Helen Gamboa returns to acting via "MMK"


Helen Gamboa (left) and Dante Rivero (right) play parents who have to deal with the cancer of their adopted child (played by John Wayne Sace, not in photo). Watch their dramatic story in the June 6 episode of Maalala Mo Kaya.



After being away from the limelight for the past few years, Helen Gamboa will be seen on the small screen again for the drama anthology Maalala Mo Kaya. A letter sender from Vigan will have her life dramatized by the veteran actress in the June 6 episode of this ABS-CBN show. Helen will act opposite another seasoned actor, Dante Rivero, as well as teen star John Wayne Sace.

Maalala Mo Kaya (June 6, 2008)

Writer and Director: Dado Lumibao

Cast:

Helen Gamboa as Mommy Linda

John Wayne Sace as Sherwin

Dante Rivero as Pedro (Mommy Linda's husband)

Jan Marini as Marvie (Mommy Linda's real daughter)

Archie Alemania as Bong (Mommy Linda's real son)

Jenifer Ilustre as Evelyn (Mommy Linda's real daughter)

JJ Zamora as young Sherwin

SYNOPSIS. Sherwin is adopted by the Recaido family even though Mommy Linda (Helen Gamboa) did not like the idea of adopting a child. But when she saw little Sherwin excited to see her, she had a change of heart. Sherwin (John Wayne Sace) grew up to be a thoughtful, loving, good son to Mommy Linda and Daddy Pedro (Dante Rivero). Everything seemed okay, until Sherwin's face became unexplainably swollen. They went to every known doctor in Vigan, but nobody could diagnose his illness.


When he could no longer tolerate the pain, the parents brought Sherwin to a hospital in Manila. There they found out that Sherwin had cancer of the nose, the first documented case in the Philippines, and that his situation was hopeless. Instead of being sad, they made Sherwin's last days happy and memorable by making his wishes come true.

Mommy Linda took care of Sherwin in a way that she never did with her children, thus earning Sherwin's complete love. With this experience, Mommy Linda and her own children realized their shortcomings towards one another.

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