This film by director Eddie Garcia dramatized the conflict between Estella (Lorna Tolentino) and her mother-in-law Miling (Nida Blanca) whose son, Estella's husband, is the luckless Daniel (Albert Martinez).
Estella tries to make ends meet as a market vendor. Miling, a school teacher, looks down on her daughter-in-law's lack of formal education, and blames the family's misfortunes on her. Estella finds her role in the family and her self-respect dwindling.
Drawing a line between an educated yet heartless school teacher and an illiterate market vendor with a pure heart, Abakada... Ina clearly imparted the message that one's background is not enough to gauge a person's true worth.
Film critics' opinions were divided when they reviewed Abakada... Ina. Some said that Nida Blanca upstaged Lorna Tolentino in their performances. Others saw the film's storyline as good but not really on par. However, many applauded the film's message and even recommended that the film be exhibited in schools.
Abakada... Ina earned Lorna Tolentino a FAP Best Actress trophy; Eddie Garcia bagged the FAMAS Best Director plum in 2002.
Abakada.. Ina is a drama film directed by the award winning actor, Eddie Garcia. The film portrays the value and substance of education, especially literacy, to every human being which is to be applied in their way of life. For me, this film...