As an actress, she thinks that an acting workshop can equip actors with the necessary techniques to enhance one’s craft, but not necessarily the heart and soul of acting which ought to come from the depths of one’s innate human capacity.
Coming on the heels of ABS-CBN’s top-rated series The Greatest Love, where lead star Sylvia Sanchez earned her Best Drama Actress in the recently-concluded Phil.Movie Press Club Star Awards for TV, comes another one of its kind teleserye from the same network billed Hanggang Saan,again with her in the leading role. It is slated for airing on the last week of this month.
An added curiousity factor in the new teleserye is that Sylvia will be working with her award-winning son Arjo Atayde, who will also play her son, almost like in real life, although understandably threaded in different light in terms of breathing life into the approaches of their respective characterizations.
How does Sylvia take the outpouring of blessings coming her way one after another? In a recent tete-a-tete with the multi-awarded actress, she disclosed saying that more than her mother studio ABS-CBN and the creative people in front and behind the camera, she could not thank God enough for said blessings.
The story of the highly awarded The Greatest Love relatively put to test her acting metier to the hilt which paid off, if awards and top-ratings were the barometers of the over-all success of said teleserye. This partly explains why ABS-CBN has to do a follow-up of sort to cash in on the bankability of Sylvia at the moment.
In a more bashful tone, she pointed out she was thankful that the PMPC Star Awards for TV validated her much-touted award-winning performance in said breakthrough teleserye.
Fortuitously, the said series was shown far beyond it’s scheduled season extending for about two years in the hearts and minds of its avid followers. The theme orbited on the unfathomable love of a mother with dark past of her own as she falls into fits of an irrrversible Alzheimer’s disease in which she struggled to relate with the different characters and mindsets of her own siblings who like her were also coming to grips with their own demons, identity, and personal problems toward epiphany in a manner of speaking.
Said teleserye also won another grand award as Best Daytime Drama Series from the Star Awards out of a total of 28 awards bagged by ABS-CBN including Best TV Station. But prior to Sylvia’s winning said two Star Awards, she was early on bestowed with a TV best actress award by Gawad Tanglaw Awards late last year, and this year as Best TV Actress in a Drama Program by the 25th KBP Golden Dove Awards for the same drama series.
Since 1992 up to the present, Sylvia has bagged a total of at least 9 acting awards from several award-giving bodie, like the Metro Manila Filmfest, FAMAS, Golden Screen TV Award, Gawad Tanglaw Awards, and the PMPC.
Sylvia Sanchez in her acceptance speech during the PMPC awards night was almost in tears as she was enthralled telling her fascinated audience at Henry Lee Irwin Theater at Ateneo de Manila University, that she could not thank enough ABS-CBN’s creative people for giving her the prime role when it could have been assigned to the more popular and bankable actresses in the stable of said network.
She also intimated that luck must have played a big part when the role fell on her lap considering that in the beginning according to ABS-CBN’s Creative Director Ricky Lee there were about five of them who were first considered for the role. She however, emerged the top choice after a thorough deliberation among members of the casting department.
She did not forget to make mention as well of the prime importance and participation of other co-actors who played siblings to her and made the teleserye truly an organic, masterful work of an ensemble acting. She also thanked and was grateful as ever for her husband Arturo Atayde’s unwavering support, with whom she has four children. Daughter Ria Atayde aside from Arjo is now keenly following in her footsteps and is getting acting awards, as well.
In hindsight, Sylvia Sanchez was a product of the mainstream movie industry that is now almost dead, along with the demise of action movies sealed by the death of the King of Action Movies Fernando Poe, Jr. Luckily, she was able to hold on to her God-given talent in acting and proved she had something to offer beyond her allure, whether acting for sexy potboilers or as the obligatory pretty face in action capers. She thinks she is more fortunate than her peers to rise up from the ashes when sexy movies were totally banned from showing by the snooty owners of cinemas in theater malls.
She recalled further that she learned the nitty-gritty of acting through actual experience, adding that for her the world and the TV-movie set are big arenas in which to learn and imbibe the gamut of human emotions. It is also a playing field upon which to imbue one’s personality with friendly and sincere disposition in relating humbly with everyone on the set from the big bosses, co-actors, the technical people to the coffee servers.
Not exactly sold to acting workshops, she thinks she has been doing the right thing intuitively, through all her assignments, big or small. She emphasized that acting talent can’t be developed overnight even with the guidance of an acting facilitator. To her, preparing for and attacking a specific role comes with never-ending self-study, self-reflection, research or immersion to get the message across on your own or with the rest of your co-actors.
Is the actress excited of her new teleserye that is to unfold end of this month? Sylvia is honest enough to admit to us that the new project is giving her goose bumps and sleepless nights, even if she had gone through all sorts of preparation to enable her to measure up to some limitless dimensions of acting with the rest of the cast, including her son in real life Arjo Atayde, as well.