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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 8, 2023



JILLIAN WARD is no doubt the brightest teen star on the Kapuso network’s firmament today. 

All her series lately clicked well with viewers, like “Prima Donnas” that is such a hit it even had a Part 2. 

Now, her current afternoon drama show, “Abot Kamay ng Pangarap”, is the number one drama show in GMA. It is rating so high that it even surpasses the ratings of the Kapuso primetime shows. Amazing!  

The show is being followed by millions of viewers so it has been extended several times and now, it celebrates its first anniversary on the air. 

The show first aired on September 5 last year and now, after a year, its rating continues to soar and shows no sign of slowing down. 

“Sobrang nakakatuwa po kasi even the feedback in social media is so encouraging,” says Jillian.

“May regular followers ang show who write sa internet that watching ‘Abot Kamay na Pangarap’ has been a daily afternoon habit for them, Monday to Saturday.

"Lagi raw silang tuwang-tuwa kapag nae-extend ang show namin, so maraming salamat sa lahat ng loyal viewers ng ‘Abot Kamay na Pangarap’. 

"Salamat din sa lahat ng members ng cast and the production team dahil without them, the show will not be this big a success.”

Aside from the high-stakes, well researched medical procedures featured in the show and the tear-inducing family drama seen in “Abot Kamay Na Pangarap”, there is no doubt that a big part of its overwhelming success is the presence of Jillian Ward in the lead role. 

Her role in the show as the youngest doctor in the country, Dr. Analyn Santos, captured the hearts of viewers nationwide and serves as a positive influence with her character’s intelligence, perseverance, and kindness.

Of course, aside from the success of her show, Jillian has plenty of things to celebrate in her life. At just 18 years old, the Sparkle actress has achieved things many of us could only dream of. 

She boasts a tremendous following across all social media platforms with each post garnering hundreds and thousands of engagements. 

Jillian also serves as the face for various brands as a trusted endorser along with reigning the afternoon block on TV thanks to her multiple hit series.    

With the awards and recognition she has gained in her 14-year career coupled with her evergrowing star power, Jillian is now being dubbed as the bonafide “Star of the New Gen.”

A homegrown Kapuso talent since she was five years old, Jillian played the iconic role of “Trudis” in Sine Novela: Trudis Liit. 

She has since starred in several other long-running Kapuso series such as Sa Piling Ni Nanay, My Special Tatay, and Prima Donnas before eventually top-billing Abot Kamay Na Pangarap.

The future's looking brighter than ever for Jillian and we can’t wait to see the new heights that this Star of the New Gen will reach! And we heard a new project waiting for her is a full length movie with a top action stars. 

Wow, that means Jillian is really going places and she most certainly deserves it as she has a clean, trouble-free reputation, unlike other young stars who are shunned for counting boyfriends and even chasing other good looking guys quite brazenly.