admitted firing a gun on the night that the young Joaquin barely survived. She confessed to both her son and husband, Jaime (Ian Veneracion), that she tried to commit suicide at the time, as she felt unloved.
Bearing the guilt of inadvertently shooting her son, Juliana compensated by being rigid with the details of Joaquin's life, eliminating any risk to his sensitive condition, including Chichay.
Juliana (Carmina Villaroel) and Jaime (Ian Veneracion) get married in church in the final episode of 'Got to Believe.' ABS-CBN
Lifted of the burden, Juliana also asks for forgiveness from Betchay (Manilyn Reynes), Chichay's mom and Jaime's first love whom she has blamed for the struggles in her life.
The "best ending ever" appears to apply ultimately for Juliana, who finally gets married in church to a loving Jaime, following some time in prison for framing up Chito.
No. 1 in ratings, online
First aired last August 26, "Got to Believe" was the second primetime series to star Bernardo and Padilla in lead roles. It was also billed as the TV comeback of film director Cathy Garcia-Molina, coming from a string of box-office hits.
Dubbed "teen royalties" among their contemporaries, Bernardo and Padilla carried over a loyal fan base from the success of their previous series, "Princess and I," which similarly dominated conversations on Twitter as it aired.
On Friday night, during the telecast of "Got to Believe," several terms and hashtags related to the series once again ranked among the local and worldwide trending topics on the micro-blogging site.
Notably, #G2BLastMagicalNight" became the No. 1 worldwide trend on Twitter at one point.
The strong buzz surrounding the show was also seen in its TV viewership across the country, as measured by Kantar Media using a panel size of 2,609 urban and rural homes.
In February, "Got to Believe" ranked third overall as the most-watched program in the Philippines, having registered an average national audience share of 29.9% for the month. It trailed two other ABS-CBN shows -- "Honesto" and "Wansapanataym," which scored 32.6% and 30.3%, respectively.
Its daily viewership consistently put it ahead of its competing programs, making it the unbeaten No. 1 show in its time slot throughout its run.
Due to its ratings success, "Got to Believe" was extended for two more weeks -- it was originally only slated to run until late February -- according to producer Star Creatives.
The series' final week was celebrated with a whole-day fair attended by thousands of "Got to Believe" fans. The event, which was inspired by school fairs as a nod to the series being partly set in college, culminated with a concert featuring the lead stars.
The vacated timeslot of "Got to Believe" will be occupied starting March 10 by the period drama "Ikaw Lamang," which stars Coco Martin, Kim Chiu, Julia Montes, and Jake Cuenca.
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