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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 24, 2011

Charo Santos presents special line up of Maalaala Mo Kaya Anniversary Special

CHARO SANTOS celebrates the 20th anniversary of “Maalaalaa Mo Kaya” and her 35th year in showbiz. “It was in 1976 that the late Lino Brocka called me up and asked me if I want to audition for the lead role of Mike de Leon’s ‘Itim’,” she says.

Her performance in that ghost story won her the best actress award in the Asian Filmfest that year. “A big part of my life in showbiz is spent hosting ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya’ that started in 1991 with the episode ‘Rubber Shoes’ starring Romnick Sarmenta. Those years helped me a lot in life dahil nakita ko ang bigger perspective ng mundo through the stories of the people who wrote us and whose lives we portrayed in the show. Lumiliit ang problema ko when I read the bigger problems of the letter senders. And I’d like to thank all the people involved in the show through 20 years, the ones who put it together every week, the researchers who get the stories, the writers, the directors, the stars, all down to the utility boys. More than 800 stories have been shown, making this the longest-running drama anthology in Asia.”

For all the Saturdays of October, they’ll be showing special anniversary episodes. On October 1, Cannes Filmfest best director Dante Mendoza gets to direct for MMK for the first time, an episode about a blind woman and social activist, played by Angel Aquino, who opens the eyes of the people of Palawan about the hazards of mining. October 8, they’ll show the real life story of the Happy Feet brothers of ‘Pilipinas Got Talent’, Ramon and Bambi of Bukidnon, to be played by John Prats and Nash Aguas, with Ariel Rivera as their father. On October 15, Jake Cuenca plays his first gay role as Louie, a gay man in Barcelona, Spain who’s estranged from his dad who can’t accept his being gay, Ricky Davao. Tonight, a special docu, “MMK: Dalawang Dekada”, will be shown at 10 PM, recollecting the best moments of the show, with Gov. Vilma Santos no less interviewing Charo Santos.