In the rom-com series On the Wings of Love, Jack (Cherry Pie Picache) represents modern Filipina heroes who bravely conquer the world to hustle and build better future for their families back home. But these sacrifices unfortunately come at a price such as distance and broken relationships with their loved ones. And these negative effects can never be mended by huge balikbayan boxes, financial support, and mere virtual bonding. In light of the Mother’s Day Celebration, let us relive how Jack managed to restore her connection with son Jigs (Albie Casino) in On the Wings of Love.
Jack broke her 20-year absence from home upon learning that Jigs met a road accident, clueless that her son was simply creating drama to get Leah (Nadine Lustre)’s attention. But even the childish act did not drain her compassion. “Kahit galos lang ‘yan, I’ll go home for you,” she told her son.
As days went by, the problems finally dawned on Jack. She and Jigs were strangers to each other, he despised her, and there was still a wide distance between them even if they’re simply a few steps apart. It was then when Jack realized the need to move quickly in order to save what was left of their mother-son relationship.
Her strategies revolved around getting to know Jigs all the while loading up on tons of patience and strength. She showed interest with his hobbies and consistently prepared him breakfast. She stalked him in a bar and joined his clique in a drinking session.
She pried on Jigs and Leah’s love story. She learned that Leah was the only person who kept Jigs company during special events like graduation and birthdays. And despite the innuendos about her shortcomings as a mother, Jack hid the pain with a little smile.
Jack coming out as a lesbian blew up the conflict. Her son loathed her and almost shut her out of his life. Nonetheless, Jack tried to be understanding and told Jigs, “Kahit kailan ‘wag mong isipin na pagkakamali at aksidente ka lang dahil kahit kailan hindi ako nagsisi na dumating ka sa buhay ko.”
When Jigs came home drunk, Jack stayed by his side until he’s sober. And with tears in her eyes, she realized, “Sa 20 years na namalagi ako sa America kung sinu-sinong tao ang inalagaan ko pero ngayon ko lang naalagaan ang anak ko. Ang sarap pala ng pakiramdam.” She gave him medicine the next morning and brought him shopping for a new motorcycle. The series of bonding moments finally put Jack and Jigs’ relationship back on track, albeit still a work in progress.
Let Jack’s story reminds us that mistakes do not make someone less of a mom. As what Tita Jack said, “Hindi ako perpektong tao but I’m trying my best to be a good mother to you dahil pagbali-baliktarin mo man ang mundo, Nanay mo pa rin ako.”