MANILA, Philippines -- After three months on air, the primetime series "Lorenzo's Time" ended its run on Friday.
|Zaijan Jaranilla (Lorenzo) and Carmina Villaroel (Kat-Kat)
Topbilled by child star Zaijan Jaranilla, "Lorenzo's Time" on Friday night aired its final episode, which saw the the titular character Enzo (Jaranilla) bid farewell to his family and friends as he succumbed to his incurable illness.
Directed by Jerome Chavez-Pobocan and Claudio Sanchez-Mariscal IV, the drama series told the story of a 10-year-old boy, Enzo, who is suffering from progeria, a rapid-aging disease. To preserve his life, Enzo is cryonically frozen by his parents until such time that a cure for the boy's terminal illness is found.
Enzo is left in a frozen state for 30 years, before finally waking up to see that the world around his has changed. Nowhere in sight are his parents, until his fateful reunion with his father in the series finale aired Friday.
The happy reunion is cut short, however, by the realization that a cure for his rare condition has yet to be found.
"Wala kang iiwan dito nang hindi maayos. Lahat kami, inayos mo ang buhay namin. Kaya't wala ka dapat na ipag-alala. Mission accomplished ka," Enzo's brother Jonas (James Blanco) is seen telling him in the show's final scenes.
A tearful Kat-Kat (Carmina Villaroel), Enzo's childhood love, tells him: "Nung bumalik ka, tinuruan mo akong mangarap ulit. Pinakita mo sa 'kin kung gaano kaganda ang buhay. Kaya maraming salamat."
On the micro-blogging site Twitter, netizens bid farewell to Enzo, whose happy ending lies in the lives of the people he has helped. The hashtag "#LorenzosTime" zoomed up to the top local trending topics during and well after the farewell episode's airing.
The series also starred Amy Austria-Ventura, Joel Torre, Gina Pareño, Alfred Vargas, and Belle Mariano.