In reel imitating real life, or vice-versa, loyalty and compassion are virtues worthy of emulation while betrayal and aversion are vices, to play in context. Actress Angelica Jones steps in to set an example.
When Angelica accepted the role of Ester as employer of bully victim Rebecca played by Elle Villanueva in "Tadhana", hosted by Marian Rivera over GMA Network, she thought of her past experiences where she was bullied as a student and deserted by her allies as a politician.
"May isa akong kaklase noon, binu-bully ako, sinabunutan pa ako pero hindi ako nagsumbong sa mga magulang. Ang ginawa ko, kinaibigan ko pa siya kaya naging magkaibigan pa kami (I had a classmate who bullied me, she even pulled my hair but I didn't complain her to my parents. What I did was just talked to her and befriended her)," recalled Angelica.
During the 2022 elections, Angelica ran for a seat in the Congressional Third District of Laguna Province and suffered an emotional crisis let alone defeat.
"Ang mga inakala kong kakampi ko, nag-alisan sa akin at bumaligtad, sumama sa kalaban ko. Pero hindi ako naghiganti sa kanila. Alam ko, Diyos na lang ang bahala sa kanila (People whom I thought were my allies, they deserted me, turncoated to join my opponent. I didn't take revenge against them. God will just take care of them," she lamented.
How incidental could the script of "Tadhana" be when she, as Ester, would advise Rebecca how to carry out sweet revenge against her punisher Diane portrayed by Faye Lorenzo.
In the finale episode of the weekly TV drama to air tomorrow, Saturday, at 3:15 pm over Channel 7, Angelica will pit talents not only with Elle and Faye but with Richard Quan, Jenny Miller, Jay Arcilla, Tanya Gomez, Jon Lucas, Dior Veneracion and Therese Tiangco as well.