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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Nov 24, 2010

Jennylyn Mercado shows some skin in the movie Rosario

ALBERT MARTINEZ was absent at the presscon of “Rosario”, the filmfest entry he directs, as he’s in St. Luke’s Hospital attending to younger brother Willliam Martinez who had a stroke Tuesday morning. William is only 48 so let’s pray for his recovery. “Rosario” is the only straight drama in the filmfest and this early, many predict it’ll win most of the awards as it’s not escapist fantasy like the other entries, saying title-roler Jennylyn Mercado has a good chance of winning best actress.

“I’m not expecting anything,” says Jen. “Basta I did everything Direk Albert told me to do. In my six years in showbiz, this is my most daring and challenging role since I had to show some skin in my love scenes with Dennis Trillo and Yul Servo, and even by myself in scenes where I’m changing my clothes. I was so nervous as first time ko to do this, but I’ve seen them na and artistic ang pagkakagawa ni Direk Albert who I trusted so much. May pressure sa’kin kasi I play the title role at puro big name stars ang kalaban namin. Basta I did my best, I gave my all, and I’m just happy nagawa ko nang maayos ang trabaho ko. Quality-wise, I’m proud of the film and I can show it to my son when he grows up.”

Rosario” is based on the true story of magnate Manny V. Pangilinan’s grandma, a liberated Filipina in the 20s who just arrived from New York and defied convention when she falls for an older man (Yul Servo) then commits the sin of adultery with a younger lover Dennis Trillo, who is Jen's current BF. Dennis Trillo is rumored to be jealous of Patrick Garcia.

Also in the film are Phillip Salvador, Sid Lucero, Isabel Oli, Eula Caldes, Ricky Davao, Empress Schuck, Chanda Romero, Liza Lorena, Rita Avila, and Dolphy in a special role as the son of Rosario who tells the story. Since “Rosario” is produced by Studio 5 of TV5, Jen is not sure if she’d be allowed by GMA-7 to go to TV5 to promote or if she’d be allowed to promote it on the shows of GMA. “Sana naman, pumayag sila. Napakaganda ng movie at wag sanang maging biktima ng network wars.”