MMK celebrates 20th anniversary this October

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Saturday, September 24, 2011


LONGEST television anthology "Maalaala Mo Kaya" is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary with month-long special.

Hosted by Charo Santoc-Concio, the show made a legion of fans from different walks of life cry, laugh, fall in love and be inspired through the real-life narratives of its letter senders.

It managed to transform itself from a simple drama series to a socially relevant program that does not only entertain the audience, but also reflects the daily struggles and triumphs of ordinary Filipino in the country and abroad.

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On Sunday, "MMK Dalawang Dekada", a two-hour documentary special will feature the journey and success of the program. Star for all Seasons Vilma Santos will take a close look at the 20 years of the program and its host Santos-Concio.

During the press conference of the program Friday afternoon, Santos-Concio is thankful to everyone who helped and supported the show for the past years.

"Nainspire ako at nabigyan ng strength to see the realities and beauty of the world. This is a celebration and I can never thank everyone enough."

"MMK is not about me, but the people who put the show for the past 20 years."

The ABS-CBN president also believes the show lasted this long because of the stories, which mirror the lives of every Filipino.

"I think that's the secret of the longevity of the show eh. Minimirror yun lakas natin as a person, our inner strength and courage, yun pagiging masayahin natin as a person. So ang isa pa siguro ay we will continue to share na lesson, the lessons that we pick up sa mga stories ng ating mga letter senders."

As a treat to its loyal supporters, Maalaala Mo Kaya will present five high-caliber stories topbilled by the brightest and most brilliant Filipino actors of today.

Angel Aquino will topbill the "Palawan" episode on October 1. Aquino plays the role of Bogs, a principled mother who gives her all to stop mining in Palawan. But in the middle of her quest, she will face the challenge of blindness and bringing her family back together.

Written by Ruel Montanez and directed by Cannes Best Director Brillante Mendoza, "Palawan" also stars Yul Servo, Miles Ocampo, Paul Salas and Isabel Lopez.

Meanwhile, the life story of Pilipinas Got Talent Season 2’s tap dancing duo takes the MMK spotlight on October 8 in the "Bukidnon-Happy Feet" episode.

It narrates the struggle that brothers Ramon and Bambi had to go through just to reach their dream of getting their family out of poverty.

It will star John Prats and Nash Aguas as brothers and Ariel Rivera as their father. This episode is written by Joan Habana and directed by Dado Lumibao.

On the third Saturday of October (October 15), Jake Cuenca will give life to the character of a gay man named Louie in the "Barcelona" episode.

In the story, Louie strives to do his best to please his father in order to be accepted. Written by Benson Logronio and directed by Dado Lumibao, ‘Barcelona’ also stars Ricky Davao, Vivian Velez and Malou De Guzman.

Also, don't miss the last two anniversary episodes of Maalaala Mo Kaya Anniversary special, which will air on October 22 and 29 on ABS-CBN. (Sunnex)

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