Sylvia Sanchez tells kids Arjo, Ria: 'Respect the seniors'

The role of a stage mother doesn't suit Sylvia Sanchez well.

In a recent interview for her latest series “Misis Piggy” for iWantTV, the award-winning actress said that she never begged for movie or television projects for her children actors Arjo Atayde and Ria Atayde.

"Kaya kong manghingi ng favor sa ibang tao pero para kay Arjo at Ria, ayoko. Gusto kong kunin sila dahil nakitaan sila ng galing hindi dahil sa pinush ko. Mahirap yung parents nila ay artista kasi yung mga anak mo na artista under din sila sa shadow namin," Sylvia said. "Akala kasi ng lahat, kapag anak ka ng artista, easy lang na makapasok ka sa pag a-artista at ibibigay na sa'yo lahat."

Sylvia always reminds her kids to solidify their acting experience.

"Lagi kong sinasabi sa kanila na puliduhin ninyo yung foundation ninyo dito sa industriya, yung pag-arte nila. Doon ako nakatutok sa kanila," she said.

Sylvia said that she appreciates it more when people tell her that her kids are better actors than her. But beyond acting, she teaches her children to be professional and respectful to their peers, especially the seniors.

"Makisama kayo at maging professional. Huwag kayong pasaway at mayabang. Huwag ninyong sasabihin na kesyo anak kayo ni Sylvia Sanchez," she said.

Sylvia added: "Then sasabihin nila Ria at Arjo minsan, mommy nakakahiya kasi. Nahihiya kami."

"Ano ang mas nakakahiya, yung dadaan-daanan ninyo ang mga seniors or yung mag-i-introduce kayo ng sarili ninyo?

"Sabi ko kay Ria at Arjo na nahihiya kayo na babati sa seniors, mas nakakahiya yung hindi ninyo sila lalapitan. Yung hiya-hiya na yan, sorry, pero para sa akin, ang word na yan ay  bulxxxx."

"Mas nakakahiya yung ang ingay-ingay nila tapos andyan yung mga seniors na hindi nila binabati.

"Kahit ako, kapag may nakikita akong seniors, bumabati ako. Respeto 'yun eh. Dun pumapasok ang pagiging nanay ko. Kapag may narinig ako na hindi kayo (Ria at Arjo) bumati, humanda kayo," Sylvia warned her kids.

After "Misis Piggy," Sylvia said that she will rest until the end of the year.

"Kailangan ko talaga magpahinga after this (Misis Piggy) hanggang December. Next year uli. Sunod sunod eh. Nadadala ko ang charater ko sa bahay minsan," she said. "Magpapahinga ako in front of the camera so ngayon naman behind the camera naman tayo."

“Misis Piggy” is a poignant love letter to all mothers who strive to shower their kids with all the love and care despite enduring their own seemingly insurmountable struggles and pains.

In the iWantTFC original series, Sylvia plays the role of Marivic, 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. 

As her children get older, Marivic struggles to grapple 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; Steffi (Iana Bernardez) is a teacher taking up a master’s degree and gets a scholarship offer in the United States; Jeffrey (Elijah Canlas), meanwhile, is Marivic’s youngest son who intends to pursue an internship in Australia as he finishes his studies.

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?

“Misis Piggy” is written and directed by Carlo Catu and produced by ABS-CBN Entertainment, iWantTFC, Dreamscape Entertainment, Nathan Studios, and Epic Media. A new episode drops daily at 8 PM beginning April 25 on the iWantTFC app (iOs and Android) and website ( Viewers can get easy access to iWantTFC's content library with its "watch now, register later" feature. Watch iWantTFC on a larger screen with select devices, including VEWD, ROKU, and Amazon Fire streaming devices, Android TV, select Samsung Smart TV models, Telstra TV (in Australia), and VIDAA in select countries. Additionally, iWantTFC is available via Chromecast and Airplay. Visit for a complete list of compatible devices, sign-in instructions, and account activation.