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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.

Aug 6, 2018

Jo Berry Feels So Lucky To Work With Nora Aunor & Cherie As Co-Stars And Gina Alajar As Her Director In The Ground-Breaking Drama, 'Onanay'

JO BERRY feels very fortunate to be given the rare chance to play a lead role in her very first teleserye, “Onanay”. Such is the show’s title because she plays a “nanay” in the teleserye and she’s also a midget or what is called an unano. She has the bone disorder called achondroplasia which she got from her father. “Apat kaming magkakapatid at dalawa kaming ganito and the other two are normal naman,” she says.

Is Berry their real family name? “Yes. Half American ang dad namin at nakuha rin siya to appear in some international films. Na-feature yung family namin sa ‘Magpakailanman’ last year and I played myself. I think doon nakuha yung idea ng ‘Onanay’.”

Off cam, Jo has a college degree and she has a regular work as a call center agent in a BPO or business process outsourcing company. So how is her experience as a drama actress?

“Naku, never ko pong pinangarap maging artista pero hindi ko natanggihan ang offer ng GMA-7 kasi lead role nga. Biro mo, I get the chance to act with Nora Aunor as my mother, tapos si Cherie Gil ang umaapi sa akin, and the director is Gina Alajar. So what more can a newcomer like me ask for? Sobra-sobrang blessings na ang dumating sa akin. Kaya naman I’m really doing my best to make sure hindi ako mapahiya sa pagtitiwalang binigay sa’kin ng network.”

“Onanay” replaces “Kambal Karibal” and will start airing this Monday night after “Victor Magtanggol” and before “Inday Will Always Love You”.