MANILA, Philippines – Asia’s longest-running drama anthology, Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK), will end its 31-year run in December, host and ABS-CBN executive Charo Santos-Concio announced on Monday, November 21.
“Hindi na po mabilang ang nasalaysay na kuwento dito sa ‘MMK’ – mga kuwentong totoo, mga salamin ng sarili ninyong buhay na nagbigay ng aral at ng panibagong pag-asa,” she said in her almost two-minute farewell message.
(We can’t count how many stories we’ve told here in MMK – real stories that reflect your everyday lives and give lessons and hope.)
Maalaala Mo Kaya, which premiered in May 1991 on ABS-CBN, dramatizes real-life stories of letter senders. Charo then expressed her gratitude to those who sent letters, the production crew, and the actors who became a part of the series in the past three decades.
“Kami po ay tagapaghatid lang ng mga kuwento,” she said. “Kung mauulit man ang lahat, hindi po ako magdadalawang isip na piliin muli ang role na ito. Kulang po ang tatlumpu’t isang taon para magpasalamat sa inyo.”
(We just relay the stories. If we can do this all over again, I won’t hesitate to get this role. 31 years is not enough to thank all of you.)
As she end her message, Charo hinted that she’s open to the possibility of reuniting with her MMK viewers, if given the chance: “Salamat po sa lahat ng nakaraan at sa anumang paraan na maaaring pa tayong muling magkita. Ito po si Charo Santos, ang inyong tagahanga at taga-pagkuwento.”
(Thank you for the experience and for any capacity that we can meet again. This is Charo Santos, your fan and host.)
Throughout its stint, MMK received several local and international awards, both for its actors and production team. The success of the drama series also led to several projects of the same name, including a radio drama, a movie, and comic book adaptation.
MMK will air its three-part finale episode from November 26 to December 10. – Rappler.com