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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.

Jan 12, 2017

Jillian Ward No Longer The 4-Year Old Girl Discovered In Little Miss Philippines, Fast Blossoming As A Young Lady In 'Sa Piling Ni Nanay'

JILLIAN WARD was a super cute 4-year old girl when she was discovered in the Little Miss Philippines contest of “Eat Bulaga” in 2009. GMA-7 got her as a child actress and she appeared in several soaps like “The Last Prince”, “Ilumina”, “Jillian: Namamasko Po”, “Daldalita”, “Captain Barbell”, “Biritera”, “Andres de Saya” and many more. She’s just turning 12 this February 23 but she’s what you call “malaking bulas”, so she already looks like a teenager. As one writer comments: “Dalaga na o!” These little girls really grow up so fast!

Isn’t she afraid that as a tween, she’d now be in what they call the awkward stage and she might have no more assignments coming up? “Hindi naman po,” says Jillian. “Kasi heto nga, ang ganda-ganda ng role ko as Katherine in ‘Sa Piling ni Nanay’. Ako yung anak na pinag-aagawan nina Ate Yasmien Kurdi and Ate Katrina Halili. I’m really happy to be a part of this show kasi very successful siya at more than six months na kami sa ere.”

Jillian’s edge is that she’s also a good singer, so we won’t be surprised if GMA Records would also get her and sign her up to a recording contract. Meantime, as Katherine in “Sa Piling ni Nanay”, she has already discovered the truth that Yasmien as Ysabel is her real biological mother and not Katrina as Scarlet, but Katrina will not give her up that easily and will do everything in her power to get Jillian back. She even resorts to violence with the help of new cohorts like Antonio Aquitania as Rod, Banjo Romero as Budong and Diva Montelaba as Rose to take away Jillian from Yasmien.