As he makes his comeback to the small screen this year in the April 2 episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya which features the life story of the three brothers who suddenly become orphaned and are raised by their grandmother, Marlo Mortel said there are many reasons to watch their episode.
“This is not just a story of a lola’s love or love ng mga apo. This is a success story of the brothers na nagpunta sa ibang bansa para tuparin ang kanilang mga pangarap. It’s inspiring. Yung ginampanan ko si Gelo lagi siyang nanunuod sa Kumu gabi-gabi tapos talagang kinukuwento niya yung story niya kung paano sila nakapunta abroad at ngayon nagtatrabaho siya sa isang facility na tumutulong din sa mga special people. So this is the beautiful journey of being a Filipino na pumunta sa abroad na talaga naman ang isang goal nila is to help their lola have a happy life and to just live with this promise na ibalik sa lola nila lahat ng sakripisyo na binigay sa kanila. So this is very relatable sa ating mga Pilipino na talagang mga hard workers. Ganun yung difference ng magkakapatid na ito. It’s not really a sob story of the three brothers but a success story,” he shared during the MMK mediacon.
Playing the role of one of the brothers along with co-stars Hero Angeles and Sky Quizon who play his older and younger brothers respectively, Marlo said he discovered a lot of things after working with the two actors for the first time.
“Si Sky kasi ang pinakamakulit sa amin tapos ako ang pinakatahimik. Si Hero nakasama ko na siya sa Walang Tulugan way back kay kuya Germs (Moreno) so nakita ko rin yung growth niya as an actor. Meron talaga kaming matututunan sa isa’t isa. Si Sky is so dramatic. Iyakin talaga siya. Sa totoo lang natutuwa din ako sa chemistry namin kasi wala naman kaming pinag-usapan prior eh. Pag behind the scenes hindi kami nag-uusap kung anong gagawin namin. We do it pag nandudoon na and I think ang pinaka similarity namin is yung passionate kami when it comes to our craft. Yun naman ang pinakamaganda. You can see the grit that we all have para sa MMK episode na ito na pinagsama-samahan namin. We all have our different personalities talaga and hindi naman porke’t iba iba kami ng ugali magiging hadlang yun. Actually na-compliment namin yung isa’t isa sa mga eksena,” he explained.
Aside from their common work ethic, Marlo said that another thing he has in common with Hero and Sky is their love for their grandparents.
“This is actually a really good story. When it comes to our lolas, we really have a soft spot. And working with these two, nag-grow din ako as an actor in this specific episode so I’m happy and very glad na makasama sila,” he added.
Watch Maalaala Mo Kaya this Saturday, April 2. Starring Hero Angeles, Marlo Mortel, Sky Quizon, and Peewee O’Hara. Directed by Raz Dela Torre.