"I-Witness" Mother's Day Special airs tonight, May 12

by Jocelyn Dimaculangan
May 12, 2008
Jay Taruc (in photo) hosts the May 12 episode of I-Witness titled "Sa kanlungan ni Inay," the story of Nanay Hilda and her two daughters Rina and Marilou who live in a wooden pushcart stationed in the Balintawak Market.

I-Witness airs a touching mother's day offering this Monday night (May 12) on GMA-7.

Amidst the noise and the crowds of Balintawak Market, two women silently sit on a wooden pushcart.

Unmindful of the stench from the rotten vegetables surrounding them, sisters Rina and Marilou call this place home. They have been living here for seven years, in the midst of the vegetable section, actually trapped in their own world.

Their mother Hilda, at 63, still walks around the market all day peddling watermelon so she can feed her daughters and three grandchildren. Her life is a juggling act where she must bathe and feed her daughters and work in the marketplace.

The vendors around her witness this day after day and have asked Nanay Hilda to bring the girls for psychiatric care. But she is adamant that nothing is wrong with them and she is capable of caring for them till the day she dies. But recently Rina and Marilou's bellies have begun to swell and Nanay Hilda has been overwhelmed with worries about them.

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Join Jay Taruc as he explores the power of a mother's love amidst the squalor of Balintawak Market for this episode titled "Sa kanlungan ni Inay."

I-Witness airs tonight, May 12, on GMA-7 after Saksi.

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Jay Taruc (in photo) hosts the May 12 episode of I-Witness titled "Sa kanlungan ni Inay," the story of Nanay Hilda and her two daughters Rina and Marilou who live in a wooden pushcart stationed in the Balintawak Market.
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