Thanks to the success of the hilarious tandem, Ariel and Maverick, in the award-winning gag show Misadventures of Maverick and Ariel (ABC-5), Ariel Villasanta thought of working for his mother's fervent wish to become "sikat."
"Ever since na naging bahagi siya [Elvie Villasanta, Ariel's mother] ng dating show namin, talagang kakaiba ang bloom ng personalidad niya. Enjoy talaga siya sa mga fans na tumatawag at nagbibigay ng regalo sa kanya. Kaya nang mag-fold ‘yong programa namin, naisipan kong iengganyo siya na mag-invest sa co-production para lang may pagkaabalahan siya at para ma-sustain niya ang kanyang youthful disposition sa buhay," paliwanag ni Ariel Villasanta, ang co-producer ng bagong reality show sa ABC-5 na Mommy Elvie's Problematic Show.
Ang layunin daw talaga ng show ay pahabain pa ang buhay ng born- comedian na si Mommy Elvie, who really amazed us when PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) met and talked with her. At age, 79, she still possesses clear vision, very good hearing, and a sense of humor that is very original.
"Patay lang daw ang walang remedyo, e, heto pa ako, buhay na buhay. Gagawa pa nga ako ng commercial ng ice cream," jokes Mommy Elvie as she remembers what her father had always told her.
Young director Aleah Aliporo sees this as a work of art and a work of the heart. Aniya, "Siguro naman ay walang masama na pagbigyan namin ang wish ng gaya ni Mommy Elvie. Besides, isn't this a good show for us to really share with our oldies the best attention and love they deserve?"
Mommy Elvie is the sister of Joey de Leon's mother, Mrs. Emma Ramos-de Leon. Married to a former civil engineer, Mommy Elvie worked for the Comelec for four decades—"noong malinis pa ang eleksyon at pulitika, ha!" she blurted out.
Noong mag-retire siya years back ay pumirmi na lang sa bahay at ini-enjoy ang buhay with her only son Ariel. Subalit nang maging bahagi ng dating gag show ng anak, para raw nag-iba ang lahat sa kanya at muling nabuhay ang interes niyang umarte.
In the said gag show, she instantly gained a legion of followers (mostly young males) who enjoy her zany antics. In fact, there were students who paid her a surprise visit in their residence in Sampaloc on her birthday, complete with flowers and cakes.
"Daig ko pa nga ‘yang si Ariel, mas marami pa akong fans!" she chuckles. Inaamin kasi ng mga fans niya na bukod sa aliw na aliw sila sa kanaturalan ng lolang ito ay sobra silang nakaka-relate sa kanya.
We experienced the same admiration when she was presented to the entertainment press last Friday night, June 8, at Goodah restaurant in Libis, Quezon City.
She is an avid fan of comedy legends (most of whom are gone) and her ardent wish is to have a scene with comedy king Dolphy. Tsika pa nito, "naku, sobrang fulfilled na ako ‘pag nakasama ko si Dolphy, kahit isang episode lang."
Mommy Elvie's Problematic Show is a no-script show. The star of the show admits she cannot memorize her lines anymore, but she is quick and smart enough to follow instructions. With Nicole Hiyala, DJ of Love Radio, as Ariel's co-host, this is a show-within-a-show as it tries to solve the basic problems of common people.
May naka-remote na studio for Mommy Elvie, habang may roaming "booth" around the metropolis asking people's problems. Pag-uusapan nina Ariel at Nicole ang isyu at ibabato nila kay Mommy Elvie ang solusyon.
We had a glimpse of its initial episode, and indeed it is something new and different. It begins airing on ABC-5 on June 19.
"Kung kailangan kong ibenta ang mga kotse ko, o anumang naipundar ko para lang muling maging blooming ang aura ng nanay ko, gagawin ko!" ang pagwawakas ni Ariel, the devoted son who might just strike a gold mine in his mom.