Mikee Quintos and Kate Valdez of “Onanay” are overwhelmed by the viewers’ loyal support.
In an exclusive interview with Bulletin Entertainment, they recalled feeling intimidated when the pilot episodes were shown. Asked what makes “Onanay” different from other teledramas, Mikee “hindi siya ’yung basta bangayan, sabunutan na away, na normal na drama” while Kate thinks it is “all about a different kind of love.”
The series is about Onay, a woman born with Achondroplasia or a bone growth disorder which impeded her growth. Because of this, she is often the subject of ridicule but she chooses to remain positive in life. She gave birth to two beautiful daughters — Maila
(Mikee) and Natalie (Kate) — who cannot be more different from one another. Despite a tragedy and traumatizing events, Onay’s motherly love remains pure and unconditional, the way every mother is to her child.
“Pero kahit paano ibigay ng isang anak, o isang ina ang pagmamahal — tough love, malambing na love — it’s still love and that’s what matters,” she maintained.
In preparing for the project, Mikee said the workshop they took was a big help.
“Gusto namin maka-relate ang mga tao sa amin. Napakalaking bagay nu’n sa amin dahil ‘yun ‘yung purpose namin,” Kate said.
The teen stars revealed that the they still feel excited whenever the shoot was finished.
Kate recalled that just recently, after taping a scene, she received praises from Cherie Gil, who plays the role of Rosemarie, Natalie’s grandmother.
Mikee, on the other hand, was stunned to have seen the professionalism of Superstar Nora firsthand.
“Gaano man sila kasikat, kahit magagaling na sila as actors, never ‘yun naging reason for them to do a scene half-baked,” she expound. “You know, magbibigay pa rin sila ng time, magpe-prepare pa rin sila ng kailangan nila.”
Bulletin Entertainment caught up with the cast of “Onanay” at the mall show at the Gaisano Grand Mall Toril in Davao City in time for this year’s Kadayawan Festival organized by GMA Regional TV.