After she was offered to play the role of a vlogger Sarah Garcia in an episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya this month, Miles Ocampo said she had no reservations playing the role of a lesbian in the country’s longest drama anthology series. Their episode is based on the relationship of Tanchellie Lobete and Sarah Garcia, a pair of YouTube vloggers known as Team Tarah.
“Nung in-offer sa akin yung role sobrang excited ko kasi first time kong gumawa ng ganitong klaseng role. Actually, since meron silang mga vlogs, si Miss Sarah and si Miss Tanch, pinanuod ko yung mga vlogs nila para lang makita kung paano sila sa isa’t isa with the help of our director and si Michelle. Teamwork yung ginawa namin with this episode,” she said.
Playing the role of her girlfriend in the MMK episode is Michelle Vito whom Miles was relieved to learn was her co-star. Miles and Michelle were co-stars on the now defunct sitcom Home Sweetie Home.
“Hindi ako nag-question dun sa role na gagawin ko. Ang tinanong ko kung sino makaka-partner ko. Kasi kahit gaano kaganda yung story kapag hindi ka kumportable dun sa kasama mo or alam mo na mahihirapan ka. Mahirapan gawin yung isang story so nung sinabi sa akin na si Michelle (Vito) at si direk Raz (De la Torre) yung gagawa ng episode na ’to na-excite na ako and siyempre hindi maiiwasan na matatawa talaga kami ni Michelle dun sa mga eksenang ginawa namin and first time namin to do yung role na ganito. With the help of direk Raz, sinasabi niya sa amin yung sincerity dapat makikita and eventually lalabas dun yung pagmamahalan and yung kilig lalabas siya dun sa story,” she said.
The 24-year-old actress said she was thankful to be able to be introduced to the people whose life story they would be portraying onscreen before they started taping the episode.
“Nagkaroon kami ng chance na ma-meet si Ms. Tanch at Ms. Sarah and parang kahit anong tanungin namin, at the end of the day ang sagot lang nila love nila ang isa’t isa kasi mahal ko siya. In this story grabe pinakita yung unconditional love ng isang tao at kung ano ang kaya mong gawin para dun sa partner mo. Pag napanuod niyo yung episode na ‘to and dun sa mga nakakakilala dun sa characters na ginawa namin makikita nila na sweet sila, na nagmamahalan sila. Pag napanuod nila ‘to makikita nila kung gaanon kalalim yung pinagdaanan ng bawat characters to prove their love for each other,” she said.
Viewers will see a different kind of love between flight attendants and YouTube content creators, Tanch Lobete (Michelle) and Sarah Garcia (Miles), on October 23. Amidst the different perceptions of people, Tanch and Sarah will attest that two women can find love in each other, and they can find comfort and security between each other.
Don’t miss “MMK” on Kapamilya Channel and A2Z, Kapamilya Online Live on ABS-CBN Entertainment’s YouTube channel and Facebook page, and iWantTFC. For viewers outside of the Philippines, catch it on The Filipino Channel on cable and IPTV.