Raising a big family, with eight children around, sounds like an exhausting chaos but Nanay Luz (Sylvia Sanchez) manages to get her mommy life under control. And even if a series of storm try to shatter their home, it is the love and resilience of Luz that bring in light to the Mabunga household. Motherhood may be a steep and challenging journey but nothing compares to the bliss found at its peak, as shown in these scenes from Pamilya Ko.
The Mabunga family had a sweet and fruitful life over the decades because their relationship was planted in the matriarch’s lightheartedness. For Luz, nothing appears more delightful than seeing her children poking fun at each other and exchanging hilarious banter. When the siblings surprised her with a high-spirited “Happy Birthday” song, Luz was moved into tears. “Wala na akong mahihiling pa dahil kasama ko kayong mga anak ko at asawa ko,” she said when asked for a birthday wish.
Teamwork is yet another virtue that Luz instilled in her children’s hearts, displayed on how they shared the load while pulling off a surprise for Fernan (Joey Marquez).
However, there are days when the echoing laughter is silenced by heartaches and tears. When Chico (JM De Guzman) was revealed as adopted, the hurting mother still chose to look at the silverlining. She expressed how much she adored Chico like her own and how his presence replaced her insecurities with hope. “Noong nakita kita, sinabi ko sa sarili ko na ‘ako ang Nanay ng batang ito at gagawin ko ang lahat mapawi lang ang lahat ng sakit na marararamdaman niya,” she told her beloved eldest.
Even while in the brink of death due to Loida (Irma Adlawan)’s wickedness, Luz had decided to press on for her children’s sake. She survived the operation and the gift of life was more than enough to brighten up their Christmas celebration in the hospital. The Mabunga girls practiced their innate cooking skills as they copied Luz’s specialty. And as they gathered altogether in the hospital for Christmas Eve, the whole family sang heartfelt carols and danced all through the night, much to Luz’s happiness.
The merrymaking continued as soon as Luz went home just in time to celebrate the coming of a new year. The surprise did not end there. Luz and Fernan received a special gift from their kids – an empty lot that the siblings managed to secure through their own hard work and sacrifices.
Luz has a big heart that has enough room for her children. It overflows with love, strength, and compassion. Be inspired by her motherhood story in Pamilya Ko.