Kapamilya series Marry Me, Marry You vividly captures how Filipino families value togetherness. It paints how we lean on each other in times of challenges akin to the spirit of “bayanihan.” This kind of relationship extends even to those were not blood-related with and remains alive no matter the kids’ age, shown in this Kapamilya Toplist from the beloved teleserye.
Romance-drama Marry Me, Marry You depicts the heartwarming beauty of Filipinos’ tight kinship through Camille (Janine Gutierrez) and the extended family she grew up with. When her mom Judith (Lotlot de Leon) fought and eventually died of cancer, then-little Camille found maternal figures in Judith’s best friends, Paula (Sunshine Dizon), Elvie (Cherry Pie Picache), and Marvi (Vina Morales).
Her three mothers instilled in her that they can always go back home and find love in each other even if someone tries to bring them down, calling themselves “pamilyang matibay at pamilyang matatag.” Same goes for a typical Filipino household where loyalty and the ability to survive are deeply valued.
Camille received genuine love and support and a ton of laughter from her moms, thus the strong desire to give back when she became an adult. For Filipinos, growing up doesn’t equate to outgrowing each other. Camille never stopped working to provide her family’s needs and help in their financial problems. She chips in for the utility bills and her Papang Victor (Lito Pimentel)’s medicines. This admirable trait of hers isn’t mere “utang na loob” or debt of gratitude but a love language.
The workaholic Camille would endure all kinds of tests for her loved ones, even putting up with her boss Andrei (Paulo Avelino) who was cold in the beginning. She said her family is worth every little and big sacrifice.
But Camille isn’t the only one willing to go lengths for the family. All of them look out for each other. They work as a team. Even the youngsters know how to be heroes by their own ways of raising funds for Victor’s medication. Kelvin (Adrian Lindayag) and his ‘cousins’ made money by selling their stuff, playing online games, and singing. The kids also donated blood for Victor and took turns in taking care of him in the hospital.
It’s relatable how everybody prioritizes their family over anything else, especially material possessions. Elvie used the house she worked hard for as loan collateral. When her family found out, they vowed to work together in paying their dues so Elvie could get her dream house back.
Besides faith, family is the ultimate source of comfort for us Filipinos. It’s evidenced by how we try to understand one another especially in times of confusion. There was a scene where Elvie was torn between feeling sad and happy for leaving her son Andrei when he was a kid. She was looking at his photo, tearfully convincing herself that maybe she made the right decision, otherwise Andrei wouldn’t be the man he is today. Paula and Marvi were there to just listen. There was no judgment, just plain empathy.
Other qualities of a Pinoy family we love seeing in Marry Me, Marry You are the intimate conversations about life; and how Camille’s family enjoy each other’s company at the table with the usual array of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Isn’t family mealtime always a fun feast?
In Camille’s desire to show how much she loves her family, she also finds romance along the way in no other than her boss Andrei. Follow their love story in Marry Me, Marry You, weeknights on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live and A2Z.