A lot of viewers, especially the members of the LGBTQIA+ community, were surely inspired and amused by the depiction of their love story in the latest episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya entitled “Paru-paro”. While many of us were able to see it, its letter senders Jay Umali and Iron Guerrero actually weren’t able to do so since they were in the middle of their travel.
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Thus, they decided to watch it together with their followers and friends on Facebook by doing a one-hour live on Iron’s personal account while taking a rest at a park somewhere in Italy. They confessed not being avid users of social media, but since many people had been asking them regarding their reaction, they decided to heed to their requests.
They started off by expressing how excited, happy, touched, and thankful they were for the positive feedbacks received by the portrayal of their love story, top-billed by JC de Vera as Jay and Christian Bables as Iron. The couple were indeed already all smiles and giddy at the beginning of the episode, with Iron gushing over the handsomeness of one of the actors that made Jay jestingly knock him on the head.
As they watched, the two amused and thrilled the live viewers with their banters and side comments in some of the scenes, such as on the very first time that they met at the coffee shop where Iron used to work and Jay was a loyal customer.
At the same time, there were also parts that Iron found awkward to watch because they were too cringey for him, yet both of them got emotional upon seeing the scenes of the hovering butterfly and of their engagement and wedding scene, which they described as surreal.
As soon as they finished watching, Jay exclaimed “Kudos!” and continued, “Guys, sobrang salamat kasi sobrang positive din no’n. Actually, to tell you honestly, naging madali for me na lumabas at malaman no’ng pamilya ko kasi hindi naman talaga nila alam ano ‘yong totoo ako ngayon. Dahil sa episode, mas madaling naintindihan. Sab inga nila, kung saan ako masaya, doon sila.”
He added, “I think that’s very important na maging honest tayo sa sarili natin kasi kapag nagtago ka, tinago mo ‘yong totoong ikaw, magiging mahirap, magiging mahirap ‘yong lahat-lahat.”
Iron, meanwhile, enthused, “Thank you po sa lahat ng mga sumusuporta at saka sa lahat po ng nakapanood. Hindi ko na po kayo maisa-isa pero thank you po. Sobrang salamat. Sana patuloy tayong mangarap [at] magdasal. Sana patuloy tayong magmahal at saka rumespeto po tayo.”
Jay and Iron were indeed all praises and thankful to the compelling performances of Christian and JC, who, for them, both did a great job in capturing how they really are in real life from the way they talk up to the way they move. The same goes for writer Jaymar Santos Castro, researcher Jazmine Marie P. Bustamante, director Jerome Chavez Pobocan, and Production Head Marissa V. Kalaw, who poured out their talents in reimagining their whirlwind yet wonderful romance. They also thanked Ron Solis, the singer-songwriter behind the beautiful and relatable love song “Ngayong Nandito Ka Na,” which was used in the episode, and most importantly, host Charo Santos-Concio.
“Sobrang laking opportunity for us na i-portray ‘yong aming characters. Sobrang galing kasi nabigyan ng justice kung ano talaga ‘yong nangyari,” Jay further commented.
They wrapped up their Facebook Live with Jay hoping that their story was able to encourage the viewers and provide learnings, as well as reminding everyone to not be afraid to love and that there’s no right time to something that we’ve been wanting to do than now.