While God-given talents would lead us to a sense of achievement, they further give us self-fulfillment once they are used to help loved ones in need.
MMK’s episode “Paruparo” highlights this endearing outcome when one prolific artist found out that her exceptional work was her only way to help and support her ailing mom.
Gini (Sue Ramirez) is a passionate artist who draws impeccable masterpieces on the fly—be it still art, portraits, or landscapes. She really wanted to be like her father Isko (Michael Flores), who also had similar talent but ended up a construction worker.
Isko encouraged and motivated Gini to pursue her passion, given his own frustrations, but Emma (Sharmaine Arnaiz) opposed it, saying it was useless as it can’t bring food to the table. She would tell Gini to instead focus her attention to other more useful endeavors, such as taking care of her epileptic brother, Taking (Nash Aguas).
Devastated, Gini found solace in her paintings and treated them as her redemption from the bitter life she lives.
But even if she is hurting, Gini would attempt to pass on her talent to her ill brother, who still aspires to be like her. She would teach Taking the rudiments of art but realized he could only go so far. However, Taking completed one astonishing work—that of a beautiful butterfly.
Source of happiness
Despite his condition, Taking still became the family’s spark and source of happiness until he tragically succumbed to his illness. This left the entire family in despair, especially Gini who aired her regrets at his wake that she did not motivate or inspire her brother enough to be the best he could be.
As this ordeal came, the family faced another burden. Emma was diagnosed to have an ovarian cyst, which caused so much pain and chronic bleeding. If not operated on, Emma could be afflicted with ovarian cancer.
Emma refused treatment, saying they don’t have the means for it as they only depend on her meager salary as a teacher and Isko’s measly pay as a construction worker. But as her condition grew worse, operation was inevitable to keep her alive.
This forced Isko and Gini to try seeking financial help from friends and relatives, to no avail. Then as she sat on her bed, Gini looked around the walls of her room where she placed her artwork. She noticed a butterfly entering and settled on that artwork of a butterfly made by her late brother Taking. Sensing that Taking is making his presence felt and imparting a message, Gini realized that the artwork could be their hope for deliverance.
Taking pictures of the paintings on her cell phone, Gini uploaded them to her social media account and sought to sell her artwork online. Although it was painstaking, Gini decided to let go of her paintings and use the proceeds for something more important—to save her mother’s life.
She then went viral on social media and relayed that she will peddle her artwork at the Rizal Park for everyone to see and purchase. A journalist from the Manila Bulletin chanced upon her story and wrote an article about her travails that further touched more people. Members of an online art group embraced Gini’s drive and offered to sell their own pieces for Gini’s benefit.
ABS-CBN’s Mission Possible even organized an upscale art exhibit for Gini so that more artists and art aficionados would appreciate her work and support her.
Gini’s crusade turned out to be a success. Her ultimate sacrifice paid off as she amassed enough money to shoulder Emma’s delicate operation and hospital bills.
While Gini may have regretted not doing enough to keep her brother Taking alive, she felt a sense of self-fulfillment saving her mom from a life-threatening illness through her beloved artwork.
This heartwarming episode, directed by Raz dela Torre and written by Mae Rose Balanay and Arah Jell Badayos, truly inspires everyone to not only learn the value of self-sacrifice, but also, more importantly, place the significance of family above all.
The acting performances were likewise riveting. Nash Aguas was impressive in making the audience understand and feel his journey as an epileptic child, his aspirations, and frustrations. Sharmaine Arnaiz and Michael Flores also gave effective, deeply felt portrayals.
But the biggest accolade should go to Sue Ramirez, who is turning out to be a premiere, outstanding young actress. You would experience genuine emotion, not surface acting, as her delivery and expression truly hits you at the core.