It is really better to have disability rather than have a bad attitude. In the world where most people are concerned with greed and power, Budoy's perspective will always be that of impeccable nature. I've just attended the private screening of ABS-CBN's first advocacy-serye Budoy at The Podium last Friday night reflecting on how too indifferent many people are about special children these days.
The event started with Drama Theme Song Diva Angeline Quinto who sang her own rendition of "Saan Darating ang Umaga" live before the screening. Present during the event were Drama prince Gerald Anderson who plays Budoy, Barbara Perez, Dante Rivero, Gloria Sevilla, Tirso Cruz III, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Mylene Dizon, Christian Vasquez, Jessy Mendiola, Enrique Gil and Janice de Belen in her first comeback in the Kapamilya Network.
Directed by Ruel S. Bayani and Tots Sanchez-Mariscal, Budoy is a story that highlights the value of education among the Filipino youth featuring the mentally-challenged in the mainstream. It has a soft spot in my heart after watching the first week episode reflecting on our own special students back where I teach. I cried so much in scenes where Janice de Belen who plays the nanny who adopted Budoy in the advocacy-serye defended the innocence of Budoy in the world of people who are mischievous in many circumstances.
It was hard to contain my tears at scenes where I related some of the mentally-challenged students in our school being taken advantaged by some scrupulous characters like the school guard and the teachers. Budoy epitomizes the realities of the mentally-challenged today facing struggles to be understood and loved. The first week episodes we watched were just a background from where the real story will unfold and I can't wait to watch what will happen on the following weeks.
This will definitely have a soft spot in my heart because I am disabled (orthopedic disability). At some points where most people will try to define the symptoms of being challenged, I can understand how it is not prescriptive and it is actually limitless and really difficult to define. There were curiosities as to what type of mental retardation Budoy has in the drama but it must be known to all that Direk Ruel and Direk Tots execution was reflective of the realities which include varying degrees and characteristics which I've also noticed among special children in our school. The question on whether Budoy was in moderate or mild retardation is not really important compared to how he is being treated by each individual in the society.
I was moved at the acting of the cast especially Tirso Cruz III, Barbara Perez, Zsa Zsa Padilla and Janice de Belen. I remembered how I used to cry at "Flor de Luna" and "Gulong ng Palad" in the 80's and it felt like the revival of excellence in acting more than the feature of the new genre in Philippine television. Hats off to Direk Ruel Bayani and Direk Tots Sanchez Mariscal for making a drama which will not just make you cry and laugh but really appreciate the realities of the mentally-challenged and excellence in acting performance. Hard to miss is also the performance of Gloria Sevilla (Queen of Visayan movies). There are really too many reasons why I would not want to miss an episode of Budoy set to premiere tomorrow after the successful and inspiring 100 Days to Heaven.
To this, I would like to ask, how have you actually given any type of help to any mentally-challenged these days? If you haven't I would like to recommend you watch Budoy because they will also show some infomercials to help you deal with your own problems with our special children. So start getting your eyes glued to Budoy and be inspired starting tomorrow after 100 Days to Heaven at ABS-CBN.