The much talked about ‘Manika’ episode starred by Kapamilya teen star Jane Oineza and highly acclaimed actress Angel Aquino of “Maalaala Mo Kaya” broke barriers last Saturday (June 30) as it ranked no. 1 in the top overall TV weekend programs with its 40% national TV rating.Based on the data of Kantar Media, the SPG-rated “MMK” episode garnered the highest national TV rating among all other shows last Saturday and Sunday (July 1). Its rival show in GMA, “Kapuso Movie Festival” only got 15.2%.
Aside from its ratings success, Jane and Angel’s “MMK” masterpiece reigned even on the popular microblogging site Twitter, where Jane’s name became a worldwide trending topic for two nights. Twitter users mainly talked about Jane’s sterling portrayal as Nene, the teenager who was allowed by her own mother (played by Angel) to be repeatedly raped by her live-in partner.
The ex-”Goin’ Bulilit” child had nothing but utmost gratitude to all who have supported and commended her first starring role on TV. She said, “Thank you so much for all the positive feedback. I also want to thank ABS-CBN, Direk Nuel Naval, and to ‘MMK’ for giving me the chance to show my talent.”
But more than ‘liking’ the episode, Jane stressed that hopefully through their episode, TV viewers got to learn important lessons. “We hope that Nene’s story served as an eye-opener for all of us–that drugs will not result to anything good and that despite all the hardships, we should not lose hope and our faith in God,” she said.
Together with Jane and Angel in the “MMK” episode were Carlos Morales, RS Francisco, Vangie Labalan, Ana Abad Santos, Archie Alemania, Gerald Madrid, Jacko Benin, Kyline Alcantara, Liz Alindogan, Jesette Prospero, Minco Fabregas, and Elaine Quemuel. It was researched by Mae Rose Balanay, written by Benson Logronio, and directed by Nuel Naval.