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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jun 27, 2017

Sanya Lopez Gets Solo Stardom As Angela, A Gifted Girl Whose Touch Can Heal In 'Haplos', Opposite Rocco Nacino

SANYA LOPEZ and her older brother Jak Roberto were given good breaks at the same time when Sanya joined the cast of “Encantadia” as one of the four Sang’gre sisters while Jak was chosen as one of the four JEYA boys in “Meant to Be”. But now, Sanya has gotten ahead of her Kuya in getting a solo show as she stars in “Haplos”, where she is paired with Rocco Nacino after their tandem in “Encantadia” clicked well with the viewers.

“Hindi nga po ako makapaniwala na mabibigyan ako agad ng follow up show after ‘Enca’ at heto, this time, ako talaga yung lead star,” she says at the presscon of ‘Haplos’. “Big blessing po talaga ito and I promise to do my best para mabigyan ng justice ang role ko as Angela, a young woman na binigyan ng kakaibang biyaya. May gift siya na nakakagaling siya ng maysakit just because of her magical touch or haplos.”

Rocco plays Gerald, her devoted boyfriend who tries to protect her from harm. Supporting them is Thea Tolentino as Sanya's half sister, Lucille, who’s the exact opposite of her as Thea engages in black magic or sorcery. Also in the cast are Patricia Javier as Minda and Emilio Garcia as Renato, the parents of Angela; Celia Rodriguez as Viring, a great faith healer; Pancho Magno as Benedict, a fitness trainer who’ll get involved with the sisters, and Francine Prieto as Mercedes, the scheming mother of Thea who prods her to do evil deeds. “Haplos” will be replacing the hit afternoon soap, “D'Originals" about wives and mistresses that will end soon.

We ask Sanya if the talks that she and Rocco are now really playing beautiful music together off and off cam are true? “First of all, I really want to thank all those who support yung tambalan namin ni Rocco. Nagsimula lang ito sa tuksuhan noong ‘Enca’ days namin, tapos ngayon, ang daming nagsasabing nagkadevelopan na raw kami at kami na talaga. But like we said before, talagang friendship pa lang ang level ng pagiging closeness namin sa ngayon. Hindi namin minamadali ang mga bagay-bagay kasi kung itatakda naman ng tadhanan na magiging kami talaga, hindi ito mapipigilan. So we want to take it slow. Okay na yung mag-deepen muna ang friendship namin kasi a relationship that starts as being friends daw ang siyang the best talaga. As of now, very thankful ako kay Rocco kasi ang laki ng naitulong siya sa akin bilang aktres. Baguhan lang ako nang i-cast ako sa ‘Enca’ and he was there to help me sa mga eksena ko. For that, I will forever be grateful to him.”