If Angel Locsin's mysterious role in "La Luna Sangre" appears to have been left hanging, lead star Kathryn Bernardo assured fans that the "big question mark" will be answered as the primetime hit counts down to its finale.
In the episode of La Luna Sangre where the lady in red is gone, it is the point where the character of Angel Locsin exit the show. Having helped Kathryn Bernardo's Malia put an end to Sandrino's reign of terror in "La Luna Sangre," Angel Locsin's Jacintha disappears without revealing who she really was.
And it looks the mystery of her identity will be left hanging until a latter episode at the very least after Locsin herself bid farewell to her role following the heart-breaking episode, which left both Daniel Padilla's Tristan and Sandrino dead.
She took to Instagram to post her message to her fans, saying that her stint on the fantaserye has been "one hell of a ride." She wrote "To everyone who supported the show, sending you, guys, virtual hugs and kisses of sincere pasasalamat (thank you)." She added "You are our source of strength during tough times. Thanks for giving us work for our families! Jacintha signing off."
Prior to the signing off of Angel Locsin character the show waved Daniel Padilla's Tristan into the night.
He was stabbed dead by Angel Locsin's Jacintha, who had to do what she did lest people want Tristan to complete his transformation into a rabid vampire of unrivalled strength.
On an episode, Richard Gutierrez's Sandrino shook off both Jacintha and Kathryn Bernardo's Malia during the show's climactic battle to awaken Tristan's dormant vampire powers, by biting him. Tristan bore the cursed mark, which, according to prophecy, meant that he was the strongest of all vampires --and ensuring that he rose to his potential was part of Sandrino's evil plot.
Now whether his death was a fitting end to this foolhardy character remains to be seen as the series has yet to conclude with hints that he may come back to life, but no one can deny that this has been an excellent outing for Padilla. Reckless but capable and largely skilled at combat, he cut a competent leader as he convinced Malia to end Sandrino's life, despite the risk on his own.
"Tapusin na natin ito (Let us finish this one)," he argued. And they did, although resulting in a less than ideal outcome: Tristan lifeless; Jacintha magically fading away having fulfilled her duty in preventing Sandrino's plan; and Malia mad. The teaser for the next episode showed that the fantaserye will jump a few years forward, and teased the reveal that Malia's job as the "chosen one" is far from done.
Bernardo addressed the plot point of Locsin's Jacintha during a press conference Tuesday ahead of the March 21 conclusion of "La Luna Sangre." The young superstar said she's aware of viewers actively debating about several aspects of the story.
One prevailing theory is that Jacintha is actually Malia from the future. Malia, portrayed by Bernardo, is the daughter of Lia, also played by Locsin in the series' first week. This led viewers to believe that Jacintha was merely Lia returning after a vague death scene.
But "La Luna Sangre's" January 10 episode apparently affirmed the time-travel theory, when Jacintha magically disappeared but not before a closeup of Locsin's face was overlaid with what appeared to be Bernardo's features. Understandably, this further fanned speculation that Malia and Jacintha are indeed the same person.
The real identity of Jacintha, portrayed by Angel Locsin in "La Luna Sangre," has long been shrouded in mystery, but now some fans believe they may finally have the first solid hint, which even goes with a popular theory. Jacintha is Malia from the future, so the theory goes. Malia, portrayed by Kathryn Bernardo, is the daughter of Lia, also played by Locsin in the series' first week. This led viewers to believe that Jacintha was merely Lia returning after a vague death scene. But with latest episodes of "La Luna Sangre," the theory that Jacintha and Malia are one person got an affirmation of sorts, at least to some fans online.
Whereas one of the latest episode showed Jacintha's signature red cloak falling to the ground as she disappeared, the extended version of that scene briefly focused on Locsin's face being overlaid with what appeared to be Bernardo's features. On Twitter, viewers were quick to note the seconds-long transition, with many instantly recognizing Bernardo and Locsin's faces overlapping.
Many took this as a hint that Malia is indeed Jacintha from the future, with Jacintha somehow managing to travel through time to fulfil her mission of preventing Sandrino's (Richard Gutierrez) evil plot to succeed, starting with Tristan's (Daniel Padilla) vampiric turn. The seeming nod to the "future Malia" theory likewise triggered speculation that this would not be Locsin's last "La Luna Sangre" appearance, despite the actress having said goodbye to the show's cast and crew through social media.
"I really appreciate it, na 'yung mga fans especially ng 'Lobo' and 'Imortal,' talagang inaaral nila 'yung bawat character, from the Moonchasers, to Prof T, to LLU (La Liga Unida), gano'n sila ka-hands on, (I really appreciate it, that fans especially of the teleserye sequel 'Lobo' and 'Imortal,' they took time to study every character, from the Moonchasers, to Prof T, to LLU (La Liga Unida), that is how they are very hands on)" Bernardo said, referring to the first two instalments of the "Moonstone" trilogy and the warring factions in its storyline.
The actress added: "Nanonood kasi ako sa TFC (The Filipino Channel), ta's nakikita ko 'yung comments nila, na parang ako, 'Oh my God, ang galing ng mga fans.' Ang dami nilang questions, ang dami nilang theory na OK, ang galing nila manghula. (I watched in TFC (The Filipino Channel), then I saw some of their comments, like Oh my God the fans are really good. They have lots of questions, they also have lots of theory that where good, they are also good in predicting and guessing.)"
While Bernardo stopped short of confirming which of the theories she has read are true, the Star Magic artist teased that the mystery of Jacintha and her connection with Malia will finally unravel as "La Luna Sangre" nears its ending. "Isang malaking naiwan na question mark sa lahat, kung si Jacintha ba ang future Malia, kasi hindi pa masyado na-close 'yung plot na 'yun.
Feeling ko ma-wi-witness nila iyon in the last two weeks, kung ano 'yung naging purpose ni ate Angel sa pagpunta niya sa present world nina Malia at Tristan, (It is a big question mark remain to all of us, if Jacintha is really the future Malia, because the plot about that storyline is not yet closed. I feel that the viewers will witness that one in the last two weeks, on what is the purpose of Ate Angel in going to the present world with Malia and Tristan)" she said. Aware of the heated discussions online, Bernardo hopes the remaining episodes will satisfy viewers, not only of "La Luna Sangre" in the last 10 months, but of the entire "Moonstone" trilogy since its inception 10 years ago. "'Yung mga tanong nila, dito maka-clarify. Sana masagot lahat in our last two weeks...
Nagpapasalamat kami na ganoon nila tinutukan 'yung show. Ibig sabihin na-involve sila rito, (Those question that they have, it will be clarify here. I hope that everything will be answer in our last two weeks… we are very thankful that is how they supported. It only means that they love it,)" she said.