What used to be a program filmed in-studio, Carmina Villarroel, Cassy and Mavy Legaspi’s cooking talk show “Sarap, ‘Di Ba?” has just returned to air to treat viewers with special quarantine episodes exclusively shot and produced in their home.
For those who missed watching the family on TV, the new “Sarap, ‘Di Ba? Bahay Edition” on GMA Network offers them a raw and intimate look at their close bond at home. And this time, head of the family, Zoren Legaspi special-ly directs the episodes.
When asked how production decided for Zoren to direct the show after its long absence during the quarantines, the 48-year-old father told The Manila Times Entertainment via Zoom interview, “Maraming debate kung paano sisimulan ulit yung ‘Sarap, ‘Di Ba?’ As we all know, ang taping nila is sa studio. So dahil sa quarantine, it’s against the policy na mag-tape muna sa studio. But the producer wanted to have fresh episodes. So paano magta-taping? Kaya they came up with an idea na gawin na lang sa bahay mismo ng Legaspi.”
He continued, “Kapag sa bahay nandun kasi yung tatay, which is me, kaya ako nasama doon and at the same time, GMA 7 ang nagbigay sa akin ng opportunity na mag-direct. GMA knows na nakakapag-direct naman ako so hitting two birds in one stone, kaya rolled into one na yung nangyari sa akin. We do everything dahil walang staff dito. No one is here to help us kundi kami kami lang.”
Zoren is grateful that his “artists” have taken individual tasks for the production to make everything work. The show premiered on July 18 and from the looks of things, the Legaspi family has everything under control.
“Si Zoren, aside from being a co-host, siya din po ang aming director, cameraman, lighting director, rolled into one na nga kaya nagpapasalamat kami dahil director talaga siya. Ako naman, ang ginagawa ko, sa props naman ako. Set person ako at food stylist,” Villaroel chimed in.
“Aside from being a co-host, ako yung taga prompter. Pero we don’t really follow the script as much — just in case lang, pang guide lang,” Cassy added.
Mavy, meanwhile, enthused, “Ako minsan tinutulungan ko si Direk Z. Minsan inaayos ko din yung camera, but most of the time si Tatay yun. Yung mga ilaw, pag-check ng audio. But cheers to Direk Z, Papa Z, he’s the man of the program.”
The first episode further proved the Legaspi family deserve the title “#familygoals” as they gave a glimpse of their day-to-day life while in quarantine, while talking about how grateful they are for one another amid the on-going pandemic.
Asia’s Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista also joined the episode and took viewers on an exclusive tour of their humble abode with wife Kat Ramnani.
“Iba siya sa ‘Sarap, Di Ba?’ na nasa studio. Kasi doon mas marami kaming pwedeng gawin, mas marami kaming guests na pwedeng imbitahin. But with this quarantine, syempre marami tayong protocols na kailangan sundin, iba siya kasi mararamdaman mo talagang relax ka, at home ka dahil nasa bahay ka lang so very chill,” Villaroel noted.
“Siguro mas makikilala pa nila yung Legaspi family pati na yung mga kasambahay na din namin kasi masaya eh. Basta masaya po siya, yun ang pinapromise namin sa bagong episodes, riot siya, puro tawanan lang,” she added.
Besides sharing new recipes and the entertainment courtesy of the twins taking on the hottest dance challenges, the program also aims to help small businesses.
“Gusto din namin makapag-inspire, mag-share rin kami ng recipes sa cooking segment namin. And we will feature online sellers. I suggested this na kung pwede, mag-feature kami every week ng mga online sellers kasi it’s my way of helping them,” Villaroel said.
“Kasi ako during the lockdown, nagpo-post talaga ako sa Instagram Stories ko ng mga small businesses kasi in doing that, I am helping them promote especially doon sa mga deserving ones na masasarap talaga. Buti na lang lahat ng napapadala sa akin, masasarap talaga at affordable, she continued.
“At syempre nagpapasalamat ako sa followers ko kasi naniniwala sila sa akin na pag sinabi kong masarap, masarap talaga. Paying it forward lang talaga, para lang maka-survive tayo sa pandemic na ito. We really have to help one another and support each other,” Villaroel added.
“Sarap, ‘Di Ba? Bahay Edition” airs every Saturday at 10:45 a.m., after “Maynila” on GMA Network.