ALSO. I fucking HATE HATE HATE how Filipino soap operas ALWAYS end in marriage. And/or having a baby.
ALL OF THEM.
Literally all of the soap operas I’ve seen since my parents decided to get the Filipino Channel has had all of the good guys celebrating a marriage. And the lead woman usually is portrayed with a baby. I think Mara Clara ended with Susan having a baby.
(A baby, FYI, that was Susan’s way of escaping her abusive husband. YOU GUYS, SHE COULDN’T ESCAPE HER HUSBAND WITHOUT THE HELP OF ANOTHER MAN. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLKJHDFKJHSDKFHKDSHF.)
But seriously. The closing shot of every Filipino soap opera: The boy and girl protagonist are pictured in the typical Filipino birthday party of their newborn son/daughter. Everything is normal. The girl becomes a dutiful wife and the boy becomes the breadwinner of the family. Whatever strengths that the women have found throughout their struggles are erased and diluted into the maternal desire to have a family.
Because marriage and a baby is what defines you as a woman at the end, don’t you know?
Ultimately, the central message of EVERY FILIPINO SOAP OPERA is how the “traditional family” is being threatened and that we must never question it, no matter how much it caters to heteronormative, patriarchal norms. May our Filipino culture prevail!
Filipino TV needs to hire better writers.