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.
How much do you know about social media?
Most of the people love to use social media, especially Facebook, to post pictures and video which can be seen by anyone. But some people are posting offensive and vulgar pictures and videos, which is against the guidelines of the social media sites.
Without having the knowledge, behind safe social media sites there are people who are working to view and delete traumatic videos and images for the sake of everyone.
Jasmine Curtis-Smith, who plays the mother of Sahaya in the new teleserye “SAHAYA” of GMA network, retweeted a post of BBC Three featuring content moderators of social media sites like Facebook. On her post, she expresses her sadness knowing that there are Filipinos being outsourced with this kind of job.
Knowing that these workers are having an extremely traumatic and highly sensitive job, they are being poorly paid and have lack of psychological support.
This is so low and sad of @facebook 😥 our fellow Filipinos are outsourced, poorly paid, and given little psychological support for this extremely traumatic and sensitive type of work. My heart breaks.. https://t.co/ObEHlVZLFF
— Jasmine (@jascurtissmith) March 22, 2019
On a documentary video of BBCThree, they have unleashed the dirtiest secret of being a content moderator. Content moderators are responsible for moderating the social media feed which is to be seen or not. Social media sites like Facebook itself have been outsourcing thousands of Filipinos to delete content that violates their guidelines. Each worker has a target of 25,000 images to review content that can include terrorist propaganda, child sexual abuse, pornography and graphic violence for 8 to 10-hour shifts and some of their workers were only 18 years old.
“You are not allowed to commit one mistake, you could ruin more than one life, it could trigger a war, it could trigger bullying, it could trigger killing.”
One said that when they started the training, they didn’t have any idea what a content moderator was. The employer just simply explained what they would see and what tools to use. But in reality, it was very traumatic for persons to witness such kind of pictures and photos being uploaded. Since they have already signed a contract, quitting the job is prohibited.
“The most shocking that I saw was a girl, around six years of age, sucking a dick.”
Content moderators receive limited training and inadequate psychological support, which result in having post-traumatic stress disorder or, much worse, is to commit suicide.
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Lahat kakayanin ni Manisan para sakanyang leleng na si Sahaya… ♥️ A lot of Manisan's strength comes from a place of weakness and hurt that I've witnessed in the past. Not of my own memories or encounters, but you could probably say a lot spilled over onto my plate. You could almost call the pain mine and spot that weakness in me. A lot of my heart is in Manisan's story. Thank you for your overwhelming tweets, comments and messages. #JCStv
They consider themselves like policemen who remove violent content to make it safe for the user.
“The world that we are living in today right now I believed, is not really healthy, we are just like policemen. I’ve seen hundreds of beheading that’s not even pictures, even the videos –a two-minute act of beheading it’s really challenging. Skip images can be marked as a mistake, pressurizing every decision they make.
One of their tasks is to decide when to stop live video streams and some of those horrifying videos remain in their memory.
“It seems like it was a joke, we didn’t know it was real, he was attempting to kill himself, as long as he hasn’t committed suicide we’re not allowed to stop his live stream, because if we stop it, the one who gets in trouble kills himself.”
And having this type of job,one must not let these video affect you; but some can’t avoid being affected by what they see.
These people are not well compensated but they have no other choice because it is their only means to survive.
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Angel Locsin has proved herself over the last few years with her superb acting skills and on-cam charisma, and more Filipinos nationwide anticipated the actress’s much awaited comeback to primetime drama with the action-packed series ‘The General’s Daughter.’
Angel Locsin’s comeback project after 5 years is all worth the wait. Why? Because majority of TV viewers are watching it, based on the latest data released by the two ratings providers – NUTAM and Kantar Media. ABS-CBN gets TV ratings from Kantar Media while GMA Network rely on data coming from NUTAM.
‘The General’s Daughter’ vs. ‘Sahaya’
NUTAM: On March 18, the newly released ‘Sahaya,’ on its pilot episode, gained a total of 10.2%, having at least 2.4% lesser views than ‘The General’s Daughter,’ which earned 12.6%. On the next day, ‘The General’s Daughter,’ which earned a total percentage of 12.7, has a 2.7% gap over ‘Sahaya,’ which only earned 10.0%. ‘Sahaya,’ on its third day, gained a total of 10.8% viewership versus ‘The General’s Daughter,’ which earned a total of 12.8%, making at least an average of 2 percent gap.
On Thursday, ‘The General’s Daughter’ made a total of 3.0% higher score which gained a percentage of 14.3, while ‘Sahaya’ only gained a total of 11.3%. ‘Sahaya’ capped off its first week with only 11.7% while its rival ‘The General’s Daughter’ hit 13.9%.
Kantar Media: The Kapamilya series instantly scored a high rate of 34%, topping it’s rival series’ pilot episode (March 18) from the other network. ‘Sahaya,’ meanwhile, only got 15.9%. On March 19, domination was still on ABS-CBN’s side when ‘The General’s Daughter’ made total views of 33.4% while ‘Sahaya’ only gained 15.7%, having at least an average difference of 17.7 percent.
On March 20, the Kapuso network still did not get the higher rate as ‘Sahaya’ lost about 17.3%, after it earned a total percentage of 15.4% against ‘The General’s Daughter,’ which gained a total of 32.7%. ABS-CBN even got a higher gap when ‘FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano’ gained a total of 34.2% against ‘Sahaya’ which gained a total of 16.1%, having at least an 18.1% higher rate than the latter series on March 21.
Indeed, more Filipino viewers nationwide look forward to Angel’s casting and appearance in every dramatic project that she’s into. She has performed quality and awesome acting skills that made tele-viewers inspired by her innate charisma. Angel Locsin has qualified herself, and proven to the Filipinos, that she is indeed the Primetime Drama-Action Queen.
Angel Locsin joined showbiz in 2002. During her early career years, she made her mark when she took her flight as ‘Darna’ in the GMA Network series. She made her Kapamilya acting debut in the drama series ‘Lobo’ as Lyka Raymundo-Ortega, which aired in 2006. The series won the “Ani ng Dangal Multimedia Award” and the actress was nominated for “Star Award for TV for Best Drama Actress.”