Filipino culture stresses the importance of helping our elders when we come of age. This is the value instilled in many of us growing up.
Our parents spent much of their adult lives supporting us, so it’s only fair to support them when they grow old and frail.
Actress/comedienne Pokwang is one Pinay who truly cherishes this responsibility. On Instagram, the Kapamilya star shared her experiences with her mother who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible brain condition frequently found in the elderly. The disease gradually erodes memories, cognition, and behavior – leaving the elderly confused and forgetful.
In one cute – albeit bittersweet – Instagram post, Pokwang shares this heartfelt message to her ailing mother.
The caption read:
“Sa aking nanay na nag sakripisyo ng todo para lang maitaguyod kaming 12 na anak, maligayang kaarawan sayo!!! Kulang ang buhay ko para pasalamatan ka sa lahat ng pagtitiis mo at pagmamahal na binigay mo samin, salamat mama... Alam ko sa tuwing niyayakap ka namin at binubulong na mahal na mahal kita, naiiwan ito sa puso at sa isang sulok ng isip mo. Hindi man tayo araw araw magkasama pero alam kong sa tuwing umaalis ako ng bahay ay nagdarasal ka para saming kaligtasan saanman kami pumunta. Happy birthday mama... I love you! sana mas matagal kapa namin makasama at mayakap”
Here’s another tender moment where mother and daughter share an embrace.
Many netizens admire Pokwang’s devotion to her mother, despite the fact that her mother has difficulty recognizing her.
In an interview with ABS-CBN Push, Pokwang revealed: “Wala na siyang emosyon… Ayaw na niyang kumain. Wala na siyang konsepto ng lungkot o saya.”
But that fact doesn’t deter Pokwang from her duties as a daughter.
This short clip shows the mother-daughter duo taking a swim in Pokwang’s pool. According to the post, Pokwang’s mother was the person who taught her how to swim. Now it’s Pokwang’s turn to guide her mother.
Our best wishes and heartfelt sympathies go out to you, Pokwang!
How did this bittersweet story make you feel? Do you also have a parent or grandparent who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s or a similar mental ailment?
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