- Joshua Garcia’s Maalaala Mo Kaya episode titled Medalya earned record-breaking ratings.
- Joshua, who portrayed the role of a soldier, was lauded for his acting skills by netizens.
- Netizens also expressed their reverence for Filipino soldiers.
In Maalaala Mo Kaya’s episode last June 22, Saturday, Joshua Garcia played the role of Ian Paquit, a soldier who died during the 2013 Zamboanga siege. Veteran actress Janice de Belen, Cris Villanueva, and former Pinoy Big Brother Otso housemate Aljon Mendoza also starred in the record-breaking episode.
This episode hit a high mark of 30.8% according to Kantar Media National TV Ratings.
— MMKOfficial (@MMKOfficial) June 24, 2019
The netizens were touched by the show’s theme, a Filipino soldier’s heroism and patriotism for the country, making the episode grab the no. 1 spot on Twitter’s top trends in the Philippines.
Using the #MMKMedalOfValor, Twitter netizens who watched the episode Medalya expressed their appreciation and respect for the fallen soldiers who put their lives on the line for the country.
He had every right to avail the privilege of being away from the combat zone to fully recover from his injuries, but PFC Ian Paquit still chose to serve his role. Compassion pushed him to be with his comrades & perform more than what is expected. @MMKOfficial#MMKMedalOfValor pic.twitter.com/eWFm8lSqGH
— Marlon Pañares (@marlon_gevity) June 22, 2019
— Braindamaged💔 (@MsBatangGala) June 22, 2019
"A true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him"#MMKMedalOfValor
— WOLF (@NHLondoo) June 22, 2019
— Crizelda Clarin Perez (@justrealcrizel) June 22, 2019
Netizens were also all praises for the superb acting of the cast, specifically Joshua who played Paquit, and Janice, who played as Paquit’s mother. Many lauded them for their highly commendable portrayal of their roles.
Not all heroes wear capes, in the 🇵🇭 most of them wear fatigues. Highest respect to the Armed Forces of the Philippines! Salute to PFC IAN PAQUIT! 🙌
Meanwhile, let's commend Janice De Belen and Joshua Garcia's superb acting skills. 👏#MMKMedalOfValor
— Dencio 🖤 (@fuji_dencio) June 22, 2019
Joshua Garcia Can really potray any characters . And this is one of the best he potray #MMKMedalOfValor
— Fuckerputa (@Fuckerputa1) June 22, 2019
JOSHUA GARCIA portrays the role effectively that he carries all my emotions making it to burst. Continue to impress us no matter how roles you play. Your a brave and genuine actor that touch each and everyone hearts.#MMKMedalOfValor
— Random Taughts101 (@random_taughts1) June 22, 2019
Life of a soldier is already difficult. Joshua Garcia giving his best to this role gives more expression to the role. No wonder he is labeled as the young John Lloyd of his generation.
— TAVIAS (@tavvias) June 22, 2019
Janice wasn't also Janice De Belen tonight. She's a mother of a brave soldier! Such a wonderful artist! ❤#MMKMedalOfValor
— Shaaaaai (@shaira_peralta) June 22, 2019