Why Tanya Garcia turned down offer to be part of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano

by James Patrick Anarcon
Feb 3, 2021
Tanya Garcia reveals that she was offered to do a role in FPJ's Ang Probinsyano while husband Mark Lapid was in the show, but she decided to turn it down. "Actually, ang ganda ng role kaya lang..."
PHOTO/S: GMA-7 / @marklapid on Instagram

Did you know that Tanya Garcia almost worked with her husband, Mark Lapid, in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano?

Tanya reveals this in her PEP Live episode held on January 28, 2021.

She tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) of the time that FPJ's Ang Probinsyano lead star Coco Martin offered her a role.

Coco also acts as the show's creative consultant and director.

Tanya says, "Yes. Actually, oo.

“Ngayon, wala na si Mark sa Probinsyano, e. Pero before he left, tinanong na rin ako ni Coco.

“Sabi niya, ‘Gusto mo ba? Meron akong role sana…’ Meron siyang role na ibinibigay sa akin.”

Mark was part of the ABS-CBN prime-time series from 2017 to early 2019.

Accepting Coco's offer would have meant that both Mark and Tanya would be away from their family at the same time as they work on the show together. This did not sit well with Tanya.

She explains, “Kaya lang, noong time na iyon, sabi ko, hindi naman puwedeng sabay kami, sabay kaming mawawala ni Mark, di ba?

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“Meron siyang dalawang role. Actually, ang ganda ng role kaya lang sabi ko, hindi kami puwedeng sabay ni Mark.”

In the end, Tanya decided to turn down the role to take care of her kids: Mischa Amidala, 13, Matilda Anika, 9, and Madeleine Ariana, 4.


Now that Mark is no longer busy doing FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano or other TV shows, Tanya can accept projects that require longer taping days.

This is why she was able to do the upcoming GMA-7 series Babawiin Ko Ang Lahat, which had a lock-in taping for the whole month of September to can the whole series.

Babawiin Ko Ang Lahat stars Pauline Mendoza, John Estrada, and Carmina Villarroel as its lead cast. It serves as Tanya's comeback series after three years.

When they first started taping in early 2020, Tanya was only supposed to do a guest role for the show. But the production was happy with her participation that she became a regular character.

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Tanya says in her PEP Live interview, “Actually, dapat guest lang dapat ako dito, e. Dapat guest lang talaga.

“In-offer nila sa akin ito, short role lang. Parang di ko alam kung flashback, basta sa original story, short-short role lang.

“’Tapos siguro, na-excite rin sila or natuwa rin ang creatives ‘tapos production so they asked me kung kaya ko nga na tuluy-tuloy.

“Noong ginawa namin iyon, wala pang pandemic. Nag-start kami early 2020, I think February, wala pa. Dapat pupunta akong States noon kasi pag summer, umaalis kami.

“Sabi ko, ‘Sige, pagbalik ko siguro, puwede nating ituloy hanggang sa ayon na nga, nag-COVID, nag-lockdown, nag-stop taping.”

After the long lockdown, in September 2020, the staff of Babawiin Ko Ang Lahat called Tanya and asked if she can still resume taping.

Tanya admits that although she was excited, she also had doubts about pushing through with the lock-in taping since it meant that she would be away from her three kids for at least a month.

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She recalls, “I think mga September, sabi nila magreresume na, lock in daw. So siyempre, never pa ako nahiwalay sa family ko, sa girls ko, never talaga.

“So noong sinabi nila iyon, kinabahan talaga ako. Sabi ko, ‘Shocks, kaya ko ba, kaya ko bang mahiwalay sa kanila?'

“Siyempre, nakaka-excite na meron kang work ulit, show, pero at the same time, kinakabahan ako na parang hindi ko yata kaya kasi 3 to 4 weeks kami mala-lock in. Ang tagal kasi kailangan naming tapusin.”

But then, Mark was supportive of Tanya’s comeback and convinced her to push through with the lock-in taping.

Tanya says, “Noong sinabi kami ni Mark, ‘Kailangan mo rin iyan. Parang breather mo rin kasi ilang months na tayong naka-lockdown sa bahay.’

“’Tapos may anxiety na rin ako dahil sa mga nangyayari nga sa atin, very uncertain lahat ng nangyayari noong 2020.

“Sabi niya, ‘Kailangan mo rin iyan para breather mo, para ma-clear iyong mind.’

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“Kasi sobrang parang feeling ko mag-e-end of the world na ba, hindi mo alam ano mangyayari. So maganda naman kasi sinuportahan naman ako ni Mark.

"Sabi niya, ‘Sige, go lang. Ako bahala sa girls.’"


FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano was not the first show that Tanya turned down to prioritize her family life.

In the past, she had to let go of other TV projects, choosing to become a mother to her three kids than being an actress.

She tells PEP.ph, “Actually, ang gusto ko nga, guestings lang kasi for ilang years, sabi ko talaga siguro ito iyong calling ko na maging hands-on mom sa kids.

“Pero kasi, kahit sinabi ko nang dito na ako sa kids, hindi naman sa ayaw kong umarte, pero mas komportable ako dito na mag-alaga at sa bahay lang, meron pa rin kasing mga offers.

“Siguro, dito rin talaga ako napupunta sa showbiz, ito rin talaga iyong line of work ko kasi kahit ang tagal ko nang wala, may mga offers pa rin, may mga pini-pitch pa rin sa akin.

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“Kahit sinasabi kong hindi ako puwede or buntis ako or kapapanganak ko lang, meron pa rin, e. Naalala pa rin nila kaya nakakatuwa.”

Tanya recalls the time she played the mother of Daniel Padilla in the 2017 fantasy series La Luna Sangre.

She points to this as an example of the short roles she is able to play, and says, “Iyong mga ganon, kaya ko kapag one or two taping days lang.

“Pero kapag minsan, three months 'tapos three times a week regular, parang hindi ko kaya.”

But Tanya says that she has no regrets about turning down projects in the past.

She explains, “Feeling ko, kahit ikaw pa ang una nilang choice, pero kapag may circumstances or may mga reasons na hindi matuloy, hindi talaga para sa iyo, di ba?

“Kahit ikaw ang last choice pero natuloy na sa iyo, ibig sabihin para sa iyo.

“Kahit sabihin pa nilang sinulat namin ito or ginawa namin ito para sa iyo kaya lang hindi mo magawa kasi may mga rason pa or may mga circumstances na dumating, then it’s not for you, di ba?”

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Tanya Garcia reveals that she was offered to do a role in FPJ's Ang Probinsyano while husband Mark Lapid was in the show, but she decided to turn it down. "Actually, ang ganda ng role kaya lang..."
PHOTO/S: GMA-7 / @marklapid on Instagram
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