Jennylyn Mercado successfully staged her birthday concert last night, May 14, at the Music Museum in Greenhills, San Juan.
As the controversial singer-actress fled the stage after delivering her rendition of Christina Aguilera's 2002 hit single "Beautiful," people close to her had an obvious look of relief flashed on their faces—pleased and happy, perhaps, that the occasion ended without incident.
The events leading to the concert were marred with confusion as the StarStruck alumna blew all the promotional efforts intended to plug the concert. Jennylyn was reportedly nowhere to be found by her own manager, Becky Aguila, last weekend. The actress missed out on two important television appearances and a mini-press conference in Quezon City.
Becky had told the entertainment press that her ward was untraceable since mid-afternoon of May 9.
In a separate interview, however, held last May 11 at the taping of the afternoon drama series Paano Ba Ang Mangarap?, Jennylyn told a few entertainment reporters that she was just resting at home throughout the weekend. Becky was aware, insisted Jennylyn, that she was feeling ill, and this made it difficult for her to honor all scheduled commitments.
NO BAD BLOOD. PEP did not see Becky inside the Music Museum concert last night. Even the show's director and public-relations point person, Calvin Neria, was not sure if Becky watched the concert. He mentioned, however, in a text message to PEP that Becky's daughter was present from the opening number to the finale.
In a short interview backstage after the concert, Jennylyn denied that she and Becky were in the middle of a professional dispute involving money.
"Wala, wala," Jen told PEP, "magka-text nga kami ngayon, e."
She remains firm, though, in sticking to her story regarding her sudden disappearance last weekend.
"May sakit ako nun," said Jen. "Nilagnat ako. Bumalik 'yong lagnat ko, so kailangan kong magpahinga. Hindi nila ako nakita, nasa kuwarto lang ako."
When reminded of her manager's version, Jen resolutely replied: "Hindi, hindi, wala talaga. Hindi ako nawala. Nandun lang 'yong nanay ko sa kuwarto ni AJ [Alex Jazz, Jennylyn's son by ex-boyfriend Patrick Garcia]. Siyempre, hindi rin naman nila ako malapitan kasi 'yong anak ko mahahawa."