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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.

May 20, 2020


JENNYLYN MERCADO turned 33 last May 15. Among all the Starstruck discoveries, Jen is the most successful. She continues to shine doing lead roles in both the big and small screen.

In contrast, the star of her male counterpart as winner in Starstruck 1, Mark Herras, has dimmed considerably.

And now, Jen can also rightfully claim that she’s doing well not only in her career but also in her love life. Her inamorato, Dennis Trillo, posted a special video to greet her, along with a song: 

“This is it!!! Flex ko lang yung mahal ko, dahil araw niya today. Happy birthday my love. Thank you for everything, for being in my life, for sharing your life with me and for being you, I love you.”

So many of their celebrity friends, specially her co-stars in “Descendants of the Sun”, were pleased by the video greeting and also sent their own greetings for Jen on her special day.

Meanwhile, the Kapamilya Network thanked her for defending ABS-CBN against trolls who maligned them and those supporting them online.

In their Kapamilya Online World on Facebook, they sent a message to Jen: re“Jennylyn Mercado, ipinagtanggol ang ABS-CBN laban sa mga trolls at bashers. Thank you, Jen.” 

Along with the message are screenshots of Jennylyn’s statements defending ABS-CBN.

This is what Jen wrote in her social media account: “With all the negativity that is happening in social media, let us all remember to respect each other. All our opinions are valid.

"Just because you disagree with the opinion of others doesn’t give you the right to belittle or make fun of anyone. Our enemy is not each other, but the virus.”

She made a specific reply to one basher: “Bilang tao, dapat nagtutulong-tulong tayo na i-uplift ang isa’t isa, lalo na ngayon na may pinagdadaanan tayong krisis. Hindi yung pagtawanan o ibash ang kapwa.

"Yan ang unang tinuro sa’kin ni Mama Lydia ko, ang maging mabait sa kapwa. No one has any right to be mean to any other human being. Nakalimutan na ba natin maging makatao?”