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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.

Aug 29, 2018

Ken Chan A Hit As Transgender In 'Destiny Rose', Now Challenged Anew As A Mentally Disabled Young Man Raising A Baby On His Own In 'My Special Tatay'

KEN CHAN played a transgender so effectively in the hit afternoon show, “Destiny Rose”. He now gets the chance to do another challenging role as a young man with Mild Autism Disorder in his latest title-roler, “My Special Tatay”. “It took me a while before I was able to get yung tamang timpla ng character ko as Boyet,” he says. “Marami akong pinagdaanan. I did studies and research on what autism is for me to understand it better. Nag-immersion ako and nakisalamuha sa mga taong may mental disability and watched movies like ‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘I Am Sam’. Very big ang demands ng role kasi I have to show different kinds of nuances and emotions sa paraan ng mga taong may autism, at sana naman, naitawid ko ito credibly on screen.”

The story starts when his parents are still young. The young pilot, Edgar (played by Matt Evans as a young man and Jestoni Alarcon as the more mature version), falls in love with Marissa or Isay (Empress Schuck, and later, Lilet), but it turns out he is already married to Olivia (Valeen Montenegro, later, Teresa Loyzaga). Isay turns out to be pregnant and becomes a single parent who gives birth to their love child, Boyet.

Also in the cast is Arra San Agustin, whose team up with Ken Chan in “The Cure” was very well received, as Carol, Boyet’s best friend with whom he’s secretly in love. Rita Daniela (who also sings the theme song, “Kahit Man Lang sa Pangarap” by Vehnee Saturno) plays Audrey, the mother of the baby boy who Ken himself will deliver and raise like his own child.

Bruno Gabriel and Jillian Ward play Boyet’s half-siblings, Orville and Odette, the kids of Jestoni and Teresa. Candy Pangilinan plays Isay’s suipportive cousin and Carmen Soriano is Soledad Villaroman, Jestoni’s rich but understanding mom. This starts airing on Monday replacing “Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka”.
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