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Jessy Mendiola

Jessy Mendiola is a Filipino actress who is known for her role of Maria Mercedes in the remake of the 1995 Mexican telenovela "Maria Mercedes." Ms. Mendiola, born Jessy Tawile, is estranged from her British-Lebanese father.

Ms. Mendiola got her big break in the local entertainment industry when she was one of the 18 new talents launched by ABS-CBN under Star Magic Batch 15. She went on to join the cast of "Star Magic Presents: Abt Ur Luv," when it was revamped to "Abt Ur Luv Ur Lyf 2" in 2007.

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.

Ms. Mendiola was supposed to appear in "Habang May Buhay" wherein she was featured in the 2008 trailer of the show, which was originally titled as "Humingi Ako Sa Langit." Unfortunately, the TV series was cancelled, reshot and recast.

In 2010, she had a guest appearance in "George and Cecil," playing the love interest of Dino Imperial's Jun. Ms. Mendiola later revealed that she was pulled out of the ill-fated "Habang May Buhay" and was cast as Christina in the TV series "Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo" instead. She was later cast in "Your Song Presents: Gimik 2010," playing the role of the reformed rebel teenager Jessy.

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

In 2011, Ms. Mendiola joined ASAP Rocks along with Empress Schuck, Enchong Dee and Sam Concepcion. She became a guest judge for Showtime and appeared as Risa in the Maalaala Mo Kaya episode, "Medalyon." She also played the role of Jackie Marasigan in the primetime TV show "Budoy."

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.

In 2013, she currently plays the titular role of the Philippine remake of "Maria Mercedes."

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