Last week, Bianca finally came around to accepting Mikay as her sister– this week, Kiko also settles his own role in Mikay’s life. Everything’s falling into place, which could only mean one thing– there are harder times ahead for our heroine, and she’ll need the support of all her loved ones.
At the Maghirang house, Mom Stella paces back and forth worriedly– so she didn’t leave, after all! Dad comes back from the police and assures her everything will be all right. “If not?” she asks. “I’ll never forgive myself,” he says, adding that he got so jealous he forgot he’s also a dad, but he won’t let anything bad happen to their family.
Mikay, Bianca, Gino and Kiko walk in at that point and Mom, Dad and Dindi run to hug Bianca happily. Mom sees Mikay and beckons her, and she slowly joins the group hug. Awwwwww. The family is complete at last!
Kiko sees Gino watching Mikay’s family wistfully, and tells him they should go have some coffee. Over steaming mugs on the terrace at Kiko’s house, Kiko tells Gino he felt jealous too– he thought of his own father and wondered how it would feel to have a complete family. Gino: “I have a family, but I don’t ever remember a time when we hugged each other like that.” When Gino leaves, he tries to get Kiko to do the same special handshake he has with Jao, but Kiko bungles it. “Next time we’ll practice,” Gino says. Ooh, that’s nice– they’re bonding now too!
Meanwhile, it’s Rio’s funeral in Yangdon, where his weeping dad accepts the jar with his ashes. The king makes a speech. “How important is a son to a father? Like the sun, the wind, like your own life. I knew that when I lost my own child– the world just stops. As the king, I saw Rio as a son– like Rio, the people who killed him can also be my children. This troubles me– how can a son do this to another son, a sibling to another sibling. It crushes my heart as a father– I will not let this happen again to another son like Rio who loved his country and his family.”
Dad Dinoy comes up behind Mom Stella while she’s cooking, and gives her a backhug, saying he’s sorry. “Let’s forget it,” she says. He asks if they can start again, and she smiles and hugs him back. Aww. All is well again.
Kiko looks at a digital copy of Ambet’s flyer on his laptop, but quickly hides it when Mom Des arrives. He pretends to be looking at photos of their family instead, which gives him the chance to ask his mom if he ever got any of his features from his dad. Don’t they have any photos of him? She repeats that they had a fire when he was very small, so they also lost all their photos from then. She doesn’t want to deny him his father, who’s a part of him, but they also have to move on.