Would you remember?

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Not many people have likely heard of Maalaala Mo Kayahere in Canada. The first episode aired on May 15, 1991. The Philippine drama anthology tells real-life stories of ordinary people or famous celebrities by sending letters.

It is the longest-running drama anthology on Philippine TV.

Maalaala Mo Kaya, abbreviated as MMK, means “Would you remember?”

It’s easy to wonder at this point how this affects us. Sure, if our interests are peaked or if we have relatives in the Philippines, this would be of particular interest.

Regardless of what people think about the drama, it is a way to tell stories and to shed light on people’s personal experiences. No matter where we live, no matter who we are, these are the stories that need to be told.

A recent episode of the show was the story of nine-year-old Lyca Gairanod’s life. She is the winner of The Voice Kids in the Philippines. Among her story included the time she spent as a scavenger in Tanza, Cavite. It was one of the highest rated episodes in recent history.

It’s not just the negative stories that need to be told, either.

Positive and inspiring stories are just as important — stories about individuals making a difference, stories about an effort to raise money for a charity, stories about the important work some of the charities are doing et cetera.

For instance, the Shriners and the War Amps of Canada are two of many charities that make big differences that are largely underappreciated.

The Shriners raise money and host events to shrine hospitals to take care of sick children.

The War Amps have been around since 1918 to help war amputees.

The association continues to do that work, even for children. The Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program helps children at every stage through their teenaged years.

For kids either born missing a body part, or for kids who lose one, this service makes all the difference to them.

These success stories are essential in the world, but so are the ones where we can learn about the state of things around the world so we can help out and make it better.

Moose Jaw, like any other city, has tales of good and bad. It’s important to tell both and to remember these important stories.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.

Organizations: Shriners

Geographic location: Philippines, Canada, Moose Jaw

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