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 thatABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio wanted to have on the Kapamilya Network during this time of crisis. Rondel Lindayag, overall-in-charge ofcreative for the show, recalled how they were approached by theABS-CBN bigwig to create such a program.
He narrated, "Para po sa ano ng lahat kung bakit nagkaroonng ganitong show, kasi po nung December, December of last year, si Ma'am Charokasi, alam mo yung nababasa nya sa diyaryo, sabi niya, ‘Alam mo kailangan natinng isang programa na magbibigay naman ng inspirasyon sa tao. Para hindi namanpuro 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 'yantumingin. So, do'n po kami nagsimula,kaya po nabuo itong programang ito."
The creative officer admitted that they initially planned tohave a TV adaptation of the Spanish novel Marcelino Pan y Vino. However, he said, "'Yong una po, kinonsiderpo talaga namin kaya lang po... I'm sure marami na po kayong nakapanood noonnapakaikli lang po ng istorya kaya nag-decide na lang po kami na gumawa na langpo ng bago. Kasi, kung saan-saan na rinnapunta ang istorya. Actually, half ngcast nito ay mula doon sa [Marcelino]."
May Bukas Pa, inspired by the Spanish novel that wasadapted into a movie in 1955, tells a story of a young boy calledSantino (Zaijan Jaranilla). He wasabandoned 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 orphanedchild.
Pining for the love of his mother, Santino finds comfort in a confidant whom he calls "Bro." Thepriests believe that "Bro" is the young boy's imaginary friend. Later on, Santino will soon be involved in miraculous events that heclaims 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 actuallyreflects yung society natin," says Direk Jerome the story of MayBukas Pa. "It's one big factor,the fact that we think, may hope, may pag-asa kaya nga ang pangalan ng MayBukas Pa ay bagong pag-asa. So more than spirituality, more than medyotingin na pang-homily, hindi po ito pang-homily, primetime teleserye po ito."
He continued, "Mapapanood po natin 'to every night at hindipo siya [heavy drama], tatawa po kayo, iiyak, magagalit, luluha, at saka maaaliwkayo sa character namin. Lahat ngcharacter dito may reflection about sa atin, makakarelate kayo."
Find out how Santino's strong faith in his "Bro" willaffect 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.