Jessy Mendiola

Jessy Mendiola
Born Jessy Mendiola Tawile
(1992-12-03) December 3, 1992
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Residence Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Education Far Eastern University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Agent Star Magic (2007–present)
Known for Maria Mercedes
Maalaala Mo Kaya

Jessy Mendiola Tawile (born December 3, 1992), popularly known as Jessy Mendiola, is a Filipino actress. She played the role of Maria Mercedes Alegre in the 2013 remake of the 1992 Mexican telenovela Maria Mercedes.

Early life

Mendiola was born in Dubai where her father used to work.[1] She is the second of three siblings, of a Filipino mother and a half Lebanese, half British father.[2] She was three years old when her mother moved and brought her and her elder sister, Pamela, to the Philippines. Her mother left her father due to his infidelity. Her younger sister, Megan, was born in Mexico where her parents reconciled but eventually separated again because of unknown reasons. She remains in contact with her father, who now works overseas as a marine anthropologist.[3] She studied mass communication at Far Eastern University.


Jessy Mendiola was one of the 18 new talents launched by ABS-CBN under Star Magic Batch 15.[4] She, along with Megan Young, Alfonso Martinez, Carlo Guevarra and her Star Magic batchmates, joined the cast of Star Magic Presents: Abt Ur Luv, when it was revamped to Abt Ur Luv Ur Lyf 2 in 2007. She also had a minor role in Sineserye Presents: Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos?.

In 2008, she was cast as Chappy Girl in the TV series Volta, which was adapted from the Star Cinema film of the same name.

In 2010, she had a guest appearance in George and Cecil, playing the love interest of Dino Imperial's Jun. Mendiola revealed that she was pulled out of Habang May Buhay and was cast as Christina in the TV series Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo instead.[5] Mendiola was supposed to appear in Habang May Buhay and was featured in the 2008 trailer of the show which was originally titled as Humingi Ako Sa Langit. The TV series, which was supposed to air in 2008, was cancelled, reshot and recast.[6] Due to good feedback, her one-week guest appearance in Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo was extended. She was later cast in Your Song Presents: Gimik 2010,[7][8] playing the role of the reformed rebel teenager Jessy. Mendiola was supposed to appear in Kokey @ Ako, opposite Enrique Gil, but their characters were written off in favor of Melai Cantiveros and Jason Francisco.[9] She eventually returned as a recurring character in the last few episodes of Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo.[10]

She portrayed lead roles in Maalaala Mo Kaya: "Marriage Contract"[11] and in Wansapanataym: "Kakambal Ko'y Manika". Her first biggest break was playing the title role in the afternoon TV show, Sabel.[12][13]

In 2011, when Sabel ended, Mendiola joined ASAP Rocks. She along with Empress Schuck, Enchong Dee and Sam Concepcion are referred to as ASAP's 'Dance Quad'.[14][15] Earlier, she portrayed Isabel Valderama in Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla Presents: Bianong Bulag. In April, she became a guest judge for Showtime and appeared as Risa in the Maalaala Mo Kaya episode, "Medalyon".[16][17] She also played the role of Jackie Marasigan in the primetime TV show, Budoy, opposite Gerald Anderson and Enrique Gil.[18]

In 2012, she starred in the film The Reunion, with Enchong Dee, Enrique Gil and Xian Lim. She also starred in the afternoon TV show Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Paraiso, with Matteo Guidicelli, Matt Evans and Jewel Mische.[19]

In 2013, Mendiola played the titular role in the Philippine remake of Maria Mercedes.[20] In October, she flew to Korea for a ceremonial appointment by Korean Tourism Organization as the Honorary Ambassador for Korean Tourism.[21]

In 2015, Mendiola played another lead role in the comedy drama Must Date the Playboy, alongside Kim Chiu, Xian Lim and Matt Evans. and in the romantic family drama You're My Home, alongside Dawn Zulueta, Richard Gomez and JC de Vera.[22]

In 2016, Mendiola was recognized as the No. 1 Sexiest Woman in the Philippines by the men's magazine FHM Philippines.[23]



Year Title Role Notes Source
2004 Hanggang Kailan Gina
2007 Star Magic Presents: Abt Ur Luv Ur Lyf 2 Lheny
2007 Sineserye Presents: Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos? Michelle
2008 Your Song Presents: Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal Kitty
2008 Volta Chappy Girl
2008 Star Magic Presents: Astigs In Luvin lyf Shannon
2008 Dyosa Cheepa/Hiyas
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya Darlene's classmate Episode: "Mansyon"
2009 Your Song Presents: Boystown Karen
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya Samantha Espiritu Episode: "Taxi"
2009 Midnight DJ Gabby Episode: "Pabrika Ng Multo"
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya Hershey Episode: "Storybook"
2009 George and Cecil Irene
2009 Katorse Bettina Godinez
2010 May Bukas Pa Young Soledad Special participation
2010 Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo Christina Angeles [5][10]
2010 Your Song Presents: Gimik 2010 Jessy Lorenzo [7][8]
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya Analyn 'Ana' Dela Cruz Episode: "Marriage Contract" [11]
2010 Wansapanataym Leni/Lena Gatchalian Episode: "Kambal Ko'y Manika"
2010 Banana Split Herself Guest, 1 episode
2010 Sabel Sabel Asuncion [13][12]
2011–12 Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla: Bianong Bulag Isabel Robles
2011–present ASAP Herself — Host / Performer [15]
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya Lisa Episode: "Medalyon" [16][17]
2011 Banana Split Darlene Belangoy Jr. Guest
2011 Wansapanataym Mylene Episode: "Flores De Mayumi"
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya Laurence Trazona Episode: "Bisikleta"
2011 Budoy Jacqueline 'Jackie' Marasigan .[18]
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya Joei Revilleza Episode: "Journal"
2012 E-Boy Adult Princess
2012 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Paraiso Yanie Alipio [19]
2012 KBS World Date with Shinee Herself Guest
2013–14 Maria Mercedes Maria Mercedes Alegre [20]
2014 It's Showtime Herself — Host Guest
2014 Maalaala Mo Kaya Marie Episode: "Sulat"
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya Cecile Episode: "Sapatos"
2015-16 You're My Home Grace Fontanilla [22]
2015 – present Banana Sundae Herself / Various roles
2016 Wansapanataym Isabel Episode: "Just Got Laki"
2016 Maalaala Mo Kaya Christina Episode: "Pole"


Year Title Role Notes Source
2012 The Reunion Ali Zaldariaga
2013 Call Center Girl Regina "Reg" Manlapat [24]
2014 The Trial Isabelle "Bessy" Buenaventura
2015 Must Date The Playboy Chloe Santillan
2016 Mano Po 7 Jocelyn


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  2. Miralles, Nitz (3 June 2007). "Star Magic Batch 15". About Showbiz. The Philippine Star. Archived from the original on 9 September 2007. Retrieved 15 July 2008.
  3. Bautista, Mario E (27 July 2007). "Prettiest New Stars at ABS-CBN". People's Journal. People's Journal. Retrieved 1 June 2008.
  4. Isah V. Red. "Star Magic Batch 15: Ready for their close-ups". Life & Entertainment. Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  5. 1 2 Franco, Bernie (21 April 2010). "Jessy Mendiola talks about working with her idol Judy Ann Santos". Showbuzz. ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 7 June 2010.
  6. Mendiola, Jessy (Cast). Humingi Ako Sa Langit Trailer (in Filipino). Philippines: ABS-CBN. Event occurs at 1:25. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  7. 1 2 "Gimik 2010 brings together Judy Ann Santos, Diether Ocampo, Bojo Molina, G Toengi, and Mylene Dizon". Guide. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  8. 1 2 "Gimik 2010". TV Shows. ABS-CBN. Retrieved 7 June 2010.
  9. Quintos, Napoleon (3 December 2009). "Enrique Gil stars in the upcoming teleserye 'Kokey @ Ako'". Celeb Highlight. Showbuzz. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  10. 1 2 Bernie, Franco (28 March 2010). "Jessie Mendiola prefers to take it slow with Coco Martin". Balita. ABS-CBN. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  11. 1 2 Erece, Dino (6 October 2010). "Xian Lim and Jessy Mendiola's characters get "married" in MMK". Entertainment Guide/Television. The Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  12. 1 2 Llanera, Melba (6 December 2010). "Jessy Mendiola on her launching soap, Sabel: "Para akong lumulutang!"". News. The Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  13. 1 2 Franco, Bernie. "Jessy Mendiola is the lead star of new teleserye 'Sabel'". Retrieved 1 December 2010.
  14. "ASAP Rocks promises showstopping performances this Sunday". Guide / Television. The Philippine Entertainment Portal. 9 April 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  15. 1 2 "'ASAP Rocks' reunites big names in showbiz". Entertainment. SunStar Manila. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  16. 1 2 Siazon, Rachelle (16 April 2011). "On Maalaala Mo Kaya: Jessy Mendiola and Ejay Falcon pursue bolder roles". Showbuzz Feature. ABS-CBN. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  17. 1 2 "Jessy Mendiola, Ejay Falcon and Mark Gil depict a true story about obsession in MMK". Guide / Television. The Philippine Entertainment Portal. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  18. 1 2 "Gerald Anderson will topbill ABS-CBN's "advocacy-serye" titled Budoy". Guide / Television. The Philippine Entertainment Portal. 26 June 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  19. 1 2 "Matteo, Jessy, Jewel to star in new series". Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  20. 1 2 "Jessy Mendiola is Maria Mercedes". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 14 April 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  21. "Jessy Mendiola as South Koreas Honorary Tourism Ambassador". ABS-CBN News. 30 October 2013.
  22. 1 2 "First details of new Richard-Dawn serye". ABS-CBN News. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  23. "Jessy Mendiola voted 'sexiest woman' in PH". ABS-CBN News. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  24. "Pokwang returns to comedy in Call Center Girl". Philstar. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
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