I just finished watching a Japanese Drama titled "SMILE"
The story is about a half-Filipino half Japanese named Vito, whose father has died and his mother has disappeared. Despite his misfortune and the issues he deals with, such as race, he lives his life positively with a constant smile.
As a Filipino myself, I am really curious on how my nationality will be depicted in this Japanese Drama
The soap stars Japan’s most popular actor Jun Matsumoto. And Jun is suitably darkened up to be a half-Filipino
I really love the story because it deals with social issues and problems
Vito had a dark past at nagbagong buhay siya. At marami siyang pinagdaanan na kamalasan sa buhay niya, pero nalagpasan niya lahat eto at lagi siyang may positive attitude in life.
I can really relate to Vito’s character. Because I did felt discrimination before because of my skin color.
Maputi kasi ako at medyo may pagkamestizo and I went to a public school in my elementary years
Kasi medyo hirap ang parents ko financially at that time. And I was bullied in that school. I didn’t have friends. And everytime I got to school they would hide my pencil case and my notebooks. At yung notebooks ko ay sinusulatan din nila at pinunit. I didn’t feel welcome at all sa school.
Yung mga classmates ko even teased me na ampon lang daw ako at anak daw ako ng Amerikano. At napulot lang daw ako sa tae ng kalabaw ng magulang ko. Siempre sa murang edad eh nasasaktan ako sa sinasabi nila at siempre, di naman totoo na ampon ako. But honestly, nahurt talaga ako sa mga tukso nila sa akin. At narealize ko na di lang pala mga negro or mga maiitm ang tinutukso, pati mga mapuputi rin.
But when I reached Grade 5, nalipat na rin ako finally, sa isang private school. And medyo loner pa rin ako dahil nga sa mga naranasan ko noong nasa public school ako. And I didn't trust anyone. Because my classmates before sa public school made fun of me.
At least this time din na ako nakaranas ng pampabully or tukso sa mga classmates ko. And I was also a teachers pet kasi tahimik ako masyado hehehehe. But in my highschool days that’s the time na nagkaroon na rin ako ng confidence and I already had made some friends.
If there is one thing that I really hate, it's got to be discrimination, whether its race, sexual preference or social status. Because we are all equal in the eyes of our creator.
Speaking of half-Filipino and half-Japanese there is one actor sa Japan who is a half Pinoy and half Japanese. And his name is Hayami Mokomichi
If you want to watch Smile, you can watch it here:
or download it here: