GMA Network’s ‘Legal Wives’ streams on Netflix Philippines this May 20 

Published May 20, 2022, 12:22 PM

by Robert Requintina

GMA Network’s top-rating family drama series ‘Legal Wives’ is set to captivate the hearts of more viewers as it debuts on Netflix Philippines beginning May 20.   

The groundbreaking program, which aired in July last year, is the 7th GMA content on the popular video streaming platform. It joins the growing list of Kapuso shows and movie that viewers can binge-watch on Netflix Philippines including ‘Descendants of the Sun,’ ‘I Can See You,’ ‘Love of my Life,’ ‘ Owe My Love,’ ‘Heartful Café,’ and ‘Family History.’ 

The original series features a casting coup top-billed by no less than Kapuso Drama King Dennis Trillo as Ismael Makadatu, an honorable man from a well-off Mranaw family who will equally love three women out of obligation, dedication, and compassion; Alice Dixson as Amirah Alonte, the virtuous and pious daughter of a sultan and Ismael’s first wife; Andrea Torres as Diane San Luis, Ismael’s second wife who is a feisty modern Catholic woman who will go to great lengths to fight for herself and Ismael’s love; Bianca Umali as Farrah Valeandong, a smart and innocent lady who becomes Ismael’s third wife in hopes of saving her family’s reputation.  

Set in Lanao Del Sur, the story begins with a Mranaw man named Ismael (Dennis) from the affluent and noble family of Makadatu. Although a devout Muslim and a muezzin (sever of the mosque), Ismael falls for Diane (Andrea), a dentist who is part of the Catholic minority in their province, and whom he keeps from his family as she is considered a non-believer.  

In a sudden turn of events, Ismael gets entangled in a clan feud which leads to his marriage with his brother’s widow, Amirah (Alice). Ismael follows the disheartened Diane in Manila and tries to woo her unbeknownst to his parents. Just when the two are starting to build a happy marriage, Ismael is met with another conflict.

Upon his return to their province, his friend – who he is greatly indebted to – seeks his help in saving their family’s reputation by marrying Farrah (Bianca), his daughter who is involved in a scandal.  How will Ismael’s three wives deal with each other’s socio-cultural differences along with the idea of them sharing one husband? Is the idea of a man loving more than just one woman, equally and all at the same time, really possible? 

All scenes, creative processes, and executions for the series are with the guidance of Muslim Consultants Sohaimen AgalImam Mohammad MiphantaoImam Abu amen Abdullah, and Ustadh Alinor Pansar; Islamic Script Editor Salem Guimba; and Costume and Muslim Language Consultant Princess Nurfathma Egypa Balindong.  Don’t miss the premiere of ‘Legal Wives’ – under the helm of Zig Dulay – on Netflix Philippines beginning May 20. 

 
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