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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.

Nov 8, 2020



 THE HUGE CAST of TV5's "PAANO ANG PASKO' to start airing on NOVEMBER 23, Monday

RICKY DAVAO is so busy these days with his participation on TV5 and Cignal Entertainment’s special Christmas presentation, “Paano ang Pasko”, created by Jun Lana that will start airing on November 23, Monday. 

He is one of the series’ three directors, along with Perci Intalan and Eric Quizon.

They’re now doing lock in taping for six weeks in San Pablo City where they are using an old ancestral home as the story’s main setting. 

Ricky is not only a director but he’s also one of the main lead actors, playing the role of the family’s long time driver who knows the secrets of all its members.

“Inabot kami ng bagyong Rolly sa set so tigil muna ang taping,” says Ricky. “Mahirap nga kasi laging umuulan ngayon. Kalaban namin ang weather. Then last week, I had to leave the set muna kasi may previous commitment ako to direct a Cultural Center of the Philippines online special, ‘Awit at Tula: ang Pagbabalik Tanaw sa Unang Hari ng Balagtasan’, which is something different naman, alang-alang sa teatro at kultura.”

We are truly glad that TV5 is doing a special drama series that is meant for the coming Christmas season. Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan stars as the family’s matriarch. 

Among her children are Beauty Gonzalez and the comebacking Julia Clarete, who are fighting over the love of one man, Ejay Falcon, who is given a big challenging dramatic role here. 

Also in the cast are Elijah Canlas (on his own for the first time, minus Kokoy de Santos of “Game Boys” hugely popular Elikoy love team), John Lapus, Matt Evans, Danita Paner, Devon Seron, Cedrick Juan, Ace Ismael and Justine Buenaflor. 

The story is constructed like a whodunit. An expensive heirloom, a diamond necklace, goes missing and everyone is suspected to be the thief. There’s a scene in their trailer where Beauty is seen being arrested by cops. But is she really the culprit? 

The show has many dramatic scenes about family conflict and misunderstandings that will make you cry, but it will also make you laugh and fall in love all over again with its scenes depicting innocent young love.

They are using the now classic “Pasko Na Sinta Ko” as the show’s main theme song, composed by Aurelio Estanislao and Francis Dandan, given a new arrangement by Jonathan Manalo and powerfully sung by Jonalyn Viray who makes it all her own. Don't miss the pilot telecast on November 23 and you'll surely be hooked until its conclusion near Christmas Day!