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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Charo Santos-Concio on MMK as Cory Aquino -- soon

ABS-CBN President and Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) host Charo Santos-Concio is looking forward to peforming for a special episode of MMK, including the possibility of playing the role of former President Cory Aquino.

In a press conference for MMK’s 18th year anniversary, Santos said that she wants to do her special episode for the 20th anniversary of the country’s longest drama anthology in 2011.

“Sabi ko, sa 20th anniversary. Oo, two years from now," Santos said.

The MMK host explained that although she wanted to play a role for MMK, she cannot do it now because of her hectic schedules and commitments as president of ABS-CBN, the country's largest broadcasting newtwork.

"Kasi may ginagampanan akong ibang papel dito sa ABS-CBN at ayaw ko naman na, siyempre lahat ng panahon ko at oras ko ay binibigay ko muna doon. Pero oo nga, naiingit ako. Nakakainggit, hindi ba? Sabi ko, pagdating ng 20th ay may lola role ako or mother role," she said.

Santos, the brains behind MMK, said that she has acted twice on MMK.

As Cory Aquino

Santos said that if given a chance, and if the MMK team would ask her, she is also willing to play the life of former President Corazon 'Cory' Aquino.

"Depende sa ano 'yan, kung ika-cast tayo ng director, why not? Isang malaking karangalan na gampanan ko ang papel ni President Cory Aquino, magandang karangalan 'yan," Santos said.

As MMK celebrates its 18th year, five special episodes will be aired for the whole month of August. The stories will showcase love and friendship, forgiveness, healing and inspiration.

Directed by John-D Lazatin and Dado Lomibao, four of the stories were shot in US and were based on the real-life stories of Filipinos based abroad.

Special episodes

For its first episode on August 1, comedy queen Ai Ai delas Alas and promising young star Erich Gonzales will give life to the story of a mother and daughter whose tragic lives turn out to be a story of hope and inspiration.

On August 8, the lives of war veterans living in America will feature veteran actors like Noel Trinidad, Nanding Josef, and US-based Filipino actors like Joji Isla, Prospero Luna, Lucita Soriano and Louella Albornoz.

On August 15, Ryan Eigenmann and comebacking actress Giselle Tongi portrays a couple who experiences hardships and trials as they try to make a new life in the "land of promises."

On August 22, Princess Punzalan gives life to a story of woman trapped in an unhappy marriage. As she reaches mid-life, she will try to seek the love she thought was lost. The episode also stars Michael Demesa and Miguel Vera.

For its fifth anniversary episode on August 29, one of the country's best actress, Gina Alajar, with young star Lauren Young, play mother and daughter who are forced to live in US. As Grace (Alajar) journeys and works as a caregiver, she meets Milly (played by American actress Lynn Waters). Overcoming their differences in culture and language, the two women learn strength and the true meaning of family from each other.

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