Jennylyn says best role is being a mom

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    Bela Padilla is glad she was tapped to play the lead role in Ten17P and Viva Films’ “Mañanita,” which is an official entry to the 2019 Tokyo International Film Festival.

    Written by Lav Diaz and directed by Paul Soriano, “Mañanita” gave Bela a different high.

    “I play a sniper and I needed an expert to teach me how to be one,” she related,

    “Nakakanerbyos, but I believe isa itong magiging big come-on para panoorin ang movie.”

    “Mañanita” is scheduled to be shown in local theaters nationwide on December 4, while the Tokyo International Film Festival is scheduled on October 29.

    “I hope and pray we make it,” said Bela.

    The panel of judges of the Tokyo International Film Festival will be chaired by Zhang Ziyi.

    Zhang Ziyi made her acting debut at 16 in the made for TV film, “Touching Starlight” (1988). She was then a student at the Central Academy of Drama.

    Her first big film was the Road Home, but she gained international recognition for her role in Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” which was nominated for 10 Academy Awards.

    Zhang is married and pregnant with her second baby.

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    With her many showbiz assignments, Bela Padilla really has no time for love right now.

    It has been two years since she broke up with Neil Arce, who is now engaged to Angel Locsin.

    Now 28 years old, Bela has widened her horizon and also writes stories and scripts. She is discussing a film project with director Paul Soriano. She is also finishing Viva’s entry in the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival, “Miracle in Cell No. 7,” which also stars Aga Muhlach.

    She will also reunite with her “100 Tula Para Kay Stella” leading man, JC Santos, in a movie to be directed by Irene Villamor.

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    While James Reid is about to start work on a new ABS-CBN series with Momoland’s Nancy McDonie, his girlfriend Nadine Lustre said she wants to rest.

    “I’m tired,” said Nadine, who was in two recent movies, “UIan” and “Indak,” “Naging sunud sunod ang aking project.”

    She said she has no plans of leaving the country.

    Nadine remains a talent of Viva. It’s James who has asked to be released from his contract with Viva and is now with ABS-CBN.

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    James and Nancy will star in “Soulmate,” to be produced by Dreamscape Entertainment.

    At their initial meeting, James said he found Nancy attractive and sexy. He dismisses their “loveteam name” but said he is looking forward to having an ideal working relationship with her.

    Now that James is no longer with Viva, he said he will be more active in ABS-CBN and also focus on creating his own record label, Careless Music.

    James is also set to establish his own family management company, to be named Reid Entertainment, Inc. Obviously,he also plans to manage other talents and produce concerts, and probably films as well.

    Meanwhile, the injuries he sustained while training for “Pedro Penduko,” where he backed out from, is now healing. We heard the movie will now have Matteo Guidicelli at the lead.

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    It’s final: Jennylyn Mercado will play the leading lady of Dingdong Dantes in the Filipino adaptation of the Korean hit series, “Descendants of the Sun.”

    Although Jennylyn and Dingdong are two of the biggest artists of GMA, this will be their first time to be paired in a project.

    Jen’s role is that of a kindhearted and principled doctor. Dingdong, on the other hand, will play Captain Lucas, the Big Boss.

    Directed by Dominic Zapata, “Descendants of the Sun” also features Rocco Nacino and Jasmine Curtis.

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    Jennylyn has been working nonstop lately.

    She just finished work on the GMA series, “Love You Two.” She also has a beauty and slimming salon and she cooks and sells cookies, too.

    Her most important role, though, is being mother to Jazz, her son with ex-boyfriend Patrick Garcia.

    She is able to juggle all these with her relationship with actor Dennis Trillo.