Ahead of Mother’s Day, Misis Piggy stars open up on relationships with moms, children

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Ahead of Motherâs Day, Misis Piggy stars open up on relationships with moms, children
Sylvia Sanchez (center) plays Marivic, a selfless and strong-willed single mom with three children — Ria Atayde (rightmost) as Lani, Iana Bernardez (leftmost) as Steffi and Elijah Canlas as Jeffrey. Ricky Davao (second from right) plays Marivic’s ex-husband.
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The cast members of iWantTFC’s early Mother’s Day offering Misis Piggy recently paid tribute to their reel and real-life mothers.

Misis Piggy is also the first time that Sylvia Sanchez and daughter Ria Atayde are working together in a series.

According to the media release, the show follows the story of Marivic (Sylvia), a selfless and strong-willed single mom of three middle-aged kids. Marivic wants nothing but the best for her children. That is why she whole-heartedly dedicates her time in running a meat stall at the market to support her family.

As her children get older, Marivic grapples with the fact that they are mature enough to live their own lives as they carve their own career paths in different countries. Her eldest daughter Lani (Ria) aims to boost her job as a nurse by going to Canada. Middle child Steffi (Iana Bernardez) is a teacher taking up a master’s degree and gets a scholarship offer in the United States. Marivic’s youngest son Jeffrey (Elijah Canlas), meanwhile, intends to pursue an internship in Australia as he finishes his studies.

Misis Piggy marks the first time Sylvia is acting alongside daughter Ria in a TV project

Marivic’s relationship with her kids further gets complicated when they suddenly make an effort to reconnect with their estranged father Rupert (Ricky Davao). This leaves Marivic in an emotionally difficult situation — should she allow her kids to rekindle their relationship with their father despite their failed marriage? Or should she shut Rupert out of their lives forever for abandoning their family?

From left: Misis Piggy director Carlo Catu and actors Rubi Rubi, Ricky, Sylvia, Ria, Elijah, Iana and Fino Herrera during the presscon for the new iWantTFC series

As a parent, Ricky said in a virtual call that he was able to relate to his character who would do everything for his family. When asked how close he was to his mother, he explained, “My mom passed away when I was nine years old. My dad (the late Charlie Davao) re-married after two to three years later. I have a stepmother. Pareho naman (close to both of them). Syempre araw-araw mo naman kasama, ma-de-develop eh. Maka-pamilya ako.”

Sylvia, for her part, admitted how “maka-nanay” she is in real life. Her mother is currently in Bantayan, Cebu. She shared, “This is the series na parang nakita ko rin yung nanay ko when I said the lines, ‘Iba ang pagiging matigas sa pagiging matibay.’ I saw myself and my mom in Marivic (her character). Almost all of us are maka-nanay eh. Maka-tatay din. But it is our mothers who carried us for nine months.”

Ricky’s daughter with Jackie Lou Blanco, Arabella, has also joined showbiz.

Sylvia’s daughter Ria said her parents are both dear to her. Sylvia butted in, “Maka-mommy ka pero mas mayakap ka sa daddy mo.”

“I try to balance but in terms of physical touch, I’m more clingy with my dad. Hindi siya ma-hug eh. So, I forced the issue. Like, hug me. For mom, kasi ma-hug siya,” revealed Ria. The two definitely agreed that Sylvia’s son, actor Arjo Atayde, is “maka-nanay.”

Angel Aquino’s daughter, Iana, also disclosed how she is her mother’s daughter. “My mommy is my super best friend, too. I had one scene where I was talking to Tita Sylvia in Episode 6. Feeling ko talaga kausap ko yung mommy ko when I said, I’m so proud of you. I love you.’ Yun yung mga words na sinasabi ko kay mommy every time I get the chance to,” shared the 28-year-old actress.

Ruby Rubi as Wena, Marivic’s best friend in the series, turned emotional when she spoke of how much Marivic’s character resembled her 89-year-old mother.

“She is very weak. She can barely walk,” she described her mom. “Dumadating yung time na (I would ask) ‘Ano ba yung pinapaglaban niya?’ Pinapaglaban niya until (now) yung dulo ng buhay niya? yung pamilya niya. Pero hindi na niya magawa kasi mahina na siya.”

On the other hand, Elijah and Fino Herrera are “maka-pamilya” rather than “maka-nanay” when asked to describe their family relationship.

“I love my entire family,” commented Fino.

Elijah divulged, “Me and my mom have a very aggressive relationship. But I love her to death. Mom, if you are watching right now, ‘Hi, I love you.’”

Meanwhile, veteran actors Sylvia and Ricky confessed how challenging it is to be parents of showbiz celebrities and vice versa.

“First of all, akala kasi ng lahat ‘pag anak ka ng artista, easy lang na makapasok ka sa pag artista, OK na, bibigay na sa’yo lahat. But that is not the case,” clarified Sylvia. “Nahirapan ako dun sa alam mo yung dala-dala kong anak ko, yung dalawang yun (Arjo and Ria). I have friends in the industry. I can ask favor for other people. Alam mo yung, magaling si ganito, ganito. Pero para kay Arjo and Ria, ayoko.”

“Kasi gusto ko kunin sila, yung mga anak ko, dahil nakitaan ng galing. Hindi dahil pinush ko,” she furthered. “It’s challenging for us and challenging for the kids because they would say like, ‘O, anak mo si Arjo, anak mo si Ria. Sana magaling sila. Nanay mo si Sylvia, sana kasing galing ka nila? Mahirap talaga pareho. Mahirap yung nanay mo artista, anak mo artista kasi mas under sila sa shadow natin.”

Ricky agreed, “Yung mga anak ng artista siyempre meron sila kaagad na buhat-buhat na baggage na ang gagaling nga mga magulang namin. Paano namin sila tatapatan? Ang tagal bago ka maka-create ng bago mong persona. Kasi palaging sinasabi, ‘O ang galing ni ano ah, anak kasi ni ganyan yan.’ It’s very challenging for anak ng mga artista talaga.”

Ricky’s daughter with actress Jackie Lou Blanco, Arabella, is a newcomer in showbiz who is signed up with ABS-CBN’s Star Magic.

In a separate STAR interview, Ria was proud to share that Sylvia gave her the space to do her own thing. “In terms of dynamics, she also gave me the space that I feel like was appropriate. Feeling ko kasi or what I thought was, magiging clingy si Mommy sa akin while working. I thought she would be like, ‘Dito ka lang sa tabi ko.’ But no, she really let me, you know, work as if I was on the set. It wasn’t like we were mother and daughter. We were cool actors. I felt like it was a very professional relationship. It’s nice to see that I’m able to be like that with my mom.”

Written and directed by Carlo Catu, Misis Piggy is produced by ABS-CBN Entertainment, iWantTFC, Dreamscape Entertainment, Nathan Studios and Epic Media. A new episode of Misis Piggy drops every night at 8 on the iWantTFC app and website iwanttfc.com.


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