When she’s not busy with her showbiz commitments, Sherilyn Reyes-Tan goes wakeboarding with her family.
Sherilyn is currently part of GMA-7’s afternoon drama, Kakambal ni Eliana, topbilled by Kim Rodriguez and starring veteran actors Jean Garcia and Jomari Yllana.
Last weekend, June 22, Shey invited PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) to the 9th Annual Perpetual Cup at Lago de Oro in Calatagan, Batangas.
Joining the wakeboarding/wakeskating competition were her boys Paoie (Ryle Paolo, 14) and Quirsten (Lorenz Christopher, 11).
While Paoie has won competitions in the past, it was Quirsten who bagged 1st place for Wakeskate (Kids 14 Years and Below division) this time around.
Even Eia, (Anya Sabrina, 2) her youngest and only girl, is already expressing interest in the sport as early as now.
“As young as she is, nagyayaya na siya…‘Wakeboard! Wakeboard!’ ganyan. Although paangkas-angkas pa lang.
“But I see her learning the sport also in the near future and then I wanna be able to ride pa rin when the time comes na medyo okay na siya para maganda rin yung bonding.”
Shey relates how their family got into the sport about five years ago. “Actually, it started with Chris and me kasi.
“That was Holy Week, e, tapos we came here. Kasi we were in Tagaytay tapos we decided to come here to eat lang, tapos nakita namin ‘to.
“And that time, it was already being promoted by Aga [Muhlach] so we tried.
“When we tried, siyempre the kids they have school so they can’t come here every day, di ba? So kami ni Chris, we decided to take it seriously, lalo na ako.
“Wala kasi akong sport, e. Lahat ng sport ayaw sa 'kin so parang 'eto, medyo kinareer ko.”
Though she wasn’t so keen on entering competitions, Shey says she has learned some fundamental skills.
“Ano lang, I know the basic tricks. Pero sila yung nagku-compete, e, yung mga boys, especially Paolo. So yeah, I know the basic tricks. Proud naman ako dun.”
PAOLO TRIES SHOWBIZ. Paolo is Sherilyn’s son by his ex-husband Jun-Jun Santiago, brother of showbiz personalities Randy, Rowell, and Raymart Santiago.
But in a previous interview, Shey is proud to say that her husband Chris treats Pao like his own son. In fact, Chris was very supportive of Paolo’s wakeboarding career.
She relays, “Si Chris kasi focused on Pao because he knows na Quirsten is gonna do basketball when he grows up.
“E, that time, parang hindi namin makita yung niche ni Pao so nung nakita namin siya dito and sobrang galing niya, finocus ni Chris talaga, kinoncentrate niya talaga na i-train si Paoie.
“In fact, meron siyang Korean trainer na naging parang family na namin sila.
“He’s actually the number one Asian wakeboarder and also the number one in Korea that time. Right now, nagka-camp siya every year.
“This year, his camp was in Bangkok so we had to fly there for a week para mag-train sila. Yung mga ganun. So more on si Paolo yung ano, e, naka-focus kami kay Pao.”
Recently however, Shey has found that her eldest has found a new preoccupation.
She continues, “But then right now medyo nag-veer kasi yung ano niya, e, direction niya.
“Mahilig kasi sumayaw, so nagdyi-G-Force siya every year. 'Etong third year, parang bigla siyang nag-shine.
“Tapos sinabi niya na parang I wanna be able to walk out of the South Gate in Araneta na hinihiyawan daw siya ng mga tao! May mga ganun siya.
“And then finally, Mr. M [Johnny Manahan] and Tito Deo [Endrinal] called me for, kung puwede daw nilang makita si Paolo.
“And then right now, he’s doing workshops na with Star Magic so medyo nag-veer yung direction niya.
“So, 'eto [wakeboard competition] parang hindi ako masyadong kinakabahan kasi hindi na namin talaga sineseryoso, parang for fun na lang siya ngayon, yung competition.
“Pero supposedly ang target namin was maging at least number one wakeboarder siya sa Philippines, sa age niya.
“Supposedly yun yung target namin but parang hindi na yata kami pupunta dun.
“So yun, parang for fun na lang 'tsaka family bonding. 'Cause this is the only sport na nagagawa naming lahat.”
LAGO DE ORO. Lago de Oro which is situated in Calatagan, Batangas, is the first and original wakepark in the country.
It's a two- to three-hour ride from Manila and also a favorite of some celebrities such as Sophie Albert, Enzo Pineda, and Geneva Cruz.
This is also where Aga Muhlach hosted his first ever National Wakeboarding Championship in 2007.
For Sherilyn’s family, the place is almost like a second home. She says they visit the place every time they’re free.
“Sometimes two weeks kami dito. Minsan nag-Holy Week na kami, nag-Pasko na kami, nag-New Year na kami dito. Basta every time we’re free,” she confesses.
They also look forward to riding in other wakeparks not just in the country, but also abroad.
Shey relates, “We also go to other parks, pag hindi over night, ganun. Tapos I would like to be able to visit also other parks sa ibang country kasi nakaka-excite yung mga obstacles, e.
“And nakaka-challenge din. May times kasi na parang natatamad ka mag-ride, and then there are times when you’re so eager to learn din and natsa-challenge ka sa mga kasama mo.
“Like, we have friends who are riding also, nag-aanuhan kami, healthy competition, ganyan.”
If anything, the sport is also a good form of work-out. The part of the body it stretches the most, “Yung arms 'tsaka yung abs,” says Shey.
In fact, she also uses her time on the water to meditate. She adds, “'Tsaka pag nagra-ride ako, yun yung rosary time ko, e.
“Nagru-rosary ako, pag nakikita mo ko, paikut-ikot lang ako, wala akong ginagawa, ibig sabihin nagru-rosaryo ako nun.”