Jennylyn remains a Kapuso

Nathalie Tomada (The Philippine Star) - July 5, 2016 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines – Jennylyn Mercado renewed her contract with her mother network GMA yesterday.

She denied that it took her a long time to sign up anew because her camp was entertaining an offer from ABS-CBN. For the past two years, she has done hit movies for Star Cinema, the film arm of ABS-CBN, and even won acting awards.

Katrina Aguila (daughter of Jennylyn’s manager Becky Aguila) said that as the actress’ management team, it was only natural that they explored all options available but that they would defer to the wishes of their artist, especially if she was “persistent and insistent” to remain a Kapuso.

The specifics of the contract were not revealed, with Jennylyn only confirming that she’s still allowed to do films for Star Cinema (reportedly with Coco Martin next). 

Meanwhile, Jennylyn turned emotional when a video tracing her showbiz journey from the time she won in StarStruck in 2004, was played. 

She thanked the GMA executives present during the contract-signing, especially for giving her a chance to resume her showbiz career after she became pregnant and gave birth to son Alex Jazz.

“Sa dami kong napagdaanan, I never thought then I would be able to come back,” she recalled. “Thank you for the support and the love. Hindi ko kayang ipagpalit ng kahit sino man o kahit saan man ang (GMA)... I’m home.”

Jennylyn Mercado: It’s my comfort zone, my family, my home

Among her upcoming projects are a singing contest which she will host.

There are talks that she will topbill the Philippine remake of the hit Korean drama My Love from the Star with Alden Richards as leading man last quarter of the year. 

Asked about the possibility of being paired with Alden, she said, “Why not? That’s work. That’s another blessing.” 

She is also set to do a movie for GMA Films most likely next year.

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