Alighieri's poem inspires Serena to speak her love for Tenten

Rhys Buccat, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 15 2016 06:48 AM

MANILA – A brave and courageous Serena (Liza Soberano) faced the crowd to defend Tenten (Enrique Gil) from further embarrassment as she stood at the stage and read Dante Alighieri's classic Italian poem "Divine Comedy."

It was Serena's mother Luciana (Cherrie Gil) who pushed Tenten into the trap of humiliation. She volunteered the innocent boy to read a few lines from the English version of Alighieri's poem, despite his speech problem.

A crowd comprising over a hundred people from the affluent class mocked him, laughing at every mistake he committed. They saw him as a funny clown, instead of a dignified performer.

But while Luciana and the rest of the crowd laughed, Serena stood up, headed to the stage, and grabbed the microphone from Tenten. She finished the stanza and introduced herself.

"My name is Serena Marchesa. I came from a very renowned family in Italia. And just like the love na sinasabi ni Dante, it is not important who I am or who you are," she told Tenten.

"And that is how I will characterize my short stay here in the Philippines. I fell in love with the jeepney. I fell in love with the water. I fell in love with the food. I fell in love with the people. And most importantly, I fell in love with the most amazing person na nakilala ko sa buong buhay ko. I fell in love with my friend from Tondo."

A deafening silence filled the room. Suddenly, the laughter turned into a buzz, filled with confusion and intrigue.

Luciana, who was obviously disappointed with her daughter's proclamation, went to the stage and said, "That's enough. We have to go."

But Serena was lost in love. At that moment, all she heard and saw was Tenten. Nothing else mattered to her, but the assurance that Tenten got the message right.

"That's true. I love you, Tenten. Mahal kita. I love you," she quipped before her father came to stop her seemingly childish move.

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