On Maalaala Mo Kaya’s November 23 episode, we were able to witness the dramatization of the viral teen love story that captured our hearts earlier this year. Titled “Sunflower”, the said episode was aired with the hashtag #MMKGabAndMax featuring Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber.
Far from the usual fun that their tandem always brings us, the two Kapamilya artists made us cry buckets of tears as they portrayed their respective roles. Maymay played Maxine Blanco, the teenage girl whose love story went viral after the Facebook posts of her boyfriend Gab Sta. Ana, who portrayed by Edward. As the episode aired, the MayWard pair indeed inspired us with their depiction of Gab and Max’s love story, making #MMKGabAndMax the top trending topic on Twitter.
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Gab and Max first knew each other during their high school days. According to Gab, the moment he saw Max in a pool party they both attended, he immediately fell in love with her. They became friends and despite having different personalities, their friendship bloomed into a beautiful kind of romance. Although their parents disapproved of their relationship at first, they learned how to fight for their love the right way. Thus, they eventually gained the support of their parents. However, just when they thought that everything will flow smoothly, their relationship faced the ultimate test: Maxine was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer prevalent in children and teenagers.
Within eight months, Maxine remained in high spirits while fighting her illness. She was described by Gab and her family as a cancer patient whose positivity never faltered. She made sure to have happy memories with her loved ones while hoping to still have a future with them. Unfortunately, Maxine lost her good fight and succumbed on March 23, 2019, a day after she and Gab celebrated their birthdays together at the hospital.
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In this gallery, we can see the actual snaps of how Gab and Maxine spent their days together. Knowing each other for almost a decade and being in a relationship for six years, the inspiring couple has indeed enjoyed every moment together. Their wide smiles on every picture showed us how they chose to stay sweetly in love with each other, as they celebrated every festive occasion, even as they went through the darkest times, especially when Maxine was ill.
Take a closer look at the young couple who inspired us to #LiveLifeToTheMAX, here in these photos.