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Don’t get me wrong; I love this show so much it hurts me to just think it will end someday. In fact, it’s the only Filipino soap opera that I have religiously followed in my whole, entire life (my Mom can attest to that). Heck, I even contribute to the massive Twitter traffic that allows #MyHusbandsLover to trend every effing night without fail.
But let’s face it: every favorite TV show of ours is bound to end. Philippine television is so over that phase when thin plots are stretched to epic proportions and when recycled story arcs are revisited fifty fucking times in a period of a month just to prolong the show for five fucking years. Okay, the latter’s a hyperbole. Anyway, Philippine soap operas nowadays have become shorter and their themes and motifs have become much more specialized although this doesn’t void them of cliches. Every now and then we still see a child (usually a female) stolen from a rich family and then later in life she finds out she has the blood of a <insert long, sossy-sounding Spanish surname here> or two babies intentionally exchanged at birth by the kumadrona for the purpose of revenge. Series writers and producers are too obsessed about making profit they fail to see the fact that their viewers have brains and that as soap operas evolve, so does society. They just keep on offering the same ulam every time. That’s why Philippine TV was shaken to the core when My Husband’s Lover, the first gay themed TV series in predominantly Catholic Philippines, was released by GMA 7. And the gamble proved to be a good one.
A lot of people are still theorizing what made My Husband’s Lover such a huge hit. Some say it’s the depth of the show and its refreshing take on homosexuals in the Philippines who were traditionally depicted in media as the stereotype effeminate gays before this show came. The strong performances of the series’ triumvate – Tom Rodriguez, Dennis Trillo and Carla Abellana – whose characters’ controversial and dynamic love triangle has become the talk of the town, is also considered a major factor of the show’s success. Many have also lauded the much improved visuals and other technicalities of the series, not to mention Kuh Ledesma’s haunting rendition of OPM song One More Try. One can also say that the increasingly vibrant and brave culture of LGBT in the country also has a huge impact on My Husband’s Lover’s success, something that the writers and producers have to be thankful for. And at the same time, the LGBT community has to be grateful to the show for its courageous disputation of preconceive notions of what gays are and how they become gays. Indeed, My Husband’s Lover is the best thing that happened to Philippine TV in years.
But as mentioned before, all best things must come to an end. My Husband’s Lover is only slated for a sixteen-week run. And because of the intricate relationship among the show’s characters, one can only guess how the show is going to end. I’m quite certain pressure is on right now for Ms. Suzi Doctolero to ensure the series ends on a high note without hurting the sensitivities of its viewers. This post is my attempt to provide possible finishes for the groundbreaking show, my opinion regarding the finish and the possible reaction from different categories of viewers on the corresponding finish.
Ending #1: Vincent dies. Lally forgives Eric and Vincent. Everyone tries to live happily ever after.
This, for me, is a bad ending. I mean, we’ve had enough of gay romances capped off with a tragedy (ever seen Japanese’ Boys Love? Ugh). It only gives the impression that gay love stories have to end up tragically. A tragic end is only good when it is necessary and killing off a major character just to give quick end to a complex web of love affairs is just poor storytelling. I hope this is not how the show will end.
General reaction from:
Bekis: Ay. Namatay si Vincent. K, let’s move on.
Housewives: Magkakatuluyan si Lally at Eric!
Hormonal teenage girls: Ang gwapo ni Dennis Trillo.
CBCP: Hmmm… ang cute nung anak na lalake ni Lally at Vincent. (ehem)
Ending #2: Eric dies. Lally and Vincent are reunited. Everyone tries to live happily ever after.
This ending is the worst. Not only did Vincent lose the love of his life, he also now needs to live with someone he’s not attracted to or in love with. It’s not because Lally is unattractive (hell, no!) but I must clarify that Vincent is gay, not a bisexual. Even if a gay man marries a woman, he will always be drawn to men and there’s always that chance of him cheating on his wife again. So unless we want to see My Husband’s Lover 2, this can NOT be the ending of the show!
General reaction from:
Bekis: Kahit anong gawin ni Lally, hahanap at hahanap pa rin ng nota si baklang Vincent! That’s just like the rule of beki-ism!
Housewives: Bading pa rin si Vincent so…
Hormonal teenage girls: Ang gwapo ni Dennis Trillo kahit nasa kabaong.
CBCP: Ang cute nung batang lalake sa burol ni Eric.
Ending #3: Lally dies. Vincent and Eric go to the land of the brave and the free, get married and party with Lady Gaga.
No, writers, you just don’t kill off an innocent character who has acquired the sympathy of the viewers! It will only make Vincent and Eric look bad and their happiness a fluke! While all three of them are victims of unfortunate circumstances here, it is still wrong for rational Vincent and Eric to engage in an adulterous affair. Like I said, ending the show with a funeral won’t justify anything.
General reaction from:
Bekis: Sana gawan ng porn ‘yung honeymoon ni Vincent at Eric.
Housewives: M-mga b-bakla kayo!!! Pinatay niyo si Lally! Kayo ang dahilan ng kanyang malungkot na paglisan!
Hormonal teenage girls: Ang gwapo talaga ni Dennis Trillo.
CBCP: Sana dalhin na lang sa seminaryo yung batang lalake na anak nina Lally at Vincent.
Ending #4: Nobody dies. Lally realizes Vincent can never be hers. She forgives both Vincent and Eric and asks Vincent for an annulment. Vincent and Eric get married in Uruguay. Lally attends the wedding. She meets a guy, this time a real one. They fall in love. Gets married again. They all become advocates of gay rights and divorce in the Philippines. They all live happily ever after.
Need I say more? Hehe.
Ending #5: All of them die. The end.
Unless you want an Egypt-like social unrest in this country, don’t.
So which of these endings would you like to see? Do you have your own version of how you would like for this love triangle to end? I guess no matter how the show ends, My Husband’s Lover has already made its indelible mark in the history of Philippine television. It has raised the bar in television viewing in the country and we all hope that this won’t be the last of its kind. My Husband’s Lover proves that one doesn’t need to compromise the quality of a product for it to become a hit; that conformity doesn’t always translate to success; and that we are not devoid of unique ideas that could make our TV shows and movies world-class. One only needs to look around and see all the beautiful ideas waiting to be put into writing.
Also, I hope that more and more shows will include a representation of homosexuals in Philippine media. Not the stereotypical. Not a caricature. But the real one. Homosexuality is real. Accept it; don’t just mere tolerate it. That can only happen if the state will start recognizing our rights as human beings. The right to be protected from discrimination. The right to marry the person we love. The right to have our own family. No one deserves to be treated a second class citizen in this country. I hope My Husband’s Lover will serve as an eye opener for all including our political leaders whose decision-making literally dictate the fate of our lives. We have surrendered some of our freedoms to the state. Now it’s time for the state to fulfill its contractual promise: the protection and promotion of our rights.
One day, My Husband’s Lover will end. But our battle for justice and recognition continues.