Jennylyn Mercado

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Jennylyn Mercado
Born Jennylyn Anne Pineda Mercado
(1987-05-15) May 15, 1987 (age 30)
Las Piñas, Metro Manila, Philippines
Occupation Actress, singer, host, product endorser
Years active 2002–present
Agent GMA Artist Center
Viva Entertainment
Regal Entertainment
Star Cinema
Children 1

Jennylyn Anne Pineda Mercado (born May 15, 1987) is a Filipino actress, singer, and songwriter. She was the winner of the first season of the reality talent competition StarStruck. Mercado garnered acclaim at a young age for her acting performances on television and film. She is known for starring in multiple box office successes, namely English Only, Please (2014), The Prenup (2015), Walang Forever (2015), and Just the 3 of Us (2016).[1][2][3][4] 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". In 2017, she is set to topbill the Philippine remake of My Love from the Star.[5][6]

Mercado's success in Philippine show business made her one of the top actresses in the country and established her status as the "Ultimate Star".[7][8][9][10]

Early and personal life[edit]

Jennylyn 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.[11]

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 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.[12][13][14]

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.[15]

In 2007, Mercado and fellow actor Patrick Garcia admitted their relationship which lasted for a year after Mercado got pregnant.[16][17] In 2010, Mercado and fellow actor Dennis Trillo became a couple until they broke up in 2011.[18] In 2011, Television host and actor Luis Manzano admits dating Mercado during an interview in ABS-CBN talk show Showbiz News Ngayon. They eventually broke up in 2014.[19][20] After working together again in 2015 Mercado and Trillo are rumored to be in a relationship again but neither confirmed nor denied their status. [21]

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.[22]

She is also an aspiring triathlete for engaging in sporting activities. She took jujitsu and Muay Thai lessons in her free time. “They built up my muscles. I looked heavy onscreen,” Jennylyn recounted. “I realized that I needed cardio exercises to slim down.” She discovered running and biking, which soon led her to join duothlon competitions in Alabang and Laguna. She is also a diver to inspire people to be environment friendly.[23]


2002: Career beginnings[edit]

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.[24]

2003-2007: Starstruck and career breakthrough[edit]

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 the 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 by 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.[25][26]

2007-2014: Career expansion[edit]

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.[27] 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.[28] 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[23] with co-hosts Ogie Alcasid and Dingdong Dantes. She is also in the GMA-7 Sunday talk show, Showbiz Central.[29][30][31]

In 2013, she made a movie comeback with Regal Entertainment with a Romance film The Bride and the Lover.[32] Her contract with Polyeast Records ended that year. In 2014, she played the role of a woman who has a split personality through Rhodora X. According to her, this was the most challenging role she has ever played. She released her fifth album through GMA Records in late 2014.[33][34]

At the end of 2014, Mercado confirmed to take part of the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival in which her entry, originally offered to singer-actress Angeline Quinto, English Only, Please was chosen as one of the eight official movies for the film festival.[35] It became a success despite having less promotions than the other movies included. It was referred to as a "sleeper hit" by the critics. Mercado played the role of Tere Madlansacay, a Filipino tutor from the Philippines. This success established her as a movie star.[36][37][38]

2015-present: Career resurgence[edit]

In 2015, after Mercado's box office hit English Only, Please with actor Derek Ramsay in 2014, she was awarded as the MMFF 2014 Best Actress for the recently concluded film festival.[39][40]

A few months later Mercado finally grabbed her first win for the 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.[41] 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.[42]

In late 2015, Mercado starred in primetime series My Faithful Husband in GMA Network which aired in August 10, 2015. She was known here for playing the role of Melanie "Mel" Fernandez-Dela Paz. Despite its success the network did not extend it due to the conflictinh schedule of Mercado in which at that time was shooting 2 movies namely The Prenup and Walang Forever. The series earned the lead actors multiple acting awards and nominations here and abroad.[43][44]

After Walang Forever's commercial success Mercado earned yet another MMFF Best actress award in 2015 proving her appeal once more in the movie industry for two consecutive years.[45][46][47]

In February 2016, with the apparent success of her Metro Manila Film Festival 2015 entry Walang Forever with Jericho Rosales, Mercado was gunning to be the new box office queen.[48]

Through her social media accounts, she made an announcement about her upcoming project. She confirmed that she is working on a new film with one of the best known actors in the Philippines John Lloyd Cruz. The film was produced by Star Cinema and eventually became another box office hit for Mercado.[49][50] It earned P16 million for the opening day, the highest opening day gross for any of Mercado's past movies and at that time was the highest opening day gross in 2016. It went on to be one of the highest-grossing films in 2016.[51][52]

After the movie's success, it cemented Mercado as one of the most successful actresses and most sought after leading ladies in the Philippines for more than a decade in show business. With the success of her first project in Star Cinema, a rival film company of her home network, rumors started as to whether she will renew her contract with GMA Network or not after expiring in May 2016.[53]

On July 4, 2016, after months of contract negotiations, Mercado's camp and GMA Network has come to an agreement with the contract and thus renewed it once again.[54][55] As part of the contract Mercado hosted the GMA comedy-singing show Superstar Duets which is a first in the Philippine television.[56][57] She was later tapped to play the role of Steffi, originally played by South Korean actress Jun Ji-hyun for the Philippine remake of the hit Koreanovela My Love from the Star which is expected to air in 2017.[58][59]


Drama television shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2017 My Love from the Star[60] Stephanie "Steffi" Chavez GMA Network
2015 My Faithful Husband[61] Melanie Fernandez
Second Chances Dra. Lyra Bermudez-Padilla
2014 Rhodora X Rhodora Ferrer-Vasquez/Baby/Roxanne/Rowena Ferrer
2013/2015 Sunday All Stars Herself / Performer
2013 Indio Esperanza Sanreal
2012 Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa Elisa Santos
Makapiling Kang Muli Young Mara Silvestre-Valencia
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 Garcia/Eliza Montemayor-Olivarez
Sine Novela: Paano Ba Ang Mangarap? Elizabeth "Lisa" Estrella-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
2002 Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay Ayra ABS-CBN

Drama anthology shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2016 Magpakailanman: Gayuma ng Pag ibig Kukay GMA Network
Pagsubok Jane
2015 Magpakailanman: Rehas ng Pag ibig Mavic
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
2016 Superstar Duets Herself / Host GMA Network
Sunday PinaSaya Herself / Guest
Everyday Sarap Herself / Host GMA News TV
Dishkarte of the Day
Gandang Gabi Vice Herself / Guest ABS-CBN
Tonight with Boy Abunda
2015 Eat Bulaga! Herself / Guest judge GMA Network
Starstruck Herself / Grand Council Judge
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


Year Title Role Producer
2016 Just the 3 of Us CJ Manalo Star Cinema
2015 Walang Forever Mia Nolasco Quantum Films[62]
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, Canary 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]

Title Album details Certifications
Living the Dream
  • PARI: Platinum (30,000+)
Letting Go
  • Released: July 1, 2005
  • Label: GMA Records
  • Formats: CD, digital downloads
  • PARI: Gold (15,000+)
Love Is...
  • Released: January 2, 2010
  • Label: Viva Records
  • Formats: CD, digital downloads
Never Alone
  • Released: October 4, 2014
  • Label: GMA Records
  • Formats: CD, digital downloads

Compilation album[edit]

Title Album details
Kahit Sandali: The Best of Jennylyn Mercado
  • Released: March 1, 2008
  • Label: GMA Records
  • Formats: CD, digital downloads
GMA Collection Series: Jennylyn Mercado
  • Released: May 1, 2013
  • Label: GMA Records
  • Formats: CD, digital downloads

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Certifications
Forever By Your Side
  • Released: July 23, 2012
  • Label: PolyEast Records
  • Formats: CD, digital downloads
  • PARI: Gold (15,000+)
Jennylyn Mercado - Ultimate
  • PARI: Gold (15,000+)[63]


Title Year Album
"Kahit Sandali" 2004 Living The Dream
"Sa Aking Panaginip" 2005 Letting Go
"It's Christmas All Over The World" 2005 Kapuso sa Pasko
"Moments of Love"

(with Janno Gibbs)

2006 Moments of Love OST
"Kaya Mo Bang Ibalik" 2008 Kahit Sandali
"Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" 2010 Love is...
"Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa" 2012 Forever By Your Side
"Basta't Nandito Ka" 2014 Never Alone
"Hagdan" 2016 Ultimate

Awards, nominations and recognition[edit]

Performance awards[edit]

Year Organization Category Nominated work(s) Result
2016 30th PMPC Star Awards for Television[64] Best Educational Program Host Sarap With Family Nominated
Best Drama Actress My Faithful Husband Won
PEP List Editor's Choice Year 3 Teleserye Actress of the Year Nominated
Gawad Urian[65] Best Actress Walang Forever Nominated
GAWAD PASADO Pinakapasadong Aktres Nominated
2016 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards[66] Film Actress of the Year Won
2015 41st Metro Manila Film Festival[67][68] Best Actress Won
Female Celebrity of the Night N/A Won
63rd FAMAS Awards Best Actress English Only, Please Nominated
29th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Educational Program Host Sarap With Family Nominated
6th ENPRESS Golden Screen Television Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama Program Rhodora X Nominated
2nd PEP List Awards Editor's Choice: Teleserye Actress Won[69]
31st PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Actress of the Year English Only, Please Nominated
2014 Metro Manila Film Festival[70] Best Actress Won
28th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Talent Show Program Host Anak Ko Yan! Nominated
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
27th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Magazine Show Host together with Regine Velasquez, Raymond Gutierrez and Roderick Paulate HOT TV: Hindi Ordinaryong Tsismis Nominated
Best Reality Competition Program Host together with Dingdong Dantes, Carla Abellana and Maxene Magalona Protégé: The Battle For The Big Artista Break Nominated
2012 PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Talent Search Program Host together with Ogie Alcasid and Dingdong Dantes Protégé: The Battle For The Big Break Nominated
2011 59th FAMAS Awards Best Actress Rosario Nominated
13th Gawad PASADO Awards Best Actress Nominated
FAP Luna Awards Best Actress 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 Won

Music awards[edit]

Year Organization Category Result
2015 7th PMPC Star Awards for Music Album of the Year - Never Alone Nominated
7th PMPC Star Awards for Music Pop Album of the Year - Never Alone Nominated
7th PMPC Star Awards for Music Female Pop Artist of the Year - Never Alone Nominated
2013 ASAP 18 24K Gold Award - Forever By Your Side Gold Awardee Won
5th PMPC Star Awards for Music Female Pop Artist of the Year - Forever By Your Side Nominated
2010 2nd PMPC Star Awards for Music Female Pop Artist of the Year - Love Is Nominated
2006 ASAP POP Viewers Choice Awards Female Pop Artist of the Year 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 and recognitions[edit]

Year Organization Category Result
2004 Yes Magazine Reader's Choice Awards Most Popular Female Young Star Won
PMPC Star Awards for Television Female Star of the Night Won
Star Struck Season 1 Ultimate Female Survivor Won
2005 FAMAS Awards German Moreno Youth Achievement Award Won
2008 Yes Magazine Reader's Choice Awards Young Female Superstar Won
2012 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Dressed Female Celebrity Award Won
2015 PEP List Choice Awards Teleserye Actress of the Year Won
FHM Sexiest Women in the Philippines Philippines Finest - Rank #1 Won
2016 EDUKCIRCLE Drama Actress of the Year Nominated
PUSH Awards Female Celebrity for 2016 Nominated
PEP List Editor's Choice Year 3 Female TV Star of The Year Nominated

Entertainment awards[edit]

Year Organization Category/Result
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
Friendster Most Popular Rank #6
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
2016 Ranked # 2 Jessy Mendiola


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