Marrying a military man is a dreadful commitment, much more raising two soldiers with him. But, despite all the fear and longing confined in her heart over the years, Minda (Mickey Ferriols) continues to act as a devoted mom to her two soldier sons especially during rare and golden family hours. In this Toplist and in light of the Mother’s Day celebration, we are paying tribute to Minda and her perennially compassionate motherly acts in A Soldier’s Heart.
She takes pride in Elmer (Vin Abrenica) and Alex (Gerald Anderson)’s achievement, especially when the latter became a full-fledged soldier. The proud mom brimmed with joy all throughout Alex’s graduation rites, facing the audience once in a while to tell them “Anak ko ‘yan” every time Alex came up on stage to receive an accolade.
Minda is good in the kitchen and she tirelessly prepares Elmer and Alex’s favorite dishes. No wonder she made it to her son’s hearts. Her cooking gets particularly special on days when the men take short breaks from duty.
While her family is expected to keep pace and order all over the country, Minda herself acts as the peacemaker at home. She knows how to spread love evenly so to soothe the sibling rivalry, portrayed by how she easily relived Elmer’s jealousy over her plan to drop by Alex’s camp en route to a charity drive in Mindanao.
As soon as she and Dante (Rommel Padilla) arrived, Minda surprised Alex at the base, requesting him to sleep over their suite so she could prepare his all-time favorite pininyahang manok.
Truly affectionate and caring, Minda impressed Alex when she got to know his love interest, Lourd (Sue Ramirez). She invited Lourd to a dinner along with Alex’s buddies, portraying how supportive she is of her son’s personal happiness.
Like a typical military mom, Minda always worries about her sons’ safety that she fainted upon hearing news on Alex’s mission that led to his disappearance. This fear never leaves the heart so when she has the chance, Minda makes sure to seize the quite sporadic family moments with Elmer, Alex, and husband Dante.
Being a mom entails reporting to a 24/7 lifetime duty. She may not be facing wars and bullets but Minda’s life as a mother of two soldiers brings as much fear. And she wouldn’t be able to survive the daily battle had she not been blessed with strength, grace, and courage.