- Bianca Umali started her career in GMA Network at the age of nine
- She was one of the hosts of the children’s show, Tropang Patchi, back in 2009
- Bianca is set to star in the GMA fantasy series, Sahaya
- On her Instagram account, it was noticed that she posted some bikini photos
- Is she ready for more daring and mature roles?
The GMA Telebabad fantasy series “Sahaya” premieres on March 18, and will replace the high-rating TV series “Onanay”.
Under the direction of Zig Dulay, it stars Bianca Umali as Sahaya, who will have two leading men, Miguel Tanfelix (Ahmad, a Badjao guy who’s in love with Sahaya), and Migo Adecer (Jordan, a city guy who will try to win Sahaya’s heart). Together with them are the supporting characters of Mylene Dizon (Manisan), Jean Garcia (Ricca), Ana Roces (Amang), Ashley Ortega (Mira), Zoren Legaspi (Pancho), Pen Medina (Marciano), and Eric Quizon (Harold), with the special participation of Jasmine Curtis Smith (young Manisan), Gil Cuerva (young Harold), Benjamin Alves (young Pancho), and Gabby Garcia (young Ricca).
According to the Sahaya star, she considers her role as her most challenging project. She also shared the preparation she made for her role, “Matagal po ang preparasyon kasi I have to take diving lessons dahil magaling sumisid ang mga Badjao. And I have to learn how to swim underwater without the usual diving gears. Pinag-aralan din po namin ni Miguel ang language ng mga Badjao. I did a lot of research about the indigenous Badjao culture and had an immersion session with actual Badjaos. Pinag-aralan ko rin ang mga sayaw nila kasi may scenes where we perform their dances.”
She’s thankful to her home network for entrusting her the project that brings awareness about the culture of the Badjao people. “I’m thankful to GMA-7 and proud na binigyan nila ako ng chance to be in this show that aims to show the Badjao’s way of life on TV so we can all have a better understanding of their unique culture.”
Is she preparing for more daring and matured roles, now that she’s posting bikini photos on her social media accounts? “Yes, I want to do more mature roles kasi 19 na ako, but I don’t want to be judged based on what I post on my social media account. Iba naman ‘yung pictures lang sa what I do on screen.”
Bianca started to appear on TV as a commercial model at the age of two. She started her acting and hosting stint in GMA Network at the age of nine, when she became a host of the children’s show, ‘Tropang Potchi,’ back in 2009. Her recent projects, prior to ‘Sahaya,’ was her character as Lawiswis “Wis”/Emily in the 2017 GMA Network fantasy series, ‘Mulawin vs. Ravena’ and in ‘Kambal Karibal’ from 2017 to 2018, where she played the role of Crisanta.