Feeling twofold of her child’s pain and realizing events before they unfold are a mother’s special abilities rooted from a wide spectrum of maternal responses. These characteristics are clearly depicted in the afternoon series Love thy Woman through Kai (Sunshine Cruz), the selfless mom whose unconditional love serves as Jia (Kim Chiu)’s anchor as she goes through a series of steep learning curves in life.
Kai has always been Jia’s number one fan. She believes in her daughter’s potential even more than Jia does. And if someone tries to obstruct Jia’s road to success, Kai would be more than willing to face the intruder and usher Jia to her dreams. In times of Jia’s victory, Kai is also the first one to burst in happiness.
Despite her painful past of being a mistress to Adam (Christopher De Leon), the strong-willed Kai fought for her daughter’s rights while keeping the filial peace at Jia’s stern request. Kai swallows other people’s judgment and insulting words for Jia’s sake.
Kai always reminded Jia not to follow the ugly path she once took as a woman – loving a married man. Although, Jia wasn’t able to resist her feelings for David (Xian Lim), Kai tried her best to open up Jia’s eyes and correct what could still be saved, their dignity included. “Lalayo tayo nang taas-noo. Handa akong iwan ang lahat para sa’yo. Kahit saan pa tayo makarating, kakampi mo ako” she promised her daughter.
Kai and her words resonate with wisdom. We bet she brought you to a deeper awe of life’s complex beauty when she spoke, “Hindi lahat ng mahal natin para sa atin. Pwedeng magsimula ulit. Kapag nadapa, bangon. Kapag may nasira, ayusin. Kapag may nawala, palitan. Ang buong buhay ko ay ilalaan ko para kay Jia.”
“Lahat ng iniyak mo, iniyak ko rin nang doble,” Kai told Jia amid the latter’s fight against cancer. Feeling the excruciating pain, the fear, and cowardice eating up Jia’s heart, Kai became her daughter’s source of strength. And after surviving that turmoil, Kai was still there to give Jia hope for the future, telling Jia that the right man will eventually come and provide her with a happy family she desires.
Life has been nothing short of complicated for Jia but she managed to pull through because of an unbreakable strength founded on Kai’s unconditional love and unwavering support. Cheers to moms who never get tired of helping out their children figure life’s uncertainties and provide endless compassion along the way.