Award-winning actress Sylvia Sanchez is known to her peers as “Bisaya” apparently because of her thick Visayan accent.

Sylvia Sanchez - Sylvia Sanchez recalls ‘confronting’ Mother Lily about her diction

Sylvia Sanchez

During the press conference for the movie “Coming Home” at Discovery Suites in Pasig City, Sanchez fondly remembered the moment she saw Mother Lily laugh 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 then.

“Nanalo ako ng best supporting actress noon. 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. 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 si Mother Lily. Kitang kita ko noon mula sa stage kung paano siya natawa.”

Sanchez said she was affected by what she saw. She vowed to confront Mother Lily about it.

Years later, Sanchez said that she finally got to work with Mother Lily. In one of her conversations with the lady producer, Sanchez rekindled the “laughing” issue.

“Sabi ko sa kanya pinagtawanan niya ako noon kasi naging Bisaya yung surname niya. Pero dine-deny niya na tumawa siya. Finally, naalala na niya. Sabi ni Mother Lily, ‘oo nga, natawa talaga ako kasi Bisaya ka,” said Sanchez.

But that is now water under the bridge, Sanchez added. “We are now in good terms. Wala na yun. Napag-kuwentuhan lang naman natin.”

“Coming Home,” which also stars former Senator Jinggoy Estrada and former Miss Universe 3rd runner-up Ariella Arida, is her first movie since she signed up with 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, 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.

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