Last March 1, I posted about Ron becoming the man he sees in the Mirror of Erised: the greatest among the Weasley brothers.
My non-Potter post of the month will again be related to dreams, in particular to the power of believing that you can achieve your heart’s desire – one of the most potent forms of “magic” as a number of sources, such as Rhonda Bryne’s The Secret, claims.
The topic of my post is a television series from the Philippines, Got to Believe. The show premiered on August 26, 2013 and ended yesterday, March 7, 2014.
The show’s promotional videos about its break up scene and its new chapter, which both trended online, piqued my curiosity so I decided to give the show a try. I searched for a site where I could watch it and I got hooked.
The female protagonist is Chichay, a poor young artist with much optimism and kindness. The male protagonist is Joaquin, a rich, intelligent and principled boy who grew up in a dysfunctional family. The show revolves around the love story of the two, but there is a lot more to the series than just seeing two people fall and stay in love with each other.
The story is a romantic-comedy with a good balance of romantic moments, comic parts, and dramatic scenes in most episodes. Naturally, the show is not perfect. But slight imperfections did not hinder me from liking it. I have to admit that every time I watch it, I feel light, happy and with a renewed sense of optimism.
I believe this TV series deserves to be mentioned in this blog because of the values it champions. After all, believing in the “magic” of faith, hope and love figure greatly in the TV show. These themes also abound in the Harry Potter series. In Ron’s experience in particular, circumstances taught him to believe in himself, in his dreams, and in his love for his friends and family. Like many characters in HP, Ron hoped that the rest of the wizarding world would be able to defeat Voldemort and they would eventually achieve peace. He displayed faith when he stood by what is right until the very end. He showed his capacity to love (and proved that his emotional range could go beyond just a teaspoon) each time he risked his life to save the people dear to him.
Casting spells aside, moments filled with such values are truly magical. These are forms of magic which we can find in the muggle world and searching for such magical moments, in other artistic productions or in real life, is also an aim of this blog. Since November, I’ve been publishing a follow-up, non-Potterverse post to my first week Potter article. However, finding a follow-up post for the month of March proved a challenge to me. It was only yesterday when it dawned on me that the TV show I recently discovered would make a good subject.
Going back to Got to Believe, the “magic” of faith, hope, and love is present in many scenes.
Chichay’s determination to finish her studies and make it big in the art scene despite having limited resources is a great example of hope. The strength which Chichay’s family displayed despite Joaquin’s mother’s attempts to insult and crush them is a testament to their faith. The same is true when Chichay prays to God when she realized the possibility that the judge would convict her father of a crime he did not commit. Hope can also be found in Joaquin’s persistence to remember his past even though it seemed very difficult due to amnesia caused by brain surgery. Joaquin displays faith in his courage to stand by the truth even if he had to confront his mother in the process. Finally, love is evident in the characters’ decision to forgive one another and start anew. Quoting Julianna whose misdirected love caused the suffering of many characters, “Nagkamali ako pero pinatawad mo ako. Ngayon alam ko na kung ano ang tunay na pagmamahal. (I made terrible mistakes, but you chose to forgive me. Now, I know the true meaning of love.)”
These incidents may sound too sentimental for some. However, such things do happen. In fact those examples still could not compare to a terrible event which hit the Philippines last year. I am pertaining to the havoc caused by a strong earthquake and by Typhoon Haiyan – both of which occured in the Visayas area. This series of calamities tested the Filipinos’ belief in the magic of faith, hope, and love. Yet, I believe, Filipinos in general have displayed their belief in such forms of magic and so did the other nations who helped them. What could motivate a person whose whole family almost got wiped out by the said calamities to go on living? Probably faith. What could motivate a nation to rise from extreme damages which encompass the material, the emotional, and the psychological? Probably hope. What could motivate people around the globe to provide the best help they could give to the victims of the Typhoon? I would like to think that it was love.
The presence of faith, hope, and love in Got to Believe makes the show relatable and moving. Most people, if not everyone, would surely have a “magical moment” involving any of the three values. The main reason for the show’s good reception and high ratings may still be the large fanbase of the lead actors and the good use of social media. Still, the said themes must have contributed to the success of the series. In the Philippines, the said themes may currently ring true to the sentiments and experiences of Filipinos making the show truly close to the heart. Other countries however also took notice of the show. I assume that, besides the great chemistry of the lead actors, the presence of faith, hope, and love allowed Got to Believe to speak to non-Filipinos as well.
For reminding its viewers that the most potent magic is believing in the power of faith, hope, and, most of all love, I salute the Got to Believe team. The final episode gave all of its major characters their heart’s deepest desire. A number of people may find happy endings unrealistic. I admit this opinion may hold some validity. Indeed, happy endings may be more idealistic than realistic. Yet, this fulfillment of the ideal scenario may be the reason why the final episode of this TV series was promoted as “the best ending ever”. (Note: In the show, Joaquin often labels his moments with Chichay as the best <insert name of event> ever.) Through this ending, Got to Believe reminds its viewers that happy endings can still happen, if only we do not stop believing in “magic”.