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"Walang Kapalit" is the first Holy Tuesday episode of the 2016 edition of the annual drama anthology Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special. It precedes the episode "Panata" in the Tuesday lineup. The episode aired on 22 March 2016 with a total runtime of 62 minutes.

Each year, the anthology replaces the noontime show's regular programming in observance of the solemnity of Holy Week. Standalone episodes of short dramas are shown from Holy Monday to Holy Wednesday, with each episode having different characters, story, and director.

It is topbilled by Allan K and Kenneth Medrano.

Supporting cast includes Patricia Tumulak, Anne Boleche, Rodjun Cruz, Marco Alcaraz, Lianne Valentin, Miggy Tolentino, Joel Palencia, and Kim Last.

The episode is directed by Jun Lana.

Plot

Gil (Allan K) is a middle-aged gay man who lives together with his non-romantic companion Carlo (Kenneth Medrano). Years ago, Gil decided to bring him home after Carlo saved him from drunk assailants.At the time, Carlo was fresh off the boat with no place to stay and was looking to restart his life in Manila. Gil decided to help him out as a friend and a guardian.

Their life together has been met with insults, false rumors, and doubts from their friends and neighbors. Many people assume their relationship as sugar-dating, with Carlo receiving financial support in exchange for company. Occasionally, Carlo gets into street fights to defend him and Gil from the hateful remarks of others. Yet they assure that they are merely great friends.

From time to time, Gil experiences fever and abdominal pain which he simply shrugs off as exhaustion from work. One day, Gil's symptoms worsened that caused him to collapse on the ground. He is rushed to the hospital where is was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.

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Gil asserts that Carlo has no obligation to be concerned about his condition

Gil decides to hide the severity of his disease from Carlo. Since going back home from the hospital, Gil's symptoms does not improve even after a few days, which Carlo becomes suspicious of. Carlo confronts Gil for not telling him the truth. During the emotional confrontation, Gil asserts that he has no obligation to notify anyone of his condition, but eventually apologizes after realizing his selfishness. He confesses that he is afraid of dying alone, but Carlo comforts him by assuring him that he will always be by his side.

As his condition worsens, Gil makes Carlo promise to just keep fighting by facing problems with courage and being open to new opportunities. Knowing that Carlo has declined a job offer in order to take care of him, Gil urges Carlo to reconsider his decision. Gil celebrates one final birthday with friends and family before his death.

One year after Gil's death, Carlo keeps his promise by accepting a job offer abroad.

Cast

Main cast

  • Allan K as Gil
  • Kenneth Medrano as Carlo

Supporting cast

  • Ruby Rodriguez as Asha
  • Patricia Tumulak as Mely
  • Rose Ann Boleche as Susan
  • Rodjun Cruz as Guido
  • Marco Alcaraz as Jake
  • Lianne Valentin as Kristine

Also starring

  • Miggy Tolentino as Carlo's friend
  • Joel Palencia as Carlo's friend
  • Kim Last as Carlo's friend
  • Jerwin Bugatan as tambay
  • Ian Angeles as tambay
  • Aivan Valda as tambay

Accolades

Dabarkads Awards

Year Category Nominated Work/Artist Result
2016 Best Story of the Year "Walang Kapalit" Nominated
Dabarkads Choice Award "Walang Kapalit" Nominated
Most Dramatic Performance of a Lead Star Allan K Nominated
Exceptional Performance in a Supporting Role Kenneth Medrano Nominated
Ruby Rodriguez Nominated
Patricia Tumulak Nominated
Breakthrough Artist of the Year Rose Ann Boleche Nominated
Kenneth Medrano Nominated
Patricia Tumulak Won

Full episode

Walang Kapalit Eat Bulaga Lenten Special March 22, 2016

Walang Kapalit Eat Bulaga Lenten Special March 22, 2016

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