Viewers abuzz about 'Walang Hanggan' rape scene

Posted at 08/02/2012 8:12 PM | Updated as of 08/02/2012 9:34 PM

'Walang Hanggan' goes SPG as rape scene airs

MANILA, Philippines -- The rape scene of the characters of actor Paulo Avelino and actress Julia Montes sent social networking sites abuzz on Wednesday, as "Walang Hanggan" continued to top TV ratings nationwide.

Nathan rapes Katerina in an SPG-rated scene in "Walang Hanggan"

ABS-CBN's top-rating primetime series "Walang Hanggan" on Wednesday night warned millions of its viewers of a Strong Parental Guidance (SPG) rating as Katerina (Montes) was shown being forced to have sex by her husband Nathan (Avelino).

After years of marriage without sexual intimacy, the "psychotic" Nathan was shown attempting to rape Katerina as she was held hostage by her brother Tomas (Joem Bascon) and Johanna (Melissa Ricks).

Katerina, who is in love with Daniel (Coco Martin), barely managed to escape after a struggle with Nathan, but only after she was forced to have sex by her husband.

The scene, which showed Katerina being punched by Nathan repeatedly, proved to be controversial, as viewers of the show posted at rapid pace their reactions on micro-blogging site Twitter.

While the episode was airing and even well after its timeslot, the terms "Nathan" and "Katerina" were among the top trending topics on the social networking site.

Netizens especially expressed their anger towards Nathan, who is played by Avelino. Having recently been cited as Best Actor by the Gawad Urian, Avelino has earned raves for his portrayal of the notorious character in "Walang Hanggan."

Even as the show took on the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board's (MTRCB) SPG rating as a caution to viewers about the rape scene, the Tuesday episode of "Walang Hanggan" was still the No. 1 most watched show in the country nationwide.

According to the latest data of Kantar Media, Wednesday's episode ranked first in the country's overall top 20 programs, as it garnered a 38.7% national TV rating, compared to the competing program “Makapiling Kang Muli,” which only got 16.7%.