Aside from having a pair of doting and hardworking parents in Luz and Fernan (impeccably played by Sylvia Sanchez and Joey Marquez, respectively), the Mabunga kids of the primetime series Pamilya Ko are indeed beyond blessed to have a loving, protective, selfless, and understanding big brother in Chico, brilliantly portrayed by seasoned actor JM de Guzman.
While we’re not seeing them on television for weeks now because of the current situation, let’s take a look back on the moments when he proved that he truly deserves to be hailed as the “Best Kuya Ever” through this Kapamilya Toplist.
Avid viewers know that he is not Fernan’s son with Luz for Chico is his lovechild with his former flame Elena (Rosanna Roces), yet Luz still raised and took care of him as if her own. The same goes for his seven beloved half siblings who, in spite learning the truth behind his identity, didn’t change how they treated and loved him.
As their opinions and perceptions often clash, we repeatedly saw Chico figure in heated arguments and intense altercations with his quick-tempered younger brother Beri (Kiko Estrada). Despite being the older one, there were instances that it was him who humbly asked Beri for them to have a ceasefire and reconcile in the midst of their misunderstandings.
Since firstborns like him are expected to stand for and look after their younger siblings whether or not their parents are around, he did his best to protect and defend his siblings from anyone or anything that would inflict them pain or would cross them, just like what he did for Peachy (Maris Racal) a number of times. Besides, he has always put the welfare of his family first before his and sometimes has to go out of his way in order to attend to their needs or fix their troubles.
Moreover, he has been their shoulder to cry on whenever they are sad or crestfallen as he never failed to make them smile and feel better with his sound advices, nuggets of wisdom, and sense of humor. He’s also been very much supportive of them as he makes sure to be present whenever they need him or in their momentous life milestones to give them words of encouragement.
Chico may be phlegmatic and affectionate most of the time, yet there were also times when he got mad at them. But being a loving brother that he is, his heart easily melts at the mere sight of his crying and dejected siblings and he forgave them instantly.
He’s not only like this to his paternal siblings, but to his one and only maternal younger brother Stefano (Marco Gallo), too, when he was still alive.
Wouldn’t you wish to have a great kuya like Chico, too?