Kapamilya Snaps: Teleserye characters who taught us the value of forgiveness

Forgiveness is definitely one of the hardest, yet one of the best things that we could ever give someone and ourselves as well. At some point in our lives, we’ve probably had misunderstandings with people around us that ensued to almost irreparable rifts and ill feelings that we harbored in our hearts for a long time.

But because of the innate compassion, unselfishness, empathy, and unconditional love that we possess, we were able to do the impossible and forgive the person who wronged us. This courageous move doesn’t only emancipate the offender from the mistake he/she committed, but also set us free from the bitterness and resentment that weighed us down and restrained us from living a genuinely happy life. The same happens if we’re on the side of the wrongdoer.

Since teleseryes are the reflection of real life, the shows we’ve seen in the recent years have arguably taught us a lesson or two about forgiveness. And this Lenten season, let’s revisit how some of our favorite Kapamilya on-screen characters have exhibited and inspired us to give forgiveness through this Kapamilya Snaps feature.

Marissa Pineda-Zulyani in Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin

Throughout the successful seven month-run of Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin, we’ve witnessed the endless one-upmanship and altercations between Marissa (Jodi Sta. Maria) and Ellice (Iza Calzado). Those who had seen it ever since the beginning know that they used to be the best friends until a crime tore them apart.

However, they failed to address their issues in the past the moment their paths crossed again, making Marissa grew embittered on how Ellice was still able to live a normal and happy life while she suffered inside the prison for a crime that she just owned up for the sake of giving her mom a better life and of her for the unconditional love she had for her best friend. As Marissa rolled out her vengeful schemes, those indeed took a toll on their relationship and ignited a series of intense clashes and spiteful reprisals.

Yet, after everything that happened, Marissa still chose to sacrifice her life to save Ellice again. Doomed by her conscience, Ellice decided to finally ‘fess up her involvements in the incidents that harmed Marissa and her family. This led them to the path of forgiveness and to the hope that their friendship could be rekindled someday.

The main female characters of Love Thy Woman

A soap opera that spanned two generations, Love Thy Woman showed us how a mistake of the past could create a huge impact to the lives of the people involved and their offspring at present.

Adam Wong’s (Christopher de Leon) adultery with Kai (Sunshine Cruz) did not only took a toll on his wife Lucy (Eula Valdes), but also to their daughters Jia (Kim Chiu) and Dana (Yam Concepcion), who apparently wasn’t able to establish rapport growing up.

As the first family, Lucy and Dana harbored resentment against Adam’s another family and did everything to make Kai and Jia’s lives miserable. And things got more complicated among them as Jia had an illicit affair with Dana’s husband David (Xian Lim) and even had a child with him. Even though Kai and Jia went through a lot of hardships, they still chose to forgive Lucy and Dana in the end and they became a true family.

Luz Mabunga of Pamilya Ko

For sure, a lot of families out there were able to relate to the story of Pamilya Ko’s Mabunga Family led by Fernan (Joey Marquez), the father, and Luz (Sylvia Sanchez), the mother. Just like many families out there, they faced all sorts of challenges, including the infidelity of their patriarch that nearly destroyed them.

That indeed hurt her so much, but Luz was still able to forgive Fernan after he persistently and humbly asked for it. They were able to start over again and even renewed their wedding vows to each other and made a promise to their children.

Ana Dimasalang and Samantha Del Mundo of Asintado

After being estranged for a long time, sisters Ana (Julia Montes) and Samantha (Shaina Magdayao) indeed had a hard time to accept the fact that they were actually blood-related. It became harder for them when they found out that they’re also in love with the same man.

However, fighting against their common enemy eventually brought them together. They may not have gotten along right away, yet the sisterly love between them still prevailed in the end. Samantha apologized for not being able to fulfill her promise to their parents to take good care of and protect Ana as her older sister. At the same time, the latter also asked for the former’s forgiveness for everything bad that she did against her.

Fina Baniaga of Sino Ang Maysala? Mea Culpa

What was supposed to be a fun getaway for a group friends turned into a nightmare when Juris (Bela Padilla) and her friends ran over an old woman carrying a newborn baby. Little did they know that it was a victim of human trafficking and its mother Fina (Jodi Sta. Maria) had been desperately searching for her.

But even though they already knew about it and met Fina, Juris, her husband Drei (Tony Labrusca), and their lawyer friends still refused to speak up about it due to Juris’ pleas and their fear of tainting their reputations. This ensued to an incessant battle between the two women who wanted to be the mother to Leyna (Iyannah Joyce Sumalpong) which made Juris go mad and be sent to a psychiatric institution.

Although what happened was painful for every mother like her, Fina still chose to be grateful for the love and care Juris gave to her daughter and forgave her.

Lino Bartolome of Halik

Halik may be another story of infidelity, but this was still able to capture the attention of the viewers because of the impeccable performances of the actors and the exciting narrative. Driven by her irrational jealousy and yearning to have a better life, Jade had gone indifferent and hostile towards the people around her, and even had an extra-marital affair with Ace (Sam Milby), a married man.

But after everything she did, her husband Lino (Jericho Rosales) still opted to understand and forgive her so many times, and did not even deprive her of being a mom to their kid while she was in prison.

Romina, Cassie, and Marga of Kadenang Ginto

Afternoon soap opera Kadenang Ginto wasn’t the talk of the town for nothing. Throughout its successful run for more than a year, we witnessed the relentless fights between Romina (Beauty Gonzalez) and Daniella (Dimples Romana), as well as of their respective daughters Cassie (Francine Diaz) and Marga (Andrea Brillantes).

Daniella may have done a lot of terrible things against Romina, who used to be the fiancée of her husband Carlos (Adrian Alandy) and eventually became her stepmother after marrying her father Robert (Albert Martinez), but Romina had remained forgiving towards her.

In the end, Romina, Cassie, and Marga realized that Daniella did all those because of the immense pain inflicted by everything that happened to her. Instead of letting her suffer, they expressed her willingness to stand by her and help her find peace.  

Lily Cruz of Wildflower

Undoubtedly, Lily (Maja Salvador) and Emilia (Aiko Melendez) of the 2017 controversial series Wildflower are among the biggest rivals in Philippine history. We saw them fight and one-up each other throughout the whole story, which even put both of their lives, as well as of their loved ones in danger.

Thus, it was truly shocking when Lily bought a cake for Emilia’s birthday and finally settled their differences when she visited her in jail in the finale episode. She even went as far as telling her that they could be friends. Really unbelievable, right?

Giving and asking for forgiveness may be both difficult, but we should keep in mind that we do this for the sake of ourselves and of the person who crossed us or who we offended. Let us learn how to forgive in order for us to completely move forward from the things that bother us and for us to finally find the inner peace we all deserve. May we keep this in mind in marking the true spirit of the Lenten season, Kapamilya!