How Glydel honed acting chops during lockdown


    There were adjustments for Glydel Mercado on her return to acting during the pandemic, but when it comes to emoting in front of the camera, it was like riding a bike.

    The actress purposely chose to not accept many acting assignments during the quarantine to focus family.

    “I have a Grade 3 daughter, ako ang nag gu-guide sa kanya,” she related, “Hindi kami pwedeng sabay ni Ton ng taping, kasi alam naman natin na lock in taping, may mga anak kami.”

    But that does not mean the award-winning actress has taken a break from acting. Far from being idle, Glydel got to practice her craft even while away from the cameras.

    “Wala naman pagbabago [sa pag-arte] dahil lahat naman sa entertainment industry walang work during lockdown period. Pero during then lockdown, nagawan ko ng chance na makasama every day at every night ang asawa at mga anak ko…,” she related.

    “‘Yung sa pag-arte, para kasi akong baliw. Mahilig akong manuod ng TV. ‘Yung craft pina practice ko kahit wala akong trabaho. Pag mag-isa ako, pina practice ko rin,” she further said.

    In her “Wish Ko Lang” episode, Glydel brings to life the story of a mother who will do everything to save her children from a flash flood that threatens their lives.

    John Ferraren of “Wish Ko Lang” revealed that with a team, they decided to focus on stories of women that show resilience. They had two criteria, he said. “Is this story inspiring at pangalawa, is this person really deserving na ma-grant ng wish?” he said.

    Aside from Glydel, Rochelle Pangilinan, Arra San Agustin, Herlene Budol, Thea Tolentino, and Jean Garcia also headline the other episodes this month.

    “Wish Ko Lang” is hosted by Vicky Morales airs every Saturday at 4 p.m. on GMA.