After 31 years of tugging at Filipino people’s heartstrings, Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) will conclude this December. MMK, hosted by Charo Santos-Concio since it aired in 1991, is Asia’s longest running drama anthology.
MMK aired dramatized versions of real-life stories shared by people who sent their letters to the program. The program’s success expanded to a movie, a radio drama, and a comic book adaptation.
Santos-Concio also became a household name, alongside each story’s opening line, “Dear Charo.” Her hosting style which is calm and empathetic inspired parodies which Santos-Concio received in good nature.
“Hindi na po mabilang ang nasalaysay na kuwento dito sa ‘MMK’ — mga kuwentong totoo, mga salamin ng sarili ninyong buhay na nagbigay ng aral at ng panibagong pag-asa.”
Santos-Concio shared a farewell message thanking everyone that’s been a part of MMK for the last 31 years.
“Gusto ko pong magbigay-pugay sa lahat ng nagpadala ng sulat, sa aming mga direktor, writers, researchers, production staff, at sa lahat ng naging bahagi ng aming programa. Sa mga artistang gumanap, maraming, maraming salamat. Sa management ng ABS-CBN, sa aming mga sponsors at higit sa lahat sa inyong mga tagapanood, kayo po ang nagsabing makahulugan sa inyo ang aming ginagawa.”
Santos-Concio also said that given the opportunity to relive everything again, she will not hesitate about being the drama anthology’s host again.
Maalaala Mo Kaya will air a three-part special until it’s last day of airing on December 10.