SYLVIA Sanchez’ career got a big boost when she did the afternoon drama, “The Greatest Love”, for which her crackerjack performance as a martyr mother suffering from Alzheimer’s disease just won her the PMPC best actress award. And she now plays the lead in a new soap, “Hanggang Saan” (formerly titled “All That Matters”), and also in a new movie from Regal, “Mama’s Girl”, where she plays Sofia Andres’ doting mother.
“2017 is really a good year for me sa dami ng magandang projects na dumating sa akin,” she says. “I thank the Lord for all the blessings at sana magtuluy-tuloy hanggang sa darating na taon.”
Sylvia gets to work with eldest son Arjo Atayde as Paco in “Hanggang Saan”, a family drama about a caring mother, Sylvia as Sonya, who will do anything and everything for the welfare of her children.
“After my role as Gloria in ‘The Greatest Love’, na blessing talaga dahil hindi ko inakalang at my age, magiging bida pa ako sa teleserye, I thought mahihirapan akong makakuha uli ng isang bagong matinding role but heto, dumating si Sonya, at nagpapasalamat uli ako sa ABS-CBN sa panibagong tiwalang ibinigay nila sa akin,” says Sylvia.
Does she feel any pressure with “Hanggang Saan” since “Greatest Love” seems like a tough act to follow? “Siyempre, oo, kasi very successful ang ‘Greatest Love’. But more than the pressure, I’m thrilled and excited na ipakilala si Sonya in ‘Hanggang Saan’ sa viewers. Iba siya kay Gloria kasi I make sure iniba-iba ko ang body language at mannerisms ko sa bawat role na ginagampanan ko. Dito, pati lakad ko, ginawa kong parang lalake.”
She stresses that Gloria and Sonya are two different faces of a mother. “Nagtitiwala akong si Sonya ang bagong ina na mamahalin ng viewers dahil sa mga ginagawa niyang pagpapakasakit at pagsasakripisyo para sa mga anak niya. Ipapakita niya kung hanggang saan ang makakayang gagawin ng isang ina para proteksyunan ang kanyang mga anak. Natitiyak kong tatatak din si Sonya sa puso’t isipan ng viewers gaya ni Gloria. Masarap ding katrabaho lahat ng artistang kasama sa ensemble dito kasi lahat, magaling, may effort to cooperate and contribute to make sure na mapapaganda namin ang aming bagong show.”
“Hanggang Saan” is directed by Jeffrey Jeturian and Mervyn Brondial and the huge supporting cast includes Ariel Rivera, Teresa Loyzaga, Sue Ramirez, Yves Flores, Maris Racal, Marlo Mortel, Nikko Natividad, Rommel Padilla, Nanding Josef, Anna Luna, Mercedes Cabral, Junjun Quintana, Jenny Miller, Rubi Rubi, Viveika Ravanes, Sharmaine Suarez, Ces Quesada, Arnold Reyes, Maila Gumila and child star Luke Alford as the young Arjo. It will start airing on November 27 replacing “The Promise of Forever”.
RURU'S CAREER ON A ROLL
RURU Madrid’s career is on a roll these days. He just won his first acting award at the recent PMPC TV Awards as best actor for his performance as Ybarro in “Encantadia”. And now, after supporting Dingdong Dantes in Book 2 of “Alyas Robin Hood”, he’s being launched to full stardom in a new primetime soap, tentatively titled “K9 Detective” as he will have a canine friend in the story. He’s also part of the Vic Sotto-Dawn Zulueta Metro Filmfest entry this Christmas, “Meant to Beh”.
“Sobrang dami ng blessings,” he says. “I remember when I was chosen to play Ybarro, ang daming tumutol, na-bash ako nang husto, pero heto, dahil sa role na 'yun, nanalo ako ng unang acting award ko kaya salamat sa pamba-bash nyo, na-inspire ako to prove myself. Salamat din sa GMA Artist Center at sa handler ko, sa manager kong si Direk Maryo de los Reyes, at ang mentor ko noon sa ‘Protege’ na si Phillip Salvador na malaki talaga ang naitulong para magpursigi ako pagbutihan ang craft ko.”
He won as best actor in a tie with Dingdong Dantes for “Alyas Robin Hood”. How does it feel? “Naku, napakalaking karangalang manalo akong kasama si Kuya Dingdong kasi idol ko talaga siya ever since. Sabay pa nga kaming umakyat on stage to get our trophies. Napakabait na tao niya at matulungin sa isang baguhang gaya ko. Napatunayan ko 'yan after makasama ko siya sa ‘Alyas Robin Hood’. So proud akong nang manalo ako, tie kaming dalawa.”
And how does he feel that he’s just the second choice for his new show as it was first offered to Alden Richards? “Naku, nang mabalitaan ko 'yan, ang laki talaga ng pasasalamat kong sa akin ito ipinagkatiwala ng GMA kasi si Alden, Alden Richards na 'yun. I’m just so happy and thankful na sa’kin napunta ang ganito kalaking project. Para i-offer nila sa’kin 'yung show na unang kinonsider si Alden, talagang sobrang na-excite ako. Ang laking blessing nito at napi-feel kong simula ito ng isang bago at magandang chapter sa career ko.”
Ruru is reunited with his ka-loveteam, Gabbi Garcia, in his new show, but off cam, he’s currently being linked to Asia’s Next Top Model winner Maureen Wroblewitz.
SECOND HAND STORIES
IT’S customary now for a lot of showbiz writers to depend on the social media accounts of celebrities to get news stories they can write about in their entertainment pages. Parang nangangahoy sila sa Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, then quote the stories of the stars and copy and paste the pictures posted by celebrities on their columns or pages.
We really don’t know how effective or worthwhile this is, because if we’re the reader, then we’d rather not read these second hand stories on newspaper columns. We’ll prefer to just go directly to the primary source and read the actual accounts of movie stars in their Instagram, Twitter or Facebook walls. You get first hand, direct information pa and not mere hearsay. What do you think?