Two of the country’s comediennes—Pokwang and Melai Cantiveros are brought together by Kapamilya Network in a new dramedy series titled ‘We Will Survive’ as Wilma and Maricel, which aired on Monday, February 29 on Kapamilya Primetime Bida slot before TV Patrol.
Pokwang and Melai as contest winners are also joined by two other winners of TV contests and have turned as stars as well—Bea Saw and Regine Angeles. The four will portray as friends with stories of struggles and triumphs, which the audiences will definitely resonate with.
In an exclusive interview, according to Mel Mendoza-Del Rosario, the show producer, the four friends’ common denominator is the videoke since it is their outlet whenever they find the need to have release of any emotional tension whatsoever.
She distinctly describes the four friends as: “Sa kanilang apat, Bea’s character is the well-off kasi mayaman ang asawa. Regine’s character has the videoke bar biz. Melai is an orphan and grew up with her grandmother which made her a spoiled brat at nakakaangat din sa buhay. While Pokwang has the most challenging situation in life; kaya nagpang-abot sila sa school hindi siya yearly nakaka-enrol. Ang interaction nila in reference to lovelife ay yung present sila sa lahat ng ‘highlights’ ng lovelife ng bawat isa. They share the important moments like proposals, break-ups, yun tipong they share the joys and heartbreaks.”
Since the show was shot in Legazpi with the Mayon Volcano as its backdrop—comparing the two comediennes to the province’s tourist attraction. Ms. Mendoza-Del Rosario described Melai and Pokwang as: “Si Melai ang similarity sa Mayon, nauuna ang damdamin na sumasabog bago mag-isip. Siya ang mas sumasabog na bulkan; warla kung warla pag-galit, baliw pag-in love. Siya ang Mayon na madalas may eruption.
“Si Pokwang naman mas serene at docile na Mayon; nagtatago sa ulap at perfect cone, Tahimik, kalma, mas may self-control, Kaya niyang i-set aside ang love and feekings para unahin ang needs ng pamilya. Perfect in the sense na gusto niya muna makitang maganda estado ng pamilya bago unahin ang sariling kapakanan at kaligayahan.”
The series is not the same feel as ‘Be Careful’, ‘Dream Dad’ and ‘Ningning’. It is best described as a dramedy and banking on friendship as its theme. In fact, the Network gambles on the team-up of Pokwang and Melai, who have never been lead stars in a television series since in the two stars have shown sincerity in acting for drama-themed shows like ‘Maaalala Mo Kaya’ episodes.
Mendoza-Del Rosario added, “Sana ito yung ma-achieve naming—yun bang sasakit ang ulo ng manonood sa kakatawa at kakaiyak.”
Apart from the dramedy as its unique selling point of the show, it also seeks to leave the televiewers the message of Filipinos being strong and resilient amid all challenges in life.
“Na kahit anong dagok sa buhay, go go go lang. Di lahat ng problema, baha, traffic, etc., sinasakyan lang ng Pinoy. Kahit anong problema o kalamidad, babangon tayo. We are a nation of survivors.”
Also in the show are Josh De Guzman, Carlo Aquino, Jeric Raval, Viveika Ravanes, Bing Davao, Alcris Galura, Maris Racal, Joshua Zamora, McCoy De Leon, and Vangie Labalan. It is directed by feel-good narrative director Jeffrey Jeturian.
PASAY CITY, Philippines—The country’s first and largest integrated lifestyle and tourist destination—Resorts World Manila (RWM) just turned five years this month and it hosted an exclusive event, which formally launch its anniversary celebration dubbed as ‘Give Me 5’ on August 19, Taps, Genting Club.
The said event served as a prelude to the grand kick-off on the 28th as it offers a look back at the company’s stellar five-year run, a glimpse of the anniversary festivities in store, and plenty of exciting activities and promos in an afternoon of pure thrill.
RWM chief operating officer Stephen Reilly welcomed the guests.
The guests were treated to a feast featuring five exquisite dishes from five of RWM’s signature restaurants, namely French restaurant Impressions; Korean-Japanese Ginzadon; Cantonese fine-dining Passion; coffee bar and lounge Café Maxims; and VVIP dining Happy 9.
Apart from that, exciting activities and promos that the hotel-resort can offer, it also showcased the mesmerizing acts of the European acrobats—Duo Kvas. X Factor finalist Mark Mabasa and Friends (Lucky Robles, Lilibeth Garcia, and JV Decena) also performed a musical number that day. Two of the Voice of the Philippines finalists—Darryl Shy and crooner Paolo Onesa were also there to sing as well as the scene-stealer, the Voice of the Philippines Kids grand champion—Lyca Gairanod impressed the members of the audience with her song rendition.
RWM is the first one-stop, nonstop entertainment and tourism destination in the Philippines that features exciting recreational thrills, outstanding performances, unique events, and spectacular lifestyle and leisure options. Conveniently located across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, RWM is an instant gateway to world-class Philippine hospitality.
To know more about, log on to its official website.
I was privy to this upcoming travel show since its conception and I am as excited as anyone else to finally feast on the episodes of ‘TRIPPERS’.
It is a weekly show that will take its viewers to places that they want to see for themselves, take the trip and experience what the hosts have experienced while taping the said show.
None of the travel shows I have seen so far on local television that is like this one. It is NOT THE USUAL TRAVEL SHOW. It encourages the viewers to be actively involved in preserving our environment in order for us to appreciate further its grandeur.
TRIPPERS will be airing every Sunday starting August 31, at 9:30am and will have its replay every Saturday at 3:30pm. It is also carried over by The Filipino Channel or TFC throughout North America, Japan and the rest of Asia Pacific.
I also want to be a ‘TRIPPER’ like the hosts.