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Maalaala Mo Kaya
Format Drama
Created by ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation
Starring Charo Santos-Concio
Theme music composer Constancio C. de Guzman
Country of origin Philippines
No. of episodes 904 episodes (as of November 1, 2008)
Running time 1 hour and 30 minutes
Original channel ABS-CBN
Original run May 16, 1991[citation needed] – present
External links
Official website

Maalaala Mo Kaya (Tagalog for: "Would you remember?/Remembering") is a Filipino drama program which was first aired in 1991 and has since been the longest-running drama anthology on Philippine television.

It is named after the song Maalaala Mo Kaya by Constancio de Guzman, which is also the show's theme song. The show uses the cover version performed by Dulce. In recent years, it also uses the cover version by Carol Banawa in the closing credits.

For 18 years, the show has been airing on ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation and is hosted by Charo Santos-Concio. It is also showned in ANC also but a different time slot.MMK has become a standard in Philippine drama. It airs every Saturday 8:00 to 9:30 PM on ABS-CBN, and is broadcast over the radio with the title Maalaala Mo Kaya sa DZMM weekdays from 2:30 to 3:00PM on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630kHz. As of 2009, the show is broadcast in widescreen aspect ratio with letterbox.



Translations of the Filipino titles are in the parentheses.


Notable Episodes

  • "Rubber Shoes": The first episode of MMK since 1991 starring Romnick Sarmenta and Vina Morales.
  • "Regalo" ("Gift"): MMK episode topbilled by Vilma Santos and top teen actress Maja Salvador was the most critically successful episode wherein Maja played a mentally challenged girl.
  • "Lobo" ("Balloon"): The highest-rating episode (47.9% in Mega Manila) starring Regine Velasquez and Piolo Pascual.
  • "Pier 39": 10th Anniversary Presentation. First Maalaala Mo Kaya episode filmed outside the Philippines starring Judy Ann Santos and Piolo Pascual. Shot in San Francisco, California, the episode tells about a caregiver who falls in love with a wayward man, despite being beholden to her elderly, wheelchair-using employer.
  • Maalaala Mo Kaya: The Movie: Released in 1994 starring Aiko Melendez, Richard Gomez and Chin Chin Gutierrez under Star Cinema.
  • "Ferris Wheel": A Christmas presentation of Maalaala mo Kaya which reunites ex-lovers Jericho Rosales and Angelika dela Cruz.
  • "Mansyon" ("Mansion"): The episode in which KC Concepcion made her acting debut.
  • "Unan" ("Pillow"): The episode which tells the Life Story of Julie Vega, as portrayed by Angelica Panganiban. Michael de Mesa and Rio Locsin acted as Drs. Julio and Pearl Postigo, Julie Vega's Parents. Aired in October, 2003.
  • "Pendant": A Valentine's Day Special aired on February 14, 2009 and first episode for Toni Gonzaga with Jason Abalos and Ryan Eigenmann. This episode was about first love and how to let go and take the risk in order to be in love.[citation needed]
  • "Reseta" ("Prescription"): A Mother's Day Special aired on May 9, 2009 starring Jodi Sta. Maria and Carmina Villaroel. This marked Carmina Villaroel's new appearance in a MMK episode on ABS-CBN after a few episodes she has done in the 90's before leaving the network.
  • Blusa ("Blouse"): A controversial episode starring Angel Locsin and Dimples Romana that focuses on a story of a UP Los Baños summa cum laude graduate who found herself applying as a Guest Relations Officer (GRO), shown February 28, 2009. UPLB released a statement pointing out the credibility of the facts presented in the episode.[1] On March 10, 2009, ABS-CBN issued an apology for not verifying with UPLB the veracity of the facts.[2]
  • "Ice Cream": This the story of Charice Pempengco, as portrayed by herself. This is Charice's first acting appearance. Zsa Zsa Padilla and Rhap Salazar played the role of her mother and younger brother. The story tells about how her successful career outside of our country. The story airs on June 2008
  • "Teddy Bear": This is the story of comedian, Pokwang portrayed by herself.
  • Kwintas ("Necklace"): The episode was first episode starring Sarah Geronimo. This was also the first episode where the tandem of Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz started.
  • Gitara ("Guitar"): This is the story of Tara Santelices, portrayed by Karylle. The story tells about Santelices, who was in a comatose for a year after being shot to the head by a mugger on August 6, 2008.
  • Upuan ("Chair"): This is the story of the late senator Renato Cayetano, portrayed by Ronaldo Valdez and John Lloyd Cruz as Lino Cayetano who directed this episode. The story is about the senator's battle with hepatitis and Lino's contribution to extend the life of his father.
  • Bangka ("Boat") and Isda ("Fish"): This two-part episode tells the life of Curita Villar, mother of Senator Manny Villar played by Gina Pareño.
  • The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Story: A two part special that depicted the life of the late senator Ninoy Aquino and the late president Corazon Aquino. The first part entitled Kalapati featured the humble beginnings of the said couple, from their marriage up to their political conflicts. The second part entitled Makinilya depicted the latter days of Ninoy and the end of Martial law. The series also featured real footage of the events that occurred during martial law and during Cory's success in the presidential race. Piolo Pascual played the role of Ninoy Aquino with Bea Alonzo as Cory Aquino.

Award Winning Episodes

  • "Abo" ("Ash"): Roderick Paulate was awarded by the Asian TV Awards as Best actor.
  • "Song book": Aiza Seguerra was also awarded by the Asian TV Awards as Best actress.
  • "Rehas" ("Jail Bars"): Gina Pareño was awarded Best Actress in a single performance by Asian TV Awards (2007).[3]
  • "Pilat" ("Scar"): For this episode, Angel Locsin won her first acting award for Best Single Performance by an Actress in the 22nd Star Awards for Television [4]
  • "Lobo" ("Balloon"): The highest-rating episode (47.9% in Mega Manila) starring Regine Velasquez and Piolo Pascual. Regine won Best actress award for this episode.
  • "Skating Rink": John Lloyd Cruz won a Golden Screen award for Best Actor. He played the role of Jonel. A guy with ceberal palsy, but had a hidden talent in Ice Skating.
  • "Sako" (Sack): The episode starring Jay Manalo and Joshua Dionisio, won in the 17th KBP Golden Dove Awards. It tells the story of an abusive father who keeps his children working while he spends all their hard-earned money.
  • "Regalo" ("Gift"): starring the Star for All Season, Vilma Santos. She won in the 2006 KBP Golden Dove Awards Best Single Performance by an Actress and 20th PMPC Star Awards for television.
  • "Lupa" (Soil): Starring Ketchup Eusebio and Gina Pareño, the episode was nominated in the Seoul International Drama Awards.
  • "Basket": Starring Judy Ann Santos and Caridad Sanchez. 2001 Catholic Mass Media Awards Best Drama Winner. 2001 KBP Golden Dove Awards Best Drama Winner. Finalist for the Magnolia Award for Best Film for TV during the 9th Shanghai Television Festival 2002 in China

Best of MMK

As listed on the official website of the show:

Rubber Shoes

  • Romnick Sarmienta
  • In this very first episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya since aired in 1991, Romnick Sarmienta plays Allan, a social climber who is ashamed of his impoverished state and pretends to be well-off to blend in with his rich friends in school. His father, a street sweeper, works very hard to meet his luxurious needs. Only when it was too late that Allan realizes that money doesn’t necessarily make a man happy.

Sako (Sack)

  • Jay Manalo
  • Miong (Jay Manalo) and his entire family work as tenants for a sugarcane plantation in Negros Occidental. The eldest child, Giling (Joshua Dionisio) is forced by his father to give up schooling to help in the farm. Giling suffers maltreatment not only from the abusive people in the plantation but from his own father, who is so consumed by his obsession for money and power. When their family is struck by a tragedy, Giling vows to rise above the oppression.

Regalo (Gift)

  • Vilma Santos
  • Daisy Hernandez (Vilma Santos), a mother must divided her time between work and taking care of her daughter April (Maja Salvador) who has cerebral palsy. Daisy’s heart is wrenched every time she sees her eldest child suffer because of her illness. But Daisy never loses hope, and April manages to live a normal life until she is 18. Just when Daisy thought things are doing fine, a tragedy will further test her faith.

Pier 39

  • Judy Ann Santos
  • When Miguel (Piolo Pascual) got petitioned by his father to the States, he thought that his dad intended to make up for all the lost time between them. However, he was treated so badly that he would rather be homeless than live with him and his nasty second wife. Miguel would have starved to death if not for Arlene (Judy Ann Santos) who helped him pick up the pieces of his life. Together they were able to conquer their fears and create something beautiful out of their miserable past.

Baul (Chest)

  • Charo Santos
  • Years after a heart-wrenching incident, Minda (Charo Santos-Concio) returned to her hometown to make Letty (Connie Reyes) pay for stealing her fiancé (Ricky Belmonte) away from her. But it wasn’t sweet revenge because their friendship mattered more than the man who came between them. Would Letty and Minda truly open their hearts and let the healing begin?

Unan (Pillow)

  • Angelica Panganiban (Portrayal of Julie Vega's lifestory.)
  • Ever since she was young, people already noticed her talent. Little Darling as her family calls her, Julie Vega started in showbizness very young when she was first discovered by a talent coordinator and offered her a commercial stint. She personally felt the love of working for TV that as a young kid, she would pray that she get the roles she auditions for. Her first project was Ang Mga Mata ni Angelita. From then on, her popularity was irrepressible. The most tragic part of her life was when his brother died. Julie Vega deeply mourned. One day, she felt weak and weaker as the days pass. At the height of her career, Julie died. Until now, her family did not reveal her illness.

Sing-along Bar

  • Maricel Soriano(Portrayal of Ai Ai delas Alas's lifestory.)
  • When Ai-Ai (played by Maricel Soriano) was young, she was given away by her biological mom to her aunt. As she was growing up, she considered herself unlucky for always getting caught in a series of unfortunate events. She can’t also find a decent job to help her earn a living. Until one day, she was offered a job in a comedy bar. A famous person discovered her talents and offered him to sing in a concert. This paved her way to TV shows and movies where she started very low. Later on, she will meet a man that she will marry and from then on, she considers her life a rollercoaster. Amidst all the challenges she is facing, she made her way on top of her dreams.

Sa kandungan mo, Inay (In my mother's lap)

  • Anita Linda
  • Sisters Millet (Janice De Belen), and Cielo (Charo Santos-Concio) despised their mother (Anita Linda) because of her cruelty towards them. Millet especially envied her sister Leslie (Dina Bonnevie), because she was their mom’s favorite and received special treatment.

Retaso (Remnant)

  • Nora Aunor
  • Since the beginning of her relationship with Dado (Joel Torre), a widower, Anita (Nora Aunor) knew that she will become a step-mother to his three children. It was hard for Anita to win the love of the children but later they felt Anita’s genuine concern and eventually opened up to her. But just when things were slowly falling into place she discovers that Dado has been cheating on her. Will she be able to turn her back on the children, whose lives now depended on her?

Burda (Pillowcase)

  • Sharon Cuneta
  • Lita (Sharon Cuneta) has been taking care of Stephen (Patrick Garcia) since he was a baby because his parents are always busy with work and going out of the country. Even though she’s just his yaya, Lita looked after Stephen like a real mother. Stephen eventually reaches his teens and Lita is often caught in between her ward and his parent’s differences. An incident makes Lita realize her limitations as yaya and in stills in her the hard lesson of letting go.

Lapida (Gravestone)

  • Kris Aquino
  • Jan (Phillip Salvador), a single parent, earns a living as a fireman. During a mission, he is able to save the lives of Annie (Kris Aquino) and her son. But unknown to him, his own son sneakily follows him inside the burning house and dies. Annie in return helps him with his grief and they become close friends. As their friendship blossom into love, will Annie and Jan be able to reconcile their differences and make their relationship work?

Bisikleta (Bicycle)

  • Dolphy
  • When Abel (Dolphy) caught his wife cheating on him with his best friend Carding, he angrily drove them away and was left with a son to care for. He would have made amends with Liza for their son’s sake but an unfortunate circumstance got him imprisoned for 40 years. As soon as he got out, however, he sought his family again to prove his innocence to his son whom he lived for all this time.


Maalaala Mo Kaya: The Movie

As part of the third anniversary of the program, the series has its own movie version which is produced by Star Cinema in 1994. The story of "Anna," a young girl who took care of the son of her cousin who spent her life in Japan for work as a Japayuki, was starred by Aiko Melendez, Richard Gomez and then model Chin-Chin Gutierrez (in her first screen debut). The film was one of the entries of the controversial Metro Manila Film Festival in June, where Melendez was the actual winner of the awards night followed by the scandal that disrupt the event.

18th Anniversary Celebration

For their 18th annivaersary, MMK presents five special episodes, three of which were filmed in the United States, in association with The Filipino Channel.


Originally aired Saturday, August 1, 2009
Starring Erich Gonzales and Ai-Ai de las Alas
A story about an 18 year old debutant who struggles to cope in adolescence due to money problems, including her own debut.


Originally aired Saturday, August 8, 2009
Starring Noel Trinidad, Nanding Josef, Joji Isla, Lucita Soriano, Louella Albornoz and Prospero Luna.
A story of Filipino World War II veterans living in San Francisco and their fight for equal benefits from the United States.

Originally aired Saturday, August 15, 2009

Starring G. Toengi and Ryan Eigenmann
A story of a couple having a life in America and the struggles they face while living in America.

Originally aired Saturday, August 22, 2009

Starring Princess Punzalan and Michael De Mesa
A story of a woman struggling in her divorce and finding love again.

Originally aired Saturday, August 29, 2009

Starring Gina Alajar, Lauren Young , Ilonah Jean and Anne Walters
A story of a friendship between a Filipino caregiver and a patient with Parkinson's disease. Two cultures united together by love and friendship.

The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Story

On January 23 and 30, a two-part episode of the life story of former Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. and former President Corazon Aquino was aired for Cory's 77th Birthday. (The first part was Kalapati while the second part was Makinilya). Piolo Pascual portrayed the role of Benigno Aquino Jr. [5] and Bea Alonzo played the role of Cory Aquino. [6]



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