When I was still single, I was the happy-go-lucky-bahala-na-si-batman-we'll-cross-the-bridge-when-we-get-there kind of person. I didn't have plans. I didn't have savings. For me, as long as my parents were healthy and alive, I have work and was still breathing, wala akong problema where to get my pang-gastos everyday. I lived at the present and never thought of the future. I've always thought that the future could take care of itself. Life is all about surprises right? That's the challenge and beauty of it so why stress about something that has not happened yet?!
Suddenly, an adorable little girl is depending on me. Thanks also to my husband's nagging, my views in life turned 360 degrees. My then depleted bank account now never runs out of laman. I always make sure there something there for the everyday needs and for emergency purposes. I also opened another bank account where the "money for future needs" is stored. This is for Anika's education and sana, for our retirement needs. Unlike before na I don't have a care in the world, I am now turned to a very praning and worrisome mother. So praning that I have plan B, C up to plan M for whatever instances that go our way.
Death for example. I always discuss this with Alvin. I discuss with him what to do if ever I'm gone. I also discuss with him the plans for Anika in case both of us go accidentally. Kanino siya iiwan? Who will take care of her? Who will manage her finances? Is there enough money in the bank for her to live on if God suddenly decides to take us? Mga ganyan.
Morbid na kung morbid but it's a reality. Alvin hates it when I talk about this. I think because he's scared to even think about it. This is very common to us Filipinos. Para sa akin, kailangan natin tanggalin ang ganitong mentality. We have to prepare for the unthinkable for the sake and welfare of our loved ones. We and the people around us should be informed on how important it is to prepare for the future and whatever it brings. Prepared kung prepared, ika nga.
This is the reason why I love what Sun Life is showcasing now. Sun Life, one of the largest and most trusted insurers in the country, is introducing Sunshorts. Sunshorts is a collection of five digital short films that illuminate the value of love, friendship, foresight and a positive outlook in life. This is Sun Life's way of showcasing the stories it gathered through years of communication with its customer -- all of which have shown how their lives become brighter under the Sun. Sun Life has asked five renowned film directors to interpret its brand promise, Life's brighter under the Sun through these films.
The first film of Sunshorts is entitled 1945. This stars Angel Aquino and Richard Quan and is directed by Jun Reyes (The Last Journey of Ninoy, Crying Ladies). The movie is set in the 1940s starring Angel Aquino and Richard Quan with the latter portraying a hardware store owner who dies during the war.
The movie touched me to the core! Before I say anything else about it, experience this short movie first! Here it is!
Grabe, I've always been the iyakin type so I can't help to shed tears while watching this movie. The storyline and how it was made was so touching! Goosebumps level talaga. Feel na feel ko I was also in 1945 while watching it! I can feel the pain of waiting and realization of the character of Angel Aquino. I can super relate in the message that this film is showing us. My husband is just like the character of Richard Quan. He's a great father and a good provider You can count on him on anything. In my years of knowing him, he has never let me down. I was imagining that was us and omg, I was crying talaga.You see, one of my greatest fear kasi is to lose my husband. Parang hindi ko ata kakayanin if ever God will take him away from me (knock on wood).
It touched me that, in the film, even after the war and after the father died, his love, support and presence was still felt by the mother. Thanks to the Sunlife personnel who traced and searched for the beneficiaries of those who died in the war. The family that was left was able to move on after that devastation. The father, even if he wasn't physically with his family anymore, was able to make his family feel that he can still be counted on at times like that. Because of his foresight and future planning, his family can rebuild their lives after the war. I am seriously having goosebumps right now.
So nice the first film of Sunshorts right? Kudos to the director, the cast and to everyone else involved in making the film. I can't wait to watch the four other short films!
To watch the other Sunshorts film and know more about how to make your lives even brighter, just click here www.experiencethesun.com.ph.