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MANILA, Philippines – The finale episode of the hit Filipino series Forevermore sought to answer the question: May forever ba? (Is there such thing as forever?)
There has been a lot of speculation going around online on how the ABS-CBN-produced show will conclude. Spoiler after spoiler came out on how life would be for the rich heir Alexander Grande III (Enrique Gil) and the small strawberry farmer Maria Agnes Calay (Liza Soberano) in the end after a conflict-ridden journey. (IN PHOTOS: Visiting Baguio’s ‘Forevermore’ locations)
But even hours before the airing of its grand finale on May 22, #MayForeverBa trended on Twitter. (READ: #MayForeverBa: Netizens await ‘Forevermore’ finale)
How did it go? Click the button below to reveal the full recap!
The first few minutes of the episode jumped off from last night’s scenes where the La Presa group went up a mountain to investigate the lack of running water in the community. However, the group got separated, leaving Agnes lost – only to be stranded and lost with Xander.
The two, both drenched from the rain, took comfort in each other’s body heat against the harsh Cordillera mountain’s cold temperature.
What should have been just a night of seeking shelter from the intense downpour, the two ex-lovers took the opportunity to discuss the various moments they’ve experienced in the past – the pain, the missed chances, and eventually the love they’ve felt for each other all along.
“How did we get here? Wala naman tayong ginawa kundi magmahal diba? (We didn’t do anything but love, right?),” Xander asked Agnes.
“Siguro di lang talaga para sa atin ang forever (Maybe forever is really not for us),” she replied.
This scene – which went on for one whole gap – felt like the ultimate closure to a “legendary love story” that has drawn viewers not just from the Philippines but also from around the world.
Feeling as if their “forever” really wasn’t going to happen, Xander took the chance – the night alone with Agnes – to ask Agnes an important question. What if we were together? What would happen if you were still mine?
“Agnes, pwede kahit ngayong gabi lang can we pretend na meron tayo? Na may forever tayo?,” he requested. (Agnes, if only for tonight, can we pretend that we’re together? That we have forever?)
But as the night came to an end – after hours-long of spooning, mind you – they had to face the reality that the existing circumstances show that they’re still not together, that their forever may have only lasted as long as it took for the sun to rise to the sky once again.
Agnes went back to the La Presa community (her loved ones had been looking for her), while Xander was greeted with the open arms of vet and his katukayo (namesake) Alex Pante (Erich Gonzales), the girl he was currently dating.
But there were still more problems than the could-have-beens.
Back in the Grande hotel, Xander stood in front of the board of officers where he spoke of how the entire experience with La Presa helped shaped him into a person his late father, Alexander Grande Jr. (Zoren Legaspi), would have been proud of.
The former brat who was “full of anger,” eventually became the loving, kind, and forgiving person – much to the dismay of Cherrie San Juan (Pinky Amador) and her brother Julius (Kit Thompson) who had been trying to sabotage his image for the Grande fortune for so long. However, knowing their actions against him and his projects, Xander had the two arrested.
Afterwards, Xander met with Alex to eventually end things as he still loves Agnes. However hurt she was, she accepted, but made Xander promise he will never do it again.
Free from everything, Xander went to La Presa to finally patch things up with Agnes only to find out she was gone.
But where did the queen of strawberries go?
Faithful to one certain moment where she and Xander expressed desire to climb Mt. Pulag, Agnes went to fulfill said desire on her own.
She shouted on the top of her lungs how much she loves Xander even if he’s not beside her. But as romantic moments go, he suddenly appears from the fog surrounding the beautiful mountain. It was then where Xander said that he didn’t believe in the famous kambal na strawberry (twin strawberries) – which legends say can bring two people together – and professed his love to Agnes.
“Time may stop, the world may come to an end pero hindi ako titigil na mahalin ka (I will not stop loving you),” he said.
However, seeing Agnes’ fear as she was bound to leave for Japan, Xander assured that he will wait even if it takes – yes, you guessed it – forever. This assurance of Xander was far better than what he did to Kate Saavedra (Sofia Andres), his ex-girlfriend that he left which started all the conflicts with the Saavedras that eventually affected even the La Presa community.
He also threw away the promise ring he gave her during the first months of their relationship and proposed marriage – something that will happen once she comes back from Japan – to which Agnes said yes.
And just like the moment when Agnes said yes to him after courting her years ago, Xander shouted with joy – thanking the Lord and saying it was the best day of his life – but this time, happy with the assurance that there is really forever.
Social media was abuzz with reactions on the ending of a series that went on for 7 months.
Did the show merit such ending? What’s next for Gil and Soberano? What will happen to the unlikely pairing of Manong Bangky (Nonong “Bangkay” de Andres) and Aling Aunor (Lilia Cuntapay)?
However one may deem what “forever” really means, one thing for sure – fans will miss Forevermore. – Rappler.com