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Sylvia Sanchez plays ‘cool mom’ for a change

Her depth of characterization, based on noteworthy roles in the past, leaves viewers no doubt that Sylvia Sanchez can play any role she puts her mind to.
Yet as fate would have it, she has earned an unofficial moniker as “mom for all seasons,” which Tribune coins today, with recent landmark roles like that of a mother battling with Alzheimer’s disease in the top-rated ABS-CBN afternoon series The Greatest Love in 2017, as well as her embattled mom role in the current series Hanggang Saan.
The respected actress ushers in 2018 with a big-screen outing for Regal Entertainment — a very different mother role in Mama’s Girl, which opened nationwide in cinemas yesterday.
Firstly, this mother role, she says, is not the downtrodden type.
“Groovy ito at saka sexy. Lume-level up—hindi na iyong mahirap na nanay tulad sa mga roles ko lately,” Sanchez explained at the movie’s grand media conference. “And strong mom siya, na no matter what, hindi niya iiwanan ang anak niya hangga’t OK na siya.”
Sanchez plays single mother Mina to a daughter, played by Sofia Andres. “Single mom man o hindi, lahat ng nanay masasabing naranasan o nararanasan nila ang pinagdaanan ni Mina. Yung punto ng buhay mo na mapapaisip ka kung anong nangyari sa anak mo at sa relasyon ninyong mag-ina. ‘Napabuti ka nga ba dahil sa akin o mas napasama pa?’ Siguradong hindi ka lang iiyak sa mga eksena dito kundi mapapaisip ka tungkol sa estado ng inyong pamilya.”
As a mother to five children, two of whom are already forging their own careers in showbiz—Arjo and Ria Atayde—Sylvia admits that she can be described much in the same way as her latest role, making a mama’s boy and a mama’s girl of her children.
“Walang hangganan ang pagmamahal ng isang ina, walang limitations yan eh. And si Arjo, Mama’s boy talaga yan pero I won’t say that nawawala yung paninindigan ng isang anak kung mama’s girl or mama’s boy man sila. Natutuwa ako that Arjo is very independent. Si Ria is the same way and will even say mas mataray pa siya sa akin even if I baby her.”
Roselle Monteverde-Teo, in an article, said they chose Mama’s Girl as their opening film for 2018 because it’s all about new beginnings.
Promising that everyone can learn a thing or two from Mama’s Girl—for one, it aims to bridge the gap between today’s millennial generation and their parents—Sylvia is eager to be part of Regal Entertainment’s continuing tradition of producing tributes to mothers like the ‘80s and ‘90s’ Oh, My Mama, Mother Dear and To Mama With Love.
Directed by Connie S.A. Macatuno, Mama’s Girl also stars Diego Loyzaga, Jameson Blake, Yana Asistio, Heaven Peralejo, Karen Reyes, Arlene Mulach, Allan Paule and Allora Sasam.

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