Actors Diether Ocampo and Dominic Ochoa are back on television in the primetime show, “Huwag Kang Mangamba,” which premieres on March 20 on iWantTFC and on March 22 on Kapamilya Channel, TV5, A2Z, and Kapamilya Online Live.
In a Zoom press con on Monday, the actors reflected on how significant a series like “Huwag Kang Mangamba,” which aims to show how God’s miraculous love is found in the simplest of things and to remind people that they are never alone in going through life’s trials, is.
Dominic, who carved a niche playing Father Jose Guillermo in “May Bukas Pa” (2009-2010) and Bobby Ramirez in “100 Days to Heaven” (2011), both from Dreamscape, is back in familiar turf.
“One year na tayo sa pandemic since nagka lockdown,” he mused, “Siguro nataon ang ginawa ng ABS-CBN, and I’m very thankful na medyo sensitive ang ABS-CBN and Dreamscape na pag gawa at pagbuo ng gantong storya. It’s basically inspiring people to seek the Lord, seek His grace.”
He compared “Huwag Kang Mangamba” with similar shows.
“Yung ‘May Bukas Pa,’ tungkol sa isang batang naghihimala. Ang ‘100 Days’ matanda na namatay, bumalik sa lupa through Xyriel Manabat, so she was given 100 days to do everything na pagbabago sa buhay. Eto naman, ang kaibahan nito, teenagers naman ang sasakupin natin kasi maraming millennial,” he explained. “Maraming dapat intindihin, maraming dapat ilapit sa Diyos sa dami ng nangyayari sa akin, sa ka-busy-han ng tao, sa kaka Tik Tok, siguro panahon na…”
For the actor, the message of “Huwag Kang Mangamba” is to remind everyone of the certainty of God’s love amidst trials and tribulations.
“Huwag po tayong matakot, hindi po tayo nag-iisa, dahil nandyan si Bro hindi tayo iniwanan,” he intoned.
“Magkakaiba man ang sitwasyon pero kailangan natin umupo, mag-isip at magdasal.
“Humingi ng tawad, maybe, or lumapit sa Diyos, dahil nandyan Sya para pakinggan tayo.”
Dominic, who admitted to facing a lot of challenges in the past year, opened up about finding his “role in life” by being part of shows like “Huwag Kang Mangamba.”
“I don’t want to sound preachy but I guess this is my role in life,” he shared, “We’re here to entertain people, but we’re also being used para ilapit ang mga tao… Eto ‘yung sinasabi nila na let’s all kneel down and we will all rise up again.
“Nawalan tayo ng istasyon, kinuha sa atin, maraming nawala ng trabaho pero dasal Lang,” he continued, “I am very thankful na yung mga IG nila, every morning I see mga prayers. Unti unti tayong nag he-heal…. Yan ang rason bakit nagkakaroon tayo ng show gaya ng
‘Huwag Kang Mangamba.’ Ipinaalala sa ating mga manonood, hindi lang to entertain, but to remind them, maybe we should stop and sit down and pray.”
Diether, on the other hand, was very busy improving himself by studying and conditioning when the pandemic hit.
“Marami akong ginagawa to be honest,” he said, “I’ve been doing conditioning physically and mentally. [Pero] may aspeto ng buhay ko na hindi ko na tre trainm which is my faith.
That’s why spiritually I need to renew my faith. So I’m praying for that.
“Naging abala ako the whole time. Bago mag pandemic I was painting, participating in exhibits. Recently I joined the exhibit in Pinto Gallery in Antipolo, Rizal. Also I was quite busy finishing my flight school, kaya lang nagkaroon ng pandemic. I was supposed to be getting my full license as a pilot but because of this challenging times, everyone had to adjust.”
Aside from “Huwag Kang Mangamba” being a way to renew his faith, the show also offered a different kind of challenge to the actor.
“And gaya ng nasabi ko, when this was offered to me, it really took time. Sa mga katulad namin, hind pwede magpabaya. I always have to do something new and contribute to the industry in my own capacity para lalong makapagbigay ng kasiyahan sa mga manonood,” he explained.
“Huwag Kang Mangamba” is created by Rondel Lindayag and Danica Domingo, under the direction of Emmanuel Q. Palo, Jerry Lopez Sineneng, and Darnel Villaflor.