Sanya Lopez banners the first episode of “Wish Ko Lang!” this Saturday, August 1.
Together with Sue Prado, Sanya brings to life the story of Kathleen and Khaycee (Ayeesha) – sisters from Laurel, Batangas who were struck by lightning during a storm.
Kathleen and Khaycee only wanted to provide for their family especially since their father is slowly losing his vision. To make matters worse, he was retrenched after the lockdown. Their mother tried to make ends meet by making suman that Kathleen and Khyacee sold. But they got short on capital so their mother went to the mountains to get ingredients such as coconuts.
Their mother told them not to join her but Kathleen and Khaycee were worried about her safety and insisted on going with her. It was raining hard and the sisters decided to take shelter inside a hut while their mother continued sourcing for other fruits. Nobody expected what would happen next— lightning struck Kathleen and Khaycee.
Ever since the sisters’ death last July 12, their family has been trying to pick up the pieces and start life anew. Kathleen and Khaycee’s dream included getting their father treated, putting up a business for their mother and sending their two siblings to school. Now, the family wishes they would be able to make Kathleen and Khaycee’s dreams come true.
Sanya shared that she is honored to be part of this heart-warming episode. “I was so excited when I found out na I’ll be part of a new episode of Wish Ko Lang. Lalo na yung story nag dalawang magkapatid na involve sa isang tragic event sa buhay nila. Ang ganda ng story nilang magkapatid.”
As TV production is still limited these days, Sanya says she is grateful how the “Wish Ko Lang!” team took care of her and her co-actors. “Siyempre ang first challenge dyan is how would you stick sa safety protocols. I was lucky that I was with professional actors and production team kaya everything went smoothly.”
The reenactment portion of “Wish Ko Lang!” is directed by Rommel Penesa, second unit director of the Philippine adaptation of “Descendants of the Sun.”
“Direk Rommel has always been my favorite director. Parang tatay ko na ‘yan. Alagang alaga ako n’yan sa set at alaga rin nya mga scenes ko. He’s very good at his craft,” Sanya said.