Gabbie Salazar: The Unsung Hero of ‘Four Sisters and a Wedding’
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, August 07, 2019 1:25pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
In case you didn’t know, Four Sisters and a Wedding is a 2013 Star Cinema family-oriented movie. It gained popularity once again when it gained popularity when Netflix announced it is now available for streaming on its site. The story is about the four Salazar sisters who tried to prevent their only brother’s wedding since they are not in favor of the decision. It highlighted the personas of Teddie (Toni Gonzaga), the teacher turned maid in Spain; Bobbie (Bea Alonzo), a corporate communications manager in New York; and Alex (Angel Locsin), the feisty assistant film director who is in a relationship with Bobbie's ex-boyfriend; Gabbie (Shaina Magdayao), a school teacher; and CJ (Enchong Dee), their only brother whose wedding plans started the whole story.
You probably came across the Toni meme "Ma, I'm sorry, Ma," Bea's "Bakit parang kasalanan ko?" or Angel’s “Ano’ng alam niyo na ‘di ko alam?” on your social media feeds. But why aren’t there any Shaina Magdayao memes? Shouldn’t there be four sisters in Four Sisters and a Wedding?
Gabbie is also one of the main characters but is the most underrated and had the least highlight throughout the movie—not to mention the least GIFs available for meme-worthy content. But there’s more to Gabbie than just a supporting role and we are here to lay the reasons why she deserves more focus than what she’s given.
The Gabbie We Know
Gabbie or Gabriella Sophia Salazar, the youngest Salazar sister, is a school teacher. She is also the only stay-at-home sister since her the older ones are pursuing their careers abroad, and in Alex’s case, everywhere else. She also triggered the sisters’ plans of preventing CJ’s wedding to Princess Bayag (Angeline Quinto) but didn’t want to meddle as much as the older ones want to.
If there’s one word to describe Gabbie, it’s sensible—probably why she was not given enough exposure in the movie. Characters with issues usually have interesting stories and Gabbie was, well, a little too good. She’s also the only Salazar sibling who does not have any impending life issues and is not involved in any romantic relationships. Bobbie and Alex have boyfriends, Teddie is in a blooming romance with her co-worker in Spain, and CJ has wedding plans. Princess’ dad even called her an old maid—an inane and poorly worded language to describe the people you just met.
The Salazars’ Level-Headed ‘Glue’
Gabbie may have had the least exposure out of the four sisters, but she played the big part in the movie. For one, she contacted all of her sisters to come home for CJ’s wedding plans. In a way, she was an instrument to bring their family back together.
When the Salazars are having arguments, she never took sides. Remember the scene where the sisters are pointing fingers when Teddie’s plan to expose the Bayag’s “dirty” business foiled? Gabbie’s the only one who did not blame anyone. Instead, she acted as a peacemaker. In the movie’s climax a.k.a. the confrontation (and meme-worthy) scene, she only had a few lines. While others almost had a speech about their envy and pains, Gabbie never rubbed anything on anyone’s face or confessed her insecurities, if there are any. We’re guessing Gabbie doesn’t want to add up to her family’s drama and burdens. However, it sparks curiosity on what’s going on her head during that heated moment.
We’re too busy relating to Teddie’s disappointments with herself, Bobbie’s longing for her mother’s attention, and Alex’s struggles on chasing her passion. We often neglect Gabbie. She’s the one that balances out all the strong personalities—the neutral ground and mediator. Without her, it would be difficult for her siblings to hold their relationships together. This unsung hero brought back and kept the family together when it’s falling apart.
Lessons and Gratitude
The viewers and Gabbie may not see it before, but she is one of the strongest characters we’ll ever know. Gabbie was not given proper credit and exposure, or maybe that’s just how it really is on-screen. Either way, we’re giving her the recognition she deserves now.
So thank you, Gabriella Sophia Salazar, for teaching us to understand and love others despite the differences and arguments. We owe it to you for showing us that being calm and quiet is sometimes the best thing to do. You proved that not because you’re the silent one, doesn’t mean you’re weak and uncaring. Sometimes, it’s just the opposite.
And to you, the Gabbie of your family or barkada, we salute your patience and kindness of heart. Don’t stop being the level-headed one and don’t listen to anyone who says you are boring or you’ll end up as an old maid. You are the glue that holds your relationships together and your support has helped others shine, too. So, don’t ever think you are just a “supporting role.” Every group needs a Gabbie in a pool of Bobbies and Teddies to keep relationships balanced. Still, you deserve a story where you don’t have to be just secondary. In fact, you can create one now.