Saturday, October 08, 2011

BUDOY: a Heart-Warming Show for the Whole Family

I have been an avid viewer of 100 Days to Heaven since day one. I make sure to catch it whenever I get home early. Now that this TV series is about to end, I’m glad ABS-CBN has come up with another heartwarming Primetime Bida telenovela that people could follow as intently.

I am grateful to have been invited to the press screening of BUDOY the other night. He is the newest TV character many would certainly fall in love with. Budoy is played by Gerald Anderson who really impressed members of the audience with his excellent portrayal of a boy suffering from mental retardation. 

The story revolves around unconditional love, sacrifice, and betrayal. Here, a family’s blessing became a source of shame which led to the disowning their own flesh and blood in the name of an unblemished reputation. It is the story of a mentally-challenged boy who has a good heart but who has to survive cruelty in the hands of a lot of narrow-minded people day after day.

Since we got to watch all the first five episodes in one sitting, my eyes and nose were red and wet by the time the lights went back on inside the cinema. As a mother of a child with special needs, I immediately identified with the heart-wrenching pains parents go through every day to try to make their child’s life better as much as possible. The story has a lot of tearjerker scenes but it also has light moments when we couldn’t help but smile and laugh along.

The producers describe Budoy as this year’s biggest family drama series on Philippine television. I agree because it brings together a powerhouse cast composed of promising you ng stars Jessy Mendiola and Enrique Gil; legendary luminaries of the country’s movie industry including Daniel Rivero, Gloria Sevilla, and Barbara Perez; seasoned actors Tirso Cruz III, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Mylene Dizon, Christian Vasquez, and Janice de Belen

Budoy is directed by Ruel S. Bayani and Tots Sanchez-Mariscal. This TV series aims to highlight the value of education among the Filipino youth including individuals who are mentally-challenged. It is a show that parents and their children should watch together so they could realize more the importance of being true to oneself as well as to one’s family. 

Budoy starts showing this Oct. 10 after 100 Days to Heaven. For updates, log on to and follow abscbndotcom on Twitter. Please don’t fail to watch it.

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