First post of 2017 and it’s not a review, nor something news-like. Also, I’m about 102 episodes late in providing my reviews/reactions for Till I Met You, which bowed out from TV last January 20, 2017. While I may attempt to produce other blog posts related to the show in the future (throwback, maybe), I couldn’t resist this one. I needed to.
What prompted this post is Basti’s voice over (seen above) towards the last 10 minutes of the finale. This was heard as Ali was leaving the country to pursue his dreams with Stephen. It was undeniably and achingly appropriate.
I have seen love portrayed in all art forms. In recent years, nothing has touched my heart more than the love Ali gave to every one he cared about. His love is so pure, beautiful and most of all, selfless. Ali’s depth and capacity to love surpasses his label in the show, especially with what he showed to Iris, Basti, Kelly, Agnes, Greggy and Stephen, which was reciprocated wonderfully.
- Iris, despite getting her heart broken, accepted and continued to love Ali. Both bore witness to each other’s growth and happiness. They became each other’s rock when nobody else was there for them.
- Basti accepted Ali unconditionally despite a shocking admission that could’ve destroyed a burgeoning friendship. Because of this, Ali became Basti’s moral compass. It helped Ali be brave enough to support Basti’s pursuit of Iris and point out his missteps too.
- Kelly is Ali’s silent better half. Through her humor and wit, she helped Ali become truthful by taking him out of his comfort zone and by helping him to see things even he couldn’t believe or accept.
- Agnes’ love for Ali is beyond limits, beyond words. She showed him the truest extent of a mother’s love; that she would go out on a limb for him. Her example became Ali’s touchstone.
- Greggy’s reluctance nurtured Ali’s courage and resilience. A father’s love is often hard to articulate but when finally expressed, it flows rapidly and freely. Greggy’s expression of pride and love freed Ali from his self-imposed constraints.
- Stephen is Ali’s gift from the universe. In his journey of “almosts” and “maybes”, Ali found his true purpose with Stephen. Stephen brought out the best in Ali and showed to him a world that defied the stereotypes and perceptions often perceived of the LGBT community. When they fell and expressed their love for each other, it was so organic. I didn’t see two gay men; I saw two people who were in love. Stephen is Ali’s “always” and with them, you truly believe: tayo, hanggang dulo.
As I use this post to say goodbye to Ali, I want to thank the following:
- The creative team of Till I Met You for bringing Ali into mainstream media. His is a story that needed to be heard and it was brought to life successfully and sustained beautifully from start to finish.
- JC Santos for his sensitive, top-notch portrayal of Ali. You are a gem of an actor, one that I look forward to seeing more in the future. I will pray for your continued success. You have my support as a fan.
Ali, you are forever scored in my heart. I will never forget you.