Before her stint on Pinoy Big Brother: Kumunity Season 10 last year, Karen Bordador finally enjoyed her freedom after being acquitted after a five-year sentence inside the Pasig City Jail for illegal drug charges in 2016. The 33-year-old radio DJ and model finally gets to share her story in a two-part episode on Maalaala Mo Kaya.
“I’ve always said MMK is the most iconic show in the entire world not just the Philippines for all the Pinoys. It is such an honor to have my story told there. Tapos it’s a two-part episode pa. Parang wow. On a very beautiful month where it celebrates women. So to see it in a video and see all the actresses play the part, you know I used to live it for five years quietly on my own. Tapos sabi ko, ‘I wonder if one day someone would like to share this story?’ I’d write it in my planner, every single detail of what happens to me in a day and it’s going to be in a two-part episode. Who is able to say that di ba? It’s amazing,” she said during the MMK mediacon last March 8.
While she was still incarcerated, Karen said she and her fellow detainees dreamed of one day seeing their story brought to life onscreen.
“Inside sa jail we call it kulong-bia or hong-kulong para lang mas light, nag-uusap usap kami sa loob na one day mag-MMK ka ha. Tapos in less than six months they reached out, I think within two months na nakalaya ako. So what you dream about, it really happens when you pray for it. So I’m going to make a lot of people inside kulong-bia very proud (laughs) so I can’t wait. Honestly I could not expect less. Kasi si Lord talaga pag linagay ka sa isang sitwasyon, I will be loud and proud about it, talagang the longer and the harder the pain is, the greater the happiness and joy that you will get. So to everyone out there, if you’re experiencing anything really bad in your life, expect the most beautiful thing to happen to you soon. So kapit lang tayong lahat guys. God is good,” she shared.
Through her episode, Karen hopes to empower other people who have self-imposed limitations on their life.
“Nung kakalabas ko lang ng Pasig City Jail when I was acquitted, once I stepped out of that facility, without having to share my story I knew I was free. I knew I could do anything in this world. I can fly. Basta wala lang rehas, walang anything na hahadlang sa mga gusto ko gawin, mga minimithi ko sa buhay. I’m free. It feels amazingly great to be able to share that with all of you. And this sharing is not to set me free but it’s to set a lot of people free and to make them realize that life is great. People out there, they’re in their mind’s prison and they’re not even physically in prison. So I want to be there to let them know, ‘Guys, look what happened to me. Five years. Look at where you’re at. you’re in a more privileged situation. So let’s all set each other free with my story,’” she explained.
Watch Maalaala Mo Kaya on A2Z, Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live on YouTube, ABS-CBN Entertainment Facebook page, and iWantTFC. Outside the Philippines, it is available on cable and IPTV via The Filipino Channel. Starring Kaila Estrada, Lou Yanong, Shamaine Buencamino, and Karen Bordador. Directed by Raz dela Torre