As she prepares for her Kapamilya onscreen comeback in Maalaala Mo Kaya this month, Maris Racal said she has always been a longtime fan of the longtime show. In her episode Finding Papa, Maris plays the role of a daughter who goes on a lifelong search for her birth father (played by Cris Villanueva).
“When I got the inquiry na merong MMK, actually nag-struggle pa kami na matuloy kasi sa schedule and of course the quarantine importante yun before the shoot. We really wanted to make it happen kasi first of all, it’s a Father’s day special and a two-part MMK episode siya. Ang ganda ganda din ng story. Sobrang inspiring talaga.
“And actually very thankful talaga ako sa MMK team before kasi patuloy yung tiwala nila sa akin. Kaya thankful ako for giving me such inspiring and beautiful stories na close to my heart. Kaya every time parang may episode ako and malapit siya sa puso talagang gusto ko siyang gawin and I will do everything to make it happen,” she said during the Maalaala Mo Kaya Father’s Day episode mediacon.
Starring in MMK’s Father’s Day special episodes have also been cathartic for Maris who said she’s been wanting to go back to drama.
“I can really say that projects like MMK dun mo talaga ma-re-release yung repressed emotions mo for ilang days. Saksi talaga si direk Jerome (Pobocan) diyan. Kasi lately yung mga projects na ginagawa ko very light and fun and sobrang tagal kong hindi nakagawa ng drama so nung natanggap ko talaga ‘to, those three days (of shooting) nalabas ko talaga yung mga gusto kong ilabas na emotions, sakit sa dibdib. And minsan kasi yung mga peronal problems mo i-cha-channel mo through your character kasi yun yung way mo to share your thoughts kasi minsan ayaw mo ma-judge ng family at ng internet. So malaking tulong talaga siya for actresses. I think everyone can agree on this,” she explained.
After recently confirming that she is now dating Rico Blanco, Maris also revealed her struggle with mental health last year when the pandemic first hit the country.
“Sobrang thankful talaga na nothing serious really happened to me mentally and may mga times na hindi ko talaga kaya and nung start pa lang ng pandemic, dun ko pa lang na-feel for the first time mag-panic attack. Ganun pala yung struggle na yun. So tinulungan ako ng mga kapatid sa struggle na yun. Malulunod ka talaga. Kasi sobrang nag-o-overthink ako at that time and dun talaga nag-open yung mind ko.
“Hindi ko pa matatawag yung sarili ko na advocate for (mental health) kasi I know that it’s real, it’s happened to a lot of people, but now na-open talaga yung mind ko na mas maging sensitive ako sa mga tao, mas maging understanding ako kung bakit ganun yung attitude nila ngayon. Maybe they’re struggling, may mga family problems and of course financial problems. So ang pinaka-lesson ko talaga is to be sensitive and be really understanding and mag-adjust ka talaga sa mga tao around you,” she said.