While almost everyone is still stuck at home, coping with the ‘new normal’ living imposed all over the world, Maalaala Mo Kaya is bringing us inspiration to continue the fight, via replay of the “School Girls” episode this Saturday, May 2.
Topbilled by Erich Gonzales alongside Geoff Eigenmann, “School Girls” followed the story of a teenage mom named Vin-zl Vicente who strived hard to balance motherhood and education. Determined to pursue her dreams of completing a college degree, Vin-zl attended classes while bringing along her young daughter with her. Vin-zl’s university life coupled with domestic and motherhood responsibilities was not a walk in the park but her inspiring narrative proved that dreams are only impossible to those who lack courage and tenacity. Geoff portrays as Red, the classmate who never left Vin-zl’s side as she went through every ordeal inside and outside school.
For Geoff, the replay of “School Girls” episode is overwhelming as he knows that Maalaala Mo Kaya has a wide collection of golden stories aired over the past 25 years. But, he also believes that the lessons contained in Vin-zl’s journey would solidify the viewers’ view about motherhood, dreams, and life in general.
“Pursue your dreams kahit na may hadlang. Just focus on what you want to achieve, in the end you will get there and it will always be worth it. Boring ang buhay kung lahat ibibigay lang sa’yo agad-agad. Challenges keep you going and make you stronger and a better person,” expresses Geoff when asked about his realizations from that episode.
The stint in MMK served as his reunion project with Erich after working together in the daytime series Be My Lady. And he has nothing but good memories with Erich – from her infectious smiles and laughter to seeing a different side of her. Their kwentuhan bonding helped create a natural on-screen rapport between them and eliminate the awkwardness as the cameras roll. “Nakaka-miss si Erich,” admits Geoff, hoping they’ll get to work together again in the future.
According to Geoff, his fiancée, Maya, has just given birth when the MMK shoot came, thereby, putting his Daddy clinginess to test. “Noong time na ‘yun, nami-miss ko yung baby ko pero happy pa rin kasi may kasama kaming baby sa set and si Erich din mahilig sa kids, so na-portray namin ‘yung pagiging family on screen,” Geoff adds.