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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.

Feb 19, 2014

Pam Mendiola, Jessy's Elder Sister, Joins Showbiz In TV5's 'Pretty Little Liars'

PAM MENDIOLA is Jessy Mendiola’s elder sister and she’s also joining showbiz managed by Atty. Jun Samaniego. “Magkasunod kami ni Jessy,” she says. “She was born Dec. 3, 1992. Ako, Dec. 9, 1991. We used to celebrate our birthdays together on Dec. 6 and people thought kambal kami.”

She’s now with TV5 and included in the new drama series “Pretty Little Liars”. Why didn’t she join Jessy at ABS? “I want to make a name for myself on my own at ayokong masabing package deal kami. Also, I don’t want to be under her shadow.”

How come she joined showbiz only now? “Nagtapos muna kasi ako ng college. I just graduated from Miriam with a degree in international studies. Jessy joined showbiz when she was only 14 years old. We also have a 15 year old youngest sister, Megan. Pero ayaw mag-artista. She prefers to be a model and singer. Ako naman, I tried hosting sa cable channel ng Viva and did some guestings. Then I met Atty. Samaniego and I’m now his first talent. Nag-go see ako sa TV5 and I was surprised sinali nila ako agad sa ‘Pretty Little Liars’. I’ve taped na with them for three days with Direk Mac Alejandre. I was so nervous noong una kasi first acting job ko but Direk Mac is so nice at hindi naman ako nahirapan.”

Was she also born in Abu Dabi like Jessy? “Yes. I was 9 when we moved here to Manila and our youngest sister was born here. Our dad is a Lebanese-British singer-musician who plays various instruments. He’s now working in Bahrain.”

She admits having had two boyfriends before. “But now, ayoko muna ng lovelife. I want to focus on my acting career. Gusto ko munang maging more stable bago ko mag-boyfriend uli.”

What’s her advice to Jessy who’s very “ligawin”? “Na huwag siyang mag-commit agad at kilalanin muna niyang buti. Una sa lahat, huwag siyang kukuha ng may bisyo.”

Sounds like she’s referring to Jessy’s ex-actor boyfriend who just came out of rehab.