MANILA, Philippines – Asia’s longest-running drama anthology, ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya’ or MMK, will bid farewell after 31 years.
|An end of an era: MMK ends after 31 years on air | Photo Courtesy: ABS-CBN|
Host Charo Santos-Concio made the announcement on Monday, November 21. MMK will air its final episodes on a 3-part finale on November 26, December 3, and December 10.
Santos-Concio has been telling real-life stories since 1991 as MMK became a part of Pinoys’ hearts. “Hindi na po mabilang ang nasalaysay na kuwento dito sa ‘MMK’ — mga kuwentong totoo, mga salamin ng sarili ninyong buhay na nagbigay ng aral at ng panibagong pag-asa,” she said.
According to her, when there’s a chance for her to host the same show, she won’t hesitate at all.
“Kami po ay tagapaghatid lang ng mga kuwento. Kung mauulit man ang lahat, hindi po ako magdadalawang isip na piliin muli ang role na ito. Kulang po ang tatlumpu’t isang taon para magpasalamat sa inyo,” she said.
MMK has found success through the years. Aside from its regular weekend run, it has expanded into a radio show, a movie, and even a comic book adaptation.
Lubos na nagpapasalamat ang MMK sa lahat ng mga naging bahagi ng Maalaala Mo Kaya sa loob ng 31 taon.
Maraming Salamat sa lahat ng nakaraan at anumang paraan na maari pa tayong muling magkita at magkasama.
Hanggang sa muli mga Kapamilya! #KwentongMMK pic.twitter.com/yrYTyUxsgm
— MMKOfficial (@MMKOfficial) November 21, 2022
As Santos-Concio bid goodbye on behalf of the show, she paid tribute and recognized all the staff and celebrities who have been part of the show. “Gusto ko pong magbigay-pugay sa lahat ng nagpadala ng sulat, sa aming mga direktor, writers, researchers, production staff, at sa lahat ng naging bahagi ng aming programa,” she said.
“Sa mga artistang gumanap, maraming, maraming salamat. Sa management ng ABS-CBN, sa aming mga sponsors at higit sa lahat sa inyong mga tagapanood, kayo po ang nagsabing makahulugan sa inyo ang aming ginagawa,” she added.
MMK has won numerous awards and recognitions here and abroad. It won its first Asian Academy Creative Awards in 2018. It was nominated for the International Emmy Awards twice, 2013 and 2017. It won the Best Program Award at the Seoul International Drama Awards in 2012. It also consistently won Golden Screen Awards and many local awards through the years.
— Sally, The Summit Express