After a widely accepted initial run of the translated version of Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) Classics, The Filipino Channel (TFC) now draws the curtain for memorable and award-winning episodes of the longest-running drama program, in English.
Starting August 4, MMK Classics will present the poignant tale of a woman who looks down upon her mother for being a woman of color as a result of her ethnic lineage. Entitled “Basket,” the sub-titled episode stars Drama Princess Judy Ann Santos and character actress Caridad Sanchez. Judy Ann portrays the role of a young lady who turns her back against her past and pursues a more promising future with a rich man. She later on realizes painfully that the very reason for her ‘bright’ future is her ‘bleak’ past.
The episode earned the Catholic Mass Media Awards for Best Drama and the Kapisanan ng Broadkasters sa Pilipinas (KBP) Golden Dove Awards Best Drama Program in 2001. “Basket” also earned a slot as a finalist at the Magnolia Award for Best Film for TV during the 9th Shanghai Television Festival in China in 2002.
Meanwhile on August 11, much-talked about actress Gretchen Barretto stars in the episode dubbed “Salamin” which earned her first acting award for television. Gretchen Barretto in this episode portrays a woman wanting of a better life. In her search, she joins the town mayor, leaving her husband in the process. Philip Salvador portrays the government official who is enamored by Gretchen Barretto and leaves his wife behind as well, to be with the woman he loves.
Lastly on August 25, Roderick Paulate takes center stage with Caridad Sanchez once again portraying a woman with ethnic lineage in “Abo”. Roderick Paulate’s endearing performance earned him the first Asian TV Awards for Best Drama Performance By An Actor in 1996.
Truly, TFC and MMK Classics bring the best in Filipino talent and homegrown drama.
The sub-titled MMK classic episodes can be enjoyed via TFC’s cable and satellite platforms on the following dates : “Basket” on August 4 ,”Salamin” on August 11;”Larawan” on August 18 and “Abo” on August 25 at 11 a.m. Milan Time; 12:45 p.m. Saudi Time; 7:30 p.m. Japan Time and 8:30 p.m. Sydney Time. “Basket” airs Pacific Time on August 5; “Salamin” on August 12, “Larawan” on August 19; and “Abo” on August 26 at 3:20 p.m. TFC can also be viewed via TFC’s video-on-demand (IPTV) and TFC’s official online service. For interested parties, visit your nearest dealer or visit www.abs-cbnglobal.com