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Jessy Mendiola

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Jessy Mendiola
Born Jessy Mendiola Tawile
(1992-12-03) December 3, 1992 (age 22)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Residence Philippines
Nationality Filipino-British-Lebanese
Education Far Eastern University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Agent Star Magic (2007–present)
Known for Maria Mercedes
Maalaala Mo Kaya
Home town Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Jessy Mendiola Tawile (born December 3, 1992), popularly known as Jessy Mendiola, is a Filipino actress. She played the role of Maria Mercedes in the remake of the 1995 Mexican telenovela Maria Mercedes.

Early life[edit]

Mendiola was born in Dubai where her father used to work.[1] She is the second of three siblings, of a Filipino mother and a half Lebanese, half British father.[2] She was three years old when her mother moved and brought her and her elder sister, Pamela, to the Philippines. Her mother left her father due to his infidelity. Her younger sister, Megan, was born in Mexico where her parents reconciled but eventually separated again because of unknown reasons. She remains in contact with her father, who now works overseas as a marine anthropologist.[3] She studied Mass Communication in Far Eastern University[4]


Jessy Mendiola was one of the 18 new talents launched by ABS-CBN under Star Magic Batch 15.[5] She, along with Megan Young, Alfonso Martinez, Carlo Guevarra and her Star Magic batchmates, joined the cast of Star Magic Presents: Abt Ur Luv, when it was revamped to Abt Ur Luv Ur Lyf 2 in 2007. She also had a minor role in Sineserye Presents: Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos?.

In 2008, she was cast as Chappy Girl in the TV series Volta, which was adapted from the Star Cinema film of the same name.

Mendiola was supposed to appear in Habang May Buhay. She was featured in the 2008 trailer of the show which was originally titled as Humingi Ako Sa Langit. The TV series, which was supposed to air in 2008, was cancelled, reshot and recast.[6]

In 2010, she had a guest appearance in George and Cecil, playing the love interest of Dino Imperial's Jun. Mendiola revealed that she was pulled out of Habang May Buhay and was cast as Christina in the TV series Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo instead.[7] Due to good feedback, her one week guest appearance in Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo was extended. She was later cast in Your Song Presents: Gimik 2010, playing the role of the reformed rebel teenager Jessy. Mendiola was supposed to appear in Kokey @ Ako, opposite Enrique Gil, but their characters were written off in favor of Melai Cantiveros and Jason Francisco.[8] She eventually returned as a recurring character in the last few episodes of Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo.[9]

She portrayed lead roles in Maalaala Mo Kaya: "Marriage Contract" [10] and in Wansapanataym: "Kakambal Ko'y Manika". Her first biggest break was playing the title role in the afternoon TV show, Sabel.[11]

In 2011, when Sabel ended, Mendiola joined ASAP Rocks. She along with Empress Schuck, Enchong Dee and Sam Concepcion are referred to as ASAP's "Dance Quad".[12][13] Earlier, she portrayed Isabel Valderama in Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla Presents: Bianong Bulag. In April, she became a guest judge for Showtime and appeared as Risa in the Maalaala Mo Kaya episode, "Medalyon".[14][15] She also played the role of Jackie Marasigan in the primetime TV show, Budoy, opposite Gerald Anderson and Enrique Gil.[16]

In 2012, she starred in the film The Reunion, with Enchong Dee, Enrique Gil and Xian Lim. She also starred in the afternoon TV show Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Paraiso, with Matteo Guidicelli, Matt Evans and Jewel Mische.

In 2013, she currently plays the titular role of the Philippine remake of Maria Mercedes.[17]

In October 2013, she flew to Korea for a ceremonial appointment by Korean Tourism Organization as the Honorary Ambassador for Korean Tourism.[18]


Year Title Role Network
2012 The Reunion Ali Zaldariaga Star Cinema
2013 Call Center Girl Regina "Reg" Manlapat
2014 The Trial Isabelle "Bessy" Buenaventura
Year Title Role Network
2004 Hanggang Kailan Gina GMA Network
2007 Abt Ur Luv Ur Lyf 2 Lheny ABS-CBN
Sineserye Presents: Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos? Michelle
2008 Your Song Presents: Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal Kitty
Volta Chappy Girl
Astigs In Luvin lyf Shannon
Dyosa Cheepa
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Mansyon Darlene's classmate
2009 Your Song Presents: Boystown Karen
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Taxi Samantha Espiritu
Midnight DJ: Pabrika Ng Multo Gabby TV5
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Storybook Hershey ABS-CBN
George and Cecil Irene
Katorse Bettina Godinez
2010 May Bukas Pa Young Soledad
Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo Christina Angeles
Your Song Presents: Gimik 2010 Jessy Lorenzo
Panahon Ko 'To!: Ang Game Show ng Buhay Ko Herself
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Marriage Contract Analyn 'Ana' Dela Cruz
Wansapanataym: Kambal Ko'y Manika Leni/Lena Gatchalian
Banana Split Herself
Sabel Sabel Asuncion
2011-2012 Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla: Bianong Bulag Isabel Robles
2011–present ASAP Herself/Host/Performer
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Medalyon Lisa
It's Showtime Princess Catherine Señorin Jr.
Banana Split Darlene Belangoy Jr.
Wansapanataym: Flores De Mayumi Mylene
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Bisikleta Laurence Trazona
Budoy Jacqueline 'Jackie' Marasigan
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Journal Joei Revilleza
E-Boy Adult Princess
Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Paraiso Yanie Alipio
KBS World Date with Shinee Guest KBS
2012 2012 UAAP Cheerdance Competition Herself/Host Studio 23
2013-2014 Maria Mercedes Maria Mercedes Alegre ABS-CBN
2014–present It's Showtime Herself/Host
2014 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sulat Marie
2014 UAAP Cheerdance Competition Herself/Host ABS-CBN Sports+Action
2015 Will Never Say Goodbye Grace Fontanilla ABS-CBN


  1. ^ Bautista, Mario E. (2007-07-28). "Polo launches dance group on rival network". Dream Factory. Malaya Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  2. ^ Miralles, Nitz (2007-06-03). "Star Magic Batch 15". About Showbiz. The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2008-07-15. [dead link]
  3. ^ Bautista, Mario E (2007-07-27). "Prettiest New Stars at ABS-CBN". People's Journal. People's Journal. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  4. ^ "Jessy Mendiola Biography". Pinoy Stop. Pinoy Stop. 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  5. ^ Isah V. Red. "Star Magic Batch 15: Ready for their close-ups". Life & Entertainment. Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  6. ^ Mendiola, Jessy (Cast). Humingi Ako Sa Langit Trailer (in Filipino). Philippines: ABS-CBN. Event occurs at 1:25. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  7. ^ Franco, Bernie (2010-04-21). "Jessy Mendiola talks about working with her idol Judy Ann Santos". Showbuzz. ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  8. ^ Quintos, Napoleon (2009-12-03). "Enrique Gil stars in the upcoming teleserye ‘Kokey @ Ako’". Celeb Highlight. Showbuzz. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  9. ^ Bernie, Franco (2010-03-28). "Jessie Mendiola prefers to take it slow with Coco Martin". Balita. ABS-CBN. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  10. ^ Erece, Dino (2010-10-06). "Xian Lim and Jessy Mendiola's characters get "married" in MMK". Entertainment Guide/Television. The Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  11. ^ Llanera, Melba (2010-12-06). "Jessy Mendiola on her launching soap, Sabel: "Para akong lumulutang!"". News. The Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  12. ^ "ASAP Rocks promises showstopping performances this Sunday". Guide / Television. The Philippine Entertainment Portal. 2011-04-09. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  13. ^ "‘ASAP Rocks’ reunites big names in showbiz". Entertainment. SunStar Manila. 2011-02-19. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  14. ^ Siazon, Rachelle (2011-04-16). "On Maalaala Mo Kaya: Jessy Mendiola and Ejay Falcon pursue bolder roles". Showbuzz Feature. ABS-CBN. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  15. ^ "Jessy Mendiola, Ejay Falcon and Mark Gil depict a true story about obsession in MMK". Guide / Television. The Philippine Entertainment Portal. 2011-04-14. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  16. ^ "Gerald Anderson will topbill ABS-CBN's "advocacy-serye" titled Budoy". Guide / Television. The Philippine Entertainment Portal. 2011-06-26. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  17. ^ "Jessy Mendiola is Maria Mercedes". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 2013-04-14. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
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