Perhaps one of the most unforgettable films released last year, "Seven Sundays" not just brought together the country's biggest stars, it also gave us a valuable lesson about the family's place in today's fast-moving world.
"Seven Sundays" tells the story of the four siblings, played by Dingdong Dantes, Cristine Reyes, Enrique Gil and Aga Muhlach, leading totally separate lives and who are forced to return to their childhood home when their Tatay Manuel, played by Ronaldo Valdez, is diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer.
Tatay's last request? That they carve out time to be with him once a week for his last seven weeks alive.
What followed is the difficult process of repairing the years of broken connections, addressing past misunderstandings never really left behind, and discovering that family, no matter how chaotic, is not just important, it is integral.
As Filipinos, we are grounded by family. However, it's admittedly difficult to maintain a proper relationship with the people who are supposedly closest to us. Maybe your parents live two hours away, maybe you're too busy with work to attend a birthday party, maybe there's just not enough time to visit during the weekends. This new world we live in provides us with a lot of excuses in order to avoid our responsibilities.
But take it from the Bonifacios of "Seven Sundays" — put family first, because one day it'll be too late.
This Holy Week, we are given the opportunity to return home and spend time with our brothers, sisters, our mothers, and fathers. We are given a gift people like Tatay Manuel so desperately want: time. More time with our families, more time for laughter and conversations and confrontations. So make it count!