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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.

Oct 11, 2020



SANYA LOPEZ feels so blessed to be chosen as the new leading lady of Gabby Concepcion in the new GMA TV series, “First Yaya”, playing the title role no less. 

She will replace Marian Rivera who begged off after she learned that the show’s taping will be locked in and she felt she cannot bear to be taken away from her two kids, Zia and Ziggy, for a long time. 

“Hindi ko kaya,” Marian said. “Ang babata pa ng mga anak ko.”  And GMA execs easily let her go, understanding her situation as a caring mom.

Now, her loss is Sanya’s gain. Sanya first gained fame as Danaya in the reboot of “Encantadia” then went on her own in soaps like “Haplos”, “Dahil sa Pag-ibig” and “Cain at Abel”. 

She says she couldn’t believe it when she was informed that she will be taking the place of Marian in “First Yaya”, a real breakout role, and she feels it a great honor to be paired with Gabby Concepcion no less. 

Gabby plays the role of the country’s vice president who will later be elected as the President. 

He is a widower with two kids and Sanya will be playing the children’s yaya or nanny. Romance will later bloom between the president and the beautiful and smart yaya. 

Also in the cast of “First Yaya” are Pancho Magno, Cassy Legaspi, Glenda Garcia and Ms. Pilar Pilapil as Gabby’s mom who will oppose his romance with a lowly yaya. 

This is under the direction of young hitmaker L.A. Madridejos.

Sanya is really so fortunate as she has also started taping as the leading lady of Sen. Bong Revilla in “Agimat ng Agila”. “First Yaya” is scheduled to be seen daily while “Agimat ng Agila” is meant to be shown on weekends. 

Some actors might be idle because of the corona pandemic, but definitely not Sanya who has two big regular shows no less. 

And she also has completed a new movie, “Isa Pang Bahaghari”, with a big cast headed by Nora Aunor and Phillip Salvador. 

She’s now even busier than her kuya, Jak Roberto, who has no regular show at the moment.