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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.

Jul 7, 2022



JAMILLA OBISPO was a PBB Teens 1 discovery in 2006 where Kim Chiu won. 

She was then only 18 tears old and yet already a single mom. She went into acting but her showbiz career didn’t really prosper. 

It’s Vivamax who gave her another chance in showbiz when she played a randy matron who’s having an affair with her driver in “Mahjong Nights”. 

More acting assignments came in the movie “Kinsenas Katapusan” and in two hit series: “L” where she is the boss and lover of Vince Rillon and in “Iskandalo” where she turns out to be the mastermind in the killing of AJ Raval. 

Now, she shares topbilling with Angeli Khang in another Vivamax series, “Wag Mong Agawin ang Akin”.

“I’m really thankful na nabigyan ako ng Viva ng another chance sa career ko at magaganda pa ang projects that they’re giving me,” she says. 

“Now lang nagbu-bloom nang husto at ngayon lang umaangat ang career ko.  There was a time, naisip ko to give up na, kasi wala naman akong projects, pero yung iba, meron, and I felt so sad. 

"I kept asking, bakit ganon? Yun pala, dapat talaga, kumapit ka lang. Lahat will come in its own time kaya sabi nila, maghintay ka lang, laban lang. And heto finally, dumating na siguro yung right time for me.”

What does her son about her going sexy? 

“My eldest son is now 17, and I have a 7-yeaar old boy. They both understand that their has to work, kasi I’m a single mom. 

"Let’s face the reality na kailangan ko mag-work for their own benefit.”

So she doesn’t mind playing mother to someone like Angeli Khang in “Wag Mong Agawin ang Akin”?  

“No, mother na naman talaga ako, kaya nga sakto rin para sa’kin ang project na ito as a mom. 

"I can really relate with my character. Basta ako, I’m thankful na napalaki ko ang mga anak ko on my own and they understand my line of work.”

In ‘Wag Mong Agawin’, she plays a mom who got separated from her child and when they meet again, they become rivals for the affection of one man. 

What would she do if this situation happens to her in real life? 

‘Itong ‘Wag Mong Agawin’, sobrang ganda ng material for me. And I was really looking forward to working with Direk Mac Alejandre kasi magaganda movies niya. 

"And my role is so very challenging for me. In real life, would I give up the man kung kaagaw ko ang anak ko sa kanya? My answer is  yes, kasi as a mother, dapat na magpaparaya ka. 

"Ibibigay ko ang happiness ng anak ko, kasi kung ano happiness niya, happiness ko rin yun.”

But in the show, this isn’t what happened? 

“Ayokong i-give up kay Angela si Felix Roco. Matindi yung naging mga awayan namin. We have confrontation scene na may mga sampalan kami. 

"Napakagandang eksena, pinaghirapan namin. Ito na ang pinakamahirap na ginawa ko sa Vivamax, kasi mabigat talaga yung role, heavy drama na conflict with your own daughter. 

"At si Direk Mac, piniga niya talaga kami rito ni Angeli, grabe pagluha namin, so abangan nyo when the streaming starts sa Vivamax on July 31.”