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3 things we learned from Anthony of 'That Thing Called Tadhana'

What Anthony (JM De Guzman) taught us about "tadhana"

Doreen Penilla
Doreen Penilla

9/11/2020 in News
3 things we learned from Anthony of 'That Thing Called Tadhana'

Apart from showing us "where broken hearts go", Antoinette Jadaone's 2014 film "That Thing Called Tadhana" gave us nuggets of wisdom along the way, especially from the eyes of Anthony, played by JM De Guzman.

Anthony first met Mace (Angelica Panganiban) when she was heartbroken. Although they were strangers, he lent a hand, sinakyan niya ang lahat trip ni Mace, and he stayed with her to the very end.

With that said, we are inspired by his character. Here are some lessons that Anthony taught us about life and love!

1. We need friends who will tell us the truth, no matter how painful

Anthony saw Mace's breakdown in Sagada because of the pain of breaking up with the man she thought she was going to marry. He stayed with Mace through her journey of moving forward — from a karaoke session, to a museum tour, and a trip around Baguio — he was the listening friend we all deserve.

He wasn't afraid to tell Mace "Hindi ka na niya mahal. Ano'ng 'di malinaw do'n?"

And when Mace told him, "Sabihin naman niya kung bakit, ano'ng ginawa ko," he wasn't afraid to slam reality to her face, and said, "Bakit, kapag sinabi ba niya kung bakit, may magbabago? Ang bottomline, hindi ka na niya mahal."

2. The love you give will find its way to back to you

We know that Anthony is probably the most supportive guy you'll ever meet, and he also gives the best advice!

Mace carries her heart on her sleeve, and Anthony reminded her that the love she gives will eventually be returned.

"Kasi 'yung ganyang kalaking pagmamahal, ganyang overwhelming love, imposibleng walang pupuntahan, eh. May mababalik sa'yong pagmamahal. Not necessarily sa taong pinagbigyan mo, pero sigurado akong mababalik yan sa'yo," he said.

3. Sometimes, you have to trust in destiny

Anthony made us think that sometimes, letting go of the ones we love is the best decision we can make.

When Mace saw her ex-boyfriend again, Anthony chose to leave and give her freedom. But in the final scene, we cut to months (or years?) after with Anthony holding the book "The Arrow With a Heart Pierced Through Him", driving.

We never found out what came after, but we'd like to believe that destiny worked its magic. 😉💘

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