#FlashbackFriday: 'Sineskwela' casts then and now

Shara Mae Balce
PUBLISHED September 21, 2017 03:59 pm | UPDATED September 21, 2017 04:06 pm

(Inside Manila) Tayo na sa Sineskwela, tuklasin natin ang Siyensya,

Buksan ang pag-iisip, tayo’y likas na scientists!

No doubt every 90’s kids can sing along with this theme song of children educational television show aired during the 90's—"Sineskwela."

The award-winning curriculum-based show proved that learning science is not really mind-numbing and boring.

Since Filipinos love #FlashbackFriday, let us take a look on the original casts of "Sineskwela," what they look like then and now.

Ate Giselle (Giselle Sanchez)

The class valedictorian and magna cum laude graduate from University of the Philippines has been known as one of the show’s original mentors.

Now, she is a loving wife and a mother of two. She is a multi-awarded actress, an events host, singer, stand-up comedienne, and a columnist of broadsheet Manila Bulletin.

Ate Winnie (Winnie Cordero)

She is the cool and cheerful science teacher in Sineskwela. She was also a member of television series for children Batibot’s pool of talents.

Today, Winnie serves as a broadcasting journalist, a news anchor for TV Patrol and dzMM’s Todo-Todo Walang Preno. Also, she is a segment host of ABS-CBN morning show, "Umagang Kay Ganda."

Ugat-Puno (Roobak Valle)

Remember this talking half-human and half-tree character that represents the environment and always reminds the audience the importance of protecting the nature? He is now working in Gantimpala Theater Foundation for over 2 decades.

Roobak Valle directed educational stage plays including Ibon Adarna, Noli Me Tangere, and Florante at Laura.

Kuya Bok (Frederico “Icko” Gonzales)

Most kids from the 90s wished to have a charming elder brother like Kuya Bok. He is the leader of the "Sineskwela" team. He started his career in various theater plays.

Icko is still enjoying his career in theater. He even played as the Beast in Guam’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and as MJ in Widows, Orphans, and Wildebeests by Freddie Santos. He is also a writer-director for different trade events.

Kulitsap (Maan Munsayac)

Played by Maan Munsayac, Kulitsap (mischievous + bug) represents insects and other small creatures that stabbed the curiosity of the young ones. Her character specializes in interacting with other small living creatures.

She is now working as a registered nurse and residing in the United States.

Palikpik (Sheena Ramos)

In English: “Fin”

A snooping half-man, half fish, who is then exploring the ocean and other bodies of water that are unreachable to other members of Sineskwela team.

Now, Sheena is active in theater at Egg Theater Co. She has also been part of I America, an entry in Cinemalaya 2016 that joined the CinemAsia Film Festival in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Anatom (Christine Bersola-Babao)

As the name says, Anatom has an ability to transform into an atomic particle. She is the elder sister of Agatom, who allowed the viewers to explore every nook of human anatomy.

Now, Christine Bersola is happily married with ABS-CBN news anchor Julius Babao and a mother of two kids. She is also a host in ParenTIN.tv, the first online parenting show in the Philippines, and has wrote about parenting in magazines.

Agatom (Brenan Espartinez)

As Anatom’s counterpart, this witty and amusing character explored the inexplorable dimensions with the viewers.

Now, the runner-up in GMA’s Pinoy Pop Superstar is now taking his career in the music industry. He also worked with Hollywood’s Bluetown Syndicate and with international singer-songwriter Dianne Franc for his 2013 album entitled “Unrestricted.”

Do you still remember all of them?



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