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Zanjoe raises kids in a cave

Zanjoe Marudo takes on the challenging role of a single father raising two boys after being left by his wife for another man in an inspirational Father’s Day special in MMK tonight.

Zanjoe Marudo in tonight’s “Maalaala Mo Kaya” episode
Due to poverty, Juan (Zanjoe Marudo) did not get an education but promised himself that when the time comes, he would do everything to give his own children a proper one.

But raising a family proved to be difficult for him and wife Melissa (Dawn Chang). Despite Juan working two jobs, making ends meet was impossible for the couple, forcing Melissa to look for work and ended up working far away from their kids.

After some time, Juan stops hearing from Melissa. He later finds out that she is seeing someone else.

Making matters worse, a storm devastates Juan’s home, leaving him with the difficult decision to live in a cave. His kids are forced to walk four kilometers a day to go to school and have to endure insults from their classmates for their living environment.

Scenes from MMK’s Father’s Day episode featuring actor Zanjoe Marudo and Kapamilya child stars
What will Juan’s shame of his family’s situation lead him to do? Will Juan ever fulfill his promise to give his kids a bright future?

Joining this MMK episode are Xyriel Manabat, Louise Abuel, Alfonso Yñigo Delen, Karla Pambid, Tess Antonio, Justin Cuyugan, and Lemuel Pelayo. The episode is directed by Nuel C. Naval and written by Jiimuel Dela Cruz and Arah Jell Badayos. Business unit head Malou Santos leads MMK.

The show celebrates its 25th anniversary. Visit Don’t miss the longest-running drama anthology in Asia every Saturday on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). Catch its latest episodes on or for Sky subscribers.

Darren Espanto becomes ‘Trivia Prince’

Young singer Darren Espanto
Singer Darren “D Total Experience” Espanto drops by Matanglawin” tomorrow as guest host in the program’s Father’s Day special. 

Catch Darren live the life of a “Trivia King” like Kuya Kim Atienza, as he explores the different exhibits in the Science Exploreum. Here he’ll learn how Kuya Kim makes weather reporting look cool, see how our muscles and bones look when we move, and will be asked to take the “running man” challenge. 

Meanwhile, Kuya Kim will answer the question, “when is science magic, and when is magic science” as he presents amazing tricks that are actually explained by science. 

Kuya Kim will also be showing the unique talent of his slow but sure friend, the alligator snapping turtle to We Love OPM celebri-teams Hot Spot, O Diva, Oh My Girls and Voice Next Door. 

Who will earn the title of Tic Tac Toe Kings or Queens? 

Matanglawin, the 24th KBP Golden Dove Awards’ Best Science and Technology Program, is now on its 8th year in educating kids and adults alike through exploring the wonders of nature, technology, and general science with multi-awarded program host Kuya Kim Atienza. 

Tune in to Matanglawin 10:30 a.m. tomorrow on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). 

Catch up via or for Sky subscribers. Follow their Facebook page at and official Twitter account (@MatanglawinTV) for more updates.


Salute to fathers in ‘GRR TNT’

Daddy. Papa. Tatay. 

However we call them, these are the persons who have helped our Moms bring us forth in this world, provided for us, and raised us well. Therefore, it is just right that they, too, should be acknowledged and honored for their contribution to the development of their families.

To show them how much they are loved and revered, Gandang Ricky Reyes Todo na Toh (GRR TNT) treats two deserving fathers to a day of pampering. 

Considered as the oldest Malabon fish port worker is 74-year old Tatay Eugenio who earns his keep by carrying fish, which he also eats daily. Host Ricky Reyes will give him a makeover and witness his 360-degree transformation.

Meanwhile, siblings Allison, Allan, Ally and Justine bond with dad Rogelio for a full day of relaxation and pampering with a sumptuous meal with the whole family.

Jeffrey Rogador gives pride to the country with his colorful original designs. This fashion trendsetter sets a standard worthy of emulation.

Tune in today, 9 a.m. on GMA7 News TV. Gandang Ricky Reyes Todo na Toh (GRR TNT) is produced by Scripto Vision.


QCinema announces shorts finalists

Quezon City International Film Festival (QCinema) has released the list of winners that made it to the final cut for its new short film competition, “QCX Shorts”. 

With a grant of P100,000, QCinema is the only festival in the country awarding financial grants to winning filmmakers for its actual production as well as owning the rights to the finished short films.

Directors from the different parts of the country make a splash in this year’s short film competition. 

Three directors have used the different faces of drama. Victor Nierva from Naga City harnesses the power of melodrama for his piece, Sayaw sa Butal. Aedrian Araojo from Zamboanga City captures the sad story of a mother and son relationship in Hondo.  Meanwhile, Gabrielle Tayag of Pampanga gives a new spin to the airport experience in his film, Pagdating.

Dark concepts are rediscovered in two short film features. Janus Victoria melds the concepts of art and goth in Viva Viva Escolta while Dodo Dayao uses the found footage style for his horror entry, If You Leave.

In art, age is just a number. Sixteen-year old Joshua Jared Joven proves that. The jury selected his LGBT-themed short, Kung Saan may Naiwan.

Two short movies suited for children round up the rest of the competition line-up. Mihk Vergara incorporates the concept of superhero in Nang Lumipad ang Batang Agila while Inshallah Montero’s Papa’s Shadow uses elements of shadow plays.

QCinema, a film festival created by the Quezon City Film Development Commission (QCFDC) organized by Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, previously appropriated seed funding of P1 million for its “Circle Competition” for eight indie filmmakers. The event is scheduled on Oct 13-22.

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Engelbert Humperdinck returns to Manila

English pop singer Engelbert Humperdinck  
Classic pop and ballad enthusiasts are in for a treat as English singer Engelbert Humperdinck revisits Manila on July 10 for a one-night-only concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. 

Humperdinck has generated sales in excess of 140 million records, including 64 gold albums and 35 platinum, four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe, and stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Las Vegas Walk of Fame, and Leicester Walk of Fame. His voice has been immortalized in timeless tunes loved by many Filipinos and fans worldwide like “(Please) Release Me,” “The Last Waltz,” “Am I That Easy To Forget,” “There Goes My Everything,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” the unforgettable “Quando, Quando, Quando,” and many more. 

 “My mother’s side of the family had the signing voice so I must have inherited that from her. My father was a man’s man – strong, athletic, charismatic. And I like to do all kind of men things. I love sports, golf, tennis martial arts, soccer, skiing, but at the same time, yes I do appreciate women.” 

Humperdinck has performed for the Queen four times, several presidents and many heads of state. He has recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to movie theme songs, disco, rock, and even gospel. He has endeared himself to fans with his sense of humor and self- deprecating jokes, and has managed to strike a new chord with a younger generation after appearing on MTV several times. 

Engelbert exploded on to the music scene with The Beatles and the Rolling Stones and soon became a world icon. He became great friends with Elvis Presley and the two legends often performed each other’s songs. His first single in the charts was “Release Me,” which went into the Guinness Book of Records for achieving 56 consecutive weeks on the charts. It was No. 1 in 11 countries. The following decades saw Engelbert touring the world to sell-out crowds.

Engelbert’s music has transcended time and his voice still continues to reach out to people now – serving to transport and inspire, to embrace and to provoke feelings and emotions. For fans, his Manila concert will surely become a memorable night with a legend. 

Engelbert Humperdinck Live in Manila tickets are priced at P5830, P4770, P3710, P3180, P2650, and P1590. Tickets are already available on TicketNet; log on to or call 911-5555.

Topics: Zanjoe Marudo , MMK , Father's Day Episode , abs-cbn , kapamilya
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