Amidst the ongoing global financial crisis, ABS-CBN offers a new primetime soap opera that will give Pinoy viewers hope, especially those who are desperately seeking for miracles.
May Bukas Pa was actually the type of program that ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio wanted to have on the Kapamilya Network during this time of crisis. Rondel Lindayag, overall-in-charge of creative for the show, recalled how they were approached by the ABS-CBN bigwig to create such a program.
He narrated, "Para po sa ano ng lahat kung bakit nagkaroon ng ganitong show, kasi po nung December, December of last year, si Ma'am Charo kasi, alam mo yung nababasa nya sa diyaryo, sabi niya, ‘Alam mo kailangan natin ng isang programa na magbibigay naman ng inspirasyon sa tao. Para hindi naman puro patayan, puro ganito, lumilipad. Ano yung mga binigay sa kanila ng food for the soul?' So, nag-isip kami, syempre una para sa amin, istorya 'to ng bata, pinaka-innocent talaga. Kasi kahit ano namang gawin mo sa bata, bata 'yan, diretso 'yan tumingin. So, do'n po kami nagsimula, kaya po nabuo itong programang ito."
The creative officer admitted that they initially planned to have a TV adaptation of the Spanish novel Marcelino Pan y Vino. However, he said, "'Yong una po, kinonsider po talaga namin kaya lang po... I'm sure marami na po kayong nakapanood noon napakaikli lang po ng istorya kaya nag-decide na lang po kami na gumawa na lang po ng bago. Kasi, kung saan-saan na rin napunta ang istorya. Actually, half ng cast nito ay mula doon sa [Marcelino]."
May Bukas Pa, inspired by the Spanish novel that was adapted into a movie in 1955, tells a story of a young boy called Santino (Zaijan Jaranilla). He was abandoned by his mother in the monastery when he was still a baby. Here, the three priests named Father Anthony (Jaime Fabregas), Father Jose (Dominic Ochoa), and Father Ringo (Lito Pimentel) raised the orphaned child.
Pining for the love of his mother, Santino finds comfort in a confidant whom he calls "Bro." The priests believe that "Bro" is the young boy's imaginary friend. Later on, Santino will soon be involved in miraculous events that he claims to be the work of his friend "Bro." Meanwhile, the townsfolk who witnessed these events start to believe that the young kid has received a miraculous gift from God.
"This actually reflects yung society natin," says Direk Jerome the story of May Bukas Pa. "It's one big factor, the fact that we think, may hope, may pag-asa kaya nga ang pangalan ng May Bukas Pa ay bagong pag-asa. So more than spirituality, more than medyo tingin na pang-homily, hindi po ito pang-homily, primetime teleserye po ito."
He continued, "Mapapanood po natin 'to every night at hindi po siya [heavy drama], tatawa po kayo, iiyak, magagalit, luluha, at saka maaaliw kayo sa character namin. Lahat ng character dito may reflection about sa atin, makakarelate kayo."
Find out how Santino's strong faith in his "Bro" will affect the lives of the people in their small town called Pag-asa. Watch May Bukas Pa starting tonight, February 2, on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida right after TV Patrol.