Before becoming a source of hilarious memes, macho dancer Dante Gulapa experienced a lot of hardships.
These difficulties were portrayed by Jak Roberto in the March 23 episode of Magpakailanman.
In this episode, Jak played the younger version of Dante Gulapa.
The macho dancer became a viral sensation for popularizing the Eagle Pose, Flying Eagle, or Eagle Dance.
In this MPK episode, it was shown that Dante (played by Jak Roberto) was recruited to be a macho dancer by one of his friends. He was reluctant at first but he was eventually convinced to do it because he needed the money.
While working in a club, he fell in love with a sexy dancer (played by Rich Asuncion). However, it was against the rules of the club for dancers to enter into a relationship.
When management found out that the two were in a relationship, he said one of them would have to be removed from work. Eventually, Rich's character became pregnant and after some time, she stayed at home to take care of their children.
Dante Gulapa appeared on the show to depict himself. He got teased by some customers for his weight. Suddenly, the bar was raided by the police and he was able to escape while the other dancers were arrested.
When he arrived home, he cried bitterly while his wife told him that she had some money saved so he didn't have to go back to dancing in a club.
How did the Magpakailanman episode titled "Viral Macho Dancer: The Dante Gulapa Story fare in the ratings game?
Based on AGB Nielsen NUTAM People ratings, Magpakailanman got a TV rating of 12.1%.
Meanwhile, Maalaala Mo Kaya got a TV rating of 10.2%. In Saturday's episode, Vance Larena portrayed an ex-convict who was jailed for being a drug dealer and addict. His character studied inside prison for two years. He was eventually released for being one of the topnotch high school
graduates in the city, and offered a scholarship in the Quezon City Polytechnic University.
According to data from NUTAM People's Ratings from Nielsen Phils. TAM (Arianna), the Magpakailanman episode got a TV rating that is 1.9 points higher than its rival show MMK.
Based on data from Kantar Media data, Magpakailanman had a lower rating when it registered 17.5% for its Saturday episode.
The Maalaala Mo Kaya episode titled "Chess" got a Kantar rating of 27.5%.
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