A few days after The Legal Wife finale topped the ratings at 36.2%, lead star Angel Locsin remained on a high about how well-received her show was despite its sensitive subject.
"Ang taas ng ratings. Hindi ko ine-expect na para sa last na teleserye, ang late na nito and iba talaga ang pagmamahal ng tao so maraming maraming salamat," she exclaimed during an interview at the i-Shine Talent Camp 3 press conference on Monday where she would be an acting mentor alongside Teacher Georcelle who would mentor the dancing classes and Zsa Zsa Padilla who would take on the singing classes.
While many raved about the finale on various social media platforms which saw a remorseful Nicole and Adrian and a more determined Monica, a lot also thought that a "happy ending" featuring a reconciliation between the original couple would've been a nice alternative.
Angel however thought that the ending couldn't be any more perfect, just as what Maja Salvador has hinted in her previous interview.
"Sobrang happy ako kasi napakita namin kung ano ang totoong nangyayari sa buhay. Hindi naman kasi lahat nagtatapos na grand finale na may wedding, 'yung mga ganon. But ang gusto lang naman natin dito ay meron paring hope. Hindi natin tinatanggal 'yung hope ng mga tao na kung mahal mo talaga 'yung tao, magkakaroon ng way 'yan para magkabalikan kayo pero kailangan mo munang mahalin ang sarili mo," she said.
Agreeing to what Monica implied by giving back her wedding ring to her ex-husband, Angel said she believes that it's important to first heal yourself after a damaging relationship before making another major decision.
"Kasi hindi naman pwedeng after ng lahat ng mga nangyari, lahat ng mga pang-aaway na nangyari bigla nalang 'Ah sige, okay na tayo.' Kasi mag-aaway lang din kayo nun eh. Tsaka kawawa lang 'yung mga bata baka maipit lang sila. So para sa akin, tamang-tama lang 'yung nangyari. At happy ako kasi desisyon ng babae 'yun so empowered ang mga kababaihan. Hindi 'yung typical na kung lalaki anong gagawin," Angel further explained.
It appears that the show's women empowerment advocacy really did well as reports that the rate of adultery complaints have relatively increased during the show's airing. Angel said she sees this as a good thing particularly because "At least alam ng mga babae ang karapatan nila."
While fans tend to give credit to her and her co-stars Maja and Jericho Rosales for the success of the show, Angel reiterated that all praises should also be turned to her mother network.
"Kaya nagpapasalamat ako sa ABS-CBN sa pagbuo ng ganitong teleserye. Hindi siya 'yung normal na teleserye talaga. Mas real 'yung atake kaya kinapitan siguro ng mga tao," Angel stated.
With the sensitive topic that the show dwelled on, the award-winning star underscored that what their show was really aiming for is simply to empower and raise awareness in the society and not to destroy families.
"Happy ako na maraming na-empower na mga kababaihan. Hindi naman ibig sabihin neto na awayin 'yung mga asawa lagi. Para makita rin ng mga tao kung ano ang magiging consequence kapag ginawa mo ang isang bagay. May mga masasaktan, anong mangyayari, kung gaano niyo made-destroy 'yung pagkatao ng isang tao dahil lang sa isang pagkakamali. Sana maiwasan ang mga ganong bagay," she ended.
As of the moment, Angel will be focusing on I-Shine Talent Camp 3 which would start airing on June 28, 10 am to be hosted by Dimples Romana, Xian Lim, and Matteo Guidicelli.