MOVIEGOER: No worries, Sylvia, Lucy

Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez

Friends of veteran actress Sylvia Sanchez are one in praying with her, ‘’Huwag kang mangamba.’’

As everyone knows, Sylvia’s son, Arjo Atayde, contracted Covid-19 virus while on locked-in shoot in Baguio City.

Sylvia knows what her son is going through. She and her husband Art had been through Covid-19 themselves last year, enough reason for them to act quickly on behalf of their son.

Here’s hoping Arjo’s condition continues to improve following his treatment in hospital.

Meanwhile, where there’s sadness, there’s joy.

Sylvia’s on-going series, ABS-CBN’s “Huwag Kang Mangamba,” has been nominated at the ContentAsia Awards 2021, competing against four other shows in the region for Best Drama Series/Telefilm.

The ContentAsia Awards is organized by ContentAsia, which covers the entertainment media industry across Asia-Pacific.

“Huwag Kang Mangamba” follows two sisters, Mira (Andrea Brillantes) and Joy (Francine Diaz), who fight all odds to fulfill their mission, to rebuild their local church.

The series shows how God’s miraculous love is found in the simplest things.

“Huwag Kang Mangamba” airs weeknights on the Kapamilya Channel, A2Z, TV5, etc.

Sylvia Sanchez


Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez may well be speaking on behalf of Sylvia and the rest of the population affected by Covid-19 when she said that dealing with the virus was a very difficult time for their family. Husband Richard Gomez was infected by the virus weeks back.

“When someone gets it, the whole family is affected, and it’s a mental as well as physical battle and we also have to guard our emotional health. The tendency is to panic, but each Covid case is a very individual journey, so you have to just listen to your own doctor and stop reading about other cases as they are not your case. It’s overwhelming as it’s not like the regular flu since it can go in so many ways, so you take it one day at a time.

‘’I’m just thankful that my husband is very energetic, and it happened at the time of the Olympics. Otherwise, he will not stay put.’’

The Gomez family, with their only child Juliana, 21, has been based in Ormoc since February this year.

She considers herself lucky being in her hometown, where she and her family can easily be close to nature. Being home-based, she says, has allowed her time to do vlogs, which have been getting enthusiastic feedback. She offers many good reasons to her viewers on why staying at home can’t be boring and can, in fact, make you productive as you ride the tide of this pandemic. Vlogging, sharing gentle ways during rough times, for Lucy, is a healing process in itself.


In a Zoom interview with us, Lucy said being in Congress, by her own admission, has definitely changed her. ‘’I used to be this, yes, girl who lived to please everyone. Politics has strengthened my character to be my own person.’’

Lucy is on her third and last term as Ormoc representative.

At least one big political party has invited her to join its senatorial slate. She says everything is still fluid, nothing is certain.

She did say, however, that her husband will be running for Congress in lieu of her.