Actor-director Dingdong Dantes created a short film to honor mothers, including his wife, actress Marian Rivera, on Mother's Day.
The video, posted on Instagram late Sunday, May 10, starred Marian herself and featured a poem written by musician Yan Yuzon about a mother's unconditional love for her children.
An excerpt from the poem, titled "Maliit Na Bagay", read: "Sa pag-ibig na sa lawak ay higit pa sa daigdig. Malalim pa sa dagat at mataas pa sa langit. Misteryo nga kung paanong ang pag-ibig ay naisiksik. Sa puso kong munti na halos manakit—sa ubod ng laking pag-ibig!
"Hindi na babasa ang isip. At dinig lamang ang salita. Pero damang-dama ang gawa—ng aking mga kamay. Mga kamay na sanay—sa maliit na bagay."
Netizens praised the short film for its powerful message.
"We made a movie—a short one. It's about this beautiful woman, who happens to be the mother of my children," Dingdong wrote in the caption of his video.
Dingdong and Marian are parents to two children, Zia and Sixto. They have been married for five years.
Earlier, ahead of Mother's Day, the couple also collaborated with Yan for another project: an online campaign, dubbed "Kapit Nanay", which aims to provide a safe space for all Filipino mothers, where they can "lean on each other in these trying times" by sharing "life hacks, tips, and techniques, [as well as] messages of encouragement and solidarity."
Watch the video below:
Pagkatapos ng #NgingitianKita, isang homemade tribute naming magkakaibigan at magkatrabaho para sa ating frontliners at essential workers, Naisip ni @dongdantes na panahon na rin para parangalan at pasalamatan ang ating mga Nanay, dahil ang kanilang pagmamahal, pag-alaga at pag-aaruga ay naging higit na mahalaga sa mga panahon ngayon. Naisip ko na magandang masimulan ang hashtag na #KapitNanay upang magkaroon ng paraan para makapag-ugnayan ang mga Nanays online, to share lifehacks, tips, techniques, messages of encouragement and solidarity, dahil talaga namang napakalaking hamon ang "pagnananay" sa panahon ng COVID--and yet Filipina Moms are just so full of love and magic and ingenuity, we go beyond just surviving; we have amazing homelives because of their selfless love and care! And so we thought it would be great kung magkaroon sila ng safe online space to be able to lean on each other in these trying times. Salamat, @marianrivera, for being the Nanay for this endeavor. I hope we can all find the time to thank our Nanays, and to say a prayer for our "Special Nanays": our frontliner Nanays who need to serve outside the home, our OFW Nanays who still care for and embrace their loved ones kahit na from overseas, and even to all those who have taken on the job of Nanay when a Nanay couldn't be around (regardless of gender, at kahit man hindi blood relative). Mga KapitNanay, maraming salamat sa inyo. Simula pa lang ito ng aming tribute, marami pang darating. 🙂 Hindi namin matutumbasan ang inyong halaga sa aming mga buhay, pero gusto lang namin malaman niyo na mahal na mahal namin kayo! 🙂