Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Jen's Artwork

baby jazz hand painting

Jen as an Athlete

Instead of moping, Jennylyn engaged in sporting activities. She took jujitsu and Muay Thai lessons in her free time. “They built up my muscles. I looked heavy onscreen,” Jennylyn recounted. “I realized that I needed cardio exercises to slim down.”

She discovered running and biking, which soon led her to join duothlon competitions in Alabang and Laguna.

She competed twice in Alabang. “A race usually started with an 8-kilometer run, followed by 40 km of biking and another 3 km of running.”
“I try to train four times a week. But I’m busy with work again so I get to practice only twice a week,” she said.

“Triathlon isn’t easy,” Jennylyn explained. “But it’s fulfilling to finish a race. It makes all your hard work seem worthwhile. That I lost weight is just a bonus. I’ve noticed that my stamina has improved, too. I’m no longer as sickly as before.”
Jennylyn had previously checked out other dive spots in the country—Cebu, Bohol, Boracay—but Batangas proved special, for obvious reasons.

“Batangas has a lot of dive spots,” she said. “I wasn’t aware that there was such a place in Luzon. It’s near Manila, but it still has beautiful and unpolluted waters. And down there, it’s a different world.”

Diving has taught her to be more environmentally conscious.

Muay Thai



Monday, June 11, 2012

Jen is into baking

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Nga pala, @luckymanzano tnx to Jennilyn Mercado. Inuwi ko lahat nung Sat ang mga bineyk nyang cupcakes. Ang saraaap, sobra!

Sunday, May 27, 2012


Actress and children/women’s rights advocate Jennylyn Mercado
By Rachel C. Barawid, Angelo G. Garcia, Ronald S. Lim, Jaser A. Marasigan and Joanne Melendez
May 27, 2012, 4:14pm

By now, people already know that actress Jennylyn Mercado has gone through a lot of hardships in her life. Any lesser woman would have succumbed to the challenges that life has thrown her way — but not tough, tough Jennylyn.

Like a convoluted plot from a soap opera, her life story kept us intrigued.

It was around this time 21 years ago when a four-year-old Jennylyn made the headlines. Her skin burnt from cigarette butts, and her back bruised from a hit by a flat iron.

Her biological mother, who was then working in Dubai, immediately came home, but not to take care of her but to bail Jennylyn’s stepfather from detention. This same man was Jennylyn’s assailant.
Jennylyn’s aunt, Lydia Mercado, came to her rescue and legally adopted her, while her birth mother emigrated to London and had her own family.

After that painful chapter in life, things seemed to have gone back to normal again for Jennylyn. Her loved ones and a strong support group that helped her cope with the wounds of the past, at the same time, develop her self-confidence.

She continued with her studies and took part in school programs. In her senior year in high school, she mustered enough guts to try her luck in show business and auditioned in the GMA reality talent search Starstruck. Jennylyn won the talent search, which propelled her to stardom. She said she channeled all the scars and wounds of the past to make herself a better actress.

But it seems Jennylyn is a magnet for controversies. She got pregnant at age 21 by her ex-boyfriend, an actor, who initially distanced himself upon learning about pregnancy. Shortly after she gave birth, Jennylyn had to deal with the death of her adoptive father Roger. She also got involved in a much-publicized breakup with another actor.

Her experience as a victim of child abuse made her take up causes that champion the rights of children and advocacies that advance women empowerment. Since starting out in showbiz, Jennylyn has been the official spokesperson of Bata Foundation, a non-government organization based in Naic, Cavite. Every year, she takes time off from her busy schedule to spend either her birthday or Christmas with the abused and battered children under the foundation’s care.

Recently, Jennylyn was also named an honorary member of Gabriela, a movement of Filipino women that deals with women who are victims of discrimination, violence and sexual abuse.

These days, Jennylyn is a picture of a triumphant woman. She makes sure to keep herself fit by constantly taking up new sports — Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and more recently, triathlon. She radiates optimism and appears to have not lost her zest for life when the Students and Campuses Bulletin team met with her one Sunday afternoon.

As soon as she wrapped up her hosting chores for the GMA showbiz-oriented talk show “Showbiz Central,” with her three-year old son Alex Jazz in tow (the mother and son seem to be so inseparable), Jennylyn sat with us and bared her heart.

In this 60 Minutes interview, young mother Jennylyn Mercado shares the ups and the downs of her life — from surviving those hard times and nursing her wounds, to how it made her the strong woman that she is today, to the challenges of being a good mother and a complete person.

STUDENTS AND CAMPUSES BULLETIN (SCB): Mother’s day just came up and your life and what you went through as a battered child has been an open book. How has that part of your life helped you now that you are a mother?
JENNYLYN MERCADO (JM): Siyempre, kapag me pinagdadaanan kang hindi maganda, you make sure na hindi ito mauulit. Sasabihin mo sa sarili mo na hindi mo na siya kailangang ulitin. Natututo ako sa pinagdadaanan ko, lalo na ‘yung mga hindi magandang pinagdadaanan. Sinisigurado kong next time, hindi na ‘yun mauulit.

SCB: Everything that is happening in an adult person’s life stems from his or her childhood. Have you moved on from the trauma of the past?
JM: Kasama ‘yan sa healing process na pinagdaanan ko. Mahirap at saka matagal pero ngayon ok na ako. My mom and my doctor helped a lot.

SCB: Did your past have anything to do with your mom being strict with you when you were growing up?
JM: Yes. Open naman na battered kid ako. Natatakot ‘yung mom ko na bitawan ako. Nandoon pa ‘yung trauma. Dala-dala ko ‘yung trauma hanggang first year high school ako. Takot pa rin ako sa tao.

SCB: How did you overcome that?
JM: Ang dami. Dumaan ako sa therapy. May iniinom pa akong gamot kasi tipong may nag-doorbell sa bahay, nanginginig ako, umiiyak ako. Nagtatago ako sa cabinet, sa ilalim ng kama, nagpa-panic ako. Hanggang first year high school ‘yan ha. May mag doorbell lang o kumahol aso ko, alam kong may tao, kailangan kong magtago, baka makita niya ako. Ganun ‘yung way of thinking ko eh. Sobrang traumatic kasi.

SCB: Was therapy a big help for you, considering that therapy is not really common in the Philippines?
JM: Yes, and I would recommend this lalo na sa mga batang merong pinagdadaanan. Ang laking tulong, kasi noon wala ‘yan and recently lang talaga nakahanap ng tulong sa mga doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists.

SCB: Does your involvement with Bata Foundation help you in your healing process?
JM: Yes, I go there twice a year to throw a party for them, may mga games, may mga co-actors ako na invited. ‘Yung small things na alam kong nakapagpapasaya sa kanila kasi napagdaanan ko ‘yun eh, nandun ako sa posisyon nila dati. Gusto ko mag enjoy at maging masaya despite ng pinagdaanan ko. Gusto ko ma overcome, gusto ko makaexperience na mag-enjoy ka or maglaro ka kasi ‘yan ang mga dapat pinagdadaanan ng mga bata.

SCB: Coming from such a trauma, it would be understandable if your mother Lydia raised you in a strict manner. How were you brought up?
JM: ‘Yung biological mom ko, hindi ako nagkaroon ng communication. Mommy Lydia raised me. Lumaki ako na after school, bahay, hindi ako puwedeng lumabas. Hanggang nung high school ako, hinihintay ko pa rin ‘yung sundo ko. At 6 p.m., dapat umuuwi na ako. In college, ganun pa din. Nag-aral ako sa Ateneo ng first year, nagbabantay pa rin ‘yung mom ko. Hindi ko rin naman natapos ‘yung course kong Communication. Ngayon, gusto kong mag-enroll ng culinary.

SCB: But did you try the usual things that teenagers do, like drinking, etc?
JM: Hindi ako uminom, I never smoked, never ko na-experience gumimik. Hindi talaga ako lumalabas. Medyo boring ‘yung teenage life ko.

SCB: Did you ever resent that?
JM: No, kasi hindi ko rin naman hinanap ‘yun eh. I have friends, pero hindi ako nag-barkada. Kulang na lang mag-madre ako. Kaya nung medyo nagkaroon ng freedom, ayun.

SCB: When you were pregnant with your son Jazz, did you even consider giving him up for adoption, considering that you yourself thought you weren’t ready?
JM: Never dumaan sa isip ko ang abortion o adoption. When I found out I was pregnant, una kong nilapitan ‘yung manager ko, para me back-up ako sa mom ko to explain. Sinabi ko that I had to tell my mom and that I didn’t know how to save face, save Patrick’s face, save everything. Ang daming endorsements, hindi ko alam kung pagbabayarin ba ako. Tinulungan ako nung manager ko sa mom ko. Naawa naman sa akin ‘yung endorsements, hindi naman ako pinagbayad (laughs).

SCB: Would you advise other young mothers to tell their moms first?
JM: Of course! Wala namang ibang makakatulong sa kanila kundi family. Pagdating sa ganiyang situation, hindi mo rin alam na mapupunta ka sa ibang tao na me masama ring takbo ng pag-iisip, na ipalaglag ko na lang. May mga tao ring nagsabi ng ganon pero meron akong sariling paninindigan. Nagawa ko na eh, kailangan kong panindigan.

SCB: After you gave birth to Jazz, how did you adjust during those first few months?
JM: Kasi ako lang mag-isa, ‘yung mama ko may edad na. Wala akong yaya. So hands-on talaga ako. Nagbreast feed ako for three, four months. Mahirap pala talaga! So ako lang mag-isa. Ang hirap talagang mag-alaga habang may sugat ka because I gave birth via caesarian section. Hindi ka makatayo. Natutulog kami ng nakaupo ako kasi every 30 minutes magugutom siya (laughs). Mahirap talaga hanggang sa finally nakakita ako ng makakasama ko.

SCB: What did you discover about yourself when you became a mother?
JM: Madami, like kaya ko pala mag-alaga ng bata (laughs). Kasi before hindi ako mahilig sa kids eh, nakukulitan ako sa mga pamangkin ko. Pero wala akong choice, kailangan habaan ko ‘yung pasensiya ko. Iba naman pag isa ka nang ina, you have to be patient. Kailangan mo pag-aralan ‘yung attitude nila. Makulit, maraming nasisirang gamit. But I have learned to handle different situations (laughs).

SCB: You have become a disciplinarian?
JM: Yes. Lahat ng gusto niya sinusunod ng lola, pero ako hindi. Sinasabi ko nga “Bakit noon pag hindi ako kumain, pinapalo niyo ko? Bakit ngayon kung anong gusto ni Jazz binibigay niyo?” Ni ayaw pakagat sa lamok (laughs). Sa akin, pag hindi, hindi, although I give him leeway, of course, kasi ngayon medyo delayed ‘yung speech niya. So he has speech class, aqua therapy and regular school. Mayroon rin siyang teacher na pumupunta sa house para ipractice siya sa mga natututunan niya sa school.

SCB: How do you fix your schedule to make sure you still spend some time with him?
JM: Actually busy siya! Mas busy siya kaysa sa akin (laughs)! Everyday ang class niya. I make up for lost time by bringing him to work sometimes. Tapos pag may free days ako, mag la-lunch out kami, punta sa playground or I bring him to Gymboree.

SCB: Do you fear the possibility that Jazz might grow up and become abusive?
JM: Para sa akin kasi, depende na rin ‘yun sa pagpa-palaki ng magulang. Siguro ako nasob-rahan ako ng higpit ng mga parents ko nung bata pa ako. Only child kasi ako, tapos girl pa so parents tend to be overprotective kasi natatakot mabuntis, magka boyfriend or mag-asawa kaagad.

SCB: Have you discovered new things about yourself now?
JM: Sa akin kasi before wala akong ibang iniisip kundi sarili ko lang. Pag magsho-shopping ako sarili ko lang. Pero nung magkaanak ako, wala na kong iniisip kundi para kay Jazz. I’m working for him, to give him the best education.

SCB: Do you ever worry na pag dumating ‘yung panahon na Jazz will ask you about your past, kung paano mo sasagutin?
JM: Let’s just cross the bridge when we get there (laughs). Hindi ko pa talaga alam, baka umiyak ako (laughs).

SCB: What are the similarities and differences that you share with your mom?
JM: Lumaki ako na disciplinarian, na naapply ko sa kid ko. Mahigpit din ako at sobrang disciplinarian ko talaga. Pinalaki akong ganon eh, na straight, na walang entertainment at puro aral lang. Siyempre, pagiging God-fearing at marespeto sa mga taong kasama ko, kung paano makisama. Hindi rin maganda ‘yung sobrang higpit. Pero ngayon nare-realize ko kung bakit. May mga fears din sila, so ngayong may sarili na akong anak, naiintindihan ko na.

SCB: At this point, is your son already looking for a father figure?
JM: Ang hirap naman ng tanong na ‘yan (laughs). Habang lumalaki, nagkakaroon na siya ng curiosity, I can begin to explain to him na hindi kami magkasama ng daddy niya. Hindi ako magsisinungaling. We are trying to make things normal for him, make the mother and son and father and son relationships regular. We make him feel our love for him.

SCB: Do you still aim for that ideal set-up of a family, with a mother and a father, or are you fine being a single mother?
JM: I’m fine, better actually (laughs). Siguro I’m better without anyone. Ang hirap kasi that you see a lot of couples separating. Ayoko nang pagdaanan ulit ‘yung ganung situation. Darating naman ‘yung tao na talagang para sa’yo, na makakasama mo hanggang sa pagtanda mo at hindi ka iiwan.

SCB: In the future, would you allow Jazz to enter showbiz?
JM: No! Ayoko. Ako na lang at ‘yung daddy niya. Huwag na lang siya. Mahirap na. Baka hindi ko kayanin kung mayroon mang-intriga. Baka sugurin ko (laughs).

SCB: We understand that you are a new member of Gabriela.
JM: Yes, I’m a new member. Eto ‘yung mga kababaihan na fighters na inabuso rin, hindi nakalaban at may mga pinagdaanan din sa buhay. Nandito ako kasi babae ako at nararamdaman ko rin ang nararamdaman nila. Nandito ako para suportahan din sila, kausapin sila, at bigyan sila ng kahit konting words of encouragement na huwag silang susuko, na hindi porke’t babae puwede nang samantalahin, tapak-tapakan. We have to be strong and palaban. Bigyan ng chance ang mga kababaihan na makalaban at ipagtanggol ang mga sarili nila.

SCB: Do you support only that particular stand of Gabriela or even certain issues like reproductive health, etc.?
JM: Of course, lahat ng issues na nakakaapekto sa buong pagkatao ng kababaihan such as health. But ayoko kasi pumasok sa issue ng RH as far as the Catholic Church is concerned. Let’s face it nandyan pa rin ang temptation, lalo na sa generation ngayon. Meron naman tayong kanya-kanyang opinion. We have the freedom na paniwalaan ang gusto nating gawin.

SCB: Also much publicized are your past relationships, which included men who reportedly physically hurt you. Was there a time in your life that you hated men?
JM: Yes, pero noong bata ako. Talagang takot ako sa mga lalaki. Kasi ‘yung nambugbog sa akin lalaki, feeling ko at pumasok sa isip ko na lahat ng lalaki ganun. Sa relasyon naman, lahat ng mga nakaka-relasyon ko, may natututunan ako. Ayoko namang pagsisihan.

SCB: Kasama rin ba sa healing process mo ‘yung relationships from the past?
JM: Oo naman, at saka habang tumatanda ako, ang dami kong nare-realize.

SCB: You just said that you’re better off without a man in your life but you actually have a boyfriend now.
JM: Siyempre ini-enjoy ko muna ‘yung ganung relationship, but nothing complicated.

SCB: How did you become such a fighter? You could have easily given up.
JM: Hindi ko rin alam eh. Siguro nasa pagpapalaki na rin ng parents ko sa akin. Siguro hindi ko rin ito kaya kung hindi ako lumapit kay God. Pinalaki akong God-fearing and madasalin talaga eh. Naniniwala talaga ako na ‘yung prayers nung time na ‘yun ang solusyon. Hindi Niya talaga ako pinabayaan.

SCB: After what you have been through, what has been the single best thing that ever happened to you?
JM: ‘Yung pagdating ni Jazz ang pinakamasayang experience sa buhay ko. Iba ang fulfillment ‘pag mommy ka na.

SCB: Is there something in your past that you want to change?
JM: Wala akong gustong baguhin kasi lahat ng pinagdaanan ko marami akong natutunan. ‘Yung mga bagay na ‘yun ang nagpatibay at nagpalakas sa akin. At saka tapos na ‘yun, naka move on na ko. Nasa mode na ako ng magandang daan for myself and for my family.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Jennylyn Mercado : When Mona Lisa Become Life’s Ultimate Survivor

Category: Stars and Butterflies

By Jon Verzosa


I remember the first time I bought Jennylyn Mercado’s CD back in 2005. I was five hours away from my scheduled flight to Bangkok but had to rush through the heavy traffic to grab a copy at SM Fairview (closest mall in Novaliches where I used to live) and grabbed the very last copy at Odyssey. I was not just relieved, I was so happy. Why? Because I am a fan. I was a part of the multitude of Starstruck fans who texted and propelled a young, quiet singer/guitar player from Las Pinas to the status of Ultimate Survivor in the hit reality talent search.

Six years later, we met and worked together and today, I was interviewing her. Call that a dream coming true in the biggest sense that none of my closest friends would ever understand. I guess, in a lot of ways, a part of me has satiated a dream, a Bucket List even, for the same reason that I landed on Pinoy Pop Biz last year and was given the opportunity to write a column.

Jennylyn Mercado is not only beautiful. She is also a symbol of a true survivor and has been through a lot of ups and downs in her life from the moment she was born. In my own opinion, I strongly believe that she is a self-made character whose beauty is both God-given and tested. You should see her in person with no make-up on. She personifies the kindest and the most charming visage to which her heart radiates in living colour.

“Why did you become an artista, Jen?” I asked.

“Aksidente lang. I started as a lounge singer. Then my manager, Tita Becky (Aguila) who was my neighbour, discovered me in a salon and asked me if I can be her talent. I was a shy teenager back then but I gave it a try, thus, I appeared on print ads and TVCs of Smart, McDonald’s, Bambini, et cetera. That started it all. Then one day, I was asked to audition for a reality talent search. Back then, reality TV was so in the market cum Extra Challenge, so I was a bit scared that they might do something to me that I couldn’t deliver. Thank God none of that came about!

Looking back now, I must say that what we started in Starstruck Batch 1 was worth it because the audition lines have changed immensely. When I auditioned years ago, there were only ten people in the room that day. I even remember being in the line with my fellow SS mates Rainier, Anton and Alvin that day. It was an experience I will never forget. It paved way to a lot of things in my life particularly my showbiz career. And everything was hindi sinasadya,” she smiled.


Or maybe it was. Barely a year after Starstruck, Jennylyn’s showbiz career skyrocketed with movies and television shows on her belt, twinned by life’s challenges that fundamentally made her a stronger, more balanced person. Before she entered showbizness, Jennylyn was a victim of domestic abuse and soon after that, once in showbiz, she has defied and endured accidents, illness, luckless love affairs, intrigues and finally, a brief hiatus from work when she got pregnant. These and more that could’ve impaired her but didn’t. In fact, like Phoenix from the flame, she came back with a vengeance even more intact and even more picturesque. A true star. A life survivor.

“Any plans of going back to school?”

“Yes. In fact, last year, I enrolled in a culinary school but a show came around so I wasn’t able to pursue it yet again. I did some home-schooling back in the days but schedules and such did not allow me to complete it too. My schedule was just tight. I would still go back to school though. I still believe that education is very important. I always tell my young fans to study well because once you get that diploma, it is priceless!”

“Are you competitive, Jen?” I asked.

“No. At work, I am actually happy-go-lucky. I believe that one is most effective when working when one is not pressured by competition. What’s important for me is how I can give justice to every role that is given to me be it a small role or a big role like the one I did in Rosario. I can probably be cut-throat but only to myself. It is also a part of my motivation as an actress – being able to push myself to the best that I can be – because I believe in excellence, if not, perfection, in my craft.” Jennylyn said with discernment. She also added that Blue Moon and Rosario are among her favourite Jennylyn Mercado movies because both are acting pieces and movies that distinguished her as an actress. Jennylyn also shared that her favourite director is Joel Lamangan and that she idolizes Gina Alajar and Nonie Buencamino.


It was then when I noticed how Jennylyn’s smile is almost that of Mona Lisa. Inexplicable and yet earnest. Lush and sexy and yet child-like. Cautious and yet unlocked to probers and writers like me. In her movies, she has told stories and was idolized by many, particularly by youngsters, but it was her own life story that untied the ice that we initially saw in Starstruck Batch 1 years ago. If one can still remember how a sixteen year old girl that she was then and how detached and uncompetitive she was during the competition but ultimately won the hearts of millions, then one can infuse in his or her head that this smiling Mona Lisa, whose life knew the unsightly and has been through hell and back, can only stand tall and pretty and would continue to inspire her fans for many years to come. Not only because she can but because she was born to do so. It was not an accident as she claimed earlier.

“What is your universal advice to your fans?”

“I want to tell them that everything happens in God’s time. Do not be afraid to discover things about yourself. Everyone is born special, so, you have to learn to trust yourself and do your best. Know and recognize what inspires you. My son is my life and he makes me smile all the time. I think it is vital that we should all know what makes us happy and then work on it,” she smiled as she said this.

“So you are happy right now, Jen?” I quipped.

“Veeerrrryyyy happy!” Jennylyn clapped her hand in delight.

And at length, my traditional last question, “How would Jennylyn Mercado be remembered?”

“Someone who is strong, fearless and simple because that is really who I am.” she closed.

The Writer with Jennylyn Mercado

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Awards and Recognitions

2011 US Girls Face of the Year
2011 FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank 7
2011 Yahoo OMG Philippines Awards Hottest Actress
2011 Female Network.Com Best Female TV Show Host

2010 FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank 13
2010 2010 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Dressed2009 FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank17

2009 Covergirl of the year Rank 6 Starmometer.com2008 Yes Magazine Reader's Choice Awards Young Female Superstar
2009 Best Comeback TV Personality Rank 22008 Yes Magazine Reader's Choice Awards Celebrity Home of the Year

2008 Top 10 Friendster Top 6
2008 FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank 14

2007 FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank 8
2007 Starmometer 100 Most Beautiful Pinays for 2007 Rank 11
2007 Yes Magazine 100 Most Beautiful People Random
2007 Kapuso Box Office People's Choice Awards - WINNERS
- Kapuso Box Office Princess
- Kapuso Movie Box Office Queen
- Kapuso Televison Box Office Queen
- Kapuso Box Office Actress
- Kapuso Box Office Sexiest Female

2006 Franz Entertainment's Top 50 Sexiest Women in the Philippines Rank 40
2006 Inside Showbiz Magazine Reader's Choice Poll Most Popular Loveteam with Mark Herras
2006 MOD's Magazine Choice Most Beautiful Women in the World Rank 55
2006 MOD's Magazine 32 Most Beautiful Filipinas Rank 12
2006 54th FAMAS Award German Moreno Youth Achievement Award
2006 Box Office Entertainment Awards Most Popular Loveteam with Mark Herras
2006 FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank 6
2006 Metro Manila Film Festival People's Choice Best Actress for the movie Blue Moon
2006 Guillermo Mendoza Scholarship Foundation- Most Popular Loveteam of RP Movies
2006 QTV 11's Ang Pinaka Survey: Best Starstruck (Talent Search) Idol Rank 1
2006 QTV 11's Ang Pinaka Survey: Most Exciting Young Actresses in the Philippines Rank 3

2005 FAMAS Awards German Moreno Youth Achievement Award
2005 Box Office Entertainment Awards Most Popular Loveteam with Mark Herras
2005 Gawad Tanglaw Best Supporting Actress Award for the movie Blue Moon
2005 iFM Pinoy Music Awards Most Popular Adaptation of A Foreign Song for the song "If I'm Not In Love" with Janno Gibbs
2005 18th Awit Awards Best Performance by a Duet for the song "If I'm Not In Love" with Janno Gibbs
2005 FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank 10
2005 Extra Challenge - Astig Series Champion2004 Star Awards for Television Female Star of the Night
2005 SMAG - Most Popular Loveteam
2005 Candy Rap Awards - Most Popular Loveteam
2005 Meg - Most Popular Loveteam
2005 Inside Showbiz - Hottest Loveteam
2005 Kapuso Viewer's Choice Awards - Kapuso Ultimate Loveteam

2004 Star Awards for Television Female Star of the Night
2004 SOP Music Awards Breakthrough Artist
2004 CandyMag Awards Breakthrough Artist
2004 Box Office Entertainment Awards Most Popular Loveteam of RP Movies with Mark Herras
2004 FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank 9
2004 Yes Magazine Reader's Choice Most Popular Female Young Star
2004 Yes Magazine Reader's Choice Awards Most Popular Loveteam (with Mark Herras)
2004 Album - Gold Award for Living the Dream

2003 Stastruck 1 - Ultimate Female Survivor
2003 Starstruck - Starstruck's Expert Choice for Singing


2005 FAMAS Awards Best Actress Nomination for the movie Blue Moon
2006 ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role-Musical or Comedy Nomination for the movie Lovestruck
2006 Gawad Urian (Best Supporting Actress Nomination) - Jennylyn Mercado
2006 Star Awards for Movies (Best Actress Nomination) - Jennylyn Mercado
2006 Luna Awards (Best Supporting Actress Nomination) - Jennylyn Mercado
2006 Enpress Awards (Best Actress Nomination) - Jennylyn Mercado
2006 PMPC Star Awards for Movies Best Actress Nomination for the movie Blue Moon
2009 PEP Forum Awards Best Drama Actress nominee2009 Best Comeback TV Personality Rank 2
2009 SOP Tag Awards Most wanted Nominee
2009 SOP Tag Awards Kapuso Female Fan-Fave Nominee
2009 Yes Magazine 100 Beautiful Stars Mamma Mia
2010 FEMALE POP ARTIST OF THE YEAR nomination From album Love Is...
ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards 2006 Pop Female Artist
2011 PASADO award for best actress nomination for Rosario
2011 LUNA award for best actress nomination for Rosario
2011 59th FAMAS Awards Best Actress Nomination for Rosario
2011 swimbikerunph swimbikerunph Jennylyn Mercado | Women’s Duathlete of the Year Nominee