Jennylyn Mercado

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Jennylyn Mercado
Back to Back MMFF Best Actress
Born (1987-05-15) May 15, 1987 (age 28)
Las Piñas, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Other names Jen
Years active 2003–present
Agent GMA Artist Center
Viva Entertainment
Regal Entertainment
GMA Records
Known for Lira/Milagros in Encantadia
Corazon in Blue Moon
Tere in English Only Please
Mia in #WalangForever
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Children 1
Awards Best Actress MMFF 2014 and 2015

Jennylyn Mercado (born May 15, 1987) is a Filipino actress, singer and songwriter. She gained fame as the winner of the first season of the reality talent competition StarStruck. Mercado is most known for receiving much critical acclaim at her young age for her acting performances on television and film. She has released three albums from GMA Records and Viva Records which have several popular singles such as "Sa Aking Panaginip", "Moments Of Love" collaboration with Janno Gibbs, "Maybe This Time" and "Kahit Sandali".

Early and personal life[edit]

Mercado was born on May 15, 1987, to a mother who was a duty-free store beauty consultant. Mercado had opened up about her stepfather who abused her as a child. He burned her skin with cigarette butts. Her mother, who was working in Dubai at that time, immediately flew back to the Philippines not to help her daughter, but to bail out Mercado's stepfather, who was in jail for abusing his four-year-old daughter. After the incident, her aunt took her away from them and raised her, eventually adopting Jennylyn as her legal daughter.[1]

Mercado grew up in Parañaque, Metro Manila. She spent her senior high school year at the Augustinian Abbey in nearby Las Piñas.

Mercado's life story was featured in the weekly drama anthology Magpakailanman on October 14, 2004. She is now the official spokesperson of the Bata Foundation (Christian Mission Services), a non-government organization.

In 2008, at age 21, Mercado announced that she was pregnant. Her ex-boyfriend Patrick Garcia, who distanced himself upon learning of her pregnancy, was announced as the father of her child. On August 16, 2008, she gave birth to her child, a son, via Caesarian section.[2][3][4]

She is the niece of television reporter, Abner Mercado. Her cousins are Cherie Mercado (news and radio anchor for News5), Charee Pineda, and Eliza Pineda who both work for the ABS-CBN channel.[5]

Activism and other endeavours[edit]

Aside from being a performer/entertainer, Mercado is also a political activist. She works with the Philippine women's organization GABRIELA.[6]

She is also an aspiring triathlete.[7]


Mercado started as a recording artist with Alpha Records in 1999 through the recommendation of her voice coach, Susanna Pichay. She was in Nonoy Tan's singing group, G4. Unfortunately the group never released an album because two of the four members dropped out. However, the group was able to record two songs. After G4, Mercado went into commercial modeling and landed a stint with Bambini cologne and a Pond's television advertisement. She was also part of the Elite Circle of 10 Modeling Search where she competed with StarStruck co-finalist, Dion Ignacio.

In 2002, Mercado 's debut appearance was in ABS-CBN's tv series Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay topbilled by Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz where she played a very minor role. A year later in 2003, she joined the reality show StarStruck She and Mark Herras won, receiving 1,000,000 pesos plus exclusive contracts from GMA Network. After winning StarStruck, she starred in the Encantadia, I Luv NY, Now and Forever titled Dangal, Super Twins, Sine Novela: Paano Ba Ang Mangarap?, SRO Cinemaserye: Suspetsa, Ikaw Sana and Sine Novela: Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak.

She released her first album, Living the Dream, containing original compositions of composer Vehnee Saturno, and a carrier single titled "Kahit Sandali". In May 2006, Mercado released her second album Letting Go which included the single "Sa Aking Panaginip" by Vehnee Saturno. Her first major concert was held on May 15, 2006, at the Music Museum in Greenhills. In January 2010, under VIVA Records, she released her third album, Love Is... Jennylyn Mercado. Due to her popularity, she held a birthday concert at the Music Museum, titled I Am Woman in May 2009. The concert was sold-out.

Her first films included So Happy Together and the teen-flick Let the Love Begin but her most acclaimed film performance was a Filipino period piece, Rosario. Jennylyn's acting career is handled by Becky Aguila and VIVA Entertainment, Inc., where she joined her Starstruck co-alumnus Cristine Reyes. Her singing career is managed by VIVA Records. Her contract with VIVA ended in 2011 and did not renew, although she joined Cristine Reyes. On 2013, Jennylyn signed back with Regal Entertainment. Jennylyn Mercado has also signed up with PolyEast Records for her singing career which she hopes would help in her bid to reinvent herself as singer.

Mercado recently branched out into television hosting, hosting the Philippine reality series Protégé: The Battle For The Big Break[7] with co-hosts Ogie Alcasid and Dingdong Dantes. She is also in the GMA-7 Sunday talk show, Showbiz Central.

Last 2013, She made a movie comeback with Regal Entertainment with a romantic, sexy film The Bride and the Lover. Her contract with Polyeast Records ended that year. Currently, she is playing the role of a woman who has a split personality. According to her, this is the most challenging role she had ever played. She is going to release her fifth album with GMA Records in late 2014.

In 2015, Mercado finally grabbed her first win for controversial FHM Philippines' 100 Sexiest Woman after beating Andrea Torres and Ellen Adarna, after Marian Rivera (which excluded on the list along with Rookies Tricia Santos and China Roces) vactates the title.[8] Before she leaves Philippines for New York for PreNup film with Sam Milby, publisher Aeus Reyes and Allan Altera with GMA News reporter Nelson Canlas surpries Mercado and give a plaque. And finally on July 11, Mercado ramps for the two part FHM 100 Sexiest party at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia.[9]


Drama television shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2015 My Faithful Husband Melanie Fernandez GMA Network
Second Chances Lyra Bermudez
2014 Rhodora X Rhodora/Roxanne/Rowena Ferrer
2013 Indio Esperanza Sanreal
2012 Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa Elisa Santos
Makapiling Kang Muli Young Mara
2011 Futbolilits Lani Melendez
Mars Ravelo's Captain Barbell Rose
2010 Jillian: Namamasko Po Cecille
Little Star Helen Estrella
2010 Sine Novela: Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak Rachel Mantaring
2009 Ikaw Sana Eliza Montemayor-Olivarez
Sine Novela: Paano Ba Ang Mangarap? Elizabeth "Lisa" Valderama
2008 Sine Novela: Kaputol ng Isang Awit Charmaine Ambrosio
2007 La Vendetta Almira Cardinale
Super Twins Super S
2006 Now and Forever: Dangal Alta Salvador
I Luv NY Natalie Young
Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas Lira
2005 Encantadia Milagros / Lira
2004 Joyride Casey
All Together Now Sugar
Forever In My Heart Joey Almasan
Click Barkada Hunt Herself
Click Carol

Drama anthology shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2015 Magpakailanman:Rehas ng Pag ibig Mavic GMA Network
2013 Wagas: Love me Tomorrow Lolet Carangga GMA News TV
Wagas: The Mike and Baby Enriquez Love Story Baby Enriquez
Magpakailanman: May AIDS ang Asawa Ko Melissa GMA Network
2011 Spooky Nights: Singil Bless
2009 Dear Friend: Karibal Cheska
SRO Cinemaserye: Suspetsa Nina
2006 Love To Love (Season 12): Jass Got Lucky Genie Jena
2005 Love To Love (Season 9): Miss Match Joey
2004 Magpakailanman: Ano ang Kulay ng Tunay na Pagmamahal Herself

Variety, reality, and talk shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2015 Starstruck Herself / Grand Council Judge GMA Network
2013 Sarap with Family Herself / Host GMA News TV
Anak Ko Yan Herself / Host / Judge GMA Network
Sunday All Stars Herself / Performer / Host
2012 Protégé: The Battle For The Big Artista Break Herself / Host
2012/2013 HOT T.V.
2012 Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal Herself / Player ABS-CBN
2011/2012 Showbiz Central Herself / Co-Host GMA Network
2011 Protégé Herself / Host
2010/2013 Party Pilipinas Herself / Performer / Host
2004 SOP Gigsters
2004/2010 SOP Rules
2004 Stage 1: The StarStruck Playhouse and Stage 1: LIVE! Herself
2003/2004 StarStruck Herself / Ultimate Female Survivor GMA Network


Year Title Role Producer
2015 Walang Forever Mia Nolasco Quantum Films[10]
The Prenup Wendy Regal Films
2014 English Only, Please Tere Madlansacay Quantum Films
2013 The Bride and the Lover Shiela Montes Regal Films
2012 Moron 5 and the Crying Lady Prison Visitor Viva Films
2010 Rosario Rosario CineMabuhay, Studio 5
Working Girls Ada Rosales Viva Films, GMA Films, Unitel Pictures
2008 One Night Only Elvie OctoArts Films
Half-Blood Samurai Kristine Forward Films Philippines (Indie)
2007 Nars Ella Carl & Carl Productions (Indie)
Resiklo Bianca Imus Production
Tiyanaks Rina Regal Films
Angels Vivian / Bianang Eagle Eye Productions
2006 Super Noypi Lia Regal Films
Eternity Megan Regal Films
Blue Moon Cora / Corazon Regal Films
2005 Lovestruck Denise GMA Films
Say That You Love Me Kristine Regal Films
Let the Love Begin Alex GMA Films
2004 So Happy Together Wena Regal Films


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Notes
2004 Living the Dream First solo album certified platinum; 30,000 units sold GMA Records
2006 Letting Go Second solo album certified gold; 15,000 units copies sold GMA Records
2010 Love Is... Third solo album Viva Records
2012 Forever By Your Side Fourth solo album certified gold; 15,000 units copies sold PolyEast Records
2014 Never Alone Fifth solo album GMA Records

Compilation album[edit]

Year Title Notes
2008 Kahit Sandali, The Best of Jennylyn Mercado Greatest hits album from GMA Records


Year Title Notes
2006 Moments of Love OST Single: "Moments of Love," a collaboration with Janno Gibbs


Year Title Notes
2014 Never Alone Single: Basta't Nandito Ka
2005 Kapuso sa Pasko Single: "Its Christmas All Over the World"

Awards, nominations and recognition[edit]

Performance awards[edit]

Year Organization Category Nominated work(s) Result
2015 41st Metro Manila Film Festival[11] Best Actress Walang Forever Won
Female Celebrity of the Night N/A Won
63rd FAMAS Awards Best Actress English Only, Please Nominated
6th ENPRESS Golden Screen Television Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama Program Rhodora X Nominated
31st PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Actress of the Year English Only, Please Nominated
2014 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress Won
2013 ENPRESS Golden Screen Television Awards Outstanding Original Reality Competition Program Host Protégé: The Battle For The Big Artista Break Nominated
Outstanding Female Showbiz Talk Program Host Showbiz Central Nominated
2012 PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Talent Search Program Host Protégé: The Battle For The Big Break Nominated
2011 59th FAMAS Awards Best Actress Rosario Nominated
13th Gawad PASADO Awards Best Actress Rosario Nominated
FAP Luna Awards Best Actress Rosario Nominated Best Television Host Protégé: The Battle For The Big Break Won
2009 PEP Forum Awards Best Drama Actress Ikaw Sana Nominated
2006 FAP Luna Awards Best Supporting Actress Blue Moon Nominated
PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie/Film Actress of the Year Nominated
Gawad Urian Awards Best Supporting Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangalawang Aktres) Nominated
ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama Nominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role-Musical or Comedy Lovestruck Nominated
32nd Metro Manila Film Festival People's Choice for Best Actress Blue Moon Won
2005 Gawad Tanglaw Awards Best Supporting Actress Blue Moon Won

Music awards[edit]

Year Organization Category Result
2013 ASAP 18 24K Gold Award Gold Awardee Won
PMPC Star Awards for Music Female Pop Artist of the Year Nominated
2010 Nominated
2006 ASAP POP Viewers Choice Awards Nominated
2005 Awit Awards Best Performance by a Duet for the song Won
iFM Pinoy Music Awards Most Popular Adaptation of A Foreign Song Won
2004 SOP Music Awards Breakthrough Artist Won
Candy Mag Awards Breakthrough Artist Won

Box-office awards[edit]

Year Organization Category Result
2005 Box Office Entertainment Awards Most Popular Loveteam with Mark Herras Won
2006 Won
2007 Kapuso Box-Office People's Choice Awards Kapuso Box Office Princess Won
Kapuso Movie Box Office Queen Won
Kapuso Television Box Office Queen Won
Kapuso Box Office Actress Won
Kapuso Box Office Sexiest Female Won
2015 Box-Office Entertainment Awards Breakthrough Box Office Indie Film (with Derek Ramsay) Won

Special awards[edit]

Year Organization Category
2004 Yes Magazine Reader's Choice Awards Most Popular Female Young Star
PMPC Star Awards for Television Female Star of the Night
Star Struck Season 1 Ultimate Female Survivor
2005 FAMAS Awards German Moreno Youth Achievement Award
2008 Yes Magazine Reader's Choice Awards Young Female Supertar
2012 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Dressed Female Celebrity Award
2015 PEP List Choice Awards Teleserye Actress of the Year
FHM Sexiest Women in the Philippines Philippines Finest - Rank #1

Entertainment awards[edit]

Year Organization Category
2004 Yes Magazine Reader's Choice Awards Most Popular Loveteam with Mark Herras
2006 Franz Entertainment's Top 50 Sexiest Women in the Philippines Rank #40
Inside Showbiz Magazine Reader's Choice Most Popular Loveteam with Mark Herras
MOD's Magazine 32 Most Beautiful Filipinas Rank #12
2007 Starmometer 100 Most Beautiful Pinays Rank #11
2008 Yes Magazine Reader's Choice Awards Celebrity Home of the Year
2009 Yes Magazine 100 Most Beautiful Stars Mamma Mia Cover Girl of the Year: Rank #6
2011 Yahoo! OMG Awards Hottest Actress of the Year
2012 PEP Top List Reality-Show Talents on a Roll: Rank #4
Yes Mag 100 Most Beautiful Stars Hot Mama
2013 Inside Pinoy Showbiz Sexiest Hot Mama
2014 Yahoo! OMG Awards Female Kontrabida of the Year

FHM Rankings[edit]

Year Award Category Result Won by
2004 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Woman Ranked # 9 Cindy Kurleto
2005 Ranked # 10 Angel Locsin
2006 Ranked # 6 Katrina Halili
2007 Ranked # 8 Katrina Halili (2)
2008 Ranked # 14 Marian Rivera
2009 Ranked # 17 Cristine Reyes
2010 Ranked # 10 Angel Locsin (2)
2011 Ranked # 7 Sam Pinto
2012 Ranked # 9 Sam Pinto (2)
2013 Ranked # 4 Marian Rivera (2)
2014 Ranked # 4 Marian Rivera (3)
2015 Ranked # 1 PH Finest Herself


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Ryza Cenon
FHM Cover Girl
(June 2013)
Succeeded by
Alodia Gosiengfiao
Preceded by
Marian Rivera
FHM Philippines
Sexiest Woman of the Year

Succeeded by