“Abangan n'yo po episode ko po, yun po ang pinakamaganda.” This is how child star and Eat Bulaga co-host Ryzza Mae Dizon described her Eat Bulaga Lenten Special episode along with co-stars Aiza Seguerra, Pia Guanio, Julia Clarete and Ricky Davao.
The episode titled Lukso Ng Dugo is directed by Gina Alajar and tells the story of two siblings (played by Ryzza and Aiza) forced to separate due to financial constraints and family conflict.
Eat Bulaga co-hosts Ryan Agoncillo, Pia Guanio, Wally Bayola, and Anjo Yllana were also present during the Eat Bulaga Lenten Blogger’s Night held in Cerchio Grill, Quezon City.
The Eat Bulaga Lenten Special is an annual tradition that began in 1981 wherein drama episodes are shown during the days of the Holy Week instead of the show’s regular live variety program. The Lenten Special had a brief hiatus for eight years and only returned, due to public demand, on 2014.
This year’s #EBLentenSpecial episodes are airing until April 1. Two episodes will be shown each day.
Ryan Agoncillo, Wally Bayola and Jose Manalo play gay siblings in the episode directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal titled Pinagpalang Ama. Portraying the role of their father is Joey de Leon. Though this episode sees all EB hosts cry buckets of tears, Ryan confessed that they laughed throughout the taping of their episode. Pinagpalang Ama will be shown on Holy Tuesday.
Ryan recalled, “Tawanan kami ng tawanan sa set dahil ibang klase ang mga `to kasama. Kahit ako, `di ko maintidihan yung nangyari nung araw na yun sa set tawanan lang ng tawanan. It really helps na yung katrabaho mo mahuhusay din. For one, the script was just straightforward. Wala na paligoy-ligoy. Katrabaho mo si Joey, Wally, Jose and then Joyce Bernal for the instructions, it just felt natural.”
The story of Pinagpalang Ama was inspired by the life story of a contestant in the “Juan For All, All For Juan” segment whose house was visited by Wally and Jose.
According to Wally, “Ang kwento ng Pinagpalang Ama ay inspired ng isa sa mga nasugod namin na bahay sa `Juan for All, All for Juan’ na natawag ni Bossing [last year].”
Ryan adds, “`Yung totoo po n`yan, apat po talaga na magkakapatid na bading yung sa totoong kwento. Naubusan po kami ng bading kaya tatlo na lang…Napanood ko pa lang sina Wally, Jose na sumugod sa pamilyang ito, they were a very entertaining family to begin with. Yung ama nila talaga kung paano pinortray ni Joey, ganun din siya kabait at malumanay [talaga]…Ang bait ng tatay nun, e, pag nakita n’yo.”
When asked on how he felt about being assigned to play a gay role, Ryan explained, “Natuwa ako. Fan ako ng #EBLentenSpecial. It was my first time last year, kami ni Pauleen magkasama, I played the husband of Pauleen. This time bading-badingan kasama si Wally, Jose, Kuya Joey. Sabi ko `Riot `to.’ I was very excited. It was a bonus na si Joyce Bernal ang direktor na barkada din natin.”
PANGAKO NG PAG-IBIG.
Meanwhile, Anjo Yllana couldn’t help but gush about their episode, Pangako ng Pag-Ibig, directed by Jose Javier Reyes. It tells the story of a wife, played by Pauleen Luna, who stayed with her husband, Rocco Nacino, despite the challenges of their relationship. Pangako Ng Pag-Ibig will be shown on Holy Tuesday.
Pauleen pointed out, “Ako personal favorite ko yung sa `min `di dahil bias ako. Lenten nga, we’re supposed to show [mga] mapupulot na halimbawa or inspiration kasi Holy Week nga, time to reflect din `yan which means kung anuman mapanood natin at ma-apply sa buhay natin, mas mganda `di ba? Kesa ma-experince mo pa.
“Story namin yung kwento ng mag-asawa na nasunog na`t lahat. Sabi ng lalake, ayaw na niya pero yung asawang babae, pinaglaban nila kanilang relasyon, ‘Maski ganyan ka, `andito pa rin ako. `Di ba ang ganda?”
Anjo also adds as his personal favorite the episode of Vic Sotto titled Sukli Ng Pagmamahal wherein Eat Bulaga’s Bossing played the role of a teacher in Cebu. Directed by Joel Lamangan, the episode also stars Tito Sotto, Allan K, Sef Cadayona and Ina Raymundo. Sukli Ng Pagmamahal will be shown on Holy Wednesday.
Anjo describes Vic Sotto’s role as, “Teacher siya na tumutulog sa estuyante kasi nasa probinsya. Dumating ang pojnt, siya naman nangailangan. `Pagkatapos ko tumulong, tinulungan ko lahat, ito kapalit?”
“Sukli ng Pagmamahal” was shot in Cebu. Anjo relates Vic Sotto’s experience during the shoot.
“Kinukwento ni Bossing, (ang) call time 9:30, pullout 7:30. Yun pala, dalawang oras ang biyahe papunta sa lugar.
“Sabi niya 3 am natapos taping. Lahat daw sa sasakyan tulog na. Kinakausap niya driver baka makatulog na din driver.
“Humanga ako sa scenery [dito sa episode]. Iba, `di mo masabi sa Bulacan lang o Batangas…Higit du`n, maganda kwento.”
LUKSO NG DUGO.
Ryzza insists, “Pinaka-maganda po sa `min,” before the screening of Lukso Ng Dugo during the Eat Bulaga Lenten Blogger’s Night.
Pia Guanio stars as her aunt/stepmom while Ricky Davao is the abusive father.
Ryzza and Pia were asked how they were motivated by their director, Gina Alajar, to cry during emotionally intense scenes.
Pia admits, “Kung gusto n`yo ko paiyakin, mamingot kayo ng tuta o apakan n`yo kuting. I’m that kind of person. I’m happy by nature. Direk Gina has been my director for the past 2 years. It’s a feat for her to make me cry every year.
“Dalawang taon na niya pinapatay miyembro ng pamilya ko para mapaiyak lang ako…Buti na lang nagkaanak ako at nagkaroon ako ng human side. Lumambot ng konti puso ko. Every year yun ang kanyang ginagamit. Kinikidnap, kinukuha sa `kin, nagkakasakit. I’m glad, finally I’m able to display a range of emotions because also on the things happening from my own life. You can only draw from your own experience. This is the motivation I draw from--my little girl si Scarlet.”
Lukso Ng Dugo is where Pia plays a battered wife. In last year’s Lenten Special, she was seen playing opposite Diamond Star Maricel Soriano.
“Every year lagi may pasakit sa `kin. Last year sinampal ako ni Maricel. This year binugbog ako ni Ricky Davao. It’s a huge honor to be battered. I also look forward to it. This is the only chance I get [to show] whatever acting skills I have. I work with the best directors [and I’m with] Ryzza, saan ka pa?”
When Ryzza was asked on what acting lessons she learned working with Aiza Seguerra, the child star reveals, “Basta lang po na isipin ko lang na totoo nangyayari sa `kin. Hindi acting lang. Iisipin ko po talaga na kapatid ko siya, na iiwan niya po ako. `Pag iniisip ko po `yun, mas madali po um-acting.”
How was she motivated by Director Gina Alajar during the shooting of her crying scenes?
“Pinapatay din po nila pamilya ko, mama ko, lahat po. Pinapatay pati mga kapatid ko. `Pag naisip ko na po `yun, naiiyak na po ako.”
Why didn’t she do her favorite “walling” style of crying during the taping?
“Hindi po, ayaw ni Direk Gina kasi daw nakakatawa.”
Expect stories about forgiveness, acceptance, and unconditional love in all six episodes of Eat Bulaga's 2015 Holy Week Special.
This 2015, two drama episodes per day will be shown starting this Holy Monday all through Holy Wednesday.
Holy Monday (March 30)
Biro Ng Kapalaran
After starring as a senior citizen struggling with her feelings for an old flame in the Cinemalaya entry First Ko Si Third, Nova Villa is once again a senior citizen, but this time, she is struggling with her feelings for a man decades younger than her.
Is love the same or different regardless of one’s age?
Kempee De Leon stars as Nova Villa’s ardent suitor in #EBLentenSpecial’s Holy Monday episode titled Biro Ng Kapalaran.
Directed by Mark Reyes, the episode also features Jimmy Santos and Paolo Ballesteros.
Lukso Ng Dugo
Child star Ryzza Mae Dizon and former child star Aiza Seguerra star in a heart-warming story about siblings separated by family conflict and financial constraints in the episode Lukso Ng Dugo.
Growing up reared by an abusive father played by Ricky Davao, Aiza Seguerra has learned to fight back against Davao’s bullying ways. She also encourages her aunt/step mother played by Pia Guanio to leave Davao. But Aiza is devastated when it is her sister Micah, played by Ryzza, who has to go to the province to live with a strict relative, played by Julia Clarete, to escape Davao’s wrath.
See Ryzza and Aiza deliver emotionally intense scenes in this episode directed by '60s child star and actress Gina Alajar.
Holy Tuesday (March 31)
Pangako Ng Pag-ibig
In this episode, Pauleen and Rocco get married after Pauleen learns she is pregnant with his child. When Rocco’s character suffers burns on his face, will love remain and stay the same in sickness and in health, `till death do you part?
Directed by Jose Javier Reyes, Pangako Ng Pag-ibig also stars Anjo Yllana and premiere actress Jaclyn Jose.
This episode’s story is inspired from the life story of a Sugod-Bahay contestant in the show’s “Juan For All, All for Juan” segment.
Three gay siblings - played by Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola and Ryan Agoncillo – is reared by a kind and understanding father played by Joey de Leon. The conflict stems from the secret Ryan’s character kept from his father as well as the secret Joey’s character kept from the family, and how all siblings eventually helped make the family live together, happily ever after.
Directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal, this episode also stars Pilita Corrales as the family’s doting grandmother.
Holy Wednesday (April 1)
Aruga Ng Puso
Where will love take you and is it enough to guide you to where you want to go? Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera stars in the episode Aruga Ng Puso. where she is seen taking care of a child with cerebral palsy played by Bianca Umali.
Directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal, the episode also stars Irma Adlawan and Ruby Rodriguez.
Sukli Ng Pagmamahal
Vic Sotto went to Cebu to shoot this episode about a teacher who is more than willing to help his students in whatever way he can, but for what price? When you give love, do you expect something in return?
Directed by Joel Lamangan, the episode also stars Tito Sotto, Allan K, Sef Cadayona and Ina Raymundo.