“Killing Vendetta”

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“Probinsyano,” an ABS-CBN teleserye that is aired every evening, is one of the highlights in the average Filipino’s staple. Admittedly, it is one of the reasons why my family and I even watch television during weeknights.

I go to the neighboring sari-sari store and I hear people discussing the said show. Children playing outside could also be heard enacting the daily scenes between Coco Martin’s character and his group. An elderly neighbor has even nicknamed his grandbaby, Cardo. Among the Filipino masses, the local primetime series has become one of the most predominant pleasures of everyday life.

I think, I can safely presume that Probinsyano has caught the attention of a hefty bulk of the Pinoy population. I surmise that most can relate with the portrayal of real Filipino culture–particularly those of strong family ties, close-knit community, undying love for country, resilient spirit, and stalwart faith in God.

Notwithstanding these are also the featured traits that automatically reflect typical Philippine society. Who can disregard the irritating gossip-mongers or the highly dramatized evocation of each issue? Who doesn’t shed a tear or two when someone, among Cardo’s allies, sacrifices his life for the greater good? Who cannot empathize with Cardo and Alyanna as they showcase love, loss, and forgiveness? What about the friendships and camaraderies formed among the Vendetta warriors? Who doesn’t want to actually skin Buwitre or Alakdan alive?

As it happens, the multi-awarded TV series has become an ongoing emblem of what Filipinos are made of. Each character has become so familiar that each hurt is deeply felt and each triumph is jubilantly upheld among family members eating supper or even alone after an arduous day at work.

Therefore, I suspect that today’s episode has been too painful for many of the viewing public. It is but logical that Vendetta would come face-to-face with Buwitre and his minions. However, I strongly feel bad that a lot of Cardo’s comrades got killed.

The fact that Cardo wasn’t even present when Alakdan and his company invaded their headquarters was, in my opinion, too biased. Also, the Vendetta group was merely composed of a few fighters while that of Buwitre and Alakdan’s group was built of a large number.

For me and my family, tonight’s segment totally annihilated what Probinsyano stood for. As a Filipino, I dare say that it would have been better to make the encounter a bit fair. I mean–come on! We cannot disentangle the scene from reflecting the life of each struggling Pinoy. Hence, the fact that a lot of Vendetta’s members got slaughtered inadvertently brought forth a despondent message to a lot of us, the loyal viewers.

It was disappointing to see Pinuno die. It was hurtful to see a lot of them perish. Tonight’s chapter was too sadistic. Is that what we promote? Do we need to actually accentuate the notion that evil wins more in this world? Give a bit of respite from turpitude. When we present a daily primetime series, there is a necessity to balance good and bad in the script. The normal Pinoy’s life is filled to brimming with horrendous tribulations that influence despair–and then, you show us such a grievous slaughter of our favorite characters?

Drama is good. Heck, I like drama. Filipinos like drama. Yet, please–make it mild. Also, allow it to be an even-handed and realistic representation of what life is. Not a massacre unfolding in front of dinner. Not a curtailment of hope–or of appetite, for that matter.



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