For almost four years, I proudly played “yaya” on ABS-CBN horror series “Okatokat.”
You see, gone are the days when yayas just lend support to their lead star bosses. In the US, CBS featured “The Nanny” where Fran Drescher takes the lead. In the Philippines, who can forget “Please Be Careful With My Heart?” Thanks to the yaya (played by Jodie Sta. Maria), it remains one of the most successful Filipino teleseryes.
Starting Sept. 22, 10 p.m., Sari-Sari Channel on Cignal Digital TV airs comedy series “The Kasambahays.” As the title goes, the lead characters are the yaya, the driver, the masseuse, the security guard, and the cleaner of posh Camachile Village.
Leading the pack is internet pop sensation Donnalyn Bartolome who has garnered 40 million views on her YouTube channel. Other newbies that share the title role are Billy Villeta as the security guard, Jelson Bay as the driver, Karen Toyoshima as the house maid, Debbie Garcia as the cleaner, and Jem Cubil as the gardener.
Billy was first seen in the movie “Diary Ng Panget.” Jelson is emerging as comedian to watch out for after Empoy. FHM cover girl Debbie proves she is not just a pretty face with a sexy body but can act and make people laugh in her scenes. Commercial model Karen is a character actress in the making. Jem, one of the “Voice” singers, is turning out to be quite the actor.
The bosses are played by DJ Durano, Ronnie Liang, Jamilla Obispo and yours truly. We’re sure to make the Kasambahays’ lives crazier.
Plot: A kasambahay is found dead by hanging and she left behind a suicide note. But the police rules out suicide and starts looking for the murderer with the rest of the cast as suspects. Due to the dark nature of the plot, director Artemio “Temi” Abad Junior makes the comedy all-out, meaning over-acting gestures, ’90s style movements, and just plain loud comedy. I am telling you this is crazy funny!
Sari-Sari Channel is a 24-hour general entertainment channel joint venture with TV5 Network, through Cignal Digital TV and Viva Entertainment.
Other shows on Sari-Sari are “The Hour Glass,” “Tabi Po,” and “The Red Envelope.”