MMK ON ESPERANZA’S SON, DAUGHTER-IN-LAW GETS MIX REACTIONS
by Pablo A. Tariman
The Saturday night broadcast of “Maalaala Mo Kaya”(MMK) — which chronicled the last few years of Tarik Khan and his wife, Reashiela Lucena Khan – received the highest rating in TV viewing in Catanduanes with nearly every household with TV set glued on the most popular drama anthology in Philippine television hosted by actress-now network executive Charo Santos-Concio.
Khan is the only son of former London-based OFW Esperanza Tresvalles from Bato, Catanduanes who passed away last February due to brain complications.
That the drama anthology made many islanders cry was undeniable.
Matey Alberto from California posted on her face book she could feel the pain of Tarik (superbly acted by actor John Lloyd Cruz) all throughout the teleplay. Ï would say this teleplay is a great tribute to a much-wounded person and how he coped with his traumatic past.”
Character actress Vangie Labalan who co-starred with Nora Aunor in the award-winning film, “Himala” said she could feel her chest explode with so much pain for Tresvalles’ son. “The story is heart-wrenching,” she added.
Danny Tariman of Arts News Service found the story so moving. “I can empathize with Tarik’s decision not to reveal the status of his mother. He was so afraid he would lose his wife if he did so. I find Agot’s (Isidro) performance remarkable as I have seen his mother personally.”
But while thousands found the story engaging, many netizens who have read the Catanduanes Tribune stories of this writer thought that the special edition of MMK should have equally focused on the story of the mother.
“The title of the MMK teleplay is ‘Hat’ and it showed Esperanza Tresvalles with her London get-up always hovering under the shadow of the couple. Her true to life story can eclipse everything in that MMK adaptation,”said Mark Lester Valeza Urbano.
Former island resident Freddie Alcala said the winners in the MMK episode is Catanduanes and the family of Tresvalles with the big exposure on national television. “In my estimate of advertising revenues at P800,000 per minute on prime time, MMK that night grossed more than P16 million. Minus production expenses and talents fees for the actor, the teleplay could still have gross profit of P6 million. In other words, Tresvalles contributed P6 million for the stockholders of the network. Can they at least give Espie (Tresvalles) one year supply of Tang orange and Fita biscuit?”
The last stories on Tarik and his mother written by this author originally came out in Catanduanes Tribune, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star and The Netherlands-based MN Magazine.
Except for that brief scene with actor John Lloyd Cruz reading the article of this writer, this author and the publications where much of the flashbacks on MMK originally appeared were not acknowledged in the teleplay.
(To be continued)