For the first time, Elmo Magalona will top-bill an episode of ABS-CBN's long-running drama anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK).
Since he transferred to ABS-CBN in 2015, this is the first time that he will venture in a heavy drama without his love team partner Janella Salvador.
The 23-year-old actor admitted he had to do a lot of adjustments, especially since he is not working with Janella this time.
He told reporters during his October 19 solo blogcon, "Actually, this is my first project without Janella.
"Nanibago ako and everytime may titignan ako sa eksena, hindi yung face ni Janella yung tinitignan ko so it's very difficult!
"But also, parang, I accept challenges so noong nalaman ko na hindi si Janella yung makakasama ko dito, I was ready to try it."
Elmo appreciates the support that Janella has been giving him for this new endeavor.
In fact, the 19-year-old actress even helped promote the project through her Twitter account.
Elmo said about this, "I think we support each other naman sa lahat ng endeavors namin and sa work namin."
The ElNella love team just finished shooting their movie titled My Fairy Tail Love Story.
FIRST MMK. Elmo's first MMK episode will be aired this Saturday, October 21.
He is cast as Baning who had to carry his polio-stricken brother Nonoy on his back.
Nonoy is played by Yves Flores, who worked with Elmo in the recently shown movie Bloody Crayons.
Also part of the episode is Miles Ocampo, who plays their younger sister Bernadeth.
Elmo said about the episode, "Yung kwento ng family nila, basically isang family from Siquijor. Family na nagtutulungan kasi meron silang kasama sa family na may disability.
"Yung kwento ng family nila, the thing that's really nice is that yung bond nila, hindi talaga sila naghihiwalay para lang masuportahan yung isa't isa.
How did Elmo feel upon learning that he will be top-billing his first MMK episode?
He answered, "It's mostly excitement. I'm super happy kasi matagal ko na gustong magkaroon ng MMK na project.
"And hindi siya... it's not easy talaga pero, inaccept ko kasi mga challenges, e, so nabigyan ako ng ganun, I was ready to accept it."
The singer-rapper admitted he had a hard time shooting the scene, especially since he had to carry Yves on his back.
Elmo quipped, "Kasi lahat ng eksena ko buhat buhat ko si Yves.
"Halos magkasing laki kami... I think mas malaki pa sa akin si Yves so it was also a challenge for me!
"So siyempre yung iniisip ko yung situation ng character ko, tapos hawak hawak ko rin po si Yves sa likod ko.
"Pero since lahat ng kasama ko sa MMK, super sanay na sila, natulungan nila ako to make it comfortable."
The MMK episode, which uses the hashtag #MMKLiftedByLove, also stars Smokey Manaloto, Arlene Muhlach, Pinky Marquez, Crispin Pineda, Josh De Guzman, JB Agustin, and Faye Alhambra.
It is directed by Dado Lumibao, who is a former headwriter of MMK.