GMA-7's afternoon drama series Ika-6 Na Utos is set to end its run today, March 17.
The final episode comes after one year and three months of airing on the Kapuso network's Afternoon Prime block.
The top-rating show, starring Sunshine Dizon, Ryza Cenon, and Gabby Concepcion, became popular for its fight scenes that became viral on social media.
In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last February, GMA Vice President for Drama Redgie A. Magno admitted that it is expected to have these kinds of showdowns in a show that tackles the rivalry between a wife and a mistress.
Ryza Cenon plays the mistress Georgia while Sunshine Dizon is cast as the legal wife Emma. They are both in love with Gabby Concepcion's character Rome, causing the two women to have a lt of catfights.
Magno explained, "Kasi yung kwento naman, papunta sa ganoon.
"Tapos siguro yung mga asawa, nakakarelate na gusto rin nilang saktan yung mga mistress, parang yung mga fight scenes, needed sa story.
"Hindi lang siya kumbaga inisip lang para magkaroon ng eventful na eksena pero kailangan yun.
"Kunyari, may nasabi, may naprovoke yung isa, those fight scenes are parang important din to move the story forward. It's not just para lang mag set up ng fight."
Magno then explained how the creative team conceptualizes the fight scenes.
"Mayroong mga times na, 'Naku, gagawin mo ba yan?'
"Pero minsan, nag-uusap sila kapag nagbe-brainstorming sila, 'Naku, ang mistress, kahit ano gagawin, parang ganon.'
"Nakakatuwa sila kapag napapakinggan ko sila magbrainstorm, e. Lalo na diyan sa Ika-6, talagang kumakawala sila, naiinspire din sila siyempre because of the good performance of the show."
She recalled that when their first fight scenes in the show became viral on social media, the team made it a point to offer more of these scenes.
Magno said, "Siyempre, iba yung naging reaction ng grupo kasi parang pag talagang ano, kinacapture nila yung mga ganung scene tapos ipopost nila so nagiging viral.
"Actually, nag-iisip sila, yung mga writers, nag-iisip sila ng mga scenes na pwedeng maging viral kasi yung mga viewers talagang tinututukan yung bawat eksena, e.
"Pero yung hindi basta lang magke-create, dapat kabit pa rin sa istorya."
Remember the nerf gun used by Georgia to fire at Emma? Or the way Georgia attacked Emma using balut?
(Read: 10 Viral Confrontation Scenes of Sunshine and Ryza in Ika-6 Na Utos)
BASHERS. If there are fans who celebrate the success of the show, there are also those who criticize Ika-6 Na Utos for its out-of-the-box fight scenes as well as its storyline.
According to Magno, the production team behind Ika-6 Na Utos is aware of these comments.
However, they keep an open mind regarding these criticisms.
She told PEP.ph, "Actually, lahat naman merong ganun, di ba? Pero at the end of the day, ang lagi na lang namin sinasabi, pinapanuod pa rin nila.
"Kasi we cannot naman please everybody. So meron at merong magbabash.
"So parang yun nga, nanunuod sila dahil alam nila kung ano yung ibabash nila."
The Kapuso executive, however, said that there are times when they listen to the feedback given by bashers.
"Kahit papaano, titignan mo rin kung may point, kung meron silang sinasabi na valid naman yung observation nila.
"Pero yun nga, since ang proof na okay ang show is the ratings, so even if there are viewers whom you do not really please, medyo meron at meron yan, pero at the end of the day, sino ba yung mas marami.
"Mas marami ang natutuwa rather than yung nagbabash.
"But then again, hindi naman kami completely... dini-disregard yung nambabash. Tinitignan din namin kung may valid point naman yun and then we do something about it."
At the end of the day, now that Ika-6 Na Utos is airing its final episode, Magno wants to leave something positive to viewers.
"Basta gusto namin lang, yung tinakbo ng show, merong maiiwan doon sa viewers, yung something positive for the show.
"Hindi yung pipilitin mo siyang i-stretch tapos ang maiiwan, ano ba yan, inistrech naman ng inistretch yung show, ayaw namin.
"Even if the show is rating high, kung wala na kaming mao-o-offer na magandang story sa viewers, we will end it kasi parang hanggang dun na lang yung itatakbo ng istorya niya."