It has been quite some time already since Ogie Alcasid joined the largest stable of Philippine entertainment talent as part of ABS-CBN. Since then he has been a prominent presence on the variety scene, particularly on ASAP where he and wife Regine Velasquez are part of the powerhouse ensemble of singer-presenters that dominate Sunday noontime on Filipino TVs. He has also served as a Judge on a number of Kapamilya competition programs. But there is one ABS-CBN gig he has yet to get into: playing a role in long-running drama anthology series “MMK.” This coming weekend, that item will be crossed off Ogie’s to-do list.
As ABS-CBN News reports, Ogie Alcasid will indeed not only be part of the episode cast for this coming Saturday’s episode of “MMK” or “Maalaala Mo Kaya,” he is the lead star. A trailer shared by the weekend program on its official Instagram account shows the singer-actor-host playing the role of Carlo, a financially-strapped family head barely making a living as a puppeteer and clown for hire despite his sheer enthusiasm for what he does. This brings him in conflict with his pragmatic and disapproving father, who foretells grave consequences for Carlo and his house if he does not relent.
Despite the hardships of their finances Carlo is somewhat supported in his endeavor by his wife, portrayed here by fellow singing-acting veteran Vina Morales. But even her understanding has limits, and when their own son disparages his father for his poor career choice, the ensuing friction threatens to tear their family apart. Carlo is determined to tough it out with his life’s calling even as he cynically agrees with what both his father and child say. When a further life-endangering tragedy strikes, can Carlo still muster the will to keep on struggling with the world?
“MMK,” named after the Constancio de Guzman song song interpreted by Dulce (with a recent cover by Carol Banawa), has been part of the weekly TV viewing experience in the country since ABS-CBN launched it in 1991. Since then, host Charo Santos has delivered a near-innumerable number of thought-provoking drama anecdotes from both letters sent by ordinary Filipinos, and original productions depicting the lives of famous celebrities and recent historical events. In an interesting retrospective, Ogie Alcasid’s co-star Vina Morales was part of the 1991 premiere of the show, acting opposite episode star Romnick Sarmenta. The latest “MMK” episode airs on ABS-CBN on October 4.
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