Love matters, especially in a home, that’s why Tisay (Heaven Peralejo) is blessed to have parents as loving as Jose (Keempee de Leon) and Monica (Nikki Valdez), who depict genuine, unconditional love. In these scenes from Bagong Umaga, the couple shows what selfless parental affection is.
Jose and Monica own the biggest hearts in the world. There’s always a space in their hearts for others. When the circumstances brought them an orphaned infant, the couple willingly took him in and called him Dodong. He filled in the gap left by Tisay’ twin brother.
The kids would grow up tenacious, selfless, and loving like them, although Tisay would surprisingly become a genius. Despite the gift of wisdom, Tisay would never forget that humility and honesty make up a person’s honor.
Apart from that, Tisay, Dodong (Yves Flores) and best friend Angge (Michelle Vito) would grow up showered with genuine affection. They find warmth in the most ordinary days. For the Magbanuas, love is unity and the little things like an embrace, a kiss, or helping each other out in trouble is enough of a language.
What they lack in wealth, they make up for in love and kindness. And that’s more than enough to make them happy because Jose and Monica lived by the example of contentment. The Magbanuas would celebrate milestones in the simplest ways but they enjoy each other’s company, in contrast to the Veradonas’ lavish yet unhappy moments.
For Jose and Monica, to love Tisay translates to embracing the people she holds dear. That’s why they treat Angge like their own and welcome Ely (Tony Labrusca) in their lives.
For Jose and Monica, to love Tisay also means to feel happy for her achievements, however big or small. The family, now extended because of Tisay’s friends, cheered when she received a job interview for Bagong Siglo. Like what Monica always tells them, sharing is part of loving. That’s why whether it’s about happiness or sorrow, they must never be afraid to share their feelings.
The couple also shows their love for Tisay by trusting and giving her the freedom to build the life she chooses, albeit they’d be there for much-needed guidance. They let her be her own person and figure out her own dreams. At the end of the day, all they could do is support her decisions with a promise that no amount of mistakes can lessen their love for her.
They never run out of nuggets of wisdom to enlighten Tisay’s path. Whatever the situation is, Monica always has something life-changing to say. Her words are the food for her family’s soul.
Jose and Monica portray humility as a facet of familial affection. They know when to apologize because even parents make mistakes.
Because they love Tisay, they never stop teaching her be open to forgiveness. They once reminded her to treat Cai (Barbie Imperial) with gentleness despite the latter’s harsh behavior. They said they can only see the exterior and not the soul.
Jose and Monica’s love for Tisay is so selfless that they’re willing to give up even their own lives for her. This was proven when Monica caught a bullet for her daughter. At the hospital, Tisay apologized to Monica, blaming herself for her mother’s condition. This leads to a beautifully moving exchange, with Monica once again verbalizing how pure her love is, “Hindi lang binti ang kaya ko ibigay sa’yo, pati braso ko. Pati buhay ko ibibigay ko kung buhay man ang kapalit. Hindi mo naman kasalanan kung mahal na mahal kita, eh.”
For Jose and Monica, Tisay is the miracle and the joy that redeemed their biggest heartbreak in the past. However, a series of revelations from the cold-hearted Diana (Glydel Mercado) shook their worlds. Jose and Monica found out that Tisay is not their daughter. Will they love her still?
Don’t miss the next episodes of Bagong Umaga, Monday to Friday, after It’s Showtime, on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, and A2Z.