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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.

Dec 10, 2018

Sheena Halili Had Fun Working With Jessy Mendiola In 'The Girl In The Orange Dress', All Set To Marry Her Non-Showbiz Fiance By Next Year

SHEENA HALILI belongs to Starstruck Batch 1 launched in 2004. She’s one of the few who remains active. “Isa rin ako sa mga single pa at wala pang anak,” she adds.

Her female batch mates who now have a love child are Jennylyn Mercado and Katrina Halili, while Yasmien Kurdi and Nadine Samonte are married with kids. Cristine Reyes also has a daughter but now reportedly split from her husband. “Si Jade Lopez, kailan pa lang kinasal at wala pang baby,” she says.

And she is now officially engaged to her non-showbiz boyfriend named Jeron Manzanero who proposed to her inside a moviehouse where he did a special footage with her close friends asking her to marry him. She was wearing the diamond engagement ring he gave her when she attended the presscon of her new movie, “The Girl in the Orange Dress”.

“Yes, we already have wedding plans but nothing definite yet. Siguro next year. Nagsabi na rin siya sa parents ko. Gusto sana namin, sa malamig na month like January or February kaya lang masyadong malapit na yun so we have no time to prepare so ide-delay na lang namin, para more time to prepare pati ang friends ko for a bridal shower. Gusto ko ring makahanap ng magandang venue for our wedding.”

So what’s her role in “The Girl with the Orange Dress”? “Best friend ako rito ni Jessy Mendiola. Tatlo kami, along with Ria Atayde and Hannah Ledesma. Nang ma-trap si Jessy with Jericho Rosales inside a hotel at hina-hunting sila ng press, nakasama kami sa gulo. It’s a great romantic comedy that’s full of fun.”

Didn’t she feel awkward that most of her co-stars are Kapamilya actors while she is a Kapuso? “Okay naman. Na-miss ko talaga gumawa ng movie. My last one was ‘One Last Summer’ pa with Julie Anne San Jose, e ang tagal na noon. I also welcome the opportunity of being able to work with actors from the other network. They’re all nice, lalo na si Jessy na madalas kong kaeksena. Wala siyang arte sa katawan at naging masaya kami lahat during the shooting.”

On TV, her last show was “Victor Magtanggol” with Alden Richards. So what’s next for her? “As of now, wala pa kasi katatapos nga lang ng ‘Victor’. Siguro next year na uli ako mabibigyan ng bagong soap.”

She’s been the best friend of Maine Mendoza after they did “Destined to Be Yours”. Is it true Maine is now playing beautiful music with Arjo Atayde? “Ay, mas mabuti po siguro kung sila ang mismong tanungin nyo tungkol diyan."
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