Forgiveness in Kapamilya teleseryes

There’s an oft-quoted adage that says, “Forgive and forget.” Saying it may be easy, but we all know how difficult it is to forgive someone who did us wrong and simply forget what happened, especially if the mistake they committed has an everlasting and traumatic impact on us. And the same goes when we’re the ones at fault. 

However, even though forgiveness is a hard act to do, we are aware of its power to heal wounds, fix relationships, and transform a person to become a better version of herself. And these make forgiveness among the ever-present themes in countless series and movies that we’ve seen through the years, such as the teleseryes listed in this feature, wherein we witness the reconciliation of the once-warring lead characters. 

Walang Hanggan (2012)

As they’re about to get married and build a family of their own, Daniel (Coco Martin) is advised by his fiancée Katerina (Julia Montes) to finally forgive his grandmother, Margaret (Helen Gamboa). She may have been cruel to him, not to mention that she gave him away when he was just a baby, which made his life miserable, but Daniel is still able to find it in his heart to forgive her as he feels how remorseful she is during their heart-to-heart talk when he visits her in prison. Besides, he also wants them to have a fresh start and to have a good relationship as he and Katerina are about to begin their journey to happily ever after in Walang Hanggan.

Oh My G (2015)

Would you ever forgive the person who killed your loved one? While many would probably say “no”, it’s totally a different story for Oh My G! lead character Sophie (Janella Salvador), who amazingly chooses to forgive the man who murdered her beloved father. During the trial of the case, she bravely faces the culprit, Emmanuel (Nonie Buencamino), and tells him how infuriated and in deep pain she is to lose her dad after her mom’s demise. However, she’s already tired of carrying those negative emotions, so she chooses to let go and grant him forgiveness since she knows in her heart that it is what her parents want her to do. 

Wildflower (2017)

They may be one of the greatest rivals we’ve ever seen on TV, but it is still all well that ends well between Ivy (Maja Salvador) and Emilia (Aiko Melendez), who make peace with each other in the finale of Wildflower. The former doesn’t simply pay the latter a visit in prison on her birthday, but also gives her a cake and her forgiveness. She and her family might have made her life a living hell, but Ivy chooses to forgive her because she believes that Emilia is still a good person and deserves a second chance. Thus, it’s not too late for her to turn her life around and she’s willing to help her make it possible.

The Blood Sisters (2018)

She may have been mean and resentful towards her sisters Erika and Carrie, but Agatha humbles herself and expresses her remorse for all her wrongdoings upon learning how much her family loves her. The two forgive her and give her a second chance, reminding her that she doesn’t have to sacrifice her life just to pay for her mistakes and prove the genuineness of her apology. And that’s what being “The Blood Sisters” really means.

Halik (2018)

As we all know, Jade, the character of Yam Concepcion in the hit series Halik, has done a slew of unforgivable things to her husband Lino (Jericho Rosales) and his family when she decides to cheat on him just to feed her fantasies of having an upscale life. However, they still choose to forgive her and give her a second chance, which she promises not to waste. They may have a lot of intense confrontations then, but her mother-in-law Dolor (Amy Austria) wishes her to fix her life and promises to take care of her son CJ. 

Kadenang Ginto (2018)

Despite being wicked and greedy, Daniela (Dimples Romana) is still able to receive forgiveness from her stiffest rival-slash-stepmom Romina (Beauty Gonzalez) and her stepsister Cassie (Francine Diaz), whom she once attempted to eliminate from her life by doing a lot of cruel things in pursuit of eliminating her from her life in Kadenang Ginto. After everything that has happened, which even endangered their lives, they still consider her a family and wish her to finally find peace in her heart. She is also forgiven by her daughter Marga (Andrea Brillantes), who assures her that she loves her no matter what. 

Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin (2020)

From being best friends, we have witnessed how the friendship of Marissa (Jodi Sta. Maria) and Elisse (Iza Calzado) in Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin crumble as they let hatred and vengeance prevail in their hearts. Marissa may have initially refused to accept her apology, but she eventually finds it in her heart to forgive her upon seeing how remorseful she is for everything that she had done in the past. Besides, Marissa also decides to bring back her shares in Ellice’s company to her family as her way of moving on and making up for the mistakes that she had committed against them as well. They may not be able to bring back the beautiful friendship they used to have, but both of them have already buried the hatchet, 

May these stories inspire us to forgive and repent from all our mistakes, not just this Holy Week, but beyond.