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"Ilaw ng Kahapon" is the second Holy Monday episode of the 2014 edition of the annual drama anthology Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special. It succeeds the episode "Karugtong ng Puso" in the Monday lineup. The episode aired on 14 April 2014 with a total runtime of 54 minutes.

Each year, the anthology replaces the noontime show's regular programming in observance of the solemnity of Holy Week. Standalone episodes of short dramas are shown from Holy Monday to Holy Wednesday, with each episode having different characters, story, and director.

The episode is inspired by the life story of Emelda Quistado, a Juan for All, All for Juan winner from Cavite who is in search of her long-lost mother.  

It is topbilled by Julia Clarete, Dennis Trillo, and Gladys Reyes. Supporting cast includes Allan K, Perla Bautista, Rez Cortez, Sandy Talag, and Marc Justine Alvarez.

The episode is directed by Jun Lana. He directed another episode for the 2014 anthology titled "Hakbang sa Pangarap".

Plot

Emily is an orphan who is haunted by a violent past in the hands of her abusive father. With her father dead, she begins the search for her long-lost mother who abandoned their family years ago. However, her sister Melba (Gladys Reyes) discourages her from spending too much time of looking for a person who doesn't want to be found. After three months, her search efforts remains without any luck.

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Dante and Emily fall in love with each other

While keeping herself busy with her sister's food cart business, Emily meets Dante (Dennis Trillo), an amateur musician who shares her interest in listening to custom CDs. Despite her terrible past, Emily learns to love again with Dante's help as they get married and build a family. With two kids, Emily has finally moved away from her past.

Unfortunately, Dante unexpectedly dies in his sleep which causes Emily to sink into a deep grief and sadness. Emily blames God for depriving her of love and happiness that she has been longing for since she was a child. She becomes cold and distant even to her children.

Meanwhile, Emily's long-lost mother Salome (Perla Bautista) suddenly appears at her front door to finally return to her daughter. Instead of feeling happiness, Emily slaps her mother's face for abandoning her with an abusive father. In an emotional confrontation, Salome apologizes for not returning immediately to save her, and wishes to become part of her life again. The mother and daughter reconcile in the end.

Emily celebrates her birthday surrounded with love from her sister, mother, children, and friends. At this point, she has completely moved on from her dark past after the return of the "ilaw ng tahanan".

Cast

Main cast

Supporting cast

Accolades

Dabarkads Awards

Year Category Nominated Work/Artist Result
2014 Best Story "Ilaw ng Kahapon" Nominated
Best Actress Julia Clarete Nominated
Best Supporting Role Allan K Nominated

Full episode

The two Holy Monday episodes are included in the following video. The first half of the video features the "Karugtong ng Puso" episode. The second half features the "Ilaw ng Kahapon" episode, which begins at 1:02:10.
EB Lenten Special 04 14 14

EB Lenten Special 04 14 14

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