REVIEW: MMK Bangketa shows no amount of hardship can stop us from succeeding- Part 1

What is the best accomplishment anyone could ever make? It is facing the most pitiful plight, endure the most difficult conditions, and encounter the worst, heartbreaking episodes in life, and yet still realize your dreams.

Imagine the deplorable, forlorn existence of Naning (Rhed Bustamante), an abandoned child left to the care of homeless street vendor Sallie (Amy Austria). She, Sallie, her “lola” Soledad (Perla Bautista) and another abandoned child Tabong (Althea Guanzon) were sidewalk dwellers in the polluted pathways of Quiapo, Manila. Not only were they burdened with the realities of actually sleeping, eating, resting, taking a bath, working, and studying along the dangerous, rugged and rough bangketa, they were also faced with cruel misfortunes that surely could have led them to the brink.

Pitiful childhood

It was a painful childhood for Naning, especially when she first learned about her being adopted when she overheard a conversation between Sallie and a friend. And she, just like any child, would be devastated when upon meeting her real mother Christina (Jed Montero) for the first time and gets denied by her to live a more comfortable life with her in Cavite. But despite these hurtful truths, Naning never succumbed.

She still went on and studied hard, not allowing her daily burdens to affect her—not even an irresponsible, philandering foster father Bong (Simon Ibarra), who makes life difficult for them, or heckling playmates.

And, with her determination, a teenager Naning (Jane Oineza) finished her elementary schooling and went on to high school. Obtaining a scholarship, Naning has become more passionate in completing this next phase, even when Bong had left them for good to be with his paramour and having been forcibly banished from the sidewalk they had resided for the longest time upon the orders of the property’s new Chinese owner.

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