There’s no stopping Filipinos from thriving amid the darkness. The pambansang teleserye, FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano sets an inspiring example as it hits 5th anniversary amid the pandemic, proving us that it takes more than just a vaccine to survive all the threats and crisis.
For one, the pandemic significantly grounded us back to our roots – family, solidarity, and faith. As the head of a growing family, John Prats was confronted by the fear of losing his three-decade-old job, thus the potential failure to provide for daily sustenance.
The same uncertainty threatened Ara Mina, a single mom. But, through it all, family remained their fuel of strength, the inspiration to keep going. John urged fellow padre de pamilya to look after their health and safety as they are also the main source of security. Ara stressed that keeping calm is the first steps to solving any problem.
Shamaine Buencamino suffered from sleepless nights worrying about the situation. She and husband, actor Nonie Buencamino ventured into a small food business to earn extra. Sometimes, there’s no harm in giving up a part of what we have for someone else’s gain. That’s the true spirit of Filipino bayanihan, pointed out by Shamaine. Let us not forget to look after our own neighbors and respond to their needs.
Travel and mass gatherings were revoked during the earlier days of lockdown, forcing John Arcilla to mourn over his father’s death away from loved ones. He chose to move forward from the painful incident, thinking that others still manage to smile despite worse conditions.
“’Yung mga kapwa ko Pilipino na alam kong naghihirap pero alam ko na nakaka-survive pa rin sila. Tapos wala silang mga savings pero nakakangiti pa rin sila,” said John.
Veteran actor Jaime Fabregas expressed bits of wisdom about surrender and resilience. He emphasized that sufferings are beyond our control but we have the power to choose how to react. “Mayroong kasabihan na, It’s not how many times you fall off the horse but how many times you get up and get back into it,” he shared.
Marc Abaya further added that love for family sparks hope and strength. “Dahil sa kanila mas nagiging madali ang buhay kahit ano’ng mangyari. Dahil alam kong nandiyan sila. Dahil alam ko na ang lahat ng ginagawa ko ay para sa kanila.”
John Medina would remind us to always find a new purpose grounded on faith in God, and having friends and family as a support system.
Unfortunate circumstances may strike but nothing can wind down the Kapamilya spirit. As Team Promdi’s collective sentiment says, “Tuloy ang Laban!”
FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano will continue to serve viewers quality entertainment and inspiration. Catch Team Promdi weeknights on Kapamilya Channel and Kapamilya Online Live.