"Rhymes that keep their secrets, Will unfold behind the clouds, And there upon the rainbow, Is the answer to a neverending story"
Written by Mikey Sutton
Philippine actress Kate Valdez unveils a different side to her artistry in the "Squad Goals" story arc on the GMA Network children's program Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko (English: My Grandmother is Better Than You). This fantasy anthology is hosted by local cinematic legend Gloria Romero, who narrates each episode as Lola Goreng to her grandchildren. While her most recent TV show Onanay had Valdez walking a tightrope between light and dark, delivering some of her finest acting, her turn on Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko is pure sunshine. It's a charming exercise for Valdez, who proves that she has the comic timing to generate laughs as well.
In fact, Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko further solidifies Valdez' perfect fit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. How so? With 2016's Encantadia, Valdez displayed her skills for portraying a costumed heroine a la Marvel Comics' Wave while on Onanay she unveiled the emotional complexities of a young female. In other words, Valdez showed she can pull off both adventure and drama. And, in the MCU, there's a third significant ingredient for its top-notch roster of talent: Comedy. Paul Rudd and Chris Pratt, for example, are rooted in the funny; moreover, so are The Infinity War directors the Russo Brothers, who were discovered on the sitcom Community. In one of the most hilarious scenes on Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko, Valdez, along with her BFF Vina played by Shaira Diaz, is looking for a shape-shifting, teleporting bad guy (Jeric Gonzales), whose disguises can't mask the crescent-moon birthmark on his chest. Valdez is hysterically mistaken as a voyeuristic creep by women at the park. Valdez' facial expressions, brimming with innocence, generate loud giggles. She communicates so much with her eyes.
Daig Kayo Ng Lola Ko has a surprising number of special effects for a program for children, but then again this is a generation that is growing up on The Avengers and not Batibot. As a result, you have Fairy Mona (Thea Tolentino) doing Scarlet Witch moves that you won't see on American programs such as Sesame Street. Kudos to the GMA Network for delivering fine production values on such light fare.
Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko is kids' entertainment with a real sense of wonder and fun. But in these episodes, it is Valdez' winning humor and infectious energy that light up the screen every time she's on.