Thursday, November 29, 2018

SHAINA SHOWS MOTHER’S FIGHT AGAINST HIV STIGMA IN “MMK”

In commemoration of World AIDS day

Shaina Magdayao plays a woman who contracts Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) from her own husband, but in her shame, hides it from her own daughter in “MMK” this Saturday (December 1).
The “bread winner” of her family, Sheila has always put her loved ones’ needs first. Because of this, it takes a while before she gets into a relationship.  

She meets the seaman Rey (RK Bagatsing) who pursues her. She tries to deflect him because of Rey’s reputation as a womanizer. But as fate would have it, they fall for each other and are blessed with a daughter, whom they name Lyka.
One day, Sheila discovers that Lyka has HIV, which they traced back to Rey brought about by him sleeping around before they got married. What's even worse is she has contracted HIV herself.
Rey's health eventually deteriorates and he dies leaving Sheila to raise Lyka all by herself. She tends to her needs as well as her daughter's in every way possible despite her own condition.
Sheila hides the truth from Lyka who she brings up as a normal child for fear of judgement from society. Lyka grows up loved and cared for and will only know the truth after her mother discloses the truth when her first period came.
Will the mother and child find resolution for their health problem?  Will society ever be able to accept people with HIV?  Is Sheila’s love enough to protect Lyka from the ill ways of society?
Also in the episode are Jana Agoncillo, Belle Mariano, Celine Lim and Yayo Aguila.
This episode is under the direction of Raz de la Torre and written by Akeem Jordan del Rosario and Arah Jell Badayos.
Don’t miss the longest-running drama anthology in Asia, “MMK,” every Saturday on ABS-CBN. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visitwww.abscbnpr.com

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