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Maine plays most difficult role yet in ‘Eat Bulaga’ Lenten special

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A whole new Maine Mendoza headlines “Prinsesa,” one of six episodes for this year’s “Eat Bulaga” Lenten special.

In “Prinsesa,” Maine plays Mayang, a professional pickpocket who fosters an unlikely friendship with a child who will teach her the value of family and forgiveness. Joining her in “Prinsesa” are Wally Bayola, Ryzza Mae Dizon, Anjo Yllana, and Trops stars Tommy Penaflor and Joel Palencia.

“Snatcher ako. Prinsesa ng lansangan ba kung tawagin. Tapos, hindi ko kasi nakasama ’yung pamilya ko dito lumaki ako na ganun ’yung ginagawa kong trabaho,” Maine said of her role.

The role is both a challenge and a privilege for Maine. Renowned for her comedic timing, the young “Eat Bulaga” co-host usually plays cheerful roles.

For the “Eat Bulaga” Lenten special, the actress plays a role that requires her to dig deep, acting-wise.

“Prinsesa,” directed by Mike Tuviera will air on Tuesday, April 11. It is among the stories featured in this year’s “Eat Bulaga” Lenten special. This yearly “Eat Bulaga” tradition has been airing during Holy Week since 1981.

Alden Richards and Ryan Agoncillo star in “Kapatid,” a tale of two brothers who learn to look after each other despite their differences. Also starring Ruby Rodriguez, Pia Guanio, and Jerald Napoles, it is directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal.

In Jose Javier Reyes’ “Inay,” Paolo Ballesteros and Ai-Ai delas Alas play mother and son who raise each other by recognizing their sacrifices and accepting their differences.

Lorna Tolentino headlines “Pagpapatawad,” a story of a broken family’s newfound chance to reconcile and start anew by learning from the mistakes of the past to help them face the future. Gina Alajar directs the episode, which also stars Kenneth Medrano and Taki of the teen-oriented show “Trops,” child sensation Baste, and Patricia Tumulak.

Jake Ejercito returns to “Eat Bulaga” via “Mansyon,” starring Jose Manalo, Tito Sotto, Barbie Forteza, and Trops’ Kim Last, Miggy Tolentino, and Jon Timmons. “Mansyon,” directed by Linnet Zurbano, revolves around a family that finds home in each other as they build on their dreams.

Finally, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon star in “Kaibigan,” a heart-warming tale of two friends who face circumstances that elevate their bond from friendship to family. Directed by Joel Lamangan, the episode also stars Bianca Umali and Kim Rodriguez.

“Eat Bulaga” Lenten special 2017 airs on GMA from Monday to Wednesday, April 10 to 12.