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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.

Mar 1, 2019

Jodi Sta. Maria As A Possessed Girl In 'Clarita', Based On A True Story Of Exorcism That Happened In The 1950s

JODI STA. MARIA is not at all affected by reports that her ex-BF Jolo Revilla has replaced her with a new GF, a beauty queen named Angelica Alita. She doesn’t really want to make a comment about this and just says she’s currently more focused on her work as an actress and as a college student.

“Basta all I can say is that I’m happy where I am now,” she says. “The Lord is good and I am quite contented with what He is giving to me. I have so much gratitude in my heart now. I have new projects at nagagawa ko namang balansehin ang trabaho at ang pag-aaral ko.”

A lot of people admire her for her good relationship with ex-husband Pampi Lacson, with whom she has a son, Thirdy, now 13 years old, and with Pampi’s current partner, former actress Iwa Moto.

“Hindi naging madali ang proseso, marami rin kaming pinagdaanan, but with the Lord’s guidance, naging posible naman and we’re all okay now.”

Jodi is currently majoring in Psychology at Southville International College and she’s a consistent Dean’s Lister. She’s due to graduate next year. “It’s not easy, but very challenging na pagsabayin ang pagtatrabaho ko bilang aktres, pagiging estudyante and pagiging single mom to my son, but thank God, nagagampanan ko naman as the Lord is giving me enough strength to do all of them.”

Why did she take up Psychology? “Parang pre-med ito as an undergraduate degree, in preparation for my dream to become a doctor. And I like psychology as it helps you make understand your own self better. It helps you to become more compassionate in the way you treat other people, especially the broken ones who need our undestanding and not our judgment.”

Jodi is currently taping for a new teleserye and shooting a new horror film. For Dreamscape, she’s doing “Mea Culpa” with Bela Padilla, Tony Labrusca, Kit Thompson, Ara Mina, Sandino Martin, John Arcilla, Roxanne Guinoo and Polo Ravales. The horror movie she’s currently shooting is “Clarita”, based on the true story of a prison inmate in Manila City Jail who got possessed in the 1950s and started killing the other inmates. The actual footage about this is being kept by the BBC in London.

is is directed by Derrick Cabrido, who did such acclaimed indie flicks as “Children’s Show” about child street fighters that won the special jury prize at the Fantasporto International Filmfest in 2014 and the Cinemalaya film “Tuos” with Ate Guy and Barbie Forteza. Playing the priest who is assigned to exorcise Jodi in the movie is Ricky Davao and playing the bishop is Toni Mabesa.

About her lovelife, Jodi admits she’s seeing a non-showbiz guy but won’t reveal any details as she’s not yet sure if he’s really the one for him. “I’d like to keep it very private,” she adds.