Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber are set to star in the upcoming episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya featuring the love story of young couple Maxine Blanco and Gab Sta. Ana.
It can be recalled that Rated K featured their viral story, with Gab sharing the trials they faced as a couple most especially when Max was diagnosed with bone cancer and eventually passed away.
Maymay shared that she was able to watch the said Rated K episode. Little did she know that a few months after she will be portraying Max in MMK.
“Nong nakita ko po siya sa Rated K, trending po siya sa Rated K. Talagang grabe ’yung iyak ko… Nong sinabi sa amin last month lang na kami raw ’yung magpo-portray ng buhay nila grabe parang nakita ko lang siya sa Rated K tapos ibibigay pala sa amin. Blessed kami kasi po nagandahan po talaga ako sa story. Hindi po siya ’yung typical na may cancer na parang nag-iiba ‘yung ugali niya. Siya ’yung taong kikay, positive kaya parang talagang swak kami, ‘yung personality niya pero mas hinangaan ko siya,” Maymay said on portraying Max in an interview at the Star Hunt: The Global Showdown press conference.
Maymay shared that they were also able to meet the families of the couple. “Nakausap po namin si Gab at ‘yung pamilya ni Max. Sobrang solid nila at ang sarap nila kasama. Ang saya nila pero nakikita mo na may lungkot po sa mga mata nila pero ganon naman po talaga kapag nawawalan tayo ng mahal sa buhay,” she relayed.
Edward was all praises for the families of the couple. “Just like Max positive pa rin sila, fighting, as in inspirational. You see their family the way they hold each other. A lot of us take our families for granted kaya mahirap minsan nakikita mo mga families that they are really relishing their moments with each other. Inspirational talaga 'yun,” the actor stated.
He also relayed how he was moved upon meeting Gab. “Kasi ‘yung first time na-meet namin si Gab was actually at the workshop that's when it hit me personally kasi first time kong mag-MMK. It’s different when you are portraying a character that’s alive and real. When you meet them and you shake their hand and you talk to them and hear their voice you see how they move, iba. And you have to imagine what this guy went through as well as the families involved, it’s different and it’s real,” Edward said.