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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.

Sep 9, 2011

Jomari Yllana deserves an acting nomination for 'Ikaw ang Pag-ibig'

JOMARI YLLANA says doing “Ikaw ang Pag-ibig” is a labor of love for him. He didn’t get any talent fee for his role as a doctor who becomes Ina Feleo’s love interest.

“The film pays tribute to the miraculous Lady of Penafrancia, the patron saint of Bicolanos whose image is at the Cathedral in Naga,” he says. “My family is from Bicol and some of my relatives, silang nagbibihis sa Mahal na Birhen when her feast day in September comes. Baka magalit si Mama Mary kung sisingil pa ko for my work in Her movie. Also, I’m happy to be reunited with Direk Marilou Abaya, who also helmed me before in ‘Sa Pusod ng Dagat’. Doon, komadrona sa isang maliit na isla ang papel ko. This time, obstetrician na talaga ako.”

We’ve seen “Ikaw ang Pag-ibig” and Jomari really gives an outstanding performance in his role as his interpretation is so effortless and natural, no histrionics whatsoever but just a very relaxed portrayal of a man who’s so in love with a woman (Ina) with whom he has a son but who resists his proposals of marriage. He deserves to get a best supporting actor nomination for this film. Jom is one of the four Bicolanos in it. The others are Eddie Garcia who plays the Bishop, Shamaine Centenera as the mother of Ina and Jaime Fabregas who, like Nora Aunor, is from Iriga City.