Pinoy Big Brother Big Winner Maymay Entrata triumphed over poverty, the abandonment of her father and the death of her grandfather to emerge as the masses’ new favorite girl. Her story, which undoubtedly led to her victory, was captured in last night’s episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya.
The March 25 MMK episode was a showcase of Maymay’s acting talent, surprisingly strong despite her relative inexperience. It tells the story of how she was first abandoned by her father, who left for the U.K. due to the intense pressure from Maymay’s grandmother. This was followed by her mother’s (Vina Morales) departure for Japan, where she worked and eventually married a Japanese businessman.
With the absence of her parents, Maymay and her brother were left to the care of her grandparents, Papa Joe (Dante Rivero) and Mama Ludy (Ces Quesada). While happy with her family in spite of the occasional money problems, Maymay felt that small town Cagayan de Oro wasn’t where she belonged.
Like many young and poor Filipinos, she wanted to be a star—and she took the route by joining a reality show. After an endless string of auditions and rejections, her luck turned around after she snagged a spot in PBB Lucky Season 7.
Shot in three days under the direction of Raz dela Torre, the episode may not rank as one of the most memorable MMK stories. Viewers may feel that the screenplay lacks depth, but it proved to be a good enough acting vehicle for Maymay. She displayed authenticity in the scene where she was grieving for her grandfather, who died when she was inside the PBB house. It also helps that she has undeniable chemistry with Vina and Dante, with the former giving generous acting advice to Maymay.
There are a ton of awkward teen stars on TV, hampered by the pressure to standout in a competitive industry where a new wannabe is discovered every month.
For her part, Maymay is comfortable being in front of the camera, displaying a confidence that takes years for many teens to build. This girl obviously believes that she is now at a place where she rightfully belongs, and will work hard to ensure that she is not going anywhere else.
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