Last Friday, El Cuerpo del Deseo, a 2005 telenovela from Colombia we recently got hooked watching, had its final episode over at ABS-CBN. As I mentioned on my previous entry “El Cuerpo Mi Gusto” (which consistently holds the Top Post here) last April, it was, to me, the most intriguing and haunting Latin soap we’ve religiously followed. I even tried buying a dvd copy on Ebay.ph, (Yes, tried. But failed to make an online payment) because we want to watch complete episodes. Trust me, it’s that good that we’re willing to spend around $20 just to have a complete copy.
Anyway, I won’t reiterate as to how great the series was, just refer to the earlier post. I’d rather discuss how the story went at the latter part and eventually how it ended. Well, not in detail though but I’ll try, I’m a bit feeling sleepy already. Onto the climax part, after the Isabel and Salvador’s wedding and gradually where most in the mansion learned that Don Pedro Jose Donoso’s soul is indeed inside Salvador Cerinza’s body, things went crazy that it creeps them all out. I especially liked the part where Isabel went to Las Cruces to personally investigate, and then later gets to talk to the wife Cantalicia who finally gave her proof to her long-running suspicions. She then seek help to a professional but Salvador later found out, with the help of Gaetana. So there’s nothing more Isabel could do than to face the scary truth, same with all the people in the mansion.
Despite the tension, Isabel and Salvador ran away without saying any word to any of their housemates. In a hotel, the real Salvador suddenly returned to his body and caused trouble yet again. Because of that, they learned that the Police were searching for them. Guilty for what happened, they run away from one place to another, managing to escape from the Police from time to time. Then finally at this last police chase, Isabel and Salvador decided that them being together and loving each other is reason enough to be contented and not to ask for anything more, and that Isabel is ready to embrace death with Salvador. After a while, their car suddenly swerves and hits a road side, jumped in the air and fell into the ocean.
Meanwhile, Angela Donoso was in the hospital giving birth. How erie can it get, that after Isabel and Salvador (Pedro) died, rose a new life in the form of Angela and Antonio’s baby. Back in the mansion, Isabel and Salvador’s suicide shocked the people. But Walter the butler was not even contented and even checked the hospital to kill Salvador. Fortunately, he was given the wrong room ending up killing the wrong person. After a few weeks, Salvador now in his true form, finally woke up in the hospital unaware of what just happened and of course not recognizing all the people from the Donoso mansion. But still, Angela and Antonio brought him home and tried to observe for a month if he’ll still go back to the Salvador they knew of. Sadly, he didn’t. That’s why they decided to bring him back to Las Cruces. When they got there, it was heartbreaking! Seeing the wife Cantalicia with their son Moncho, running in their farm to welcome Salvador, in shock and in awe. After all that’s happened, they can’t belive he’s back. The very innocent Salvador was very thankful to Angela and her family for bringing him back while tears welling his eyes.
And that’s the end of it. When I learned that that’s how it’s going to end, I thought it would be boring. But I later realized that it would be best to end it that way, the way it all started. Mario Cimarro’s and Rosalinda Hernandez’s acting was just great. Although it was dubbed in Tagalog, I can feel its intensity and that they’re both drawn to their characters. The part where Isabel decided to die with Pedro was a bit typical of some movies, but still a good one, considering the story. At least she proved to herself that she really loved Pedro, and Pedro on the other hand got to do all that he planned. It was a sad ending for both of them though, but I still liked it anyway. What happened to Walter and Rebeca was a spot on! haha! Can’t help but say, Beh buti nga! to them. Anyway, here are some pictures I got from dayanaymario.blogspot.com, a collection of the main characters in a magazine with some descriptions about their part in the show. I will include some personal commentaries as to how I liked or hated each character.
Salvador Cerinza – played his two entirely different roles very well. Muy simpatico, as one commented on Youtube, he personifies great strength with his character. Very mysterious at times, his gaze alone is haunting, which makes him very fitting for the role.
Isabel Arroyo – very beautiful and seductive, it’s like I’m looking at a beauty queen everytime I see her. Tall, slender, poised and sexy. I also liked the way she played her role, very appealing and real.
Angela Donoso – the fact that she fell inlove with the mayordoma’s son, is reason enough to like her. She’s very charming and elegant, and can actually give Isabel a run for her money.
Andres Corona – I can only think of evil things everytime I hear his name. He’s the main man when it comes to scheming in the lives of Donoso’s. I can actually give him an A+ for acting, coz he’s damn good too!
Antonio Dominguez – the good boy, mysterious at times too but very intelligent and observant. I’m glad he earned what he really deserves.
Valeria – Isabel’s cousin. She’s really pretty, and sexy too, really nice eyes. She played the role of a very shy and reserved girl who gets involved with Salvador in the middle part of the series. I liked her character, being the only one Isabel trusts. She also reminds me of this girl from a certain telenovela years back, can’t remember the name.
Simon Dominguez – I especially liked his character coz he’s funny, mischievous and oftentimes says what’s on his mind, be it good or bad. Despite being it, he learned how to be responsible in life and love. I would love to see him and Valeria end up together, really!
Now if there’d be an award for the most annoying and irritating TV characters, it would definitely be Walter and Rebeca, hands down! These two are unbelievable! High-profile schemers, opportunists, and leeches! Haha, you can tell I am that affected with their roles. Which only goes to show how effective they are in their acting.
Part of the credit can actually go to the dubber who really did a great job. Walter’s mere grunt, snort or even sigh will put you into an utmost state of annoyance. That’s why I am happy he ended up in jail. Same with Rebeca, who commited suicide in a hotel she’s staying. They both deserve to rot in hell haha! 😉
The pair I loved the most in this series is, no, not Isabel and Salvador, but Gaetana and Salvador. Pair not in a romantic way, but more in a sensible partners in crime way. A very odd one indeed, because at first Gaetana was very hesitant to trust Salvador but gradually learned not just to trust, but to comfort each other.
I remember this part where Salvador got lost because his true person suddenly came back to his body. Gaetana got really worried and cried and cried, thinking he already died. You can really feel her agony and depression. I actually never did thought that she will play a big part on the show. She did really good, I might say. Specially on those funny parts, she is funny too!
Abigail played the head servant in the Donoso mansion, and she played the part really well. She’s the mother all of us wished for. Very loving, sincere, modest, and with good principles in life. His sons Antonio and Simon are proof that even though you’re just a widow servant, still you can earn people’s respect by setting a good example to everyone around you.
Cantalicia is Salvador’s wife, living simply at their farm in Las Cruces. She’s the main person who got all webbed up with the sudden turn of events. I also like her character, being the bewildered one who almost got crazy and all, but later accepted the fact that Salvador is not Salvador anymore and that he’s not coming back. Her acting is great, too.
Well, I guess this pretty much says it all. Quite a lengthy one! I can probably go discuss each and every remaining character but with the heaviness my eyes are feeling this moment, I’d rather doze off in the next ten minutes. To sum it all up, this series will definitely stay in our hearts as one of the most memorable. I hope to watch more of this essential and well done soaps that will keep me awake in the afternoons. 😉