Then and Now: Jessy Mendiola

Kapamilya actress Jessy Mendiola started her showbiz career with the network as a Star Magic talent in 2007. It was her minor stint in Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo (2010) which paved the way to her becoming a primetime drama heroine and eventually made her join the ranks of the Kapamilya Drama Princesses. After the teleserye hit, Mendiola was trusted title roles and lead portrayals and the rest, as they say, is history.

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The primetime soap Sabel was based on the 1981 classic movie "Bata Pa Si Sabel," which starred award-winning artists Snooky Serna and Albert Martinez. The 2010 afternoon series, on the other hand, was Mendiola's first biggest break. She played the role of Isabel "Sabel" Asuncion-Zaragosa, daughter of Choleng (Glydel Mercado) and Julio (Tonton Gutierrez).

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Mendiola portrayed the role of Jacqueline "Jackie" Marasigan-Maniego, childhood bestfriend of Budoy. A family and advocacy drama, it tackles the story of mentally-challenged Budoy (Gerald Anderson) and his struggles as a member of the society.

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Precious Hearts Romances Presents Paraiso tells the story of two strangers, Brennan (Matteo Guidicelli) and Yani (Jessy Mendiola), who were shipwrecked and stranded in an island. Romance blossoms in their temporary home and continues as they get back to their respective lives in Manila.

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Mendiola played the title role of the 2013 adaptation of the 1992 Mexican telenovela of the same title. Maria Mercedes follows the classic poor girl-rich boy love story trope.

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You're My Home tells the story of the Fontanilla family as they searched high and low for their youngest child Vince, who went missing at the age of 4. Twelve years later, he resurfaces as Ken--with no memory of what happened, no idea about his real family, and was living a completely different life. Mendiola plays as his Ate Grace and eldest daughter of Gabriel (Richard Gutierrez) and Marian (Dawn Zulueta).