Mother’s Day this year is on May 13 (just in case Mommy Brain has made you forget). And for the occasion, Jollibee is releasing a series of three videos on their Facebook page that celebrate moms. The first one, released yesterday, May 2, is something moms will find relatable.
The story of Amor, a mom of three, takes center stage for this first in the "KwentongJollibee Mother’s Day Trilogy," which is directed by award-winning filmmaker Dan Villegas. The video starts off with scenes of Amor doing chores around the house — she chops up vegetables, hangs up laundry to dry, sweeps the floor, and places clothes in the closet.
But, her recent odd behavior has had her kids worried. She talks to an invisible friend while in the kitchen, climbs into the cabinet and jumps out with her hands in the air, stays completely still while doing the laundry, and pretends to be a ghoul in the dark. What's going on?
It turns out (spoiler ahead!) Amor is working four different jobs to support her family. She works as salesperson who demos knives at the mall, a magician’s assistant, a street performer as one of those dancing statues, and a ghoul at a haunted house.
When her son finds out, he asks her, “Nay, kailangan niyo ba talaga gawin lahat 'yon.” Amor's answer is one many Pinoy moms have said before and will continue to say, “Ginagawa ko 'yon para sa inyo.” A dad isn’t shown in the video too, so it could be that she’s a single parent or the wife of an OFW.
“Dahil ang pagmamahal ng isang ina, walang 'di kayang gawin para sa anak,” reads the message at the end. Moms will always stay strong for their kids. Reading through the comments the video has garnered on Facebooks, a lot of netizens could personally relate to the strength of a mom's love.
Shared one commenter, “I remember my mom when I was young. She used to do all kinds of work just to earn money for our school expenses. There's this one job that she had (80s time) where she only earn P30 a day as an assistant in a dressmaking shop. I really admired all her sacrifices. Truly, a mom will do everything that she can for her kids. Missing my mama and I will always be grateful to her.”
And another: “Nung mga bata pa kami ng ate ko, sa sobrang hirap namin, ang nanay ko tumulong magluto sa birthday ng kaibigan niya. Umaasa din siya na may pabalot sa kaniya. Pero ang sabi ng friend niya sa mga nanulungan ay 'wag maguwi ng pagkain at dun na lang daw magpakabusog ng husto.
“Sa sobrang pag-alala sa'min ng nanay namin dahil 'di pa kami nakain nun, napilitan siyang ilagay sa bulsa ng daster niya ang apat na fried chicken. Kaya ngayon pinasasarap ko na buhay ng nanay ko at matutupad na ang pangarap niya na makasakay sa eroplano. Next month pupunta na siya dito sa Canada at makakasama ko na siya.”
There are moms in the comments section too, “Isa din ako sa mga inang lahat gagawin para sa mga anak. Sila ang kayamanan ko. Para sa kanila lahat ng pagsisikap ko.”
With the exception of asking for hugs and kisses, moms give without expecting anything in return. There's one day in the year though that may be a good time to show a little extra special love back. Mother's Day isn't all about fancy dinners. It can also be about giving her a little more time in bed in the morning, assigning the household chores to someone else, or even just letting her spend a few hours alone at a cafe.