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Five years ago, Jennylyn Mercado won a best actress award for her role in the movie, “Blue Moon.”

This early, many predict she’ll get another by yearend for “Rosario.”

A period movie just like “Blue Moon,” the Albert Martinez-helmed “Rosario” that’s set in the 1920s is also an entry in the Metro Manila Film Festival. Jennylyn plays the title role of a liberated woman who gets involved with many men of different persuasions.

 

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Kung hanggang paa ang damit ng mga babae sa Pilipinas ng panahong iyon, siya ay naka-mini na, hanggang tuhod ang length ng damit niya. Lumaki at nag-aral sa Amerika. Ang lakas ng appeal niya, lapitin siya ng mga boys, kung ano ang gusto niya nakukuha niya. Marami siyang nakarelasyon at may mga naging anak siya sa iba't ibang lalaki,” described Jennylyn of her character.

To concentrate on the movie, Jennylyn refused offers to do another soap opera after “Gumapang ka sa Lusak,” as well as limited her appearance on Sunday variety show, “Party Pilipinas,” until filming for “Rosario” is over.

Alam ko pong malaki ang expectations nila sa akin, kaya po inihanda rin nila ako sa role ko. Nag-attend ako ng workshops, nag-attend ako ng Spanish class dahil 1920 nga ito, may mga Spanish dialogues.

Ang maganda lang dito sa movie namin, ang damit at buhok lang namin ang 1920s — maaga akong pumupunta sa set, kasi apat na oras po inaayos ang buhok kopero ang dialogues namin, modern times na.


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Ernesto Sta. Maria, Jr., the chairman and chief executive officer of Cinemabuhay International that bankrolls “Rosario,” says “Rosario” will do for Jennylyn what “Basic Instinct” did for Sharon Stone.

Jennylyn somewhat bolstered the producer’s prediction.

"Marami pong sensual scenes dito, siguro mga 30 to 40 percent ng movie,” she said.

The actress emphasized, however, that these were executed in good taste.

Hindi siya malaswa, very classy."

In “Rosario,” Jennylyn is paired up with actor Yul Servo and her rumored boyfriend, Dennis Trillo.

Though some people think the two were cast to cash in on the talk, Ernesto maintained Jennylyn landed the job fair and square.

 

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May sakit pa nga siya nung nag-audition siya pero siya talaga ang nag-standout,” said Ernesto.
 

Jennylyn downplayed the speculation by pointing out that Dennis’ role in the film is relatively short.

"Six shooting days lang si Dennis dito at tapos na siya,” she said.

But with many kissing scenes?

Madami!” Jennylyn blurted, laughing.

“Rosario” is Albert Martinez’s directorial debut. It also stars Tonton Gutierrez, Isabel Oli, Lloyd Samartino, Phillip Salvador and Jaime Fabregas.

 

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