CBN ASIA presents two brand-new films about hope and healing amid the pandemic on its much-awaited Holy Week special—“Tanikala” presents “Habang May Ngayon” and “Isa Pang Hiling,” airing this Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, 10 to 11 a.m. on GMA.
In “Habang May Ngayon,” seasoned actress Karen Timbol tells the true-to-life story of Carla Manas who battled the deadly virus. As she fell seriously ill, Carla faced harrowing experiences and fear of death in the shadow of Covid-19.
“Compared to my previous roles, this is something different. What I liked about this character is that, in the middle of the storm, she saw hope,” Karen said.
Thrilled about her first “Tanikala” role, the actress shared that she could relate to Carla’s journey, “I see myself in her. Whatever happened to her in the past, she used it for good. Many people went through a lot of challenges during the pandemic. I hope that they will be inspired through this story.”
Meanwhile, actress and beauty queen Lara Quigaman-Alcaraz takes on another challenging role as a mother in “Isa Pang Hiling.” Lara plays Jarolyn Moulder, whose world turned upside down when her husband and son suffered from Covid-19.
In utter desperation, Jarolyn pleaded with God to allow her to be infected too so she can stay in the hospital and take care of her son, Vincent. Sandro Muhlach portrays Vincent.
Lara felt the deep connection to her character right off the bat. “We are both mothers who are willing to do everything for our children, to the point that we’ll pray, ‘Lord, let me bear this; please spare my child.’ That’s where I pulled all the raw emotions from. When it’s about our child, we will really cry to God.”
The actress continued: “I was in awe after shooting the scenes because I realized that the story and character I portray happened in real life. So prepare your tissues not only because the scenes are quite tearful, but because you will see how good our God is—how He wants to heal and save us. And you should look forward to that!”
“Habang May Ngayon” is directed by Joash Bermejo while “Isa Pang Hiling” is directed by Timmy Yee. (PR)