Remember when Judy Ann Santos, Mylene Dizon, and Jolina Magdangal worked together in ABS-CBN’s youth-oriented series, Gimik?
The series that started in 1996 also marked the beginning of their friendship that has lasted until today, after 24 years, and continuing.
But did you know that Judy Ann, Mylene, and Jolina initiated their friendship with a little bit of “bullying?”
Who was the bully? Mylene.
Jolina recalled how she made her feel uncomfortable during their first taping day, remembering Mylene telling her, “Wala kang friend?”
As she told the story during her birthday celebration in Magandang Buhay in November 2018, it got her thinking then.
"Gusto ko pa ba maging Gimik cast?"
The two would become close on the set of the show, and that was when she realized it was Mylene’s brand of “lambing,” her own way of welcoming Jolina into the cast of Gimik.
A more detailed account of the story was told by Mylene during her PEP Live interview on September 29, 2020.
She was full of self-condemnation as she related her encounter with Jolina.
Mylene said, “Binully ko siya sa set ng Gimik noong first day niya mag-taping!
“Akala mo kung sino akong sikat, ang kapal ng mukha ko!”
Gimik was her first TV show in ABS-CBN; on the other hand, Jolina by that time had been been doing shows as Kapamilya since 1992.
What made her approach Jolina from out of the blue?
Mylene recounted, “E, ayaw kasi niyang… doon siya nag-set up ng kainan niya sa ibang table. Sabi ko, ‘Excuse me, wala kang friends?’
“[Sagot niya,] ‘Ha?’ ‘Tapos pumunta siya sa daddy niya. Hahaha!”
Judy Ann was around during the bullying incident, but Mylene could not remember anymore her friend’s reaction.
She said, “Alam mo, hindi ko maalala ngayon kung ano ang reaksiyon ni Juday, pero malamang, knowing Juday, tumatawa iyon. Bruha din iyon, e!”
FRIENDSHIP AFTER GIMIK
After Gimik, Mylene and Jolina did not have a chance to work with each other again for a project.
But they would often cross paths in the hallways of ABS-CBN.
Mylene said, “Hindi na. Hindi na. Iyon na iyon. Si Juday, nakasama ko pa sa isang soap sa ABS, e. Lagi naman kaming nagkikita dati noon sa ABS.
"There was a time that there were a lot of shows that were being shot in the studios of ABS, so palakad-lakad lang kami doon.
“Nagkikita kami ‘tapos we would have lunch out, dinner out. Tumira pa nga ako kay Juday for one month, e.”
PEP.ph asked Mylene about the secret of their friendship.
Mylene answered, “Siguro because, I can only say, ha, at least for our group, I think we were quite honest with each other.
“We were not out there to compete with each other, but we help each other a lot, nagtutulungan.”
Example, during their ASAP performances, Mylene said, “Kapag wala kang costume, papahiramin ka ng costume, sapatos.
“If you’re not feeling well, I’ll fill in for you sa ASAP, okay lang lahat iyon. Walang competition at all.
“Hindi ka makapag make-up, hindi mo matapos ang make-up mo, me-make-upan ka pa ng make-up artist ni Juday.
“Yeah, we help each other, we motivated each other at work. Hindi iyong bahala ka sa sarili mo.
“Kapag mga crying scenes, maghahawakan kayong magkakaibigan ‘tapos magtitinginan kayo, nagkakakilanlan kayo ng in a more level of katotohanan.
“Iyon iyong secret, hindi kami nagpe-pretend, hindi namin siniraan ang isa’t isa.
“Hindi kami nag-compete against each other, we helped each other.
“Kasi pagdating sa level ng truthfulness, wala namang bida at saka baguhan, e.”