Jessy Mendiola is part of the Kapamilya drama series, Sandugo, starring Ejay Falcon and Aljur Abrenica.
ABS-CBN’s new afternoon series Sandugo aired its pilot episode last September 30. The story is all about two brothers growing up in extreme poverty with two loving and hard working parents. Julius (Ejay Falcon) and Aris (Aljur Abrenica) are fraternal twins but due to Julius’s heart condition their mother Joan (Cherry Pie) decided to give Aris to a wealthy couple in exchange for a large amount of money just to save Julius’s life.
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Meanwhile during the press conference last September 24, Jessy cleared up circulating rumors about her transfer to a rival network.
She confirmed that Sandugo is the reason she stopped her plans to ABS-CBN. Jessy plays the role of Melissa “Melai” Pamintuan in Sandugo .
“Siguro po yung character niya. Yun nga yung medyo mahirap for me kasi buo na yung story tsaka ongoing na yung taping nila nang pumasok ako. So nung in-explain sa akin yung character, habang pitching kami, kalagitnaan nagdadasal ako sana grey character, sana kakaiba siya sa mga nagawa ko dati. Biglang bumaling, sabi ko ay okay ‘to,” Jessy explained.
“So nung natapos na po yung pitching, yung storytelling ng writers sa akin, tinanggap ko po. Parang I think at this point po gusto ko nang gumawa ng mga roles na hindi ko pa nakagawa and it’s very exciting to be honest. Gumawa ng role na hindi mo pa nararanasan, hindi mo pa napapakita. I think that’s one of the main reasons why I said yes.”
The actress’s last TV appearance was in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano in 2018, but her last drama series was You’re My Home, which ended in 2016.
Jessy also added that June Rufino is her new manager, who is also the manager of Luis Manzano, her longtime boyfriend. She also stated that there’s no bad blood between her and Star Magic.
“Nagpaalam ako nang maayos. And sila Mr. M [Johnny Manahan], Tita Mariole [Alberto], they were very understanding. Sabi nila sa akin, ‘Dadating talaga sa point na ganyan, e.’ Kasi, marami din naman talagang artista na nag-try na mag-explore sa ibang bagay. So, pinayagan nila ako. Walang struggle or whatever.”
Sandugo is part of ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Gold afternoon block which premiered last September 30, 2019, replacing Los Bastardos.