Finally, the barbarity ends

The most watched barbarity will finally close curtain on Friday. Calling it a barbarity is exaggerated, you say, for something as trailblazing and reeking with morals a teleserye as May Bukas Pa. One doesn’t call a multi-awarded program barbaric. It’s inappropriate, if not untrue.

May Bukas Pa is a story that has run too long, too long in fact that I am aching and itching to see its last day of showing. Thank God it’s this Friday. Obviously, the teleserye can extend to ad infinitum; its life dependent on the imagination of its über-original writers. If ABS-CBN wills it, it can even introduce new talents by having them play a role, say, a drug addict, a serial killer, a necromancer, a prostitute, who will then be changed by the wonder boy Santino into a repenting loser asking forgiveness from Bro, complete with a climactic cry that would rival a paid crying lady in the funeral of Manila’s richest Chinese businessman. This is a guaranteed way to raise them to stardom in no time.

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But this barbarity did not start as horrendous as it now when the boy and the fathers in the seminary are about to say their adieu. The teleserye hinted a lot of promise when it began showing nearly two years ago, but whatever happened to that promise, no one knows. It could be that the people did not seem to notice because they were too scared to be the objects of ire of the omniscient Bro, that no one wanted to take the chance of being sent and thrown head first in the eternal lake of fire, or that the people are toying with the hope of being saved from the impending coming of the Messiah. I am only hypothesizing. This fear and the promise of redemption firmly grounded May Bukas Pa in the minds of the unthinking public, allowing it to last that long, a feat uncommon nowadays when the longest run of a good program is less than six months.

But the show is not entirely lacking of any salvaging character. When viewed using a specific perspective, it’s noir-ish, only that lighting for TV will definitely not allow this treatment. The story, especially now that it’s about to end, is reminiscent of Ishmael Bernal’s Himala starring Nora Aunor. But ABS-CBN, of course, won’t do something not very bright as to experiment with this style all the way.

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So what will be done as has been done before is to have something akin to a high school reunion where all participants wear white as they cry their hearts out for the body of a dead boy, an innocent victim of blind faith of the people of Bagong Pag-asa. A background funeral song will be played while the faces of the stars whose lives Santino touched are given several seconds of extreme close-up shots.

The newscast on TV Patrol World the following night will be about the mourning of the entire nation over the death of May Bukas Pa lead star, Santino, and some talks about future teleseryes lined up for him.

Now, isn’t that barbaric?

The barbarity will finally close curtain on Friday. Calling it a barbarity is exaggerated, you say, for something as trailblazing and reeking with morals a teleserye as May Bukas Pa. One doesn’t call a multi-awarded program barbaric. It’s inappropriate if not untrue.

May Bukas Pa is a story that has run too long, too long in fact that I am aching and itching to see its last day of showing. Thank God it’s this Friday. Obviously, the teleserye can extend to ad infinitum, its life dependent on the imagination of its über-original writers. If ABS-CBN wills it, it can even introduce new talents by having them play a role, say, a drug addict, a serial killer, a necromancer, a prostitute, who will then be changed by the wonder boy Santino into a repenting loser asking forgiveness from Bro, complete with a climactic cry that would rival a paid crying lady in the funeral of Manila’s richest Chinese businessman. This is a guaranteed way to raise them to stardom in no time.

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The teleserye showed a lot of promise when it started nearly two years ago, but whatever happened to that promise, no one knows. It could be the people did not seem to notice because they were too scared to be the object of ire of the omniscient Bro, or that no one wanted to take the chance of being sent and thrown head first in the eternal lake of fire.

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15 thoughts on “Finally, the barbarity ends”

  1. with the way santino stares twinkly-eyed at bro and with the way bro’s oily child-toucher voice permeates the screen, my sister and i were betting on a bro-santino make-out session as the ending.

    we are sick and far too vocally unapologetic for our blasphemy but the show trumps us with its own subversive (and unintentional) brand of blasphemy.

    Lucy approves.

  2. magaling talaga ang nagsulat ng serye na ito. alam na alam kung saan titira… mataas ang rating eh. expect May Bukas pa the movie. yuhoo >:D

  3. everything becomes a remake of almost anything. i agree, that cycle is getting boring and very annoying. it also gives more ambiguity to the things that are already very ambiguous.

  4. John! LOL.

    I share the same agony with you as to when would this teleserye would end.
    The “May Bukas Pa” is a complete blasphemy. It teaches wrong faith, instead of believing in Christ they believed Santino. Barbaric it is for the child – sacrificing his innocence and naivety over selfish motives – humanism.

    I don’t think the writers of this teleserye even read the Bible because if so, they would know that their souls are being delivered to hell by now.

    I may be a Pharisee here but, well, the power of media to influence people is so strong and because of this show people’s mindset are change to the worst. It’s the talk of the town – the wonder boy- when the show should have been teaching Christ.

  5. true, and the way it attempted to simplify something that is so complex. this something complex should remain as complex as it is in order for us to truly understand it.

  6. i take offense on this series because it gives a wrong picture about faith, that you just have to have faith and everything will be all right even if you do not do anything. i’m happy that this series is ending.

  7. well i agree with you on that. there is not point in searching for TV’s more sublime reason for being because its escapist nature is already too obvious. and that’s the strongest justification why tv, although mentally numbing, is well loved.

    but the all-white, star-studded, crying ending, although enticing, is trite. why can’t they make it more shebang-y? say discovering in the end that Bro and the devil are one and that santino is the anti-christ, that the woman with the baby who kidnapped santino is actually bearing the messiah. but nah, too much for a 30-minuter ending.

  8. Commercialism, baby. For as long as people unthinkingly buy what they spew, then the puppet masters will squeeze out more antics for everlasting.

    But then again, on the flipside, why should people think about the tripe that they see on TV? Shouldn’t it be a mere tool for respite?

    I squirm whenever I start to realize a certain unimaginative plot unfolding whenever I come across the show. That’s why for most parts, I choose not to view it. But in times when I’m a blah, I just stoically sit through it.

    But the all-white, star-studded, crying ending seems to be very enticing, don’t you think?

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