MMK will honor World War II veterans on August 8


In the August 8 episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya, Nanding Josef (left) portrays the true-to-life struggles of World War II veterans living in the United States.


After fighting in a war, what kind of life is waiting for its survivors? Have a glimpse of the answer as the longest-running drama anthology show in the country, Maalaala Mo Kaya, features the unique life story of a war veteran this Saturday (August 8).

For the second installment of MMK's 18th anniversary celebration, a roster of well-experienced actors will give life to vital characters in the story: Noel Trinidad, Nanding Josef, Joji Isla, and Lucita Soriano. Viewers will also be treated to rare TV appearances of Louella Albornoz and Prospero Luna.

Directed by Dado Lumibao, this episode was shot in San Francisco.

In 1991, the U.S. government passed a bill awarding American citizenship to Filipino World War II veterans.

At the age of 71, Bong did not pass up this opportunity. He left his own family behind so he can fly to the United States in search of a better life. But his existence in San Francisco did not turn out to be the kind of life that he imagined.

The World War II veteran finds himself barely surviving, supporting himself only through meager government financial aid and food stamps. With a family dependent on his support, he is forced to work as a caregiver, taking care of old people, who are (ironically) almost as old as he. Through all of this, he finds strength through the friendship of Benny and Pedro, war veterans like him, also struggling with their own life in the U.S.

How will the war veterans go on with their life after serving their country?

In the trailer of the said MMK episode, they showed war veterans (some of them in wheelchairs) participating in a rally demanding justice and equity. It will be recalled that it took many years before the government of the United States granted benefits due Filipinos who fought under the American flag during World War II.

Noel Trinidad's character summarizes their struggle by saying, "Ang pinaglalaban natin, hindi pa tapos. At hindi yan matatapos hangga't di pa natin nakukuha ang karapatan natin na mabuhay ng marangal, may dignidad at may integridad."

Maalaala Mo Kaya, together with The Filipino Channel, presents this episode airing on Saturday, August 8, right after The Singing Bee on the Kapamilya Network.

Watch this ABS-CBN show hosted by Charo Santos-Concio every Saturday at 7:45 pm.

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