Being a star of a television show is without a doubt tiring and schedules can get crazy at times. However, this does not stop ‘Sahaya’ star Bianca Umali from pursuing a college education.
The Umali just graduated from senior high-school and got her diploma from Veritas Catholic School in Paranáque City in March.
“Magpapatuloy ako ng college and I will pursue a degree.”
It seemed that the young star is determined to finish college despite her busy schedule.
She is still not certain of what school she will be enrolling in but there is no question that she will pursue a degree. To her, education is still important even though she gets paid handsomely for acting.
“Wala pang sure na school at wala pa rin certain course, pero tuloy-tuloy ‘yun.”
Bianca pointed that everything they do on the set is hard but is worth it because of the support they get from the fans.
“Lahat ng bagay sa Sahaya, kung paano gawin walang madali talaga. But then again, dahil sa suporta at sa pagmamahal ng mga tao sa amin nagiging worth it at nagpe-pay off ‘yung mga ginagawa namin.”
The cast also agreed and said that things are more difficult on the set because of the heat. Not only that, the capturing of scenes is hard because the entire theme is set on water. The cameras are positioned on the boat or the in the water.
“I’ve never done this before kasi ‘yung set namin nasa tubig. The angles are not as easy to capture because hindi naman kwadrado lahat at hindi siya isang kwarto. And the cameras have to be mounted on the water or on a boat,” shared Mylene Dizon, one of the cast members.
“Lahat ng ipinapakita ko, lahat ng efforts ko, lahat galing sa puso. Which is, ngayon ko lang na masasabi kong ginawa para sa isang role,” Umali added.
‘Sahaya’ has positive receptions from critics and fans alike. Watch ‘Sahaya’ every 8:20 pm on the GMA Network.
“Sahaya” is GMA Network’s newest teleserye that had been talked about in social media. This is a one-of-a-kind epic drama that showcases the rich culture of Sama-Bajau.
Many had been hooked with this drama series by posting their insights, as they were able to relate to the story.
Eversince wala akong alam s kultura ng mga Badjao, but now, unti unti nakikilala kung anu sila, the language, the principles, and even their beliefs, now I now what is umbo #Sahaya
— Digna Manoto/eCommerceVA (@Mamibudah) April 6, 2019
Positive comments about Sahaya have been spread on Twitter, especially on a recent episode where Sahaya fought her position as class valedictorian. The drama had resurfaced the real-life scenarios of indigenous people (IP) and how they were treated in most places, and in being taken for granted because of their ethnicity.
Nakakaiyak yung Sahaya and this happens talaga sa schools especially minamaliit nila ang mga IP.I like the teply of Sahay kay mayor and nakaktouch. One of the best scenes ever I have seen on a Teleserye.Very good acting of Bianca Umali.
— Jon Olitan-SIR CHIEF (@pogipop) April 4, 2019
We should have this kind of teledrama, A teledrama that would motivates and inspire us and our kids to achieve their goals to have a better education.#SAHAYA
— LakanLakas (@Jerus38276099) April 4, 2019
The main cast of the drama series “Sahaya” are Bianca Umali as Sahaya and Miguel TanFelix as Akmad. The tandem never fails to bring out the immense feeling of viewers with their acting skills, as they make them feel in love with the character and the story itself.
eto un eh… ung ngiti ko umabot hnggang 3rd molar ko! jusko po. i so love u two @MiguelTanfelix_ , @bianx_umali. grabe kayong dalawa. npapahanga nyo buong Pilipinas, isama nyo rin kming mga ns abroad. #HaranaParaKaySahaya pic.twitter.com/c5X1P8A0oy
— Laddy Di Dela Rosa (@PrincessLaddyDi) April 5, 2019
ung sulat… ung sulat… may mahal din kita! jusko po… bakit ang galing umarte nina @bianx_umali at ni @MiguelTanfelix_. dalang dala tlg ko s knlang 2. iyak kung iyak. kilig kung kilig. ung connection nlang dalawa, superb! grabe eh. #teamabroad #HaranaParaKaySahaya pic.twitter.com/dj6UmK8xzU
— Laddy Di Dela Rosa (@PrincessLaddyDi) April 5, 2019
Last time, when I heard Sahaya saying, "I am a living testament of my mother's love, devotion, sacrifices and commitment to my education." I felt that. It was indeed a highly recommended show!!! #HaranaParaKaySahaya
— ᕼᗩ ᗷᗩEK (@nowasclark_) April 5, 2019
Besides having such talented main and supporting cast, who portrays their characters excellently, the epic drama also showcases important current issues that had been appreciated by netizens.
Sahaya is more than a teleserye! It tackles important current issues. That’s why malapit sa puso ko itong show na ito! Ang galing ng mga main at supporting casts..and of course the writers and to all the people behind this show. #SahayaSpeech
— Lian (@lian_pascual) April 4, 2019
The netizens also appreciated the quality of the teleserye which includes the cinematography, as well as the coverage of the story which makes it so realistic with every scenario. They also acknowledged the creativity of the directors and writers hard work.
Sahaya is a one of a kind teleserye!
Partida, soap pa ‘yan ah! Kudos to GMA for making this teleserye!#SahayaSpeech
— epicana (@epicanaa) April 4, 2019
To sum it up, netizens had been hooked with Sahaya because it has been very entertaining, is culture-based, tackles current issues, and gives netizens an awareness of the life of a true Badjao.
One invested viewer of the primetime series Sahaya took to Facebook and shared his private message to the Department of Education (DepEd)’s page, complaining about the controversy surrounding the valedictorian award between fictional characters Sahaya and Farida.
Netizen Kevin Beethoven posted screenshots of his messages to DepEd where he explained how the principal and Farida were in cahoots with each other and how Sahaya deserved to receive the valedictorian award.
Aired on April 3, the 12th episode of the series titled Sahaya: Apela ng tunay na Valedictorian showed that both Sahaya and Farida got perfect scores on a quiz bee. Mayor Dante made a tiebreaker question to determine the victor. Sahaya’s answer was chosen by the mayor, which caused her to be picked as the school’s valedictorian.
The Facebook user’s post went viral with over ten thousand reactions and netizens commenting on his post and how they found it funny and surreal.
One social media user even commented on how he was waiting for DepEd to reply to the original poster’s ‘complaint.’
“IpaTulfo mo rin para mapagalitan yang mga yan,” another netizen joked.
Sahaya is currently being broadcast by GMA Network and stars Bianca Umali in the titular role. It is directed by Zig Dulay and has a premise of a disgraced Badjao, Manisan, fleeing to Zamboanga upon learning her pregnancy to another man.
HINDI KO NA KAYA NAG SUMBONG NA AKO SA DEPED!!! GO SAHAYA!!!
She will give birth to Sahaya, the drama’s heroine, who develops a strong connection with water, later on in the series.
It turns out that Benjamin Alves is also part of the cast of GMA Network’s new epic drama ‘Sahaya,’ which was expected to be promoted at ‘Sunday Pinasaya’ and ‘Studio 7,’ in which former lover Julie Anne San Jose is a mainstay.
Many are inquiring if the exes will meet face-to-face at the said gigs, or if they will greet each other and hold conversations for the duration of the promotion.
It was in November 2018 that reports were published about the couple parting ways, almost the same time when news of the death of the actor’s father broke out.
Before the year ended, the two unfollowed each other on Instagram. And Julie Anne even admitted in an interview with PEP.ph that she and Benjamin could not stay as friends after the break-up.
“I’m really, really focused pagdating sa mga bagay-bagay when it comes to my work, my craft, bettering myself my music. ‘Yun ‘yung important for me this year,” said Julie Anne.
‘Sahaya’ brights to light the inspiring story of a young Badjao woman who triumphed despite all life’s challenges. Throughout her journey, Sahaya remains true to her culture and beliefs as a Badjao, even defying the power of love. The series stars Bianca Umali and Miguel Tanfelix with Migo Adecer completing the love triangle.
Meanwhile, the drama starring Benjamin will start airing this March, under the direction of Zig Dulay.