"Maalaala Mo Kaya’s" episode on Saturday claimed the No. 1 spot on Twitter's top trends in the Philippines, with commenters waxing patriotic over the heroism of Filipino soldier Ian Paquit.
Using the #MMKMedalOfValor, netizens who watched the episode "Medalya" found themselves lauding the fallen soldiers who put their lives on the line for the country.
Netizens praised the cast for their acting, specifically Joshua Garcia, who played Paquit, and Janice De Belen, who played as Paquit’s mother. Many lauded them for “giving justice” to their roles.
Paquit was killed in 2013 while fighting Moro rebels in Zamboanga City.
Sacrificing his life, Paquit saved the lives of his fellow soldiers and resulted in the deaths of 15 MNLF fighters and the capture of 41 others.
In the same year, he was given the Medal of Valor.
“Medalya,” the Ian Paquit MMK episode is the third offering of the anthology TV series in celebration of its 28th anniversary.