Monday, February 1, 2010

Maalaala Mo Kaya - The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Story

For 2 Saturdays, ABS-CBN showed the story of my grandparents and it was one of those few adaptations that really meant a lot to me. I wanted to see how Bea Alonzo and Piolo Pascual would portray my grandparents. I know that the harder task was to act as my Lolo Ninoy and I think Piolo did good. It's really difficult to pull off impersonating my grandfather but I think Piolo did an awesome job.

Bea on the other hand was superb. Sure Lola's not tisay and all that but Bea somehow showed traits and mannerisms that my Lola would do. That's just my opinion. There were several instances that I really remembered my Lola. I could imagine my Lola's sacrifices for my Lolo and the family. That made me cry because I remembered how genuine of a person my Lola was. That was just part 1! 

Sure the show wasn't 100% accurate since you have to spice up the boring parts for television. I thought it was pretty good. My Mom mentioned that they didn't have a Volkswagen Kombi. My Lolo did well at mahjong though. That's why my great grandmother liked him since he charmed his way in mahjong. 

Last Saturday's episode was the tearjerker. It was all because of my Lola. When they showed clips of my Lola in the end, that was when my tears came down. I didn't get to know my Lolo since he died before I was born. I'm sad when I see clips of August 21. But the clips of August 5 are the ones that get me... 

I was talking to my friends at the office and they also cried. I even got a text saying "grabe naman, kakaiyak naman to..." I'm not sure how many people tuned in but I think a lot did! I have to mention Jodi's performance as Tita Kris, galing! Kuha niya! Hahaha!

But the most important mention I have to put here is my Mom's VO. I think she did a splendid job as a narrator. To add, Tita Kris was coaching my Mom at the ABS studios. :) I'm proud of my Mom! :)

For those who watched the 2 episodes, I hope you got inspired, touched, or moved somehow. My grandparents are my heroes. In the end, they put country before family. It was the sacrifices they made that defined them. They were exceptional people who just wanted to serve... They believed that we Filipinos deserved a home that we can be proud of. They believed that we  Filipinos are worth living, sacrificing, and dying for...

15 comments:

tsina said...

watched it. ang galing ni bea. simpleng akting pero ramdam. and also piolo, love the way he talks. :D nakakainggit yung love ng lola at lolo mo for each other. and love the song very much. bagay na bagay sa boses ni jose mari chan. :D

Mon said...

I watched it! it was great to watch history on MMK. galing ni Ninoy. I had Goosebumps watching his speech. U must be so proud being their grandchild. :)

charliehotelalpha said...

I was not able to watch the two MMK Episodes but I will buy the magazine with your mom on the cover. She is the Aquino I really like.

smarty_ph said...

i hope abs release a DVD of this. i will surely get one.

smarty_ph said...

i hope ABS release a DVD of this. I will surely get one.

Rose said...

Thank you for the good words on Piolo's acting. As someone close to him and his family, I felt so proud that he was the one who portrayed your Grandfather. I know for a fact that he is truly grateful for the opportunity to play the great Ninoy Aquino in Maalaala mo Kaya. God bless you and your family.

Astroboy said...

sayang I did not get to watch those MMK episodes. Thanks for writing about your thoughts on them, though. =)

iam_annecy said...

i'm proud to be a Filipino because of your Lolo Ninoy & Lola Cory! my whole family watched both episodes of MMK and we are really quiet and sometimes shocked of the scenes we saw. when we watched the second part of MMK, oh boy, my mom & i were really SAD! i was hugging my pillow in pain, sadness, every emotion is there!!! imagine 1 family having to go through all those events in their lives and still they stick together in good and bad times! fyi, until now, i couldn't even watch your Lolo Ninoy lying in his own pool of blood in the tarmac! oh gosh, i will definitely cry! :)
actually, i was only a year old when your Lolo Ninoy was assassinated but i got to know him better because my younger brother was born on August 21, 1983 (is the date familiar?!). so as my brother was celebrating his birthday each year, my parents and relatives would always be reminded of that black Sunday of August 21, 1983. and so, as a kid growing up, my brother & i really idolized your Lolo Ninoy so much that we have promised to live and show love to our beloved country.
in behalf of my family, i send my thank you to your Lolo Ninoy, Lola Cory and to the entire Aquino family. :)

t e i n said...

..i wasn't able to watch the first episode, but i am so glad i did last Friday. I left really early from school para lang makaabot to watch the show.
..i had lots of teary eye moments while watching and it was indeed a great show. It was my first time to see a story about them that's why it did moved me so much.
..it was so amazing to realize what your grandparents has done for the country. Doing everything they can, SACRIFICING all they have even the family of their own, for the sake of other people. It is impossible to find someone like that nowadays.
..you are indeed fortunate and very blessed Kuya Jiggy to have awesome grandparents like them. I am so proud to say that they are truly my IDOLs :D
..just as what your mom said, "there is more to life than having a great love story.. you can live a life for other people." Life could be more meaningful if we spend it by serving others. Tama po kayo, we must not waste what they have done ONLY for us, we must prove that truly is, the FILIPINO'S ARE WORTH DYING FOR :D

..btw, last Jan.29,we went at SM megamall and saw the Cory photo gallery there. I loved the pix esp. her picture together with Sen.Ninoy. If i was right? You also have nice pix there kuya, haha, very young that time. So cute with the sailor attire :D

..wew!! thanks so much for reading, i was so carried away na aman, haikx, tc po, God Bless po.

Pedo said...

I was able to watch it. I was moved by how Ninoy faced his adversaries. He was such a brave man. Galing din ng Mom mo, she speaks and sounds like your Lola Cory.

marissa said...

ballsy was a good narrator.she has a good voice.

marissa said...

ballsy was a good narrator.she has a good voice.

angee lyka said...

i'm really touched sa kwento ng grandparents mo kuya,.. I'm an aquino supporter at kahit hindi lahat ng classmates ko ay aquino supporters,.. nanood ang 95% sa amin,.. kahit yung hindi nakapanood ay nasasayangan sa oppurtunity,..napaiyak po kami at mas na-inspire po lalo nung napanood namin ang MMK,.. God bless po,..!!

Metatron said...

I was able to watched the whole episode I mean that part 1 and 2. Of course as other said nakakatouched or nakakacarried away rin ang mga pangyayari sa kanila. Lalong naliwanagan sa isipan ko o naintindihan ang mga sakripisyo na nangyari sa Lolo at Lola mo lalo na sa anak nila including your Mom. Nagreflect sa isipan ko na hindi lang si Tita Cory ang may character na selfless pati na rin pala ang iyong Lolo na he is willing to died for the country. Isang bagay kung bakit sobrang proud ako sa pagiging Pilipino nandahil na rin sa kanila.

Condy Gomez said...

Hi mr Jiggy! i just watch Ninoy-Cory story on MMK last night bec i was out of Phil that time! I was born later that those decades when both of them showed that the Filipino people is worth dyin for.. and watchin that even made me appreciate them more. Thanks for sharin them and that beautiful story to us.


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