Maalaala Mo Kaya is the longest-running drama anthology series on Philippine TV. And to celebrate its 25th
year anniversary, Ms. Charo Santos-Concio and Jonathan Manalo of Star Music came up with a commemorative album entitled “MMK Life Songs” that features tracks that inspire and uplift no matter what you’re going through in life.
This is nowhere more evident than in the single “Desiderata” which is a poem originally written by Max Ehrmann in 1927. During the Grand Media Launch for the album last August 2, Ms. Charo shared that she was first introduced to the poem back in high school and it has inspired her since. She explained that “Desiderata” talks about the essential things that one needs to desire and aspire for in such as not being arrogant, but instead being proud of what we do no matter how simple they may be, and loving one’s self and others. She found several translated versions of the poem in different languages on YouTube, but none in Tagalog. This is why she wanted to bring the message of “Desiderata” to the Filipino people by including it in the album.
Ms. Charo also talked about what she thinks is the reason why Maalaala Mo Kaya remains strong after all these years. She insisted that it’s the letter senders that breathe life to the program. According to her, “MMK has gone through its ups and downs. It’s not like it’s a program that was spared from the challenges of the competition. It was a program that moved slots 3, maybe 4 times. Mayro’n din siyang maraming challenges, pero sa awa ng Diyos hindi kami tinalikuran ng mga manonood.”
The long-time host of the drama anthology shared that she recently had two opportunities to talk with Kapamilya OFWs, one in Madrid and the other in Hong Kong. She disclosed that, “Isang tanong ko lang po ng kamusta sa kanila, tuloy-tuloy nang nagkukuwento ng kanilang buhay. The challenges that they went through to be able to survive in a foreign land, to be able to take the pain of being separated from their children, and lahat ng hirap nila, pagpupuyat, to be able to give a better quality of life to their families.” In the end, Ms. Charo revealed that the irony with our OFW’s is that just when they were already able and ready to come back home, they have found peace elsewhere. And according to her, that’s the beauty of MMK, we share the stories of our Kapamilyas with no judgement.
Watch Kyla, Jona, KZ Tandingan, Aiza Seguerra and Noel Cabangon’s poignant performances, as well as the touching stories behind the songs, in this video of the “MMK Life Songs” Album Grand Media Launch.