Aside from “Eat Bulaga” at noontime, you can now watch her at night in BuKo (for Buhay Komedya) Channel’s “#Maine Goals”, Monday to Friday from 7:30 to 8 PM.
And she also has “Daddy’s Gurl” on GMA-7 and “PoPinoy” on TV5, making her one of the most visible TV personalities today.
BuKo is a special channel devoted to showing all day, all night feel good comedy shows 24/7. At the zoom presscon for Buko’s start of operations last Monday afternoon, Maine was at a beach resort where she is taping some of her encounters with animals.
“We are training some dolphins,” she says. “I’m enjoying doing this show as it’s like going through some new adventures. It’s a vlog type kind of show where we take our audience with us to join us in all the adventures that we do.”
How involved is she in the show? “I’m very much involved mula pa nang simulan itong planuhin two years ago. I’m grateful that ‘#Maine Goals’ is produced by APT Entertainment who’s managing me. They listen to what I have to say. Para ngang hindi work kasi kung ano ang mga bagay na gusto kong gawin, yun ang ginagawa namin. Parang hindi ako nagtatrabaho and, at the same time, andaming learnings and new experiences for me. I get to do things that you won’t expect me to do, pero ginawa ko. Basta alang alang sa ‘#Maine Goals’, laban lang.”
Since she’s now in a comedy channel, would she call herself a comedian?
“Parang ang hirap for me to consider myself na comedian ako, but it’s good I’m surrounded by good comedians sa ‘Eat Bulaga’ pa lang. But doing comedy, naging happy din ang buhay ko, lighter and brighter.”
The show’s director, Mike Tuviera, says Maine is a natural comedian as she’s effortlessly funny and witty.
“Thanks, but I have to give credit sa mga kasama ko sa ‘#Maine Goals’. With them, the laughs come out naturally and I’m so satisfied kasi bucket list ko ito and I get to fulfill my checklist. Iba ang feeling of fulfillment when you get to do something you thought you won’t achieve, pero nagawa ko pala, naging goals accomplished dahil sa show na ito.”
Her book, “Yup, I AM that Girl”, has her bucket list.
“So inuuna nila ‘yung mga gusto kong gawin doon sa list ko. Isa na rito ang farming experience ko. Noon ko pa gusto ko ma-try how to live in a farm so nagawa ko ‘yun dito and I truly learned a lot, like how to operate a tractor, kung paano gumapas. Nagustuhan ko, so now, nagpapahanap na ako sa mommy ko ng mabibiling lupa as I want to have my own farm. I want to plant tomatoes kasi I really enjoyed harvesting kamatis. What I really learned while doing the show is for you to not to be afraid to go out of your comfort zone. Do it now kasi you’re not sure kung magkakaroon pa ng next time.”
BuKo Channel aims to help people fight anxiety
APT Entertainment president and resident director Mike Tuviera is optimistic people suffering from anxiety and the blues in this pandemic will find BuKo Channel, that started operating last Monday, a great source of laughs to help perk them up and forget their problems.
“Conceptualizing the programs for BuKo Originals was not an easy task, but with the talents that we’re working with and all the amazing ideas that are brought to the table, we look forward to filling up BuKo with non-stop laughter and feel-good entertainment for the whole family,” he declares. “We offer both new, original content like Maine’s show and Pokwang’s ‘Kusina ni Mamang’ shown Saturdays at 8 PM. And also comedy classic shows that have been shown years and years ago but have never been replayed. We have to digitize them first para mas maganda ang quality.”
Among the classic comedy shows in Tawang Pinoy Klasiks are Iskul Bukol, Wow Mali, Bubble Gang, OGAG, Loko Moko and Tropang Trumpo. Throwback Tawanan includes Pidol’s Wonderland, Celebrity Samurai, Mac and Chiz, Sugo mga Kapatid. They plan to come up with more original content later.
“We feature all kinds of comedy, physical slapstick comedy na nagbabatukan and also the now type of comedy that is more verbal, witty sa repartee. BuKo channel will be a home to all of that. You can expect a lot more new shows like satires and stand up comedies in 2022. Na-delay lang because of the pandemic. We have a lot of good comedic talent not only on cam but also behind the scenes with very good comedy writers.”
Cignal TV Inc. president and CEO Robert P. Galang adds: “At Cignal TV, we take pride in collaborating with top players in the entertainment industry to explore new ways of providing quality content for our viewers. We are honored to partner with APT Entertainment Inc. in the creation of BuKo and in serving the refreshing and feel-good comedy that we have lined up for the coming months.”
BuKo channel is now available on Cignal TV Channel 2 and SatLite Channel 2, and on the Cignal Play app, available via App Store and Google Play. For Cignal postpaid and prepaid subscription inquiries, visit http://cignal.tv. Cignal Plan is available for Prepaid 100 and Postpaid 250, while SatLite Plan starts at P49 load.