After over three solid years of dominating the Primetime block, the answers as to why Kapamilyas continue to enjoy watching FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano is a long list. And right at the top of all these reasons is how the series perfectly captures the spirit of being a Filipino. Their Christmas and New Year’s episodes alone are enough of an example.
The cast was shown preparing for the Noche Buena as a family. Everyone helped out, even the kids. But aside from the festivities of the holiday season, they also highlighted that this time of the year can be the busiest for some people. “Tuwing Pasko, kailangan namin umikot sa buong Maynila para rumonda,” Jerome (John Prats) recounted his experience of being a member of the police force. It was their job to make sure that everyone is safe during the celebrations. Now that they are in the province, however, they are hoping for a much quieter Christmas. This touches another subject that they address which is the difference of being in the province against being in the big cities.
“Ibang-iba ang Pasko natin ngayon, matahimik at mapayapa,” Anton (Mark Lapid) stated. They could not help but notice how most people in urban areas like Manila tend to flock the malls during this season. Not to mention, shell out money for expensive and imported products. On the other hand, being in the small town of Sto. Niño, the locals are sticking with traditions like trying out puto bumbong, bibingka and sapin-sapin. There is also this idea of supporting products that are made by Filipinos.
In another episode, Aubrey (Ryza Cenon) talked about the belief behind setting off fireworks and making loud noises in welcoming the New Year. “Sabi kasi ng mga Chinese, isa daw itong pamamaraan para itaboy ‘yung mga malas,” she explained. And as a careful reminder from the former President Oscar (Rowell Santiago), fireworks are fun but should be handled with care.
But this would not be a Filipino party without remembering the religious aspect of the season. It is important to still give thanks in prayers for having surpassed all the challenges that came as well as trusting that life will always work out with a little faith.
At the end of the day, all that truly matters is that we take this opportunity to create more memories with our loved ones. So, step behind the camera and check out how real these smiles were!