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What fuels the Greatest Love? Understanding and forgiveness, says Sylvia Sanchez

Gerry Plaza April 19,2017 11:45 PM

Already an astute mom to children Arjo and Ria Atayde, themselves successful and prominent actors on primetime TV, Sylvia Sanchez emphasizes how much her sensational character in The Greatest Love made a huge impact on her. Tough love

In fact, she has been so engrossed with her kind of “tough love,” she even asks why.

“Tiniis niya lahat parang na-rape ako pero okay lang. Sinaktan ako okay lang. Titiisin ko lahat para sa anak ko. Kahit binastos ako ng batang pinalalaglag ko. Di ba dapat ipapalaglag ko, yung bunga nung rape na yon. Binastos na siya nung lahat pero inintindi niya. Alam mo yon, minahal pa rin niya. Ay grabe, saludo ako sa pagmamahal na yon,” Sylvia tells ABS-CBN.com in an exclusive interview.

She speaks of Gloria and her difficult relationship with her eldest Amanda (Dimples Romana), whom she loved truthfully and unconditionally. That kind of love that even breaks the barrier of belief—when faced with a child despising you for circumstances beyond your control.

Hard to do

Honestly, she said, Gloria’s love for Amanda was something that would be hard for her to do in real life. “Kasi honestly, ako bilang nanay, mamahalin kita, mahal kita. Titiisin ko. Pero pag sobrang bastos ka na, sandali lang. Stop! Away tayo. Pero si Gloria, ohh idol ko siya,” Sylvia said.

How did Gloria remain steadfast? By actually understanding where her troubled daughter comes from. “Meron din siyang pinanggalingan. Meron din siyang hugot. Hindi siya magiging ganoon dahil siya yon, dahil masama siyang bata. Hindi. Dahil maraming natago sa kanya. Marami siyang hindi naintindihan. Nalason ang utak niya talaga,” Sylvia said.

Transgressions

In the story, Amanda had been hateful of Gloria’s transgressions to her dad Andres when she had a child out of wedlock, Lizelle, daughter of Sylvia’s character Gloria’s true love Peter (Noni Buencamino). But the true fact that Andres had actually raped her to make her marry him and that she was borne out of that terrible crime was something she had not known. And that Gloria eventually decided to keep her was already a great act of love.

And, when Amanda had changed her ways, especially when Gloria had since been afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease, Gloria was the ever-loving mom who forgave her. “Yung pagpapatawad talaga, grabe. Sobra. Sobra yung importansya nung pamilya. Sobra. Sobra yung pagiging maunawain ni Gloria,” Sylvia said.

Facing the worst

While her dedication to family was admirable, her resilience and strength in facing the worst in her children and eventually understanding and forgiving them for their misgivings is surely downright sublime.

“Nakita ko lalo yung importansya ng pagiging ina sa mga anak. Yung kailangan, kahit nababastos ka na, tiisin mo tapos suportahan mo sila kasi at the end of the day, sila ang mag-shoshoulder nun eh.”

Biggest lesson

But the biggest lesson one can get from The Greatest Love even goes beyond the family, when you become the ever-loving Gloria to anyone you encounter.

“Kung sino naman yung taong yun. Kung kaharap mo masamang tao, kung kaharap mo kahit sinong tao na masama, tignan mo muna kung ano ang pinanggalingan niya. Tignan mo muna kung ano ang pinagdaanan niya. Baka mas maintindihan natin kung malaman natin kung ano ang background ng tao,” Sylvia stressed.

 

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