Pasa (Broken Child)

May 21, 2016

Rommel (6) grows up in an unconventional family that includes his biological mother, Mila, his biological father, Rody, and his father’s wife, Bita. Aside from being confused over the complicated relationship of his parents, Rommel is also caught between Mila and Bita as he considers both women as his mother. Furthermore, he also becomes an unwilling witness to his father’s fits of rage that eventually result to Bita’s decision to flee their complicated situation. Years later, Mila also leaves their home, leaving Rommel (13) and his brother Jon-jon in the care of their father. Without his mother by his side, Rommel suffers from depression and recurring suicidal tendencies. His natural talent in writing becomes his source of comfort, until he becomes hopeful after his father promises him a better life when they move to Manila. However, Rommel’s (15) hopes end in vain as Rody fails to fulfill his promise. Rommel then decides to go back to Aurora and hesitantly moves in with his mother who is now living with her estranged husband, Tony. To Rommel’s surprise, Tony accepts him as his own son. However, Rommel’s happiness is cut short when he is forced to quit on his fourth year of college due to poverty. Rommel then finds ways to support himself as well as his sick father, Rody, who asks for his son’s forgiveness just before he passes away. Twelve years after quitting school, Rommel (32) manages to graduate from college with honors and eventually becomes a high school teacher. After years of not having a permanent home, Rommel now lives in his own house, but he still finds time to look after Mila and Tony. He also wishes to find Bita who was once an important part of his childhood. Despite being a product of a broken home, Rommel realizes that all his experiences have actually helped him become whole.

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