Jennylyn Mercado

Jennylyn Anne Pineda Mercado (born 15 May 1987) is a Filipina actress, singer, and songwriter. She was the winner of the first season of the reality talent competition StarStruck. Mercado garnered acclaim at a young age for her acting performances on television and film. She starred in multiple commercially successful films, including English Only, Please (2014), The Prenup (2015), Walang Forever (2015), and Just the 3 of Us (2016).[1][2][3][4] With GMA Records and Viva Records, Mercado has released three albums, which have several popular singles such as "Sa Aking Panaginip", "Moments Of Love" in collaboration with Janno Gibbs, "Maybe This Time", and "Kahit Sandali". In 2017, Mercado top billed the Philippine remake of My Love from the Star.[5][6]

Jennylyn Anne Mercado
Jennylyn Anne Vergara Pineda Mercado

(1987-05-15) 15 May 1987 (age 33)
Las Piñas, Metro Manila, Philippines
OccupationActress, singer, host, product endorser, model
Years active1998–present
AgentGMA Artist Center
Viva Entertainment
Regal Entertainment
Star Cinema
Known forSteffi, Melanie, Dra. Lyra, Rhodora/Roxanne/Rowena

Mercado's success in Philippine cinema has made her one of the top actresses in the country and established her status as the "Ultimate Star".[7][8][9][10]

Early life and familyEdit

Jennylyn Mercado was born on 15 May 1987, to a mother who was a beauty consultant in a duty-free store. Her stepfather abused her as a child and burned her skin with cigarette butts. He was jailed for abusing Mercado, who was four years old at the time. Her mother, who was working in Dubai, immediately flew back to the Philippines not to help her daughter but to bail him out. After the incident, her aunt took her away and raised her, eventually adopting Mercado as her legal daughter.[11] Mercado grew up in Parañaque, Metro Manila. She spent her senior year of high school at the Augustinian Abbey School in Las Piñas.

On 14 October 2004, Mercado's life story was featured in the weekly drama anthology Magpakailanman. She is an official spokesperson of the Bata Foundation (Christian Mission Services), a non-governmental organization.[citation needed]

Mercado is the niece of television reporter Abner Mercado. She has three cousins: Cherie Mercado is a news and radio anchor for News5, and sisters Charee Pineda and Eliza Pineda both work under the same network.[12] She is also a distant relative of child actor Onyok Pineda.


Early yearsEdit

Mercado started as a recording artist with Alpha Records in 1999 through the recommendation of her voice coach, Susanna Pichay. Mercado was in Nonoy Tan's singing group, G4. The group recorded two songs but never released an album due to two of the four members dropping out. After G4, Mercado went into commercial modeling, landing a stint with Bambini cologne and a Pond's TV advertisement. She was also part of the Elite Circle of "10 Modeling Search", where she competed with StarStruck co-finalist, Dion Ignacio.

In 2002, Mercado made her debut acting appearance playing a minor role in ABS-CBN's TV series Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay, which was top-billed by Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz.[13]

2003–2007: StarstruckEdit

In 2003, Mercado joined the reality show StarStruck. She and Mark Herras won, receiving 1,000,000 pesos and exclusive contracts from the GMA Network. After winning StarStruck, Mercado starred in numerous TV series, including Encantadia, I Luv NY, Dangal, Super Twins, Paano Ba Ang Mangarap?, SRO Cinemaserye: Suspetsa, Ikaw Sana, and Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak. She also acted in films such asSo Happy Together (2004) and teen-flick Let the Love Begin (2005).

Mercado released her first album Living the Dream, which contained original compositions by Vehnee Saturno, and a carrier single titled "Kahit Sandali". In May 2006, Mercado released her second album Letting Go, which included the single "Sa Aking Panaginip" by Vehnee Saturno. Mercado's first major concert was held at the Music Museum in Greenhills on 15 May 2006. In May 2009, she held a sold-out birthday concert titled "I Am Woman" at the Music Museum.[14][15] In January 2010, under Viva Records, she released her third album, Love Is... Jennylyn Mercado.


Mercado starred in Filipino period piece Rosario (2010).[16] Her acting career was handled by Becky Aguila and Viva Entertainment, where she joined her Starstruck co-alumnus Cristine Reyes. Mercado's singing career was managed by Viva Records.[17] In 2011, her contract with Viva ended and was not renewed, though she joined Cristine Reyes. In 2013, Mercado signed with Regal Entertainment. She also signed with PolyEast Records, hoping to her reinvent herself as singer.[citation needed]

Mercado branched out into television hosting, hosting reality series Protégé: The Battle for the Big Break[18] with co-hosts Ogie Alcasid and Dingdong Dantes. She was also in the GMA-7 Sunday talk show, Showbiz Central.[19][20][21]

In 2013, Mercado acted in the romance The Bride and the Lover (2013).[22] Her contract with Polyeast Records ended that year. In 2014, she played the role of a woman with a split personality through Rhodora X. According to Mercado, this was the most challenging role she has ever played. In late 2014, she released her fifth album through GMA Records.[23][24]

At the end of 2014, Mercado agreed to participate in the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). Her entry, English Only, Please (2014), was originally offered to singer-actress Angeline Quinto and was chosen as one of the eight official movies for the film festival.[25] It became a success despite having fewer promotions than the other movies included. Critics deemed it a "sleeper hit". In the film, Mercado played the role of Tere Madlansacay, a Filipino tutor. The film's success established her as a movie star.[26][27][28] In early 2015, Mercado received the MMFF Best Actress award for the recently concluded film festival.[29][30]


In 2015, Mercado was first in the FHM "Philippines' 100 Sexiest Women" list after Marian Rivera vacated the title.[31] Before Mercado traveled to New York for the film PreNup with actor Sam Milby, she was surprised and given a plaque by publisher Aeus Reyes, Allan Altera, and GMA News reporter Nelson Canlas. On 11 July, Mercado participated in the two-part FHM 100 Sexiest party at the SMX Convention Center in the SM Mall of Asia.[32]

Mercado played the lead role of Melanie "Mel" Fernandez-Dela Paz in the GMA series My Faithful Husband, which aired on 10 August 2015. Despite its success, the series was not extended due to scheduling conflicts with Mercado, who at the time was acting in two films, The Prenup and WalangForever. The series earned the lead actors multiple acting awards and nominations.[33][34] After the commercial success of WalangForever, Mercado earned her second consecutive MMFF Best Actress award in 2015.[35][36][37]

Through social media, Mercado announced her upcoming project, confirming that she was acting in a new film with actor John Lloyd Cruz. The film, titled Just the 3 of Us, was produced by Star Cinema.[38][39] It earned 16 million pesos in its opening day, which was the highest opening day gross of any of Mercado's movies and set a record for the highest opening day gross for a Philippine film. It went on to be one of the highest-grossing Philippine films of 2016.[40][41]

After months of negotiations, Mercado and the GMA Network renewed their contract on 4 July 2016.[42][43] As part of the contract, Mercado hosted GMA's new comedy-singing show Superstar Duets.[44][45] She was later chosen to play the role of Steffi for the Philippine remake of the South Korean series My Love from the Star.[46][47]

In October 2018, Mercado became the first Filipina brand ambassador for international makeup brand Max Factor.[48]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2008, at age 21, Mercado announced that she was pregnant. Her ex-boyfriend Patrick Garcia, who distanced himself upon learning of her pregnancy, was announced as the father of her child. On 16 August 2008, she gave birth to her son, Alex Jazz, via Caesarian section.[49][50][51]

In 2007, Mercado and actor Patrick Garcia admitted that their relationship had lasted for a year after Mercado got pregnant.[52][53] In 2010, Mercado began dating actor Dennis Trillo until they broke up in 2011.[54] In 2011, television host and actor Luis Manzano admitted he was dating Mercado during an interview in ABS-CBN talk show Showbiz News Ngayon. They eventually broke up in 2013.[55][56] After working together again in 2015, Mercado and Trillo were rumored to be in a relationship again, but this has not been confirmed.[57]

Activism and hobbiesEdit

Mercado is a political activist. She works with GABRIELA, a Philippine women's organization.[58]

Mercado is also an aspiring triathlete. In her free time, she takes jujitsu and Muay Thai lessons. "They built up my muscles. I looked heavy onscreen," Mercado recounted. "I realized that I needed cardio exercises to slim down." She discovered running and biking, which soon led her to join duathlon competitions in Alabang and Laguna. She is also a diver and wishes to inspire people to be environment friendly.[18]


Drama television showsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2020 Descendants of the Sun Dr. Maxine Dela Cruz (a.k.a. Beauty) Lead cast
2019 Love You Two Rafaella "Raffy" Batungbakal
2018 The Cure Charity "Charie" Valdez-Salvador
2017 My Love from the Star[59] Steffanie Elaine "Steffi" Chavez
2015 My Faithful Husband[60] Melanie Fernandez
Second Chances Lyra Bermudez-Padilla
2014 Rhodora X Rhodora Ferrer/Baby/Roxanne/Rowena Ferrer
2013/2015 Sunday All Stars Herself / Performer Co-hosts
2013 Indio Esperanza Sanreal Main cast
2012 Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa Elisa Santos
Makapiling Kang Muli Young Mara Silvestre-Valencia Special participation
2011 Futbolilits Lani Melendez Main cast
Mars Ravelo's Captain Barbell Rose Main cast
2010 Little Star Helen Estrella Lead cast
2010 Sine Novela: Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak Rachel Mantaring
2009 Ikaw Sana Eliza Garcia/Eliza Montemayor-Olivarez
Sine Novela: Paano Ba Ang Mangarap? Elizabeth "Lisa" Estrella-Valderama
2008 Sine Novela: Kaputol ng Isang Awit Charmaine Ambrosio
2007 La Vendetta Almira Cardinale
Super Twins Super S
2006 Now and Forever: Dangal Alta Salvador
I Luv NY Natalie Young
Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas Milagros/Lira
2005 Encantadia
2004 Joyride Casey
Forever in My Heart Joey Almasan Lead cast
Click Barkada Hunt Herself Lead cast / First GMA TV acting appearance
Click Carol
2002 Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay Aira First TV series appearance

Drama anthology showsEdit

Year Title Role
2016 Magpakailanman: Gayuma ng Pag ibig Kukay
Pagsubok Jane
2015 Magpakailanman: Rehas ng Pag ibig Mavic
2013 Wagas: Love me Tomorrow Lolet Carangga
Wagas: The Mike and Baby Enriquez Love Story Baby Enriquez
Magpakailanman: May AIDS ang Asawa Ko Melissa
2011 Spooky Nights: Singil Bless
2009 Dear Friend: Karibal Cheska
SRO Cinemaserye: Suspetsa Nina
2006 Love To Love (Season 12): Jass Got Lucky Genie Jena
2005 Love To Love (Season 9): Miss Match Joey
2004 Magpakailanman: Ano ang Kulay ng Tunay na Pagmamahal Herself


Year Title Role
2019 3pol Trobol: Huli Ka Balbon! Trina Guillermo
2018 The Girl in the Orange Dress Movie Actress
2017 All Of You Gabby
2016 Just the 3 of Us CJ Manalo
2015 Walang Forever Mia Nolasco
The Prenup Wendy Cayabyab
2014 English Only, Please Tere Madlansacay
2013 The Bride and the Lover Shiela Montes
2012 Moron 5 and the Crying Lady Prison Visitor
2010 Rosario Rosario
Working Girls Ada Rosales
2008 One Night Only Elvie
Half-Blood Samurai Kristine
2007 Nars Ella
Resiklo Bianca
Tiyanaks Rina
Angels Vivian / Bianang
2006 Super Noypi Lia
Eternity Megan
Blue Moon Cora / Corazon
2005 Lovestruck Denise
Say That You Love Me Kristine
Let the Love Begin Alex
2004 So Happy Together Wena


Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Certifications
Living the Dream
  • PARI: Platinum (30,000+)
Letting Go
  • Released: 1 July 2005
  • Label: GMA Records
  • Formats: CD, digital downloads
  • PARI: Gold (15,000+)
Love Is...
  • Released: 2 January 2010
  • Label: Viva Records
  • Formats: CD, digital downloads
Never Alone
  • Released: 4 October 2014
  • Label: GMA Records
  • Formats: CD, digital downloads
  • Released: 12 September 2016
  • Label: Ivory Music & Video, Inc.
  • Formats: CD, digital downloads

Compilation albumEdit

Title Album details
Kahit Sandali: The Best of Jennylyn Mercado
  • Released: 1 March 2008
  • Label: GMA Records
  • Formats: CD, digital downloads
GMA Collection Series: Jennylyn Mercado
  • Released: 1 May 2013
  • Label: GMA Records
  • Formats: CD, digital downloads

Extended playsEdit

Title Album details Certifications
Forever By Your Side
  • PARI: Gold (15,000+)
Jennylyn Mercado – Ultimate
  • PARI: Gold (15,000+)[61]


Title Year Album
"Kahit Sandali" 2004 Living The Dream
"Sa Aking Panaginip" 2005 Letting Go
"It's Christmas All Over The World" 2005 Kapuso sa Pasko
"Moments of Love" (with Janno Gibbs) 2006 Moments of Love OST
"Kaya Mo Bang Ibalik" 2008 Kahit Sandali
"Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" 2010 Love is...
"Hindi Ka Na Mag-iisa" 2012 Forever By Your Side
"Basta't Nandito Ka" 2014 Never Alone
"Hagdan" 2016 Ultimate

Awards and nominationsEdit

Performance awardsEdit

Year Organization Category Nominated work(s) Result
2017 41st Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress All of You Nominated
31st PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Educational Program Host Everyday Sarap with CDO Nominated
31st PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Game Show Host Superstar Duets Nominated
The 7th EdukCircle Awards[62] Most Influential Film Actress of the Year Just the 3 of Us Won
The 7th EdukCircle Awards[62] Best Female TV Host Superstar Duets Nominated
2016 30th PMPC Star Awards for Television[63] Best Educational Program Host Sarap With Family Nominated
Best Drama Actress My Faithful Husband Won
PEP List Editor's Choice Year 3 Teleserye Actress of the Year Nominated
39th Gawad Urian Awards[64] Best Actress Walang Forever Nominated
GAWAD PASADO Pinakapasadong Aktres Nominated
2016 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards[65] Film Actress of the Year Won
2015 41st Metro Manila Film Festival[66][67] Best Actress Won
Female Celebrity of the Night N/A Won
63rd FAMAS Awards Best Actress English Only, Please Nominated
29th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Educational Program Host Sarap With Family Nominated
6th ENPRESS Golden Screen Television Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama Program Rhodora X Nominated
2nd PEP List Awards Editor's Choice: Teleserye Actress Won[68]
31st PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Actress of the Year English Only, Please Nominated
2014 40th Metro Manila Film Festival[69] Best Actress Won
28th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Talent Show Program Host Anak Ko Yan! Nominated
2013 ENPRESS Golden Screen Television Awards Outstanding Original Reality Competition Program Host Protégé: The Battle for the Big Artista Break Nominated
Outstanding Female Showbiz Talk Program Host Showbiz Central Nominated
27th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Magazine Show Host together with Regine Velasquez, Raymond Gutierrez and Roderick Paulate HOT TV: Hindi Ordinaryong Tsismis Nominated
Best Reality Competition Program Host together with Dingdong Dantes, Carla Abellana and Maxene Magalona Protégé: The Battle for the Big Artista Break Nominated
2012 PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Talent Search Program Host together with Ogie Alcasid and Dingdong Dantes Protégé: The Battle for the Big Break Nominated
2011 59th FAMAS Awards Best Actress Rosario Nominated
13th Gawad PASADO Awards Best Actress Nominated
FAP Luna Awards Best Actress Nominated Best Television Host Protégé: The Battle for the Big Break Won
2009 PEP Forum Awards Best Drama Actress Ikaw Sana Nominated
2006 FAP Luna Awards Best Supporting Actress Blue Moon Nominated
PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie/Film Actress of the Year Nominated
Gawad Urian Awards Best Supporting Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangalawang Aktres) Nominated
ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama Nominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role-Musical or Comedy Lovestruck Nominated
32nd Metro Manila Film Festival People's Choice for Best Actress Blue Moon Won
2005 Gawad Tanglaw Awards Best Supporting Actress Won

Music awardsEdit

Year Organization Category Result
2017 30th Awit Awards Best Performance by a Female Recording Artist – Hagdan Nominated
30th Awit Awards Best Christmas Recording – Hagdan Nominated
30th Awit Awards Best Music Video of the Year – Hagdan Won
30th Awit Awards Best Cover Art – Ultimate Nominated
30th Awit Awards Best Inspirational Recording – Hagdan Nominated
2015 7th PMPC Star Awards for Music Album of the Year – Never Alone Nominated
7th PMPC Star Awards for Music Pop Album of the Year – Never Alone Nominated
7th PMPC Star Awards for Music Female Pop Artist of the Year – Never Alone Nominated
2013 ASAP 18 24K Gold Award – Forever By Your Side Gold Awardee Won
5th PMPC Star Awards for Music Female Pop Artist of the Year – Forever By Your Side Nominated
2010 2nd PMPC Star Awards for Music Female Pop Artist of the Year – Love Is Nominated
2006 ASAP POP Viewers Choice Awards Female Pop Artist of the Year Nominated
2005 Awit Awards Best Performance by a Duet for the song Won
iFM Pinoy Music Awards Most Popular Adaptation of A Foreign Song Won
2004 SOP Music Awards Breakthrough Artist Won
Candy Mag Awards Breakthrough Artist Won

Box-office awardsEdit

Year Organization Category Result
2005 Box Office Entertainment Awards Most Popular Loveteam with Mark Herras Won
2006 Won
2007 Kapuso Box-Office People's Choice Awards Kapuso Box Office Princess Won
Kapuso Movie Box Office Queen Won
Kapuso Television Box Office Queen Won
Kapuso Box Office Actress Won
Kapuso Box Office Sexiest Female Won
2015 Box-Office Entertainment Awards Breakthrough Box Office Indie Film (with Derek Ramsay) Won

Special awards and recognitionsEdit

Year Organization Category Result
2004 Yes Magazine Reader's Choice Awards Most Popular Female Young Star Won
PMPC Star Awards for Television Female Star of the Night Won
Star Struck Season 1 Ultimate Female Survivor Won
2005 FAMAS Awards German Moreno Youth Achievement Award Won
2008 Yes Magazine Reader's Choice Awards Young Female Superstar Won
2012 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Dressed Female Celebrity Award Won
2015 PEP List Choice Awards Teleserye Actress of the Year Won
FHM Sexiest Women in the Philippines Philippines Finest – Rank No. 1 Won
2016 EDUKCIRCLE Drama Actress of the Year Nominated
PUSH Awards Female Celebrity for 2016 Nominated
PEP List Editor's Choice Year 3 Female TV Star of The Year Nominated

Entertainment awardsEdit

Year Organization Category/Result
2004 Yes Magazine Reader's Choice Awards Most Popular Loveteam with Mark Herras
2006 Franz Entertainment's Top 50 Sexiest Women in the Philippines Rank #40
Inside Showbiz Magazine Reader's Choice Most Popular Loveteam with Mark Herras
MOD's Magazine 32 Most Beautiful Filipinas Rank #12
2007 Starmometer 100 Most Beautiful Pinays Rank #11
2008 Yes Magazine Reader's Choice Awards Celebrity Home of the Year
Friendster Most Popular Rank #6
2009 Yes Magazine 100 Most Beautiful Stars Mamma Mia Cover Girl of the Year: Rank #6
2011 Yahoo! OMG Awards Hottest Actress of the Year
2012 PEP Top List Reality-Show Talents on a Roll: Rank #4
Yes Mag 100 Most Beautiful Stars Hot Mama
2013 Inside Pinoy Showbiz Sexiest Hot Mama
2014 Yahoo! OMG Awards Female Kontrabida of the Year

FHM rankingsEdit

Year Award Category Result Won by
2004 FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest Woman Ranked # 9 Cindy Kurleto
2005 Ranked # 10 Angel Locsin
2006 Ranked # 6 Katrina Halili
2007 Ranked # 8 Katrina Halili (2)
2008 Ranked # 14 Marian Rivera
2009 Ranked # 17 Cristine Reyes
2010 Ranked # 10 Angel Locsin (2)
2011 Ranked # 7 Sam Pinto
2012 Ranked # 9 Sam Pinto (2)
2013 Ranked # 4 Marian Rivera (2)
2014 Ranked # 4 Marian Rivera (3)
2015 Ranked # 1 PH Finest Herself
2016 Ranked # 2 Jessy Mendiola
2017 Ranked # Nadine Lustre


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