This ambitious project was originally pitched to ABS-CBN three years ago during a scriptwriting workshop for future shows of the network. Newcomer Mark Anthony Bunda gave the concept for Lobo and it was further developed by Star Television’s creative team led by Creative Manager Ricky Lee.
During the grand press conference of Lobo, Ricky Lee explained to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) the background of this romance-action series. “Nagworkshop ako para sa ABS-CBN. Isa sa mga concepts na na-pitch at natanggap ay ang Lobo. Three years ago pa ito. From then on, dinevelop ng dinevelop. Ang dami nang pinagdaanan nito…from John Lloyd [Cruz]-Bea [Alonzo]…”
He clarified: “Hindi siya fantasy, may element lang yung pagiging lobo. Mas love story siya. Sinisingitan lang ng fantasy elements pero hindi siya fantaserye. Para siyang Beauty and the Beast. Paano kung in love ka sa isang taong lobo then ikaw pala ang assigned na patayin ito?”
Produced by Star Television, the TV arm of Star Cinema, Lobo is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina and FM Reyes. In this TV series, Piolo Pascual and Angel Locsin come together for their first team-up on television.
Can true love defy destiny? That is the dilemma facing the young lovers Lyka Raymundo (Angel) and Noah Ortega (Piolo). Lyka is a young woman aspiring to be a fashion designer and is currently working as a fashion assistant in the House of Elle. Her decision to pursue the arts is not supported by her Tita Clara Rivero (played by Irma Adlawan) because it is not a practical choice.
Lobo creates a mythology of its own. There are two opposing groups in the story—the Luna and the Waya. The members of the Luna organization have a grudge against the werewolves. The Waya are protectors of the werewolves and they want the lobo to co-exist harmoniously with human beings.
Lyka and Noah are childhood friends but they become separated from each other. Years later, their paths cross when Noah is already a second lieutenant of the Philippine Army. During a crucial mission, he saves Don Manolo Sebastian (Robert Arevalo) and becomes involved in the battle between the Luna and the Waya.
The blossoming romance between the two is hindered by Gabrielle Dizon (played by Shaina Magdayao) and Anton Rivero (played by Ryan Eigenmann). Gabrielle is a deep penetration agent who attempts to distract Noah while Anton is in love with Lyka and will do anything to prove his love.
When asked how he prepared for his role as a military soldier, Piolo narrated, “Maraming training including target shooting and pekiti, a Pinoy martial art. It’s what they used in Bourne Ultimatum. It’s hand-to-hand combat.”
As for Angel, she studied modeling lessons and tried her hand at paragliding. How else did she prepare for her role? “Nag new look ako para mapakita ang ibang Angel. In character talaga, iniisip ko po kung paano si Lyka. Siyempre, humingi ng tulong sa director ko.
“Noong una, nailang ako kasi hindi ako sanay magbihis, mag-ayos. Para akong lalaki dati ‘di ba?” In her last TV series in GMA-7 titled Asian Treasures, Angel was cast as Gabriella, a woman tasked to seek 10 magical amulets hidden in various Asian countries.
When asked if it’s possible for her and Piolo to become a real-life couple in the future, Angel said, “Kami naman ni Piolo, noong umpisa pa lang, workshop pa lang, trabaho ito talaga. Unahin namin ang Lobo. Hindi namin alam kung anong mangyayari sa susunod na buwan. Unahin namin ang trabaho.”
According to executive producer Myleen Ongkiko, this romance-action series will run for six months. For the first part of the TV series, she said, they have already shot sequences in Subic for the helicopter and forest scene; Caliraya, Laguna and Aurora, Quezon for the fashion shoot of Angel; and Bataan for Agot’s dramatic scene in the pilot episode.
Lobo airs weeknights on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida.