Jun 25, 2016

Tine (11), comes from a rich Chinese family, but grows up independent especially after her parents, Crispin (50s) and Rosalinda (30s), part ways. Yearning for affection and security, Tine (18) gets into a relationship and becomes pregnant with her college boyfriend, but decides to abort the baby. Meanwhile, Jayjay (21) grows up in a simple Christian family, but gets involved in complicated romantic relationships and is confused about his career path. Tine (22) and Jayjay (25) cross paths at a time when both of them are in the process of rebuilding their lives. Jayjay is a budding wedding photographer, while Tine starts working as an engagement stylist. The two become friends, until they fall in love and decide to build their own happy family together. Tine (26) and Jayjay’s (29) marriage is made perfect when they welcome their first child, Caitie. However, Caitie (3) starts experiencing symptoms of a mystery illness such as having rashes all over body. Little Caitie bravely goes through the painful ordeal of being confined in three different hospitals in a span of three months and becomes known in the online community as Courageous Caitie. Meanwhile, Tine (30) and Jayjay (33) go back and forth from holding on to Caitie to preparing to let her go. When Caitie’s rare illness is finally diagnosed as juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML), Jayjay feels guilty and thinks that Caitie inherited the disease from his side of the family after his mother passed away due to cancer, while Tine blames Jayjay and almost gives up on their marriage. But, the couple’s faith in God and their love for each other keep them together until they face Caitie’s inevitable death. Instead of mourning Caitie’s untimely demise, Tine and Jayjay choose to celebrate their daughter’s short but happy life by holding a wedding instead of a funeral for Caitie. The couple’s unique way of dealing with loss creates a buzz online, while Caitie’s courage continues to inspire people even after her passing.

Courageous Caitie's inspirational story on "MMK"

The longest-running drama anthology in Asia presents another heart wrenching story as the life of Courageous Caitie, the little angel who showed the world her unwavering smile and immeasurable resolve despite her very rare condition, is portrayed on “MMK” this Saturday (June 25).

Caitie (Miel Espinoza) is the first daughter of married couple Tine (Shaina Magdayao) and Jayjay (JC de Vera). The couple met when both were rebuilding their lives from failed relationships and suddenly found themselves in each other’s arms. Seeing each other as life partners, they planned to get married and to have children. To the couple, the birth of Caitie made their union perfect and as it stood were both very happy on the day they first laid eyes on Caitie.

When Caitie was three years old, symptoms of a mystery illness began surfacing such as rashes all over her body. In a span of three months, Caitie had to be confined in three different hospitals as doctors could not seem to diagnose her condition.

Jayjay felt responsible for Caitie’s condition due to his family’s medical history, while Tine felt so lost that she already thought of ending their marriage. Consumed by hopelessness, they shared Caitie’s story online to find support. An overwhelming response came their way and Caitie came to be known as Courageous Caitie.

Joining this “MMK” episode are Aubrey Miles, Dante Ponce, Aiko Climaco, Bernadette Allyson, Kenzo Gutierrez, and Miko Raval. The episode is directed by Dondon Santos and written by Joan Habana. “MMK” is led by business unit head Malou Santos.

Join “MMK” as it celebrates its 25th anniversary by visiting mmk.abs-cbn.com. Don’t miss the longest-running drama anthology in Asia, “MMK,” every Saturday ON ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). Catch its latest episodes on iwantv.com.ph or skyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers.



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