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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.

Sep 14, 2020



JENNYLYN MERCADO has completed all her scenes in the locked in taping of “Descendants of the Sun” and the show will start airing again on GMA Telebabad primetime. 

First, they will have a recap of what happened before its telecast was disrupted by the virus seven months ago. Then they will show the newly taped episodes until its exciting conclusion.

“It’s no joke pala to do taping ng may lockdown,” says Jen. “Sa set, naka-face mask and shield kami lagi. Tinatanggal lang kapag a-acting na kami sa harap ng kamera. 

"We taped sa Tanay, Rizal. Ako, for nine straight days at yung ibang cast like Dingdong Dantes, naiwan pa roon, along with the crew and entire production team.”

The staff was very strict about following safety protocols. “May swab test kami before and after the taping to make sure no one gets infected by the virus. 

"This is the new normal of taping at mahirap siya. Kaya nga I’m praying matapos na itong health crisis that we are experiencing, so we can go back to the old normal na nakakalabas tayo at nakapagtatrabaho without any fear na maba-virus tayo.”

She says she’s so happy that everyone cooperated well while they’re taping on the location. 

“Dahil walang uwian, kasi nga locked in kayong lahat, doon mo mas makikita ang tunay na ugali ng isang tao. I have nothing but good words for my leading man. Doon ko nakita kung gaano kabuting tao si Dingdong Dantes, mabait talaga, considerate sa lahat, very professional. 

"I’m thankful to be given the chance to work with him in this important project. Lahat kami, nahirapan, pero lahat kami feeling fulfilled kasi maganda lumabas ang kabuuan ng show. Very tiring dahil dire-diretsong trabaho, but it’s all worth it naman.”

Jen is now resting but she will soon go back before the cameras to tape an episode for GMA-7’s new drama anthology show, “I Can See You”. She will co-star with her on and off screen sweetheart, Dennis Trillo. This will be a reunion for them on screen. 

They were last paired in the drama series “My Faithful Husband” in 2015, where they reconciled after breaking up in 2013. 

Theirs is definitely a case of “love is lovelier the second time around.” Now, they’re together even in distributing help to medical health workers. 

They first gave alcohol, soaps, face mask and shields to doctors at the Philippine General Hospital and now, to the medical staff at the Amang Rodriguez Medical Center in Marikina. She’s hoping her relationship with Dennis would definitely be for keeps.

“We’re now more mature compared to the first time we were together,” she says. 

“Nag-evolved na kami bilang tao. We used to have misunderstandings over the pettiest things but now, we know how to talk things over and resolve them.”