Sylvia Sanchez admits turning down roles after The Greatest Love

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Sylvia Sanchez admits that there were times when she brought home her Gloria character from The Greatest Love. "Nadadala ko yung natutulala, like nakaganon ako..."



The Greatest Love
lead actress Sylvia Sanchez admitted she is concerned with the ratings of her television show.

The afternoon drama, which airs at 4:00 pm in the Kapamilya Gold block of ABS-CBN, started off with the usual ratings for an afternoon program, until the story reached its climax and was able to register and sustain high ratings.

In fact, the show's peak rating, according to Kantar Media, was 20.4%.

When Sylvia was asked by PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the April 2 finale press conference of the show, she admitted that she closely monitors the performance of her program in the ratings game.

She pointed out, "Concerned kami doon, concerned ako kasi gusto ko lang ibalik ng tama yung kaligayahan na binigay sa akin ng GMO unit at saka ng ABS-CBN."

GMO unit is the production unit helming the show, under business unit head Miss Ginny Monteagudo-Ocampo.

The actress continued, "Gusto ko lang ibalik kung kuntento ako sa binigay nila sa akin, gusto ko rin makuntento sila. Kumabaga patas lang dapat.

"Dapat minomonitor mo rin yan, inaayos mo tapos kung may problema, nakikipag-usap ako sa kanila, bakit ganito, bakit ganyan, palagi ako nakikipag-usap, palagi ako nagtatanong kasi concerned ako, kasi love ko yung show.

"Gusto ko, bilang si Gloria, concerned ako sa role ko at kung anong koneksyon ko sa kanila, anong patutunguhan."

However, Sylvia already expected that The Greatest Love will be loved by viewers, mainly because it is a family drama.

The 45-year-old actress explained, "Umpisa pa lang, noong binigay sakin ito, ready na ako, e.

"Alam kong puputok ito, e, kasi alam ko ang mga Pinoy, pag istoryang pamilya, kakapit yun lalo na sa mga nanay, kasi kultura natin yun, e, di ba?

"Kultura nating huwag bastos sa magulang. Close sa atin ang mga magulang natin.

"Kaya noong inoffer sa akin itong show na ito, ang tanong ko lang talaga, 'Miss Ginny, kaya ko ba na ako bida?'

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"Kasi 27 years, lagi akong support, tapos si Miss Ginny in-offeran ako na si Gloria, malaki ang responsibilidad bilang Gloria.

"Ngayon sabi sa akin ni Miss Ginny, 'Kaya mo yan, Ibyang [Sylvia's nickname]. At saka maganda storya natin.'

"Yun lang ang lagi kong kinakapitan. Natuto ako sa Be Careful with My Heart, e. Umpisa nun."

Be Careful With My Heart is the 2012 breakthrough daytime drama starring Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Yap, which registered primetime-like ratings despite its 11:00 a.m. timeslot.

Sylvia was also part of the TV show as Jodi's mother. GMO unit also produced BCWMH.

She continued, "Honestly, wala namang big stars nun, e, di ba? Si Jodi, si Richard, kilala sila pero hindi sila yung talagang… walang big stars noon.

"Pumutok yung istorya dahil sa istorya at doon nakilala ng todo si Jodi at saka si Richard. Tapos sumunod yung Ningning (2015). Yun yung pinanghahawakan ko.

"Kung naitawid yung storya ng Be Careful at saka Ningning, kaya ko rin to itawid.

"At saka matatalino na ngayon ang mga viewers, hindi na sila sa kung sino big stars ang bida, of course meron pa rin yan pero unlike before. Ngayon, kung ano ng istorya."

The Greatest Love is set to air its final episode on Friday, April 21.

GLORIA AND SYLVIA. Bringing life to Sylvia's character is tough, especially when Gloria started showing signs of Alzheimer's Disease.

This allowed Sylvia to show symptoms of those with Alzheimer's Disease such as suddenly staring at blank space or forgetting things easily.

Was there a time when she continued doing these habits in real life?

She remarked, "Hindi naman, pero minsan talaga, nadadala ko yung natutulala, like nakaganon ako tapos biglang… everyday kasi, e, na pino-portray ko yung Gloria, na nakakalimot.

"Hindi maiwasang madadala ko na kahit nga sa bahay, nakaganon ako o minsan, 'Ano nga? Ano? Ha?'

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"Yun lang naman nadadala ko pero ine-erase ko naman agad."

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However, what she has been deeply affected by lessons that Gloria taught her as a mother.

Sylvia recalled, "Ang nadadala ko kay Gloria talaga, yung pagmamahal.

"Kasi ito naman yung sasabihin ko about sa nanay ko, hindi ako pinamanahan ng nanay ko ng kahit na anong kayamanan na material na bagay kasi wala kami nun, e.

"Wala din yung nanay ko. Isa lang ang pinamana sa 'kin ng nanay ko. Puso. Pinalaki niya ako ng maayos, pinalaki niya ko ng may respeto.

"Yung respeto na yun mas lalo kong nadevelop dito sa TGL. Yun yung malaking meron na ako niyan, tinuro na sa akin ng nanay ko, mas tinuruan ako lalo ng The Greatest Love.

"Mas tinuruan ako ni Gloria, kaya mawala man ang The Greatest Love, still, nasa akin si Gloria, dala ko ang puso ni Gloria."


As the Gloria character made her own mark among viewers, Sylvia can't also help but be wary of roles she will be tackling in her future teleseryes.

She shared, "Yes malaking bagay 'yan, sabi ko nga kay miss Ginny, 'Papaano na, ano nang next?'

"Kasi di ba, yung Gloria, andun na lahat, e. Mapagmahal na ina, nanay, tapos may Alzheimer's, ngayon naman na-mild stroke, iba-iba na atake ng emosyon, nakita na."

The actress, who was previously known for her villainous roles in Esperanza (1997), Recuerdo de Amor (2002), and Mundo Man Ay Magunaw (2012), also said that she already turned down offers.

"So sabi ko, sana yung kasunod, actually sa totoo lang, meron na akong mga tinatanggihan kasi medyo gusto kong maiba, iba naman, hindi yung Gloria. Ingat na ako dun.

"Kung maganda at challenging, why not?

"Takot, yes, pero lagi naman akong ganito, e. Lagi kong sinasabi, 'Lord, binigay mo sa akin itong talent na ito, binabalik ko sa 'yo, ikaw ang bahala.'

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"Alam ko, itong Gloria na to, binigay niya sa akin, alam ko may kasunod ito. Kung ano man, bahala na ang Diyos.

"Basta I'll make sure sa pagbabalik ko, ibang atake naman. Kasi before Be Careful, iniba ko pagdating sa Ningning.

"Ayoko ng sa bawat labas ko, iisa lang, pare-pareho lang. Nakabox lang, ayoko.

"Gusto ko bawat bagong proyekto, bagong atake, yun naman ang sinisiguro ko. Kaya nga everytime na may bagong ino-offer sa akin, sinisuguro ko, nag-i-immerse ako, nag aaral ako. Yun ang gusto ko."


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