SPECIAL FEATURE: Makmak in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano comes out and why the world should take notice
It comes not as a puzzling coincidence and of course, not a contrived instance when a monumental, touching scene in the Philippines’ top-rating TV show would become a poignant message in the aftermath of one of the most senseless, worst mass murders in recent memory.

As those victims of the Pulse gay bar massacre in Orlando are being grieved upon, remembered, and honored, little did we expect that a momentous statement about gay pride would follow immediately after the carnage—not in the pompous realm of Hollywood or American TV, but in the eyes of an innocent twelve-year-old character in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano in the Philippines.

Makmak, the kid portrayed by the extraordinary McNeal “Awra” Briguela, who for the longest time had concealed his true self, finally made one of the important decisions in his very young life—admitting he was gay despite understandable fears and uncertainties. This astute and astounding depiction aired on Monday, June 13, just over a day since the horrific tragedy.

Gripping scene

“Hindi masama maging bakla,” the series lead character Cardo played by Coco Martin tells a tearful Makmak, all with the utter emphasis that befits the gripping scene. “Ang importante sa tao kung marunong magmahal, kung marunong magrespeto, at may takot sa Diyos. At lahat yun nakikita ko sa yo kaya wala akong nakikitang masama kung ano man ang pagkatao mo.”

It offers a telling rejoinder to the fear and hatred expressed in the gruesome incident, even if it wasn’t really supposed to—being just aired at the perfect time.

More than the travesty, however, it brings the pertinent message of love, acceptance, and self-worth amid the struggles and hopefully strengthen and educate those who are treading the same path.

Timely and relevant

A message that truly captured the hearts of everyone who saw that episode that night, and noted how timely and relevant it was.


Inspirational merits

Above all, depiction of gay pride has been outstanding, not by the mere quirks but by their inspirational merits as a person—all embraced wholeheartedly by everyone.

Makmak’s victory

But most especially, celebrating the “victory” of that wonderful Makmak in triumphing over hatred, arrogance, and even discrimination by all those who surround him.


Indeed, this is one episode of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano that not only the entire nation but the whole world should see.