Sarah Lahbati topbills Maalaala Mo Kaya for the first time this Saturday (October 17) as she portrays Bituing Walang Ningning star Monica Sacay.
At an early age, Monica joined singing contests in her province. Together with her mother Myrna (Aiko Melendez), who is also a singer, they would perform at wakes, birthday parties, and other events.
She was only eight years old when she ended up under the care of her aunt Ethel (Francine Prieto) after her mother succumbed to cervical cancer. To support her schooling, Monica peddled rice cakes and ice candies. To attract more customers, Monica serenaded them with her sweet voice.
In 2010, Ethel convinced her to join ABS-CBN’s talent search Star Power where she finished 2nd runner-up.
It opened doors for her to begin the career she had always wanted and also gave her a taste of the show business. But at 15 years old, Monica got caught up with the lifestyle and tried to fit in by putting on a new persona, which affected her personal relationships with some people close to her. As offers and gigs started to dwindle, Monica returned to Ormoc and resumed her normal life. Until one day, opportunity knocked once more.
Joining the upcoming MMK episode are Yesha Camille, Simon Ibarra, Mara Lopez, Jacob Dionisio, Kyle Secades, Katya Santos, Kyline Alcantara, Margo Midwinter, Mikee Agustin, Chienna Filomeno, and Jong Cuenco. The episode is directed by Raz Dela Torre and written by Ruel Montanez.
Considered the longest-running drama anthology in Asia, MMK is led by business unit head Malou Santos.
MMK airs every Saturday night after Home Sweetie Home on ABS-CBN.