MANILA — Julia Montes was among the graduates of “Goin’ Bulilit” who paid tribute to the kiddie gag show following the announcement of its final episode.
Montes, 24, took to Instagram to express her gratitude to the ABS-CBN program, which will conclude its 14-year run in August.
Posting a photo of her batch of cast members, Montes wrote, unedited: “#KwentongBulilit samahang ndi mo makakalimutan... Dito ako nagsimulang mangarap, nabigyan ng pamilya at mabigyan ng pagkakatao.
“Utang ko sa show na ito ang lahat lalong lalo na sa Mortiz family... Ang unang pamilyang tumanggap kay ‘Mara’ on and off cam.. Ang batang wala namang bibo skills at mahiyain pero tinayaan ng aming Tatay na si Direk Bobot."
“Maraming memories sa show na to na hindi mapapantayan... Maraming nabuong pangarap, maraming lesson na ndi malilimutan.”
Montes, whose real name is Mara Schnittka, was referring to “Goin’ Bulilit” director Edgar Mortiz, who has helped rear the careers of child stars like her.
Following her “graduation” from the Sunday gag show, Montes successfully transitioned as a teen star, notably with the drama series “Mara Clara,” before clinching successive teleserye lead roles.
Montes’ fellow “Goin’ Bulilit” alumni include Kathryn Bernardo, Miles Ocampo, Jane Oineza, Kiray Celis, Sharlene San Pedro, and Nash Aguas.