“The Meryl Streep of the Philippines”, was how Director Dante Nico “Angga” Garcia introduced veteran actress Sylvia Sanchez.
It was a perfect description to give tribute to her successful career on TV and the cinema that spans over three decades. Undeniably, her acting ability can be seen in her powerful portrayal of different types of a not-so-normal mother including the unfriendly mother in Esperanza (2008) and the sick mother in The Greatest Love (2017) – she is an ultimate brand of motherhood in reel world.
Having given birth to two new actors slowly conquering her TV and movie domain, Sylvia gears up for another quest that covers a different format favored by the younger audience.
“Sylviahera” is an upcoming digital show on YouTube featuring Sylvia traveling and cooking. It is directed by Direk Angga and will be released regularly via the YouTube channel of Casa Nieves TV.
The Well-Off Actress Back as a Provincial Girl
Unknown to most, Sylvia was born in a humble town of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte in Mindanao. Expect this- she is not another city girl doing a social media show.
The show reconnects Sylvia back to where her dreams have started to grow. As shown during an exclusive preview of the first episode of the show, the rural panorama of her hometown is captured through drone shots.
During the preview, she narrated how they dealt with the hard times back then. She said they dive in to the ocean to gather sea urchin and crabs to have something to cook for the family.
She also shared that she used to gather kangkong leaves in a nearby cemetery. At home, she would cook adobong kangkong.
These inspiring stories is the heart of the entire production. And as she reveals her own story, it is expected that she will inspire those little ones in the countryside to keep pursuing their big dreams.
Behind Every Dish is A Story She Tells
There are tens and tens of cooking shows on the internet teaching people how to cook every in-demand dish. But Sylviahera has a different approach.
Sylvia admits that while she may have graduated culinary, she decided not to pursue it as a career because she is already blessed with a good one in the showbiz industry.
For the show, she carries a trolley that expands into a one-burner kitchen. As she travels back to her hometown, she prepares dishes with matching stories relating to the dish or even an ingredient.
She also shared that she went to Camiguin to meet folks there. Because she is not a “teaching” chef, she mingled with the locals to share what she knows about a dish they were cooking and in return learned from them how they do the same dish.
The cooking element of the shows makes her realize that there are things in the kitchen she is yet to discover despite her culinary education.
The digital show stands out as a combined cooking and travel show shot like a documentary. It is also interesting that all the scenes in the final cut are raw. Sylvia will be seen asking the director how to pronounce an English word. And she wears slippers and shorts and she does not wear any make- up.
Unquestionably, Sylvia Sanchez does not anything more to do this show. She is a Meryl Streep and she will be fine.
“Sylviahera” debut on Casa Nieves TV on December 25, 2018 at 12:01AM. To learn more, click HERE.