The three-minute ad opens in the 1940s, possibly depicting Christmas season in the Philippines. The houses on the street are lined with parols or Christmas lanterns, and a young girl calls out, “Tatay!” before making mano (raising her father’s hand to her forehead). Her father then gives her a pasalubong — a Mickey Mouse stuffed toy.
Then, 65 years later in 2005, the young girl has become a lola who is now living abroad with her granddaughter. To keep Filipino traditions alive, the grandmother lets her apo play with the Mickey Mouse stuffed toy and also teaches the little girl to make parols.
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But as the girl grows up, she begins to lose interest in making the lanterns. As a young woman, the tradition is all but forgotten, with the granddaughter now leaving her grandmother to make the parols on her own.
Disappointed, the lola gazes at her worn-out and broken Mickey Mouse stuffed toy and goes up to her bedroom to sleep. When the young woman returns, she sees the materials for the parol discarded in the living room, making her feel guilty.
And like all Disney films, the magic happens toward the end of the story, leaving you with a wave of emotions. When lola wakes up, she sees their living room filled with parols and she is transported to her home in the Philippines. The tradition has not been forgotten by her granddaughter after all.
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Lastly, the granddaughter gives lola a gift — she has repaired the broken Mickey Mousestuffed toy. She then gives her grandmother a hug, showing that they have also mended their relationship.
The ad, which is part of Disney's "From Our Family To Yours" campaign, is in partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
First shared in Disney’s UK Facebook channel on November 9, the ad has already received more than 21,000 comments and shared more than 253,000 times. Filipinos here and abroad flooded the comments section, thanking Disney and sharing that they all miss home, especially their grandmothers — nothing beats Filipino Christmas traditions, after all.
Watch the ad below and prepare your tissues:
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