This film depicts the life of Filipinos and Filipino culture, working and living abroad to support their family and missing home at Christmas time.
The story begins with a little girl's father coming home from another country bringing her a present. Filipinos always 'bless' (bowing in front of Dad and taking his hand and putting it on the forehead) their parents and older family members when they see them as a form of greeting but more so, a sign of respect. As years went past, this little girl eventually moved and lived abroad. She obviously had children or a child which gave her a little grandaughter. In the Philippines, grandmothers are called Lola. The little girl calls the now older version of the little girl from 1940, Lola. Lola is very fond of her apo (filipino for grandaughter) and allows her to learn about her past by sharing a special toy that holds so much memory of her upbringing and old life back in the Philippines when her Dad was still alive. Lola (the grandmother) also taught the little girl things that she used to do and make for Christmas back in the Philippines which is the making of the little star lantern. Filipinos still have those decorations for Christmas even now. Most people don't have money to buy fancy ones so they make christmas decorations from bamboo, string and crepe paper. Kids are even taught in school how to make the star lantern. When the grown grandaughter noticed, how sad her Lola have become during Christmas time, she realises by looking at the photos above the fire place that she is missing home. So she tried to recreate a Filipino Christmas from when her Lola was just a little girl. And fixed the old mickey toy that really was a very dear memory of her Dad.
The grandaughter's gesture brought so much joy to her Lola as she remembers her very first memories of Christmas, back when she was a little girl.
The lyrics of the song fits perfectly, relating to the Lola and the grandaughter who will always be there as a compass for her Lola's 'darker' days.