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John Manalo recalls how ‘Goin’ Bulilit’ opened opportunities for him, co-actors

Actor John Manalo, who comes from a middle-class family, shared how ‘Goin’ Bulilit’ gave him and his fellow Bulilits better lives.

BY PUSH TEAM

FRESH SCOOPS

7/29/2019 8:43 AM
John Manalo recalls how ‘Goin’ Bulilit’ opened opportunities for him, co-actors


Photo credit: @manalojohn IG

Goin’ Bulilit alum John Manalo penned a heartfelt post as the long-running kiddie gag show which served as his second home for more than three years gears up for its last two weeks on-air. 

 

 

In a lengthy message, Manalo recalled how he always looked forward to Saturdays as it was the only day of the week wherein he would see his GB castmates-turned-lifelong friends, including his “crushes.”

“Nagsimula ako sa Goin’ Bulilit nung ako ay 9 years old. Tuwing Sabado ang taping namin noon. Bilang bata, lagi kong hinihintay ang Sabado dahil ito na ang araw na makakasama ko ang pangalawang pamilya kom mga kaibigan, mga nag chichismisang nanay, at ang mga crush ko. Tama kayo nang nabasa 'mga',” he wrote. 

While he knew that he was there for work, the 23-year-old actor shared how the show made them feel like they were just playing on set. Then again, he was one of those who felt the saddest each time a Bulilit bids farewell on the show. 

“Alam kong trabaho ang taping namin dun, pero mas nananaig ang pakiramdam na naglalaro lang kami dahil sobrang saya. Hindi naman ako hahagulhol kahit hindi ko graduation kung hindi talaga masaya. Sobra nalang ang iyak ko tuwing may mawawala, dahil mawawalan ako ng kaibigan, at mawawalan na sila ng kikitain. Naaawa lang ako para sa kanila. JK. Pinapasaya ko lang ang nagbabasa nito. 3 years ako sa Bulilit, at sa tatlong taon na ‘yun ang nag-ukit sa daan na tinatahak ko ngayon,” he said. 

Coming from a middle-class family, the actor, who recently graduated from college, also thanked Bulilit for helping not just him, but his friends finish their studies and snag better life opportunities. 

“Sa mga hindi po nakakaalam, hindi ako galing sa marangyang pamilya kaya malaki ang pasasalamat at utang na loob ko sa show na ito. Dahil maraming binuksan na oportunidad ito para sa aming lahat. Marami ang nakapundar, nakaipon, at marami ang pinagtapos nito sa pag-aaral,” he wrote. 

Having played roles of various professions on the show, John Manalo lauded Goin’ Bulilit for making him believe that nothing is impossible in this world as long as one works hard in life. 

“Natatandaan ko nung bata ako, lagi akong tinatanong ng mga tao kung ano ba ang pangarap ko maging. Gusto ko daw ba maging engineer, doctor, architect, janitor, tindero, piloto o kung ano pa man? Hindi ko alam ang isasagot ko nung mga oras na ‘yun. Ngayon ko lang napagtanto kung bakit wala akong maisagot. Dahil lahat ng ‘yan ay kaya namin maging. Nagampanan nga namin lahat ng ‘yan eh. Ito lang naman ang pinupunto ko. Hindi ko alam na natutunan ko pala sa show na ‘to na walang imposible. Na kaya mo maging kahit ano basta’t may sipag at tiyaga,” he wrote. 

Quoting a line from a superhero film, he ended his post by writing: “I love you, 3000 Goin’ Bulilit. Hindi ako magpapaalam sa’yo. Kagaya nga ng palagi na sinasabi namin sa harap ng green screen. See you soon, dito lang sa Goin’ Bulilit.”