Sanya Lopez replaces Marian Rivera in new GMA series

GMA Network has finally announced that beautiful and talented Kapuso actress Sanya Lopez will play the title role in the much-awaited primetime series ‘First Yaya.’

The 24-year-old actress first rose to stardom after bagging the role of Sang’gre Danaya in the 2016 hit primetime series Encantadia.

Sanya further cemented her name in the entertainment industry after showcasing her acting skills in various programs including Haplos, Cain at Abel, and Dahil Sa Pag-ibig.

Sanya expressed her gratitude to the network and her fans for their unending support for this new milestone in her career, “First time ko po na magkakaroon ng show sa primetime na ako ang title role, kaya sobra po akong nagpapasalamat sa GMA at sa fans na laging nakasuporta. Kabado rin po na excited kasi alam ko malaki ang ineexpect ninyo sa akin bilang inyong First Yaya.”

It was also revealed that Sanya was especially handpicked by GMA-7 for the role of Yaya Melody. 

“Simula pa lang ng Encantadia ay lagi na akong sinosorpresa ng GMA sa projects na binibigay po nila. Ang tiwala po ay laging karapat-dapat na suklian ng sipag, tiyaga at katapatan,” said Sanya.

The original drama is set to introduce the newest pairing of Sanya with versatile and multitalented Kapuso actor Gabby Concepcion.

The Kapuso actress added that she is elated to be working with the seasoned actor and vows to do justice to her role, “First time na malaman ko ‘yon napa-wow na lang ako sa sarili ko. Alam naman po natin na guwapo at magaling na aktor si Mr. Gabby Concepcion, kaya sa part ko dapat paghandaan ko rin ang mga eksena namin para hindi ako mapahiya sa kanya.”

Sanya shared that she is still in the process of preparing for her character and draws on her past experience of babysitting for her younger cousins.

“Sa tulong ni Direk LA at ng buong production ay nasa proseso pa po ako ng pagkilala kay Yaya Melody, para mabigyang buhay at hustisya ko po ang pagkatao niya. ‘Yung buhay ko po noon sa Pulilan, Bulacan ay mayamang source ng inspiration, lalo po at naranasan ko ring mag-alaga ng mga pinsan na mas bata sa akin,” shared Sanya.

First Yaya follows the story of a Vice President (Gabby), who will later become the President of the Philippines, and his first family.

The endearing Yaya Melody, brought to life by Sanya, serves as a nanny to his children.

Soon romance blooms between the two but is challenged by the PSG (Presidential Security Group) Head, played by Pancho Magno.

The light, romantic-comedy series will showcase a heart-warming tale about love and how it binds every family together.

Also joining the cast are Cassy Legaspi, Joaquin “JD” Domagoso, and Ms. Pilar Pilapil. First Yaya is directed by LA Madridejos. 

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