MMK features female boxer Nesthy Petecio’s life story

Mark Escarlote on Jan 13, 2020 06:03 PM
MMK features female boxer Nesthy Petecio’s life story
Kapamilya star Jane De Leon will portray Filipina world champion boxer Nesthy Petecio in this Saturday's episode of 'Maalaala Mo Kaya?'. (Photo credit: @MMKOfficial)

World champion Filipina boxer Nesthy Petecio’s life story will be featured in this Saturday’s episode of ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya?’.

Kapamilya star Jane De Leon portrays female pug Petecio, who brought honor to the country inside the boxing ring by winning the 2019 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships gold medal and the 30th Southeast Asian Games gold in the featherweight division last year.  

“Makikita po nila rito kung paano po nagsimula ang boxing career ko,” said 27-years old Petecio. “Kung paano po ako nadapa, kung paano po ako natalo, kung paano po ako bumangon para makuha ang gintong medalya.”

“At higit sa lahat po kung paano po ang pagpapahalaga ko sa pamilya,” added Petecio. “’Yun po ang pinakamahalagang part doon na kahit anong hirap dun o down ko pero ang pamilya ko and ang communication ko sa pamilya buong-buo po talaga.”

The episode will feature how Petecio developed her interest in boxing through her father, Titing – a frustrated boxer who once dreamt of seeing action in the Olympics, in Davao as well as the sacrifices Petecio made to leave her family to train in Manila as well as the ups and downs of being a national athlete.

Petecio said that she consulted her family first before deciding to let her story be told in the country’s longest-running drama anthology.  

“Tinanong ko muna sila Mama siyempre. Sabi ko, ‘Ma, if ever totoo man ‘to, nag-offer ang ABS-CBN sa MMK nga.’ Sabi nila, ‘Ikaw ma-decide kasi kami kung ano ang gusto mo yun na lang din ang amin.’”

Petecio’s teammates were as excited as her upon learning that she will be on MMK.

“Sobrang na-excite po sila and di sila makapaniwala lalo na nung naglabas na ng trailer yung MMK,” said Petecio.

In fact, some of the members of the national boxing pool were tapped as extras during the shoot at the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines headquarters inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.      

“Kinuha ko nga po sila halos lahat na extra sa MMK kasi kailangan din po talaga. Lalayo pa ba ako eh nandiyan naman ang mga teammates ko and willing silang tumulong. Sobrang excited sila,” said Petecio.

The #MMKPangarapAtKamao episode also stars Jana Agoncillo as young Nesthy, Bembol Roco as Titing, Michael Roy Jornales as boxing coach Roel Velasco and Mara Lopez as boxer Annie Albania under the direction of Elfren Vibar.

MMK airs every Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ABS-CBN Channel 2.

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