JENNYLYN Mercado is understandably excited these days. Her new primetime drama, “Descendants of the Sun,” starts airing this week and on Saturday, she will have a very special post-Valentine concert with her inamorato, Dennis Trillo. This is the “Co-Love” concert happening at the New Frontier Theater on February 15. Their fans are thrilled with this first concert of theirs together as Jen says it will reveal everything about their love story and relationship through songs.
“It’s not just like any ordinary concert,” Jen adds. “Dito nila mas maiintindihan ang mga pinagdaanan ng relationship namin, kung bakit kami nag-break noon at kung paano kami nagkabalikan na mas naging okay kami.”
Their fans are thrilled as there’s a rumor there will be a “pasabog” in their concert. It’s said Dennis will be proposing to Jen during the show.
“Ay, wala pong ganun!” says Jen, laughing. “Pangunahan daw ba kami. Huwag nyo naman kaming i-pressure kasi hindi naman puedeng pilitin ‘yan. Kusang darating ‘yan, in God’s own right time. Kung aasa kayong may ganun, baka ma-disappoint kayo. Wala talaga, sa pagkakaalam ko ha. Unless may binabalak siya na hindi ko batid, so, manood na lang kayo.
Halos sold out na raw mga tickets kaya make sure you na may ticket na kayo.”
About “Descendants of the Sun,” folks who’ve seen the pilot say it’s obvious she has a good romantic chemistry with Dingdong Dantes. Won’t their respective partners, Marian Rivera and Dennis Trillo, eventually get jealous as their characters, Capt. Lucas alias Big Boss and Dr. Maxine alias Doc Beauty, get more involved with each other in the show?
“Sorry po, pero wala pong ganung mga selosang mangyayari,” says Jen. “Parehong very supportive sina Dennis at Marian sa amin and they really wish us na maging matagumpay ang ‘Descendants.’ Nag-text pa nga sa akin si Marian when I got the role of Doc Beauty and she even congratulated me. Wala na pong selos-selos. Sa positive na lang po tayo, alang-alang sa show.”
Dina Bonnevie is delighted to be back on primetime in GMA-7’s hit show after “24 Oras,” “Anak ni Waray vs. Anak ni Biday,” where she plays Sussie, the Ilocana mother of Kate Valdez. “I really asked for this role kasi my husband DV Savellano is the congressman of Ilocos Sur at adopted daughter na ako ng Ilocos,” she says. “I also like doing the show kasi reunion namin ito ni Snooky Serna who plays my mortal enemy na si Biday. Drama-comedy ang show. Magkaibigan kami ni Snooky na naging magkaaway because of one man, si Jay Manalo. Anak ko si Kate at anak naman niya si Barbie Forteza.”
Eventually, their characters will become friends and Dina says she can relate with this as it happened to her in real life. She’s referring to Coney Reyes whose son, Vico, is also sired by her ex-husband, Vic Sotto, with whom she has two kids, Danica and Oyo, who now both have families of their own. “Talaga ngang time heals all wounds kasi naging magkaibigan din kami at siya ang dahilan kaya ako naging Christian. God is really good in healing your heart and also, relationships. I admire Coney and the way she raised her very smart son.
I’m very happy for her and her devotion to the Lord.”
Dina is known for being fearless but she has since mellowed down.
“Kalmado na lang ako ngayon. Pangit kasi ang may kaaway. Ako pa naman, I’m so transparent, ‘di ba? So now, I try to get along fine with everybody.”
Xian Lim has no regrets he moved to Viva to be managed by VAA (Viva Artists Agency). He has since done several movies with them, including “Miss Granny” with Sarah Geronimo, “Hanggang Saan” with Louise de los Reyes that was filmed on location in Japan and now, “Untrue” with Cristine Reyes that was shot in Tbilisi, Georgia. “Nagpaalam naman ako naman ako nang maayos sa ABS-CBN after my contract with them has ended,” he says.
“Career move lang naman ang ginawa ko kasi Viva has given me the chance to work also behind the camera. And I’m really getting very challenging roles from them. But I have not burned naman my bridges with ABS and I’m now doing a new teleserye with them.”
He’s very pleased with his role in “Untrue.” “It’s really so different from anything I’ve done before. The movie mismo, kakaiba siya kasi hindi siya usual romcom na ginagawa ko before, so I really welcomed the chance to do it.”
We heard his role was originally meant for Mark Anthony Fernandez while that of Cristine was for Claudine Barretto, but the project didn’t push through so it was given to them. “I know I was second choice pero okay lang naman kasi maganda talaga ang role. Mag-asawa kami rito ni Cristine na nagbubugan. Grabeng sakitan talaga. But our director, Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, required me to gain weight para sa role ko as Joachim, an overseas Filipino worker in Georgia. So noong una, ang saya, kasi kain lang ako nang kain. I gained about 20 pounds. But after the shoot, I’m reporting to another project, sabi nila, bakit ang laki mo? So I had to go back to the gym and go on a diet to lose the weight I gained while shooting ‘Untrue.’”
Alden Richards’ primetime drama, “The Gift,” had its final episode last Friday night and, his new show, “Centerstage,” will start airing on February 16. Yes, Sunday will be a very special for the “Pambansang Bae” as he will be soon at noontime in the musical variety show, “All Out Sundays,” and in the evening, he will also be seen in “Centerstage” that airs right after “Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko.”
The new show was launched last Thursday at GMA and Alden was presented along with his co-host, Betong Sumaya, and the show’s three very competent judges: Concert Queen Pops Fernandez, international theater actress Aicelle Santos and veteran musical director Mel Villena. He’s personally happy to be part of a show that will discover new talents who’ll later be part of the GMA family.
“The show aims to motivate and inspire the children sa start ng journey nila as a singer and performer,” says Alden. “Maybe some of them will grow up in showbiz or maybe some will later figure out what they really want to do in their lives. But it’s nice to be part of their struggle. More than anything else, we want them to enjoy the experience as much as possible, manalo man sila o matalo.”
The show is an original concept of GMA and is very innovative, as directed by the award-winning Louie Ignacio.
There are speculations Alden will do movies with Bea Alonzo and Nadine Lustre. He says he’d truly love to work with them but there are no film projects for them in the offing, but new product endorsements. He just shot a TV commercial with Bea in Thailand and he and Nadine are endorsers of a tuna brand. “But I’d really love to do a movie with Bea,” he says.
“I’m her fan and I loved her in ‘One More Chance.’ Sana nga, magkaroon kami ng movie na kami ang magkapareha. It’ll be an honor kasi napakagaling at napakabait niya.”