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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.

Jul 30, 2020



AFTER JAK ROBERTO went back to work in “Magpakailanman”, it’s now the turn of his sister, Sanya Lopez, to tape for a fresh new episode of “Wish Ko Lang” to be shown this Saturday, August 1.
She and Ayeesha Cervantes play sisters in Laurel, Batangas who were tragically struck by lightning during a very recent fierce thunderstorm, with Sue Prado and Allan Paule as their parents.

Kathleen and Khaycee only want to provide for their family especially since their father is slowly losing his vision. To make matters worse, he was retrenched from his job after the lockdown.

Their mother tries to make both ends meet by making suman that Kathleen and Khaycee then sell to the public. But they got short on capital, so their mother has to go to the mountains to get ingredients such as coconuts used for the suman.

Their mother tells them not to join her but Kathleen and Khaycee are worried about her safety and insist on going with her.

It is raining very hard and so the sisters decide to take shelter inside a hut while their mother continues sourcing for coconuts. Nobody expected what would happen next— lightning struck Kathleen and Khaycee inside the hut.

Ever since the sisters’ death last July 12, their family has been trying to pick up the pieces and start life anew.

Kathleen and Khaycee's dream include getting their father treated, putting up a business for their mother, and sending their two siblings to school. Now, the family wishes they would be able to make Kathleen and Khaycee’s dreams come true.

Sanya says that she is honored to be part of this heartwarming true story.

“I was so excited when I found out na I’ll be part of a new episode of ‘Wish Ko Lang’ kasi I'm so glad to act again before the camera. Lalo na nga at very challenging yung story ng dalawang magkapatid who get involved sa isang tragic event sa buhay nila. Ang ganda ng story nilang magkapatid.”

As TV production is still very limited these days, Sanya says she is grateful how the “Wish Ko Lang” team took care of her and her co-actors.

“Siyempre ang first challenge dyan is how would you stick sa safety protocols. I was lucky that I was with professional actors and production team kaya everything went smoothly.”

The reenactment portion of Wish Ko Lang! is directed by Rommel Penesa, second unit director of Descendants of the Sun (The Philippine Adaptation). Sanya only has good words about Direk Rommel.

“Direk Rommel has always been my favorite director. Parang tatay ko na ‘yan. Alagang alaga ako n’yan sa set at alaga rin nya mga scenes ko. He’s very good in his craft."

Don’t miss the compelling true story of Kathleen and Khaycee this Saturday in Wish Ko Lang! with host Vicky Morales, after Tadhana on GMA-7.