Lessons from Pira-Pirasong Paraiso

The groundbreaking teleserye “Pira-Pirasong Paraiso” was definitely worth watching. Each episode was packed with storytelling that kept us on the edge of our seats trying to discover clues and build theories, plus the ensemble cast’s acting that deserves a standing ovation.

It was able to transcend the label of being just another afternoon family drama. As it also explored the tropes of human relationships and dark angles of humanity, it left viewers with so much more.

Here are life lessons that we picked up from the trending series.

 

We reap what we sow

“Ang galit mo ang pumatay sa anak mo. Ang galit mo ang naghiwalay sa pamilya natin... Nabulag ka sa paghihiganti mo,”Elon (KD Estrada) lashed out at his mom, Jacinda (Snooky Serna). Yup! Karma hits really hard. Due to her wicked games, and even teaming up with syndicate leader Criselda (Rosanna Roces) to get rid of the Paraisos, Jacinda got a heavy dose of karma with her imprisonment, plus the death of her eldest son Vlad (Joseph Marco), and her youngest, Elon, turning his back on her.

 

At some point, we need to choose what kind of person we want to be

“Pinili ko ang tama. Pinili ko na pagsisihan ang mga kasalanan ko.” Despite her dark past working for a syndicate that caused the separation of the Paraiso sisters, Osang (Sunshine Dizon) realized she still had time to change her path. Defying her husband Badong (Epy Quizon)’s revenge plans to commit to making their mistakes right was truly a tough move. Yet, she chose what she deemed right, and embraced all the consequences. Her character portrays that even the most wicked person can have a change of heart, if they choose to.

 

Forgiveness heals all wounds

Who doesn’t love redemption stories? Carlota (Nikki Valdez), the adopted aunt of the Paraiso sisters, came to the Philippines full of rage over her nieces. She felt embittered to the point of accusing her nieces of killing their matriarch, Amanda (Maricel Soriano). Her nieces suffered from the brunt of her ire until they all discovered that someone was playing with their family, who was none other than Carlota’s lawyer-boyfriend, Raffy (Rafa Siguion-Reyna).

Just as she was able to trigger our hate, Carlota also tapped into our sympathy when she humbly reconciled with her nieces. As she and the Paraiso sisters broke down into beautiful tears in their heartwarming scene of forgiveness, she taught viewers the importance of repentance in healing and setting the heart free. This, if anything, only made them stronger as a family.

Also teaching us the power of forgiveness is Angela/Beth (Alexa Ilacad), who harbored ill feelings towards Diana (Charlie Dizon). However, a life-or-death situation softened her heart and made her realize she couldn’t let the past repeat itself by doing nothing while her sister was in danger. Beth finally acknowledging Diana as her sister taught us that forgiveness is not just an act of kindness but it really helps a person move on in life. Forgiveness helps take the pain away.

 

Miracles do happen, so have faith

After suffering from tragedy after tragedy, the Paraiso sisters met their miracle in the middle of the chaos that surrounded them. This miracle came in the form of their father, Daniel (Gardo Versoza), who they believed had died when they were little.

 

Tell others how much you love them before it’s too late

Let us cherish the people we love while they’re still here. “Pira-Pirasong Paraiso” echoed this sentiment through Diana’s character when she lost her grandmother Amanda, and when Vlad died by taking a bullet for her, after ignoring the chance to make them feel how much she loved them.

What’s your takeaway from “Pira-Pirasong Paraiso,” Kapamilya?

Don’t miss the “Pira-Pirasong Paraiso: Ang Huling Laro” finale episode this Saturday, January 27, on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, TV5, and A2Z.