May Bukas Pa, the leading primetime
series on Philippine television according to the Taylor Nelson Sofres
nationwide survey results, has marked its fourth season on ABS-CBN. On July 20, 2009, the primetime show posted its highest rating of 42.7 percent based on overnight ratings of TNS among national households.
Its lead character, child star Zaijian Jaranilla portrays Santino, Bro's instrument in performing miracles. Week after week, Zaijian teams up with the biggest stars of the Kapamilya Network in order to present inspiring stories that fill other
people with faith and hope.
"We're very thankful, kasi
originally when we started out, this is supposed to be an eight-week filler
show for primetime. Tapos ngayon na we're extended, we're on our fourth season,
so we're really, really happy. Pang-six months na namin," enthused Direk Jerry Pobocan.
He added: "So we're really,
really happy because gustung-gusto kami ng manonood, at nafulfill namin yung
goal namin to come up with a show that is inspirational, aspirational, and at
the same time, something that will bridge the faith of the Filipino people.
Yung faith kay God na despite the crisis, meron tayong makakapitan."
May Bukas Pa revolves around the life of an innocent boy, Santino, who has been brought up in an orphanage under the tutelage of priests.
How did they maintain their strong hold on the ratings despite the stiff competition with other primetime soaps
Direk Jerry speculated that perhaps the ongoing slowdown of the economy has prompted people to look for sources of optimism and hope. "Dahil ang mga tao, e, nababalutan ng hirap, ng gulo, kailangan nilang humanap ng
inspirasyon, ng kakapitan sa mga oras ng pangangailangan."
"Ang aral lang naman na
pinapakita namin lagi is, laging may bukas pa, laging may hope. Don't give up
because we have God, we have Jesus who will guide us."
"Lahat kami, from the cast, sa
staff, crew, directors, the creative writers, and even the management of ABS-CBN,
when this was conceptualized, we really wanted to come out with a show that is
going to promote hope and faith."
Every week, May
Bukas Pa features different artists with different stories. How did they
make it a hit?
"Well, basically it's because
may opportunity yung show namin na ganun. Because it's a story of a little boy
and how he touches the lives of people around him, how he helps other people na
hindi kailangan, sabi nga dun sa show, pag may taong nangangailangan na lumapit
sa 'yo, kailangan tulungan mo. Hindi siya namimili ng taong tinutulungan. That
alone, that is a very ideal instance in dealing interpersonal relationships
with other people."
"Katulad minsan, yung kay
Maricar Reyes na episode, mga taong grasa, mga taong lalagpasan lang natin,
pero may istorya yang mga taong yan. We have to see beyond what is the
physical. Hindi lang isang taong grasa yan. Sa likod ng taong grasang yan, may
isang tao na nahirapan at kailangan ng tulong. So yun, yun yung opportunity
namin na magpakita ng iba't ibang artista."
In the span of six months,
actors such as Ms. Susan Roces, Lorna Tolentino, Claudine Barretto, Ai-Ai delas
Alas, Gabby Concepcion, Christopher de Leon, KC Concepcion, Toni Gonzaga, John
Estrada, Anne Curtis, Cristine Reyes, Maricar Reyes, Gardo Versoza, Johnny
Delgado, Robert Arevalo, Dante Rivero, Boots Anson-Roa and Vhong Navarro already
participated and graced the show.
"Per guest, merong istorya which
is what I believe in, nagiging interesting sa May Bukas Pa dahil hindi
ka nakakahon sa isang istorya. May isa kang istoryang tumatakbo, ang istorya ni
Santino pero ang istorya ni Santino ay nakabase kung ilang tao ang natutulungan
niya at kung sinu-sino at kung pano niya tinutulungan, kung paano nabubuo yung
pagkatao niya," Direk Jerry explained.
Direk Jerry revealed how doing the show affected his own well-being.
"Nasa spiritual aspect ng buhay
ko. So, sabi ko, ‘to do something that will be inspirational to my viewers would
be very, very uplifting for me.' So, sabi ko, ‘Lord, thank you!' Napakasarap ng
pakiramdam na yung pinaghirapan mo, kasi naaappreciate ng manunuod at tatakbo
pa ng isang taon. Parang bihira na yung ganung pagkakataon ngayon, e."
"It's a gift from God. Our
cast, staffs and crew, nakapagbond na kami ng husto, para talaga kaming isang
pamilya. So we are really thankful nabigyan kami ng trabaho, pero aside from
that, from the bottom of our hearts, we're thankful that we're doing something
na makabuluhan. Something that is inspirational, something that little children
can watch, relate, and learn from."
As a way of thanking avid
viewers of the program, this ABS-CBN primetime series will soon feature the King of Comedy, Dolphy.
May Bukas Pa airs weeknights right after TV Patrol
on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida.