What does it take to be a mother, a wife and a daughter-in-law? Estella (Lorna Tolentino) is facing some serious problems in this regard. Relationship with her mother-in-law Miling, a teacher (Nida Blanca), is strained and living with her who also supports her family has not been easy. For years, husband Daniel (Albert Martinez), on the insistence of his mother, has been unsuccessfully looking for a job on board a ship. While Estella, who has not finished even grade one, ekes out a living as a market vendor. Miling has taken over Estella's family, insisting that Daniel try again to board a ship, even if she has to borrow money or pawn her valuables for him. She has taken over the care and supervision of her grandchildren and attributes this state of family affairs to her daughter-in-law, and has convinced her son to think so. She says that Stella is unreliable ("hindi maasahan"), useless ("walang silbi") and dumb ("tanga") or knows nothing. Miling sees her children's ambiguous attitude towards her, especially Beth, who has turned disrespectful. With dogged determination she sets out to regain her place in her family by trying to gather them around her. Tanging Yaman also wrote Abakada…Ina. Although, like the first film, carries a valuable, rich and universal subject – mothers – it is not at par with the best picture for year 2000. It lacks that certain cohesiveness and delineation in the story and characters to sufficiently touch the viewers. Nevertheless, the movie is an acceptably wholesome production. Abakada…Ina presents three portraits of three mothers and what has taken each of them to become a mother to her children. Are there basic requirements to be learned to be a mother, as there are the ABCs to learn to be able to read, write and know things? Some answers are given. Although there is nothing objectionable regarding-sexual issues, or drugs and alcohol, there are frequent verbal harassment/abuse and some physical violence. Abakada…Ina is recommended for classroom discussion on family and family relations. It is a rich source of subject matter to exchange ideas on and learn from. It is not only children who must honor their parents — parents must also honor their children. Ang Abakada... Ina, na likha ng mga manunulat ng Tanging Yaman, ay isang pelikulang ipinalabas noong 2001 at idinirihe ng aktor na si Eddie Garcia. Tinalakay ng pelikula ang hinggil sa di-pagkakaunawaan nina Estella (Lorna Tolentino) at ng kanyang biyenan na si Miling (Nida Blanca), na ang anak na si Daniel (Albert Martinez) ay hindi pinapalad na makakita ng trabaho.
Narito ang lagom ng pelikula:
Si Estella (Lorna Tolentino) ang bumubuhay sa kanilang pamilya bilang isang tindera sa palengke. Ang kanyang asawa na si Daniel (Albert Martinez) ay bigo sa paghahanap ng trabaho bilang isang manlalayag (seaman). Hindi nakatapos ng elementarya si Estella, kahit nga ang unang baitang, ngunit pinagsusumikapan niya ang mabuhay nang maayos ang kanilang pamilya sa pamamagitan ng kanyang pagtatrabaho sa palengke.
Gayunpaman, minamaliit pa rin ni Miling (Nida Blanca), isang guro, ang kanyang manugang dahil sa kakulangan nito sa edukasyon at pinipilit pa rin ang kanyang anak na si Daniel na subukan muli ang swerte sa barko. Inako na rin ni Miling ang pag-aalaga sa mga anak ng mag-asawa at isinisisi niya ang naging kapalaran ng kanyang pamilya sa manugang.
Nawalan ng kumpiyansa sa sarili si Estella, dahil sa mga katagang madalas na binibitawan ng kanyang biyenan. Sa napansin niyang pagkakawatak-watak nila, sinikap ni Estella na buuin muli ang kanyang pamilya.
Ipinamalas ng Abakada... Ina na ang nakaraan ng isang tao ay hindi sapat upang masukat ang tunay niyang halaga. Pinatotohanan din ng istorya ang kadakilaan ng mga ina at ang kanilang di-masukat na pag-ibig at pagsasakripisyo upang mapalaki nang maayos ang kanilang mga anak.
Nagtamo ang pelikula ng ilang mga parangal at pagkilala, kabilang na rito ang Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP)...
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