PHOTO CAPTION: Jesus Ramon "Monmon" Domingo is cast as Allen, the son of Stanley (Bobby Andrews, right) and Kate Lobregat (Andrea del Rosario) in GMA-7's teleserye Munting Heredera.
PRESS STATEMENT FROM GMA-7:
"GMA-7's Munting Heredera makes a young boy with cerebral palsy's dream come true by featuring him in the top-rating teledrama.
"The show introduces viewers to the character of Allen, Stanley (Bobby Andrews) and Kate Lobregat's (Andrea del Rosario) son. Allen is played by Jesus Ramon "Monmon" Domingo, a twelve-year old boy born with cerebral palsy, a neurological condition which affects a person's motor development.
"He was first discovered in a noontime show by Munting Heredera director Maryo J. delos Reyes, where Monmon expressed his dream of appearing on a television show. As if the role was especially created for him, Monmon finally got his wish when Direk Maryo recommended that GMA-7 should get him for the part of Allen, instead of hiring an actor.
"Aside from helping Monmon realize his dream, the series also aims to raise awareness for and inspire those afflicted with cerebral palsy, and children with disabilities in general. Despite his handicap, Monmon, being part of Munting Heredera, shows that children with disabilities are capable of leading a full life, and should be given equal opportunities.
"Currently a grade-six student at De La Salle Arellano University, his character will also play an important role in making viewers see the characters in the story from a different perspective.
"In stark contrast to Sandra (Camille Prats), who shows unconditional love for Jennifer (Mona Louise Rey) and Michelle (Kyle Danielle Ocampo), Kate (Andrea del Rosario) depicts a mother who still hasn't come to terms with her child's condition. Same is true for Ingrid (Boots Anson-Roa), who despite her brave front, turns vulnerable for her only grandchild.
"Know more about Allen, and how he will touch the lives of other characters in Munting Heredera, which airs weekdays after Amaya on GMA Telebabad."
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