Things You Didn’t Know About Sanya Lopez

SANYA LOPEZ, born Shaira Lenn Osuna Roberto, is more than just Jak Roberto’s little sister. She had proven her worth, continuously in all the projects she did. Right after the announcement that she has been hand-picked to replace Marian Rivera-Dantes in First Yaya, we know, she finally made it.

She started her career in showbusiness as a host, then transitioned in doing supporting roles in afternoon prime series. Then, slowly, she started appearing in movies and product endorsements.

As of now, she is set to appear in another primetime series opposite Gabby Concepcion. Call it stroke of luck, great opportunity or preferably the role was handed to her by her acting merit. Read on to know more about the up an coming lead of First Yaya!

Things You Didn't Know About Sanya Lopez
Sanya Lopez

Childhood Beginnings

Sanya was born in Laguna, Philippines but spent most of her growing up years in Malolos, Bulacan. When she was two years old, her father passed away. She is the youngest of the family, having an older brother – Jan Rommel Osuna Roberto, or famously known as Jak Roberto.

Given that they are only two siblings, these brother and sister duo are pretty close. In fact, it was due to Jak Roberto that she started her career in showbusiness, not in a clout-chasing way, and not even due to sibling association. She was simply there are the right place, and at the right time.

Entry in Showbusiness

Well, you can say is hers is the accidental star story. In 2012, she visited her brother Jak Roberto in the set of Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman, where he was working. Then, he was accidentally mistaken as one of the stars (as Kim Rodriguez who was also a cast in the show) by no other than German Moreno himself. From there, German Moreno included her on that same program as one of the co-hosts. She was a co-host from 2012 to 2016.

Things You Didn't Know About Sanya Lopez
Gabbi Garcia, Kylie Padilla, Sanya Lopez and Glaiza de Castro

Three years after, in 2015, she auditioned and was granted the role of Danaya, for the remake of the fantasy series Encantadia, which was played originally by Diana Zubiri. She played the role from 2016-2017. This role opened more opportunities for her in the show business.

TV Shows in GMA

She started her acting career when she took on supporting roles from afternoon shows in the network, such as Dormitoryo, The Half Sisters and The Millionaire’s Wife. After that, her big lead role is from Encantadia where she played Danaya.

Things You Didn't Know About Sanya Lopez
Sanya Lopez and Thea Tolentino

Her role in the supernatural drama Haplos as Angela Marie “Anj” and “Angel” Alonzo-Cortez had solidified her name as a bankable actress, acting with Rocco Nacino, Thea Tolentino and Pancho Magno. She then starred in an action drama series Cain at Abel as Margaret Tolentino, besides veteran actors Dingdong Dantes and Dennis Trillo.

She then led another drama series Dahil Sa Pag-Ibig in the same Network. Directed by the veteran actor Ricky Davao, Sanya played the role  Mariella “Mariel” Fajardo-Sandoval. It also stars Benjamin Alves, Winwyn Marquez, and Pancho Magno. This series also marked veteran actress, Sandy Andolong’s return to GMA Network after six years.

Sexier Image in Films and Endorsements

Things You Didn't Know About Sanya Lopez
Derrick Monasterio and Sanya Lopez

She ventured on accepting sexier roles when she filmed the steamy romance movie Wild and Free together with Derrick Monasterio, a movie about two former lovers meeting unexpectedly after years of breaking up. She also starred in the horror flick Amalanhig: The Vampire Chronicle alongside Jericho Estregan.

Things You Didn't Know About Sanya Lopez
Sanya Lopez in 2020 Ginebra Calendar

Sanya is also this year’s Ginebra Calendar Girl. The entire photoshoot was documented in one of her Youtube videos.

2020 for Sanya

It has been recently announced that Sanya Lopez will take the lead role in the upcoming series First Yaya. The role was officially announced to be made for Marian Rivera-Dantes. But due to the circumstances, specifically two week lockdown on shooting, Marian decided to back out from the role due to her responsibilities to her 1 and 4 year old children.

Things You Didn't Know About Sanya Lopez
Sanya Lopez is the new First Yaya!

Sanya is also set to appear in the new digital series with TBA Studios together with Rocco Nacino, and Valeen Montenegro. The announcement was made in TBA Studio’s Facebook page.

It’s honestly exciting that she is finally given the credit she deserves! She worked her way slowly to where she is now and finally reaping the recognition that is worth her talent. Sanya’s fans and supporters must be extremely happy to see their idol shine brighter!