10 years ago today, way before FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano‘s ongoing primetime domination, May Bukas Pa made its debut on primetime TV.
May Bukas Pa (Courtesy of: ABSCBN)
May Bukas Pa starred Zaijian Jaranilla as Santino, along with Albert Martinez as Santino’s real father, Dina Bonnevie, Tonton Gutierrez, Lara Quigaman, Desiree del Valle, Maja Salvador & Rayver Cruz, with Chin Chin Gutierrez in a special participating role as Santino’s real mother. The priests who took care of Santino were portrayed by Jaime Fabregas, Dominic Ochoa, Lito Pimentel, Badjie Mortiz, David Chua, Andre Tiangco, Ruben Gonzaga, Edgar Sandalo & Victor Basa. Also included in the cast were Liza Lorena, Ogie Diaz, Arlene Muhlach & Ron Morales.
May Bukas Pa is about Santino, who was abandoned in a cemetery as an infant. Eventually, he was adopted by a group of priests in a small town called Bagong Pag-asa who raised him as their own son. Growing up in the monastery, he later on developed his friendship with Jesus, whom he calls him “Bro”. Jesus gave him the power to heal, earning Santino the nickname “Miracle Boy”. As the series went on, he met new friends, searched for clues to whom his real parents are and encountered new obstacles.
In each obstacle, he encountered a certain person with personal problems and did his best to solve it. In one of them, Chi’s sister, Alex, ran away from her family due to her parents forcing her to marry someone she doesn’t love & ran to the monastery for advice. Her father insisted on this because he doesn’t trust her in running their business. Santino talked to her dad to let him understand her side that she can do what every man does.
What made the show more interesting is Rosalie, Kimberly, and Jennifer, collectively known as the town’s Trio Tsismosa. Whenever these ladies gather info from people without them knowing it, they would always rush into the store manned by couples Atong & Baby to share their gossip. Despite ending up being hilariously dismissed by Atong, they even spread the gossip to other people, making the situation worse. Two of the examples include Santino having the power to heal people and Stella being Mario’s daughter with Malena.
Initially, the series was slated to run for 8 weeks. But due to hugely positive feedback and continuously dominant ratings, it was extended to 20 weeks, and later on, 1 year. Overall, it ran from February 2, 2009 to February 5, 2010. Throughout the entire year, it dominated the 7:45pm timeslot.
In addition to that, the series was also the subject of ABSCBN’s 2009 Christmas ID entitled Bro, Ikaw ang Star ng Pasko.
THE CAST NOWADAYS
Zaijian Jaranilla – He still stars in various shows in ABSCBN, notably Noah, Lorenzo’s Time & Hawak Kamay. He was recently seen in Bagani.
Albert Martinez – He still stars in various shows in ABSCBN, notably Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo, Juan dela Cruz & All of Me. He’s currently seen in Kadenang Ginto and The General’s Daughter.
Dina Bonnevie – She still stars in various shows in ABSCBN, TV5 & GMA, notably Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon, Beautiful Strangers & The Blood Sisters. She’s currently seen in Cain at Abel.
Tonton Gutierrez – He still stars in various shows in ABSCBN, TV5 & GMA, notably You’re My Home, Aryana & That’s My Amboy. He’s currently seen in Ika-5 Utos.
Lara Quigaman – She still stars in various shows in ABSCBN, notably Imortal, Juan Dela Cruz & You’re My Home. She’s currently seen in Halik.
Jaime Fabregas – This Sic O’Clock News actor still stars in various shows both in ABSCBN & GMA, notably Kampanerang Kuba, Iglot & Ang Dalawang Ms. Real. He’s currently seen in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.
Dominic Ochoa – This Gimik actor still stars in various shows in ABSCBN, notably E-Boy, Oh My G! & My Super D. He was recently seen in Ngayon at Kailanman and currently has his own weekly show Doc Ricky Pedia.
Desiree del Valle – This Tabing Ilog actress still stars in various shows in ABSCBN, notably Aryana, My Little Juan & Flordeliza. She was recently seen in Asintado.
Maja Salvador – This Spirits actress still stars in various shows in ABSCBN, notably Ina, Kapatid, Anak, The Legal Wife & Bridges of Love. She was recently seen in Wildflower.
Rayver Cruz – This Spirits actor starred in various shows in ABSCBN, notably Reputasyon, Doble Kara & his recent in the said network Bagani. Since his return to GMA, he’s currently seen in Asawa Ko, Karibal Ko.
Lito Pimentel – He still stars in various shows in ABSCBN. He’s currently seen in Los Bastardos.
Chin Chin Gutierrez – After Dahil May Isang Ikaw, she retired from showbiz in 2010 to become a nun.
May Bukas Pa will be remembered as one of ABSCBN’s family-oriented series where kids dominated primetime TV, joining the ranks of Maria Flordeluna, Momay, 100 Days to Heaven, Honesto, Noah & Nathaniel. This is at the top of my personal Top 5 favorite shows of ABSCBN. The series, along with 100 Days, are known for the spiritual teachings viewers will learn from. They remind viewers to believe and to not let go of hope because the good will win in the end.