Sylvia Sanchez recalls ‘confronting’ Jinggoy Estrada about her accent
Award-winning actress Sylvia Sanchez is known to her peers as “Bisaya” apparently because of her thick Visayan accent.
During the press conference for the movie “Coming Home” at Discovery Suites in Pasig City, Sanchez fondly remembered the moment she saw former Senator Jinggoy Estrada (then mayor) laughed at her when she spoke in Visayan accent after she accepted her first acting trophy many years ago. She admitted she did not find it amusing back then.
“Nanalo ako ng best supporting actress noong 1992. First time. So umakyat ako ng stage at kabadong-kabado talaga ako,” she said.
“Siyempre dahil first time, kung anu-ano na ang sinasabi ko. Kung anu-ano na ang lumalabas sa bibig ko. Andun lahat ng mayors. blah blah blah, blah blah blah. At panghuli, sinabi ko talaga nun, I want to thank Mother Lily Monte-virdi imbes na Monteverde,” Sanchez recalled. “Talagang natawa siya. Kitang kita ko noon mula sa stage kung paano siya natawa.”
Sanchez said she got affected by what she saw. She vowed to “confront” Jinggoy about it soon.
Years later, Sanchez said that she finally got to work with Jinggoy. In one of her conversations with him, Sanchez rekindled the “laughing” issue.
“Sabi ko sa kanya pinagtawanan niya ako noon kasi nag-Bisaya ako sa speech. Pero dine-deny niya na tumawa siya. Finally, naalala na niya. Sabi ni Jinggoy ‘oo nga, natawa talaga ako kasi Bisaya ka,” said Sanchez.
But that is water under the bridge already, Sanchez also said. “We are now in good in terms. Wala na yun. Napag-kuwentuhan lang naman natin.”
“Coming Home,” which also stars Jinggoy and former Miss Universe 3rd runner-up Ariella Arida, is her first movie since she signed up for ALV Talent Circuit.
“I am confident that our family picture will be a worthy summer offering for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day because it’s a story that resonates strongly with Filipino viewers, and of course, because of our cast and production team,” said ALV Films producer Arnold Vegafria, who is line producer for the flick.
Sanchez said that the new movie would keep her busy for few months, although it would not interfere with her schedule in shooting the teleserye “Pamilya Ko” on ABS-CBN.
“Ang teleserye ko is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Itong movie naman is Tuesday, Thursday at Saturday. Hindi talaga ako tumatanggap ng invitation sa Sunday kasi family day ko yun,” she said.
Sanchez also said that one of the reasons why she accepted the movie is the location shooting.
“Kung province ang location, hindi ko na tatanggapin yun kasi magkakaproblema lang sa production, ma-le-late lamang ako. Dito lang sa Metro Manila ang shooting ng movie,” she said.