Viewers and internet users express concern over ‘Maria Clara at Ibarra’s’ dropping ratings because of the “kabitan” perspective - TrueID

Viewers and internet users express concern over ‘Maria Clara at Ibarra’s’ dropping ratings because of the “kabitan” perspective

LionhearTVOctober 27, 2022

Most fans are pinning the blame on the developing romance between the lead characters, Ibarra (Dennis Trillo) and Klay (Barbie Forteza).

Is ‘Maria Clara at Ibarra’ trying to alter Ibarra’s core character?

Many netizens are convinced that is the case. This is because the show’s script continues to explore the brewing possibility of romance between lead characters, Ibarra and Klay, played by Dennis Trillo and Barbie Forteza, respectively. The latter is an additional character only inserted to allow the show to pursue its ‘time traveling’ angle.

According to writers, the series was intended to ‘retell’ Dr. Jose Rizal’s novels Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo without fundamentally changing the stories.

While the top-rating Kapuso series remains the most-watched drama on primetime, loyal viewers and netizens have taken notice of the continuously declining rating of the show, since it premiered. Concerns have been raised, with many pinning the blame on the show’s alleged insistence on exploring a possible love angle between Trillo and Forteza’s characters.

One netizen who is not happy about where the plot is heading tweeted,”…Noli has so many symbolisms that are too SACRED to be distorted.”

Another netizen @dreamfyyyre, seconded [email protected]’s tweet, “EXACTLY. They can’t say they’re taking artistic liberties kasi taking those traits of faithfulness and loyalty away from Ibarra affects the entire novel. Smh.”

On October 25,  the series fell to its lowest people rating (13.8%)  since its debut. It still maintains a huge gap over ABS-CBN’s Darna, but fans noted how the show’s rating had been gradually sliding.

One netizen expressed her dismay by saying, “Alam naming mahilig kayo sa mga main character na kabet, but pleaseeeeee, wag naman sa Maria Clara at Ibarra…” suggesting the brewing attraction between Forteza’s Klay and Trillo’s Ibarra.

@AooNoo9 pleads GMA Drama production to stick with the original story.

‘Maria Clara At Ibarra’ is slated to end its run in January next year.

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